If you want to know where to stay in Melbourne then I think you should know of my favourite place, The Grand Hotel Melbourne. After 12 years of trying Melbourne accommodation I think I have found a great fit for me.
The Grand Hotel offers exemplary serviced apartments in Melbourne CBD. It is perfectly placed by being located on the corner of Flinders Street and Spencer Street. As a traveller this means quick walking access to either of the train stations on these streets.
The Melbourne city trams also pass directly outside. It was also very convenient for me to see attractions in the city such as the White Night Festival.
The Grand Hotel Melbourne is not just one of the best hotels Melbourne CBD has to offer, but it is a combination of long term accommodation and serviced apartments for rent. If you read my site often then you will know that I generally prefer apartments over hotel rooms.
I was first put onto The Grand Hotel Melbourne by colleagues in Melbourne. Over the years they have put me in a range of accommodation in Melbourne CBD and close to the city. I’ve been in places like The Duxton (now Rendezvous), The Grand Chancellor, Seasons Hotel (on St Kilda Rd) plus The Mercure on Swanston Street. Yet nothing provides the comfort at the heart of the city like this place.
Let me explain why.
Inside The Grand Hotel Melbourne
The serviced apartments are very spacious. You have a kitchen dining area at the entrance.
Your kitchen is well equipped. There were two of every piece of cutlery except for teaspoons for which there was just one (I think this is a ploy since if you have too many teaspoons you’ll never wash them after making a cuppa).
Plenty of crockery, cooking pans, microwave, fridge freezer and a dishwasher.
These maybe Melbourne holiday apartments for some but there was also complimentary tea and coffee plus some fancy herbal teas too. The fridge contained all the selection of a hotel mini bar.
The lounge area had a comfy sofa and coffee table. The flat screen TV had a standard selection of channels but most importantly Fox Sports – perfect for catching up on NRL and AFL 🙂
There was even a DVD player and stereo sound system in these apartments in Melbourne.
I’ve stayed in The Grand Hotel Melbourne at least 3 times now and each time my apartment has come with a mezzanine floor. Maybe it is just me but I find this quite exciting.
Upstairs there is always a large double bed, plenty of wardrobe space and an alarm clock radio.
The bathroom is spacious, smart and full of high quality complimentary toiletries which smell great.
The Grand Hotel Melbourne apartments also offer the chance to buy credit for the hotel wifi service. Whilst this is something to pay for (or select a higher package room) the internet was very reliable and suited me perfectly.
Whilst this may be far from the cheapest accommodation in Melbourne, if you book a family or multi-room apartment then you can save a lot on the cost per head as opposed to individual hotel rooms.
These may be service apartments in Melbourne but you get the full features of a hotel. There is a downstairs bar, restaurant and room service.
In addition there was a reasonable size swimming pool (I hardly ever saw anyone use it) and gym facilities. There is also a car valet parking service.
All of these provide compelling arguments to make this the place for a short stay in Melbourne yet they can be long stay accommodation in Melbourne too. Occasionally I’d meet someone in the lift who was living there. Compelling evidence indeed of how desire-able this place is.
On the downside as hotel customers there was only one lift available to use. This really slowed you down at times.
So these are great reasons to like The Grand Hotel Melbourne. Yet there is something more which makes this place special to me and that is the history of the place.
History of The Grand Hotel Melbourne
The building was built in 1896 and opened as the Railways Administrative Building (hence the reason why the bar is called “RAB”). It is undoubtedly a grand building, very fitting of it’s name. The place is so large that the hotel with its many floors only takes up part of the building. There are further private residence and offices within the complex.
The owners (Accor Group) seem very proud of the history and also highlight the fact that it was only opened as a hotel on 8th October 1997. Yet still many of the distinguishing features are maintained.
The real appeal for me are the long, wide corridors which makes you know and feel that this is a building of grandeur. I might be having a short stay in Melbourne but these serviced apartments feel regal.
There is little doubt that in future when I’m looking for serviced apartments in Melbourne that the Grand Hotel will be my first choice.
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