I have stayed here a few times and again recently stayed here and we had a 1 bedroom suite that had great views of the river and the city - the room was very light and open which was great. Lots of space and a small kitchen which was very handy. It is also in a good location in the CBD - right on several tram lines to get around, If you are a casino person it is a 5 minute walk there.
The rates are not bad - but not that cheap - I think the view is what you pay for and the location. But on the whole quite could value.
- No wireless internet - rarely see that these days and should not be the case in this day and age - so if you have an ipad without 3G it was useless. They did say they were getting wireless but I think i recall them saying that on a previous visit. The rate to use the cable internet is $19.99 per day - not cheap.
- Bed mattresses are too low to the ground and very soft - they may need a re-fresh.
- They ask you to pay upfront - most hotels ask for a credit card imprint and you then settle at the end. Why you need to pay for your room nights in advance is odd.
You can often judge a hotel by the coat hangers in the wardrobe - you either have a full coat hanger where you remove the hook and all - or you have those ones that detach at the hook neck, presumably so you will not steal them. I always think you can judge a hotel by the coat hangers - this hotel had the latter - seriously do people really steal coat hangers? Given the rates I think they could have more trust of their guests. The hotel failed my 'coat hanger test' :-)
But all in all a good hotel - and great location and views and staff very very helpful whenever you need anything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary High-rise Hotel situated 200 meters from aquarium & 500 meters from casino, shops & Yarra River Cruises. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Suites Gateway Hotel Melbourne
- Clarion Hotel Melbourne
- Clarion Melbourne
- Melbourne Clarion