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Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street
Ranked #87 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
Conisbrough, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Cheap, great location and friendly!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Having arrived in Melbourne at 4am after a 26 hour flight from the UK, I was worried I'd have to hang around in the city centre until 11am or 2pm for a check-in, but for a small fee they let me check-in at 7am! A great and welcome start!

The room was quiet, comfortable and had all the amenities one could wish for in a budget establishment. The shower was lovely, the bed was comfortable, TV was good, and a big bedside table for all your needs.

Basic - yes, but of great comfort.

Stayed for 5 nights while presenting at a conference, and this would be first choice if I came to Melbourne again.

Reasons for 4-star rating instead of 5:

* No housekeeping on a weekend, based on my experience. I put a 'please clean' sign on my door on Friday evening, and by Sunday it was still untouched. This is a minor thing, so 4.5 stars would be accurate.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 26 July 2014
Hi MWLawson

Thanks for your kind words. Glad we could help you get rested up for your conference.

Your room should have been cleaned on the Saturday, we apologise for that oversight. Rooms are not cleaned on Sunday's however.

Thanks again for your review and we hope to see you at one of our properties again soon!

Nathan Copsey
General Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Loved staying at the Tune with my partner and 2 kids. Only 2 blocks walk to Melbourne Central Train Station and mall and we were able to walk everywhere. We had a family room which meant we got 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms for the price of one which made our holiday really affordable. Free things like 15 minutes wifi per person per day and free boiling water in the downstairs laundry were a welcome surprise. We took our own towels, soap and coffee cups but they have paper cups if you want to make a tea and have your own teabags. There are also tables downstairs to eat at if you want to eat a picnic lunch or breakfast. There's a Coles supermarket 2 blocks away at Melbourne Central and Lygon street is very close for great Italian food.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Hi traveller3212,

Thanks so much for your review! Glad you loved our family rooms, they are very popular! Sounds like you enjoyed our fantastic location as well, thats what we like to hear!

Hope to see you again soon

Nathan Copsey
General Manager
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Jakarta, Indonesia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We made a last minute reservation to Tune Hotel via a package from our local travel agent for 4D3N trip to Melbourne. We arrived way early in the morning after a long flight and straight from the airport we found the staff was warm, friendly and helpful. After the early check in procedure, we received our access card, breakfast voucher and free wifi detail and toiletries bags (Hooray for fresh clean bath towels!)

The room, the bed and the shower were spotlessly nice clean and comfortable. The lights, TV and air dryer, power point were in perfect working order, too. We didn't use the safety box (inside our room) and the laundry (on ground floor), tho.

For our breakfasts, we use our voucher at the small eatery/cafe. We found the staffs are kind and helpful. They have a simple menu such as sandwiches and muffins but they are delicious and suit with our tastebuds. We're also pleased the service the staff provided, especially with my travel mate who's a specific dietary preference. Our only hope in they future they can have more hot food options such as a humble hot soup for the cold winter mornings and fresh fruits.

The location is also a plus. It is really close by to a tram stop, a walking distance to the CBD for sightseeing/food/entertainment/shopping, the Queen Victoria Market, and Lygon Street for shopping, Italian food/cafe and multicultural food options, Woolworths/Woolies supermarket and there's even a KFC nearby on the corner of Grattan Street for emergency/junk food craving option ;).

Overall, it was perfect for us who were travelling light and spent most of our time outside to explore Melbourne! We definitely will come back here for our future stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 23 July 2014
Hi GenkiFu,

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed our service and facilities!

Hope to see you again soon

Nathan Copsey
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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63 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

Very budget, but clean and comfortable. But plan your arrival to avoid a $22 fee for early check in, otherwise there is a pub on the corner nearby if you would rather spend that on beer while you wait. Found the staff helpful when we did check in. Close to Lyon street if your looking for a late night pizza.

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank ShaunJ_10
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Hi ShaunJ_10,

Thanks for your review. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

We do charge for an early check in and late check out. This is obviously optional if you would rather wander the city or enjoy the restaurants and pub nearby as you did!

Hope to see you again soon

Nathan Copsey
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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Tune Hotel was a great stay- it was clean, the beds were soft and comfy, the bathroom stall quite big and the showers warm. For you wifi-freaks like myself, we got free wifi for each of the days we stayed for up to 2 devices. The hotel was also within walking distance of Melbourne CBD (~10-15 minutes walk). The only thing I could say is that if you wanted to leave luggage with them before check-in, you had to pay $2.20/item, which I thought was a bit ridiculous and stingy of them because I was already a patron yet they still charged me for this service that other accommodation places would provide for free. Nevertheless, Tune Hotel is still a great stay and I would return.

Stayed July 2014
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Hi LucyOliviaWu,

Thanks for your review. You obviouly booked through one of the online Travel Agent websites (booking.com, Agoda etc) and got the comfort pack included with the Wi - Fi. Glad you had a good stay.

In regards to the luggage fee, we are an add on hotel so that is one of the things we do charge for, these are all optional add ons and allow us to keep the base rate quite low for everyone!

Hope to see you again soon!

Nathan Copsey
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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124 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2014

On arrival with a friend on Tuesday 15th around 2pm, we were greeted with not a so friendly face.
No happy, warm welcome from this girl....Just a quick run down, keys handed over and that was it :-(
Although the room we shared was amazingly clean, we were both surprised that there were no power points or bin in bathroom.
There were power points in the bedroom, but you couldn't see to do your hair from where they were positioned in regards to the mirror.
After some thought, we both wondered where the little info brochures were that give you info about the hotel and what's in the area. We really thought there would at least be a telephone that would connect to reception in case of an emergency?
I know this is a budget hotel that offers the basics, but a few little extras would be nice. Maybe some bottled water & some tissues?
There also seemed to be the sound of running water at night that was quite annoying.
Everytime we left or returned, there was no acknowledgement from staff behind the counter.
Our last night, we left to have dinner and whom we presume was the duty manager was sitting at the desk with a female employee pushed right up against him. This looked very unprofessional. Again....we were ignored.
Upon departure (this morning), we were finally greeted by a happy smiling face behind the counter....where was this employee when we arrived?
The upside is, the hotel is in a great location and is all in all, good value.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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3 Thank MyOwnOpinion21
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Hi Claire S,

Thanks for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the majority of your stay.

I am sorry to hear about the staff not being as friendly as they usually are. I have shown all my staff your review, and reminded them that the entire reason we are here is to make the guest's stay as enjoyable as possible. I'll ensure this is worked on as they are usually fantastic at it!

Thanks again

Nathan Copsey
General Manager
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

We made a reservation for 4 nights through booking.com and got the full package with everything we needed for our stay. I think this hotel is a real bargain and absolute find. While it is certainly not luxurious, it really has absolutely spotless rooms with comfy beds and an awesome shower! The location is perfect, and we walked everywhere! Wonderful stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Zethrop
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NathanCopsey, General Manager at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Hi Zethrop,

Well what a wonderful review! Thanks for that. We're stoked you enjoyed your stay with at Tune Melbourne.

Hope to see you at one of our properties again soon.

Nathan Copsey
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Property: Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street
Address: 609 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3053, Australia (Formerly Tune Hotel - Melbourne)
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Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
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Ranked #87 of 158 Hotels in Melbourne
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Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street 3*
Number of rooms: 225
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