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“Hidden gem in South Yarra”

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Apartments of South Yarra
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Shah Alam
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125 reviews
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“Hidden gem in South Yarra”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Wow! We were pleasantly surprised by this place. We weren't expecting much given the comments on the proximity to the train tracks and the low price.

The good:
150m to Chapel Street, Arthur Street leads straight out to Jam Factory. Fantastic location.

The apartment was a good size and all amenities were provided; dishwashing detergent, fruit peeler, everything and anything you expect to find in a kitchen is provided. Queen (could have been King) bed in the bedroom (with an oil heater) and a sofa bed in the living (good for 2 pax). 4 additional pillows and 2 additional blankets were provided. The kitchen came with a fridge, oven, microwave and hob.

The cooling/heating unit in the living worked like a charm, maintaining the set temperature at all times.

The complimentary parking. Some reviewers commented that it was not sheltered and was exposed to street traffic. I do not know which planet they come from!!! Most other apartments in South Yarra either have limited parking bays or they did not come free.

There's a coin-operated washing machine and dryer provided. AUD3.00 per use but no detergent provided.

The not so good:
Reception was off-site but I'm OK with this as it was made known to me in the booking portal and the reception is just a short stroll (about 600m) away.

Highly recommended and we will be staying here the next time we visit.

Room Tip: For those who want to be away from the train tracks, Apartments 1 - 6 are located at the front. Apar...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Excellent location, clean and compact. Size is fine for two people. Reception was offsite. Walk up first floor apartment at the front of the block was noisy because of trains. Offstreet parking is convenient but not covered or hidden from the street.

Air con/heater would not keep settings and often changed to cooling when it was 10 degrees outside and the filter was dirty. No repair was provided during our three night stay. There was an oil-column heater as fallback which was Ok in the bedroom.

The oven had confusing controls and two of the buttons which controlled the timer/ on-off control were broken off and missing. Everything else worked. Uncomfortable seating in the lounge. Relatively hard bed. Not particularly good value

Room Tip: Avoid the apartments on the street because of train noise.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2013 via mobile

Excellent location. Am in a room on the train side and can't hear them. Outside looks shabby but clean and modern inside. Bed a bit hard. Large tv, comfortable small lounge area. Definitely only suitable for up to two people. Very happy though, fine for a short business stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

These apartments are only a 10min train ride from Flinders Street station and Melbourne CBD, very conveniently located to shops, restaurants and cafes in the Chapel Street/Toorak Road precinct. There is no reception at the Apartments so you must check in at the Claremont Hotel which is located near South Yarra train station and only a 5min walk from the Apartments block, check out is easy just leaving the key in the apartment when you leave. Our Apartment (Apt 12) was clean and looked like it was recently updated and was equipped with a reverse cycle aircon, iron/iron board, heater, extra blankets/pillows, flat screen TV etc. The down side was that it is located opposite to the railway line but the noise bearable and we were able to sleep sound (Tip: If staying here ask for room 7 through to 12 as these apartments are at the back of the block and will be quieter). My husband and I thought this was good value for money and was good for any short term stays if staying out in South Yarra.

Room Tip: If staying here ask for either room 7 - 12 as these apartments are at the back of the block an will...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2013

Very noisy apartments located on main railway line, with trains running all night = NO SLEEP! Don't stay in street front apartments. Key pickup from Claremont Budget Guest House as no reception on site. Website photos not of apartment building exterior. Very average accommodation for the price.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 16 June 2013

Very serviceable apartment with free wifi and in a terrific location. Out of the centre of Melbourne but very convenient to it. Lots of shops and eateries nearby. The apartments are allied with the Claremont Hotel and benefit from the brilliant service and assistance that you get from the Claremont. You can even drop in to the Claremont for the free breakfast if you wish.
The bathroom needs a paint in the apartment I was in, but otherwise - top notch.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

Perfect location, close to shops (very important) and close to public transport. Clean, spacious and still in a quiet area. Best apartment I have stayed in for a long while. Free wifi and it was no problem to extend my stay for same price for an extra night. Two tv's, comfortable bed and plenty of towels and extra bedding. Will definitely return again.

Room Tip: I had a room on the ground floor and it was really quiet.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Apartments of South Yarra
Address: 46 Arthur St | South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria 3141, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
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Ranked #42 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Apartments of South Yarra 4*
Number of rooms: 12
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