Travel Blogs from Melbourne
We been planning this for months. More to the point, my dear friend Donna (a friendship going back some 12-13 years) and her husband Jerome had been planning this for months.
They collected us from our hotel and we hit the road, first doing a short car tour of the choice sights of Melbourne city then heading off in a north-easterly …
Today was to be a day of travel. A day of air travel. (Sigh.)
We checked out of our hotel in Sydney and awaited the "Concierge" bus we'd pre-paid upon our arrival in Sydney a few days ago. Ten minutes after the agreed time, it rolls up. The same grumpy, unsmiling Eastern European driver from our arrival day jumps from the driver's seat to …
We arrived from a quick flight into Melbourne late in the evening. We got a ride from the airport, and after getting a bit lost found our hotel (Causeway Hotel). It was too late to do anything by this point, so we turned in to get a good start on the next day. What a nice city Melbourne turned out to be. The streets are always busy with thousands …
... walk into the cobbled streets of St Ives which you get to by walking down windy stairs and lanes. We ordered cod and fish, I mean cod and chips - it's been a long 36 hours from Melbourne we explain to the laughing northern girls on holiday who've spent the afternoon in the pub out of the rain - and step outside, cross over the lane to dangle our legs and freeze our bums as we sit on the cove beach eating hot Cod and chips in the dwindling Cornish ...
... to save a calf that had escaped from a nearby farm (it ended in him pushing the car and me wheel spinning mud all over him, turns out it is rear wheel drive afterall ;) ) We reached the holy grail of all roads - The Great Ocean Road!
Not sure if it was the awful weather (rain upon rain), or the overwhelming number of Chinese tourists, but we turned very 'Carl Pilkington' from an Idiot Abroad (look on Youtube for those of you who are unfamiliar with him)! The beauty ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Causeway Melbourne
We stayed at The Hotel Causeway in October 2006. We would highly recommend this hotel. Don't be put off by the lobby area which is under renovation. The room was lovely, very clean all the little extras that you wouldn't exspect for the price. Robes, slippers, safe ect. We did not have a view but with it's central location that was exspected. Staff were really helpful, breakfast was excellent and plentiful. We would definately stay there again.
I am a regular to Melbourne and decided to try Hotel Causeway this time based on TripAdvisor reviews. I like what Hotel Causeway is trying to do (understated sophistication in chic location), but it fell short in a few areas.
Not as good as you'd think
Stayed overnight at the Causeway on the basis if Tripadvisor ranking. While there is nothing wrong with the hotel, the ranking of 4 in Melb is far too high, in my opinion. The hotel is clean and quiet but totally devoid of characted. A comfortable 3.5 star tomb.
Did not enjoy this hotel
We booked this hotel on the reviews but were quite disappointed. This is definitely a budget level hotel. Our room was noisy, carpet torn, and decor appears to have become a bit tired. Bathroom tiles, although clean, have that dirty look with the grout etc. The beds were far from comfortable.
When first furbished I suspect this hotel looked great and modern, but now it is quite average.
Breakfast was good - but simple.
The location is central, but for only a few dollars more you can stay at much nicer accommodation in the centre of Melbourne.
A worthy Cause
This was my second Melbourne trip spent at the Hotel Causeway. I was impressed the first time and my recent stay confirmed what a wonderful find this was.
The location is perfect for anyone who wants access to the heart of the city. Little Collins is a vibrant street with lots of designer shops and cafes. The renowned Block Arcade and tramstops are also only metres away.
As for the hotel, it is very attractive, the rooms distinctive with their dark woods and aubergine furnishings. Staff are bright and helpful and no request is too much trouble. I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Melbourne.
What a wonderful hotel! All round the hotel was very impressive. Excellent Location, Nice rooms, Friendly staff & Good Price!
This has to be one of the best hotels I've stayed at.
Lovely Modern Hotel
My partner and i just returned from a short break in Melbourne. We stayed three nights at Hotel Causeway. The hotel is in an excellent location, very close to trams, shops and restaurants. The hotel has been renovated and is extremely nice. The room is very comfortable although the spout on the bathroom sink is extremely alkward to use. Breakfast was lovely and the staff always had a smile and a warm greeting. The free bottle of water and daily news paper was a bonus. I would definitely stay there again.
A small boutique hotel of 3 1/2 stars with an excellent location in the heart of the city close to shops, trams etc. We paid $132.00 per night which included a buffet breakfast (great value on the last minute internet website)plus a 1/2 day city sights tour. There were 2 apples and chocolates in the room which was a lovely welcome touch. Our room was of a good size with room to move. Reception staff were fantastic and very professional. Cleaning of our room was always completed with no problems. Only disappointment was the breakfast dishes were never cleared from our dining table, and either guests did it themselves or put up with dirty clutter. Also the television would constantly turn itself off and on which was due apparently to a crane on a building site nearby interfering with the digital network. Otherwise a great little hotel.
Great Little Hotel
What a great little hotel. An excellent hotel located right in the middle of Melbourne, in easy reach of everything you could want for a city holiday. From check in to check out the staff were helpfull & cheerfull, always there with a smile & ready to help.
The room was well furnished, bright & spotlessly clean. The continental breakfast, although fairly standard was plentifull fresh & well presented with "free" coffee & tea available all day.
As a base to explore this wonderful city I wouldn't hesitate to return to this hotel.