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Birches Serviced Apartments
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Birches service Apartments are within walking distance of the city, bridge street and the MCG.
Trams are also close by.
The apartments are very clean and are reasonably quiet.
Secure parking is at a small cost and is very convenient.
The staff were very friendly and we would have no hesitation in staying again

Room Tip: Ask for ground floor to avoid stairs
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Paul C
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I had a pleasant stay at birches. It is close to town and has pet friendly apartments which is fantastic if you need to travel with your Best friend. I didn't but is great to know l could if need be. The apartments are comfortable and clean. They are reasonably priced for this side of town and offer parking at ten dollars a nite if you pre arrange it ( check first as may not be avail due to limited spaces) would stay again and must note how lovely and friendly receptionists were also.

Room Tip: Lots of stairs and no lift so maybe not appropriate for some.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank melissa d
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

I needed to find accommodation near the hospital. I found this one but was a bit wary when it said pet friendly. I needn't have worried. The rooms were exactly as they were shown on the website. The staff very friendly and helpful. A very enjoyable stay.

Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Maggie M
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank Allister C
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Reviewed 31 May 2013

These apartments are perfectly located if you are heading to the MCG or doing some shopping in Richmond, as we were for the weekend. They are simple, small apartments but atleast have the advantage of extras like a kitchenette over a motel room. We had no issues with check-in, the staff were pleasant and helpful. Parking is quite limited and costs extra, we were lucky to be able to find a spot but by the end of the night it was full. The apartments are compact, the 'living area' is very narrow and I didn't find the couches very comfortable, and to think they were sleeper sofas! I was also disappointed there was no door to the bedroom, we had a toddler with us and would have liked to close the door after she had gone to sleep in the bedroom and we were still out in the lounge room watching TV etc. Whilst the bathroom had a bath (handy for a small child) it was ridiculously small. All that being said, I wouldn't rule out going back there to stay as I truly believe you get what you pay for.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank NellyC76
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

We stayed at Birches serviced apartments in East Melbourne on 21/3/2013. Wow. It was fantastic. We booked an apartment there because of the position and also as it was pet friendly and took our small dog with us. We were upgraded to a superior room which was absolutely fantastic. We were close to shops with Victoria st restaurants and also supermarket and transport links. The tram stop was only 200 m away and we caught the tram into town and dined in Chinatown. Trams were infrequent on way home but as it was a pleasant night it was only a nice down hill walk back to our apartment. We will definitely staying here again. So convenient and modately priced.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Stayed here recently whilst in Melbourne for the Grand Prix. Given how expensive accommodation is over the Grand Prix weekend this place wasn't too badly priced. Great location on the 109 tram route straight into the city and a really good pub nearby called the Prince Patrick Hotel where we had a lovely dinner.
Having booked a one bedroomed apartment we were quite surprised to find there was no door between the living room and bedroom, rather just a large opening. Given that my husband and me were travelling with my parents in their 50's this wasn't entirely what we were expecting and although we knew we were going to be sleeping in the living room, we didn't expect to be practically in the same room. The bathroom was also at the other side of the bed so we had to go past them sleeping in bed to use the loo during the night!! I think a floor plan or at least some photos on the website making this more apparent would be useful. In my opinion it was also slightly misleading having read the info on the website talking about the bedroom and lounge room. I think bedroom area and lounge area might be more appropriate as I took the descriptions literally.
I did question this with the staff who did look to see if they could move us to one of a couple of apartments with an internal door but given that it was the Grand Prix weekend they were full, which is fair enough. The staff were all lovely and couldn't have been more helpful, although it would have been nice to have had the room serviced over the weekend as well as during the week hence the average rating for cleanliness.
Would definitely stay here again as a couple but would give it a miss if needing accommodation for 4.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Birches Serviced Apartments

Address: 160 Simpson Street | Corner Albert Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 158 Speciality Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range: £76 - £136 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Birches Serviced Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Birches Serviced Apartments offer fully equipped and spacious apartments with all the comforts of home, featuring full kitchen with microwaves and hotplates, Free Wifi and much more. A beautiful common court-yard with BBQ facilities with a veggie and herb garden are at the disposal of guests. What's more our guests can also use the bicyles provided free of charge throughout their stay to ride around the city centre. Rooms recently refurbished and freshened up under New Management since August 2013. ... more   less 
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