Mantra on Little Bourke
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Ok its been way too long!! After seeing in the New Year in what I hear was impressive style and having a great time chilling out in the capital, I travelled back up the North Island to Auckland ready to fly to Oz. I put in a quick visit to the ice bar (very good cocktails and the fur boots were pretty cute!) before heading for the airport to fly to …
... them, but the way the reserve had it made was that, they created these boardwalks so you could walk along the lower branches of the trees and get pretty damn close to one. (If a koala chose to be lower).
You know, they look very different in life.
I've seen plenty of stuffed animals and cartoons, and even pictures, but in person they look a little strange. Not drastically, just enough to notice. Our guide Nicky usually pointed them out, but I called one first and so did a ...
... Bay. Dave had bought himself a new surfboard on the drive down from Melbourne, so once down there we hired a few wetsuits and went out for a quick surf before retiring for a BBQ. The next day we drove a few miles along the Great Ocean Road to Cape Otway, where we had plans for a coastal walk, covering some 11km. It was a lovely walk, and we were very lucky in terms of spotting the native wildlife, including a mob of kangaroos, and two ...
... your own company with no others, causes you to reflect and learn about yourself in a way that can't always happen in the busy-ness of everyday life. Having spent some time years ago in a Benedictine Abbey where silence is a way of life, I understand this, am comfortable with this (actually enjoy it) and I'm ready to meet this head on. Meanwhile I check that I have everything I am going to need. Airline tickets, train ticket from Paris to Poitier (did i mention ...
Today I've decided to go and catch a taxi to some of the main tourist attractions around Kuta and get into the culture a little bit so I'm going to look at some of the monuments like the Bali bombings memorial site. Hopefully it'll get me a lot more interested in the culture and get me more engaged with the people.
I just left the Bali bombings site and now ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mantra on Little Bourke Melbourne
Great all-suite hotel!
I stayed at this hotel for 5 nights at the beginning of Oct during my three week Australia vacation. There were two of us so we plumped for their 1 bedroom suite which was great. Very spacious with all the amenities you might want, very clean, and as an added plus the laundry was situated on our floor too (floor 7). All the staff were helpful and polite, and gave us directions to various places and one of the female reception staff even gave me a tip on where to get my nails done! This hotel is walkable from most of the city's main attractions, and various trams stop just around the corner on Bourke St including the 96 which will take you to St Kilda in around 30 mins. I'd definately stay here again and i'd recommend it highly.
We have stayed in numerous hotels in Melbourne due to business. My hubby was running a conference in this hotel for a week, so we had booked 20 rooms. I got to view most rooms as I am very fussy and selective when it comes to booking rooms for clients. This hotel is not a five star luxury hotel but offers extremely good value with modern spacious suites. It is positioned in the business district of Melbourne just opposite the Supreme Court, and five minutes walk to the Myer Shopping Centre the heart of the CBD and ten minute walk to Flinders Station and Federation Square.
Stayed 3 nights from Aug 9th - wife and 13 yr old son. Arranged everything on internet direct with requests for 2 double beds (son is on holiday and hate sofa beds), high floor.
Good value + location
Hotel is centrally located, close to CBD and well situated for exploring Melbourne.
The hotel bar hosts one of the cheapest of the few Happy Hours I managed to find during my stay in Melbourne.
Avoid the breakfast buffet at all costs (unless you are on a business expense paid trip). It was extortionately expensive and not very good. The biggest rip off I came across during my stay in Australia!
Stayed here for one night and was very happy with my choice. Got a great price on Wotif (AUD $149) and the room was HUGE. Has great facilities especially if you were staying longer - large bathroom, kitchen, lounge and separate dining area, topped off with a roomy bedroom. All very clean and nicely presented. Staff were very helpful and efficient. Had room service - food was good and you get a very large choice from the whole menu of the restaurant downstairs. It's in a good position - less than 5 minutes walk from the shopping areas and lots of bars and restaurants around. Would definitely stay here again.
My husband and I had a four night stay in a studio apartment, which was really more like a one bedroom. We found the property to be great value in a great spot in the CBD. In case of not such great weather (thankfully Melbourne was beautiful the entire time) we wanted a lounge area in case we had to retreat back to our room. We had a lovely leafy sreet outlook (being autumn made it even better) and a view of the great architecture of the side of the Melbourne Supreme Court building. We didn't eat breakfast in the PI Suites - opting for the close cafes of Hardware Lane just down the street (Tastebuds of Melbourne was great value). This property was a walk away from mostly everything with great restaurants also within walking distance. We highly recommend the property. Only one negative - I'm in agreeance with an earlier review on this site that the reception staff weren't the friendliest I've come across, not that they were rude, but just didn't really go out of their way to offer a friendly face on returning to the hotel at the end of a long "holi" day.....
My husband and I spent 7 nights here on our honeymoon. We had a non-smoking room on the 9th floor. The rooms are clean and spacious, and very quiet. The rooms are great if you should ever get sick of eating out in Melbourne (but how could you?!) - they have a microwave and stovetop. Only gripes would be that one of the guys minding the main desk one night was pretty useless. We asked if there was a major supermarket close by and after consulting his computer he told us there was one "on this side of town" but couldn't tell us what is was called or where exactly it was. Turned out to be a 20 minute walk away, and a couple of days later we found a supermarket that was much closer. So not too helpful, but I know that some of the other staff there were a lot more helpful than him so don't want to say that all the staff are unhelpful. Also, our room wasn't serviced 2 out of the 7 days. Being pretty laid-back people this didn't bother us so much, it's just the principle isn't it? If you want a clean, quiet and comfortable place to stay that's right in the heart of Melbourne, this is a pretty nice place to stay.
Good value, clean but not very helpful staff
I've been staying here on business for the past 6 weeks and find that the rooms are great value for what you pay and better than some of the other 4-4.5 star hotels I've stayed in in the city.
The staff aren't the most helpful and cheerful people, especially the ones on the day shift, including the Front Office Manager. In fact after having stayed here for so long I feel they could be a little less curt, considering I'm never in the hotel and never ever give them any extra work or requests as I'm only back in there at night!
Clean and reasonably comfortable bed, in larger-than-average rooms, in a very quiet location handy to shops and restaurants.
Great place, great price
I gave this five stars not because it's the most luxurious, but because for what you get and what you pay for it's a great deal. Plus, the staff are wonderful -- especially if you take a few minutes to get to know them. We've been here a few times and they will usually upgrade us now, but even without the upgrade the rooms are large and all suite-like with a separate kitchen/living room area. Great for relaxing after lots of walking around the city.
Melbourne hotels are very expensive and this one is really a bargain considering room size and location. There is another Pacific International, and frankly it looked like a dump, so if you can stay here at all costs. One small note: one smoking room we saw stunk, so we always stay in non-smoking rooms.
Close to heart of melbourne
I booked this accomodation off the internet, so we were a bit scared.
However, when we arrived we were happily surprised, the rooms are very large and the beds were very comfortable. The kitchenette was great and the bathroom huge, clean and very stylish. Its about a 5 minute walk from Myer city, Telstra Dome and Flinders St Station. Excellent price and throughly recommend, we will definately stay there again.