Suggestions for Melbourne lodging

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Sep 21st, 2018, 04:01 PM
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Suggestions for Melbourne lodging

Thanks everyone for your input on my threads re: March trip. I'm hoping to get some suggestions for accommodations - - assuming that central location is best for our 4 nights. We're looking for a nice upscale place, but one that won't feel corporate. Open to boutique hotels or apartments as well as some of the highly rated larger hotels. I know I could easily just pick one from AMEX but would appreciate on the ground recommendations. Again, thanks so much.
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Sep 21st, 2018, 11:40 PM
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What's your budget?
I like Citadines centrally located but haven't stayed with them in Melbourne .
Adelphi Hotel - has a roof top pool- Flinders lane
The Crossley - budget end of he boutique spectrum
Ovolo Laneways - China town
Hotel Lindrum
these are all on Time Out boutique list and all in CBD
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Sep 21st, 2018, 11:42 PM
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The Langham and Sofitel on Collins are 2 I have used but not boutique - recommend for service and location
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Sep 22nd, 2018, 04:47 AM
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We stay in Punthill, Flinders Lane Apartments in Melbourne. Very conveniently located, clean and comfortable - stylish but not luxurious. If having a walk-in shower is important for you (rather than a shower over a bath tub) you can request this. There is one such apartment on each floor.

Supermarket, transport, laneway eateries, are all an easy walk.
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Sep 22nd, 2018, 05:13 AM
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I second the Langham. It is very comfortable and I like it’s location right on the river. There are restaurants right outside your door and you are just a short walk to Federation Square and many other places downtown. It’s also convenient to tram lines.
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Sep 22nd, 2018, 01:53 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. This is a celebratory trip so we're looking for nice places, won't be scrimping on hotels. I'm not necessarily looking for a boutique hotel but sometimes they can be a really terrific alternative to a big one. We'll want a decent size room for 4 nights.
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Sep 22nd, 2018, 06:51 PM
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For special then I would say The Langham is the best of those and location fab but the Park Hyatt is the most glamorous - only problem is it's in the edge of the CBD - it's stunning .
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Sep 25th, 2018, 05:51 PM
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Another hotel to add to the list is the Novotel on Collins - excellent location, right in the middle of town. Some friends stayed there and they had no complaints.

As for Melbourne itself ...... Sydney has the glitz and the glamour (Opera House, the Harbour, the Harbour Bridge etc.) but Melbourne has everything else - it's the sporting/cultural/dining/shopping/coffee capital of Australia. Although you will find one or two Starbucks around, they closed most of them as no self-respecting Melburnian would be caught dead in one - far too many good coffee places around town.

Melbourne tends to hide many of its charms - down a grungy looking alleyway, up a flight of stairs, down in a basement -- do not be put off!
The city is criss-crossed with lanes and alleyways, so go exploring. The centre of the city is built on a grid (... the Hoddle Grid) -- from west to east/left to right, the streets are -
Spencer--King--William--Queen--Elizabeth--Swanston--Russell--Exhibition--Spring.
From south to north/bottom to top it's -
Flinders--Flinders Lane--Collins--Little Collins--Bourke--Little Bourke--Lonsdale--Little Lonsdale--La Trobe
Get that grid fixed in your mind and you can wander to your hearts content without much fear of getting lost.

The City of Melbourne publishes a series of self-guided walks. While all of them are worthwhile, the 'Arcades and Lanes' and 'Secret Gardens' would be particularly worthwhile. For the Secret Gardens tour (and they're not really secret at all....) at the very end of the suggested route, the map has you deviate away from the river.... no need for that - the path will narrow to a single track but just keep going alongside the river and you'll end up by the rowing club boathouses, across the river from Flinders Street Station.

For shopping, there are hundreds of shops and boutiques scattered around, particularly in the lanes and alleyways. The pedestrianised 'Bourke Street Mall' is home to the two major department stores (Myer and David Jones) and The Emporium (behind those stores and between Little Bourke and Lonsdale) has a number of up-market shops. For the higher end shopping (Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton etc.), head to the eastern end of Collins Street (known locally as the 'Paris end').

Cafes and restaurants are everywhere, though again many are down in a basement, up a flight of stairs, down a laneway. Restaurants tend to be busy throughout the week (i.e., not just on the weekend).

The National Gallery of Victoria has two branches - NGV International on St. Kilda Road and NGV Australia at Federation Square. Both are worth a visit and the main collections are free. Between Flinders Street Station and NGV International is the Arts Centre (primarily Hamer Hall and the State Theatre) so it may be worth a look to see if there is anything on while you're here that interests you.
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Sep 25th, 2018, 10:56 PM
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A few more random Melbourne thoughts, for what they’re worth….

The State Library on Swanston Street is worth a visit. From the dome galleries on the upper floors, there's a good view of the reading room below, together with various exhibits related to Melbourne’s history (including a full set of Ned Kelly armour). If you’re in that part of town and you cross Swanston Street, look South (towards Flinders Street Station) for a great view of the Shrine (which you can easily visit if you do the ‘Secret Gardens’ walk referenced earlier).

The junction of Flinders Street and Swanston Street is home to Flinders Street Station (south-west corner), Young & Jackson, which dates from 1861 (north-west corner), St. Paul’s (Anglican) Cathedral (north-east corner) and Federation Square - love it or hate it (south-east corner). Go upstairs at Young & Jackson and have a drink with Chloe.

If you think of the CBD/Hoddle Grid as four quadrants (with Swanston Street running down the centre), the bottom left quadrant (particularly as you go west of Elizabeth Street) is predominantly the "business” part of town, the upper left quadrant (particularly in the William Street/Lonsdale Street area) is the “legal” part of town (various Courts, lots of lawyers etc). For the tourist visitor, the two eastern quadrants are probably of more interest than the western two, though all areas of town have some great bits. In particular, in the bottom-left (business) quadrant, don’t miss the lobby of 333 Collins or the Banking Hall of the ANZ Bank branch at 380 Collins - they don’t build banking halls like that any more!

Melbourne has two religions - footy (that’s Australian Rules Football, the Grand Final <think Super Bowl> of which is this Saturday, September 29 <so this Friday is a public holiday in Melbourne, would you believe.…> ) and coffee (so no Starbucks, please). Melbourne is also noted for its Street Art, which can be found all around town (sometimes in the most unexpected places) - Hosier Lane and AC/DC Lane & Duckboard Place being two notable examples. When looking for street art, don’t forget to look up …. it’s not always at eye-level in front of you.

Lots to see and do - enjoy!
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Sep 27th, 2018, 06:42 AM
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All this is very helpful! tt- I really appreciate those details, it helps me get an orientation. I have Fodors guidebook from my last trip but it's not nearly as helpful as all this "on the ground" response. I'm thinking that it might not be as easy to wander around and go back and forth from the Park Hyatt ..seems that the location won't be right for us. How easy is it to go (walk, wander) from Southbank (say, the Langham) to the other side of the river and what's in CBD and various quadrants?
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Sep 27th, 2018, 06:25 PM
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If it's hot while you're in Melbourne, you might want to hop on a tram to get where you're going. The trams are an easy way to get around Melbourne and are free within Melbourne's CBD and Docklands
https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/getting-a...-melbourne/#p8
You can see a "free tram zone" map on this link:
https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/fre...e#.W619wmgzaUk
Looking at the above map might make it easier to choose an accommodation. The Langham seems like a great choice. It's only about an 8-minute walk to Federation Square on the other side of the river.
Here's a link to a map of the CBD, showing major attractions (indicated by a red star). You can zoom in on this map.
https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/Sit...e_city_map.pdf

A couple of attractions that weren't mentioned:
The Eureka Skydeck, which is very close to the Langham.
https://www.eurekaskydeck.com.au/
Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. You can get there by tram.
https://museumsvictoria.com.au/melbournemuseum/

I've always stayed by Queen Victoria Market, kind of on the edge of the CBD, except for my fist visit to Melbourne, when I stayed at the Hotel Windsor.
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Sep 27th, 2018, 06:44 PM
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How easy is it to go (walk, wander) from Southbank (say, the Langham) to the other side of the river and what's in CBD and various quadrants?
Easy enough - either walk across the Yarra Footbridge (past Ponyfish Island) or walk along Southbank to St. Kilda Road and then over Princes Bridge to Flinders Street Station and the CBD. If you go over the Yarra Footbridge, you run into the tracks at Flinders Street Station ... but if you stay outside the station ticket barriers, you can walk through under the tracks and (along with people coming out of the station) end up at the junction of Flinders and Elizabeth Streets.

Trams are a major form of transport in Melbourne and, within the CBD, they're free. Outside the CBD, you need a 'Myki' card. Trams run predominantly up/down Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street and along Collins and Bourke Streets, as well as on Flinders Street and William Street. If you're within the CBD, you don't really need to worry too much as to which tram route is which --- the routes really only diverge once they're outside the CBD. If you walk over the Yarra Footbridge and under the tracks to the junction of Elizabeth and Flinders Street, you can then catch a tram (19, 57 or 59) up Elizabeth Street to, say, the Queen Victoria Market and then work your way back down through the CBD. If you're over the east side of town on Spring Street (Parliament House, the Old Treasury Building) any tram heading west on Collins or Bourke will get you back into the middle of town. It's easy enough to walk everywhere but hopping on and off a tram when it suits can ease the strain.



Melbourne CBD, showing tram routes
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Sep 30th, 2018, 05:58 AM
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It's very easy to walk from The Langham - it's in a great position. We stay there when we come in from the suburbs .
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Oct 12th, 2018, 03:49 PM
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This is a great thread. Thanks. I learned a lot and I live here.

Second the Langham location. It's a bit on the southern fringe but the foot bridge that is right there, via Flinders Station passthrough and into the thick of it.

The dining intensive (at all price levels) Riverwalk on the Langham side is almost outside your door, providing a pleasant night time promenade walk along the river, usually with buskers and lots of life. The walk leads down to the Crown Casino, (lots of upscale dining, including Heston Blumenthal's Dinner by Heston), the sailing ship Polly Woodside and points beyond at one end and the National Gallery, Concert Hall and parklands on the other.
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Oct 14th, 2018, 10:16 AM
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Thank you all, the added info about dining and sightseeing is incredibly helpful. Maybe I will be able to meet some of you in March!
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Oct 15th, 2018, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by CounterClifton View Post
.... The walk leads down to the Crown Casino,...... .
..... outside which don't miss the Gas Brigades, nightly on the hour from 8 pm to midnight.
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Oct 15th, 2018, 05:27 PM
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In addition to the previously-mentioned St. Paul's (Anglican) Cathedral on the corner opposite Flinders Street Station, don't miss the somewhat unusual interior of St.Michael's (Uniting) Church on Collins Street, and the associated Mingary, on the Russell Street side of St. Michael's. Across the other side of Russell Street is the Scots' Church, with its magnificent organ.
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Nov 5th, 2018, 02:14 PM
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Reviving the thread. Was all set to book Langham but was told by AMEX that they will be starting significant renovations in February so I don't want to be in the middle of a construction zone. Alternatives at the "level" of Langham with great location? (Not interested in Crowne because of the casino, Park Hyatt location didn't seem as appealing). I found the descriptions on Time Out a bit difficult to sort through because they are more promotional.Thanks again everyone
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There is another Hyatt hotel in Collins Street which would be very central to all that you may want to do around the city. Small shopping mall on ground level with eating places etc and a small cinema complex.
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Nov 7th, 2018, 07:44 AM
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Any thoughts about Treasury on Collins in one of the Heritage Balcony Rooms? Location seems central, TA reviews look good. Also, Crowne Tower (now I understand there are 3 Crowne hotels in Melbourne) - - I guess this one doesn't have a casino? but seems maybe too "glitzy" for me?
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