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The Melbourne
Ranked #60 of 66 Hotels in Perth
Reviewed 24 March 2012

Most hotels are as alike nowadays. Sorry, but it's true: resort hotels are all the same, business hotels are all the same, boutique hotels are all the same. You may know where you are but the hotels themselves don't give you a clue what country you're in. The Melbourne, agreeably, has character. And it's not "Ye Olde" Anything. It's simply old in a good way. This was the one time I decided while passing through NZ and OZ to have dinner in a hotel. I was delighted with my barramundi which I chose because I didn't know what a barramundi was. Cooked simply to perfection with equally yummy mashed potatoes. The Melbourne is your go-to if you wish lodging that connects with where you are.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 18 December 2011

The hotel is very central for all things in Perth city and is very affordable, unfortunately that probably reflects the quality. The room decor is very simple and cheap and not a very cosy or relaxed atmosphere. The facilities are limited, but that is expected as it is an old hotel. It has plenty of character and a pub downstairs (which didn't cause any noise problems). I would stay here again because of the price and location compared to other city hotels, but the rooms are merely for sleeping only and not to relax in.

Room Tip: Get a room on the balcony
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

I stayed in the Melbourne Hotel for one week the end of November 2011. I have to say that this place offers very little value for the money. The rate I paid was in excess of AUS 200 / night for a delux room w/ balcony, and what I got in return was a run down room with tired fixtures, and old bed and very little in the way of charm. The balcony was sparse, plantless and was really just a place the tenants used to smoke. Its a shame really, as the building itself is beautiful and with some effort, it could be a lot better than it is.

The Hotel has a bar with some of the old world charm about it that gets a bit busy and noisy as the CBD happy hour crowd filters through. The Hotel also has a restaurant that serves up some decent food in a nice classic setting. A bit expensive as you would expect a hotel to be, but not bad.

There are limited amenities to the "boutique" hotel and things like business services are not really offered here. The internet avaiability was intermittent at best and I ended up just going through my own celular roaming plan. If you were planning on officing from the hotel, you might do better elsewhere.

So, here it is:

Pros:
1) location location location. Siturated directly across from QV1 plaza (Perth CBD)
2) The Hotel Bar - old and not without some charm (popular with CBD happy hour crowd)
3) Building architecture
4) Hotel staff (generally very nice and accommodating)
5) Hotel restaurant - limited couisine but a decent atmosphere

Cons:
1) Crappy, sparse, old (run-down), rooms
2) Crappy conference "rooms"
3) Intermittent internet connection
4) No business or tourist services
5) No late checkout (I tried buit was told the cleaning staff were off duty by 12 noon, so I needed to checkout before then)
6) Very poor value for the money

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 November 2011

We booked this hotel as it seemed to be the only one available over the CHOGM weekend in Perth! It is cheap, and the hotel rooms are above a pub, and right in the middle of the CBD. So it is very central to bars, restaurants, attractions etc, but it is noisy. The rooms and the upstairs hotel part are tired and rundown, and the whole hotel could do with a make-over.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The location and price (central & cheap) were the best things about the Melbourne.

The hotel needs some updating. It's pretty basic and noisy. While not one to complain about noise when staying in the CBD (which goes with the territory) the walls provide very little insulation to outside noises. Adjoining rooms televisions, conversations in the corridor and the bass beat from the downstairs bar/club all seeped thru into the room.

The other disturbing thing was finding the door to our room had been propped open all day, presumably by housekeeping. Fortunately nothing was stolen.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

This hotel is very central. It is very basic. I would like to be able to recommend it (I like old hotels) but I cannot.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

We had an overnight stay on a Saturday night. Not impressed that we had to carry our own luggage to our room on arrival. We also had a long wait at reception on booking in as she was on the phone forever. No-one else was about. I must say though that all other staff we encountered were very friendly. The room was very small but opened out onto a very large verandah. To me this was the highlight! The room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Again we had to carry our own bags down on checking out and a long wait too, but we were the only people at reception. We would probably not stay here again.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Melbourne

Address: 942 Hay St, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Region: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth > Perth CBD
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#40 Luxury Hotel in Perth
Price Range: £141 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Melbourne 4*
Number of rooms: 34
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