I have stayed in this hotel many times, not necessarily from choice but because of its situation and proximity to where I needed to be. What you see is what you get - it is on a very noisy corner (La Trobe and Spencer St) with trams from all directions stopping right outside. A mixed blessing. It's pretty bleak inside, the reception staff are variable, some good, friendly and efficient whilst others clearly do not want to be there and sometimes not too fussed about visitors being there either. There are lifts up to the rooms which generally work well. The rooms are usually clean. Rooms with a kitchenette are handy (there is a Coles supermarket a short walk down Spencer St), and reasonably well equipped. Most of the rooms are comfortable and the beds are usually comfortable - they have mostly been upgraded. Best to check when you book that you will be in an upgraded room. Some of the rooms have balconies, some do not. Be aware that if you have one of the more pleasant rooms with a verandah, you will be woken up early by the trams and street noise, but back rooms look out over dismal rooftops and high rise offices. There is a restaurant, but it had recently ceased providing breakfast on the premises and was not always open for evening meals. At my last visit, the restaurant was still showing on the website when in fact it was not available so best to ask. The Italian style meals were good, when it was open. It is very well placed for the City Circle tram, other trams, Spencer St factory outlet shops, Flagstaff Gardens and for events at Etihad Stadium.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arrow on Spencer (also known as HarbourView Apartment) offers convenient and value for money accommodation from hotel rooms, studio, 1, 2 & 3 bedroom self-contained apartments with individual decor. Perfectly Located at the west end of Melbourne CBD, on the corner of Spencer and La Trobe streets. Southern Cross station and Etihad Stadium are nearby with FREE TRAM STOPS at our doorsteps. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Harbour View Apartment Melbourne
- Hotel Harbour View Apartment