The Lyall Hotel,South Yarra Melbourne

by admin on October 2, 2011

The Lyall Hotel and Spa
14 Murphy Street, South Yarra, Melbourne 3141, Australia

Plenty of amenities
Accommodating and friendly staff
Free WiFi
Soothing Spa Service

Quite dusty
Quite pricey food

On business in South Yarra my PA booked the Lyall Hotel in Murphy street. I got the one bedroom suite which had a contemporary look and feel. It had a comfortable king bed, a mini kitchen complete with a fridge, microwave, dishwasher and basic cooking materials and utensils, an LCD flat screen TV and the service that I loved the most – FREE WIFI! I also adored the bathroom which had mist free mirrors and two very functional shower heads. They also had fluffy bathrobes which I thought were already ancient to most modern hotels. The room and bathroom were quite dusty though and triggered my allergies.

Since I was alone, I frequently visited their bar and snack place which was very “intimate” but had a large following. Their breakfast and lunch buffets were also actually pretty good but quite expensive. The hotel’s location though is very near the best dining places in the city so you can just walk your way to good food. I also tried their spa service on the last night of my stay and it was simply divine. Definitely a must try for all travelers who will check in to the Lyall.

On top of everything, what really makes the Lyall stand out from the rest of the more popular Melbourne CBD hotels is its friendly and accommodating staff. From the moment that I checked in, to being shown to my room until the time that I checked out, people have been so warm and pleasant. They were thoughtful of my needs and always ready to provide my requests unlike in bigger hotels where it will take hours before you receive any attention. If ever I would go back to this hotel, it would be because I wanted to receive the same royalty treatment.


The Pensione Hotel in the Melbourne CBD

by admin on September 29, 2011

Pensione Hotel Melbourne
16 Spencer St., Melbourne 3000, Australia

Good location; accessible to transportation
Cheaper internet access than other hotels

Ridiculously small room and bathroom

I visited a friend in Melbourne last June and I was supposed to go back home on the same day when my friend asked me to join her in a party that she was attending that evening. She didn’t have extra space in her apartment so she helped me look for a hotel that is within her budget (she insisted to pay for it) and came across Pensione. The hotel was a 4-minute walk from the Southern Cross Station which was also my departure point the following morning. The room that she rented for me was unbelievably small but I didn’t want to offend her so I kept my mouth shut at that time. I upgraded the room to a standard double when she went home thinking that would give me more room but to my amazement, I couldn’t notice the difference. The bathroom was also outrageously small. I got my legs cramped having had to sit sideways on the toilet. The shower did not have a shower screen and I could not use the sink because the water kept splashing onto the floor and flooded the entire bathroom. It was a good thing that I was out for the rest of the evening because the water had enough time to subside without making my head explode. I guess that is what is meant by the saying that “you only get what you pay for”.

To be fair to the hotel, the bed was actually comfortable and clean. The room had a nice big flat screen TV. There was also no free WiFi but internet access was more reasonably priced than the more popular and high-class hotels.


The Grand Hotel in the Melbourne CBD

by admin on September 28, 2011

Grand Hotel Melbourne
33 Spencer St., Melbourne 3000, Australia

Old World, Classic Appeal
Friendly and accommodating staff
Great location
Heated indoor pool/spa, sauna & gym

No complimentary tea and coffee
Pool is hard to locate

The Grand Hotel is probably one of the oldest hotels in Melbourne. It is located within walking distance to the Southern Cross Railway Station, Crown Entertainment Complex, Southbank, Etihad Stadium, & the Melbourne CBD. It used to be the Victorian Railways Administration building and is considered an iconic landmark in the city.

I was intrigued at how it has managed to stay strong for this long given the popularity of the newer high-class hotels that have emerged within the central business district. Out of curiosity, I decided to spend 2 nights at this hotel with my wife and I am happy to say that the Grand Hotel did not disappoint.

The Grand was able to maintain its old world charm without sacrificing the quality and usefulness of its facilities. The wide corridors, high ceilings and décor provided unique contrast to the modern amenities of the hotel. Our room was situated at the fourth floor. It was spacious and had a flat screen TV for our entertainment. It also had kitchen facilities that includes a fridge, microwave, oven and dishwasher. The bed was comfortable – not too soft and not too hard as well. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. They ushered us to our room and carried our luggage for us. They showed us around even to the rather secluded areas like the heated indoor pool and sauna. Everything was actually superb. The only thing I questioned was why was there no complimentary tea and coffee? Unfortunately, the hotel guys didn’t know the answer.

Overall, we think that the Grand Hotel lives up to its name. It is one of the many landmarks that Melbourne can be proud of.


Clarion Suites-Melbourne CBD

September 24, 2011

Clarion Suites Gateway
1 William St., Melbourne 3000, Australia
Convenient location
Large rooms
Friendly staff
Free voucher if you submit the feedback form
Small bathroom
My husband has been working in Melbourne for 8 months already and [...]

The Crown Promenade in Southbank,Melbourne

September 22, 2011

Crown Promenade Hotel
8 Whiteman St., Southbank, Melbourne 3006, Australia
Excellent location
Good sleeping value
Dated TV
Expensive internet
Average service
I got the chance to stay at this hotel during my All-Around-Australia tour with my [...]