Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
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After leaving Ceduna travelled to Keith in SA and stayed in the Shire showgrounds - for $10 per night per person had power, rain water if required and toilet & shower. Had the place to ourselves and were lucky to get a good view of the lunar eclipse - see photo
Left Keith the next day and finished up at the caravan park just east of Stawell.
For those who don't know this is where they hold ...
Hard to believe le grande tour de velo is nearly here! The last couple of months have been busy with preparations - making sure we and our soon to be best friends, Keith's new bike and my thoroughly serviced bike are packed snugly in their bike boxes for the big trip from Melbourne via Dubai to Paris. Planning our route and making sure we have everything we need (and nothing we don't need) for our 10 week trip has ...
... Prix. We had to walk a few blocks then take two trams to get there. The town is full of race fans and enthusiasm. There are special free trams for race goers and stores etc have signs, flags on display. It's front page news both in the local papers and news channels. So it is very festive and fun! Our seats in the stand are very good...we are right in the first S curve after the start and the pit lane merges onto the track right in front of our seats. ...
... a densely forested mountain, white skyscrapers, surfboards, and shave ice stands. I was instantly in love.
I charged my phone in a public bathroom and called Mike to let him know I arrived safely in Hawaii. He had briefly lived here on Oahu and its been a goal of mine to vacation here with him and have him show me around his old school, town, and church.
I wandered through a four story Forever21 ...
... that the square is only 100 years old and is made completely of Australian materials. We also learned that Australia was almost made a French colony, but the explorers overshot it and went to Papua New Guinea. By the time they came back, English explorers had already claimed the land.
Next, we went to St. Paul's Cathedral. It's a beautiful cathedral with many intricate details similar to ones we have seen in Europe. However, since Melbourne and Australia as a whole ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Stayed here on NYE. Room was clean. Within walking distance to Crown Casino. Very comfortable bed and there was a range of pillows to choose from.
Never usually order room service but at 5am on New Years Day I felt peckish. Ordered a BLT and Bacardi Breezer but 5 mins later was told they ran out of BLT's and Breezers. Paid $3.00 for mini bar chips instead. View was rather blah (roof of the pool below) and the TV reception could be better. Ch 9 flickered a lot. No sound on Ch 7.
Very friendly and helpful staff. Would stay here again.
Best place we stayed at in Oz
I'll get my only criticism out of the way up front-- as others have mentioned, this Holiday Inn isn't as centrally located as you might like. If I could do it over, I'd probably stay closer to Swanston St.
That said, we were extremely pleased with the experience. Our room overlooked Flinders Lane and had a view of the Rialto. We were close enough to walk to the bus station, very close to the tram lines, and had a few restaurants to choose from nearby.
The staff was friendly throughout. In fact, I saw a customer (who appeared to be a regular) give a bottle of wine to the front desk staff as she checked out.
The room was clean, big enough for us and absolutely ideal for our stay. Laundy facility wasn't spectacular, but it got the job done.
They've got a nice bar and television area near the lobby, though we did not take advantage of it.
Free access to two computers with high-speed internet-- something we did not get at our two other Oz hotels.
Overall, a great place that I'd highly recommend.
Everything about this place was great- massive bed, great food and service. And CLEAN!!!
Only critisizm is that it is about 10-15min walk from the city.
Tram at your doorstep though, right up the road from the Casino and Exhibition centre, and about 30min walk to Rod Laver.
Great Hotel, Great Value
Stayed at the Holiday Inn on Flinders last week. Just a short walk over the bridge to Southbank near shops, dining and great people watching. Beds were extremely comfortable, pillow menu, helful and friendly staff. I am a female, was traveling alone from the US and felt very safe. The staff went out of their way to make my stay nice. Stopped me on my way out of the hotel a few times to ask if I needed directions or information. Lovely hotel! Great value too. Felt like a 5 star hotel...highly recommend!
Predictable but good
I moved here for 5 days from the less than Grand Grand Hotel in Melbourne. I found it clean, safe and generally pleasant with cheery responsive staff, and a 'can do' approach to life.
Holiday Inns might be a bit predictable, but this was a benefit for me on this occasion. The oil vapourisers you could order for the room were a nice touch.
Spent 7 nights here, looks like we should have gone to the Enterprise Hotel across the road. Reception at Holiday Inn was really bad, unfriendly staff, almost felt they couldn't be bothered. Our room was pretty grotty, stains on furnishings and walls, felt dirty, small room, tiny bathroom. We told reception of our disappointment, had to wait the whole day to be allocated a different room. Was slightly better in size and cleanliness but very very noisy (traffic) as well as other guests, we seemed to be on a party floor, lots of screaming late at night. Yes the location is great, but thats about all this Holiday Inn has going for it, pretty expensive for what you get.
Stayed the night here after being at the Spring Carnival. Left our car with the valet parking at 10am for the day before we checked in at 6pm. Great location, a short distance from Spencer St station and trams roll straight past.
Wonderful king size beds, and 24hr room serivce.
Scrumptious buffett breakfast. We didn't need lunch after this feast.
Quiet rooms and blockout curtains. I rarely sleep well away from home, but slept like a log here.
Left some things in our room when we left and they helped us organise return of items. Very honest.
Will definately be back soon.
I stayed here overnight recently as I was attending a function in Melbourne. Clean hotel, nice decor, good facilities. Breakfast was also yummy. The hotel has a regular room service menu but also an 'eat in' menu where food is delivered in a box with no service charge like normal room service. I thought that this was a great idea. I am planning to stay again shortly and would recommend this hotel.
We stayed here two nights and liked our room and the hotel very much. Modern decor, really comfortable beds, nice bathrooms and all very clean. The only drawback for leisure travelers (like us) was the lack of restaurants within easy walking distance. There is a restaurant in the hotel, but we didn't feel like eating there. The hotel is in a business area that pretty much closes up at night. We ended up taking the free trolley to the new restaurant area at the pier, and that was great (Mecca Ba restaurant - very good). Nice place to stay if you're not expecting a lot of activities just out the door.
Melbourne's Best Boutique Hotel
A gorgeous boutique 200 room hotel that is modern and contemporary. As a single traveller I was excited by the great, friendly staff, and the wonderful rooms. The restaurant on the lobby floor was excellent. I was attending a large conference at the exhibition centre which is only a two minute walk. The casino is also only seconds away. Great prices and would recommend this hotel to all my friends and work collegues.