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City Park Apartments
Melbourne
2 reviews
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“Not really up to scratch”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

My overall impression of this property was that the management just didn't care. The smoke detector was missing, the electric blanket and clock radio didn't work, the balcony door had a make-shift lock, and the front door would only shut if given a hefty push (then it banged loudly).

On the plus-side, there was free wi-fi.

The view over the park was nice, (depends on getting a front unit).

Room Tip: Get a front room (facing the park)
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Toronto, Ontario
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39 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2013

We went back to North Lodge for a second stay early March and it was like night and day. Refurbishment is taking place slowly and Rm. 2, also overlooking City Park, was much nicer than the previous room. The carpet and drapes are new and the furniture too seemed to be new. It was certainly a lot more comfortable. A very pleasant surprise and we'll go back again. My biggest peeve is that most establishments of this vintage don't have enough power outlets and North Lodge is no exception. They were built PEA (pre electronic age) and by the time you plug in the laptop, camera charger, phone charger and eReader you'll be out of luck when it comes to the kettle and toaster! I tried to post this in March, to make it more timely, but you can't submit a second review for the same establishment before three months.

Room Tip: Room 2 nice, with park view
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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56 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2013

We arrived after 2pm for our 3 night stay. The room was not ready for they had double booked our room. The cleaner had to remove a long term guest personal items. I booked this property after I looked on their website. The picture of the spa/bathroom is what enticed me to book. The spa was nothing like the one in the photo, in fact the bathroom was nothing like the one on the website
Parking is a nightmare. There are not enough spots for the number of rooms. The property looks very tired from the outside. There was no phone in our room although the website states that the room has a phone
The oven is not clean with foil actually embedded on the bottom shelf. The bedroom light and outside light did not work
The laundry is an OH& S issue with puddle of water surrounding both washing machine and dryer. After using the dryer my washing was still wet so I take it the dryer is broken but we were not informed. I had to spend time to find a laundromat to dry my clothes

Overall not a great place to stay.
The staff are friendly, the WiFi is great to have while on holidays

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Ontario
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

My partner and I recently spent two weeks in a one-bedroom suite overlooking Brisbane St. and City Park. The furniture, especially the sofa, is a bit tired but the unit was clean and perfect for our needs and a few small items needed for the kitchen were quickly provided by the manager, Renee. Staff were always friendly and helpful and the free wifi worked well in this unit. We didn’t notice traffic noise but people walking home from the pubs and clubs tended to be noisy, and neighbouring guests were often annoying when they staged gabfests outside of their rooms. All in all, a pleasant experience and we are going back for a short stay soon.

Room Tip: Park view nicer but a little noisier.
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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2013

Stayed here for two weeks. It's in an ideal situation. Opposite a beautiful park, has nice views from the front units, and 5 minutes walk from town. Renee, the manager, was really friendly. She doesn't belong here. She should be in a more up-market place. The building is over 40 years old and has not been kept up to date. We had a one bedroom unit in the front. Nice balcony and the unit was really warm, probaby because of the solid brick internal walls. Carpet was stained. Even though it had a kitchen, there was not enough utensils to cook a meal. The stove was an old solid plate type. The oven was white inside, don't think the cleaning spray had been wiped off. Bed was comfortable with new linen. Bathroom had been done up. The couch was old and the dining table had an un-ironed tablecloth over it. Under that, the table was old, dark stained and scratched. Flat screen TV. Parking is a nightmare unless you park on the busy road. But if we parked there we had to walk up four floors. Would we stay there again?? Definitely not! There is more reasonably priced and newer places close by.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Camdale
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

My family stayed at North Lodge recently. The front of house staff member was very friendly and helpful however I was disappointed with the quality of the property. From not being able to park our car in the assigned parking because the parking space was quite small to the what seemed like hundreds of stairs to climb nothing was what we expected. The bunks in the loungeroom were not great quality and everytime my son turned over they squeaked and rattled with might. My older son didn't feel safe sleeping on the top bunk so the mattress had to be brought to the floor. My daughter was to sleep on the sofa bed but as there was no linen (which we didn't discover wasn't there until later in the night) she simply slept on the sofa which was really not suitable (good thing she is small). The bathroom and the kitchen have quality fittings although the shower screen could have done to be a bit bigger and the crockery and cutlery in the kitchen are not great standard or even enough. (3 bowls for a 5 person room just doesn't cut it). Also the cleaning staff need a good shake up. Under the sofa bed we found an earring, some nail polish and a lighter. In the bedroom 2 chocolate santas under the curtains and beside the bed. All in all not what we expected for the price and I am sure that there are better rooms for similar money in other hotels.
Note : the back stairs are downright dangerous at night with next to no lighting.

Room Tip: Don't know if there are any "good" rooms to choose from
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2012

I would not reccommend this accomodation as it was very old and tired looking from the outside even though they had painted inside it had a damp and musty smell to the apartment the lounge very old and uncomfortable there was no spare blankets which were needed as the size of the heater for the room was not big enough and it was very noisy. The fridge was not turned on and the cutlery and utensils were very poor.If you dont get parking on your apartments level you may have to walk up stairs or a very steep driveway.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: City Park Apartments
Address: 7 Brisbane St, Launceston, Tasmania 7250, Australia (Formerly North Lodge Apartments)
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Launceston
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Launceston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — City Park Apartments 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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