Mantra on Little Bourke
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... till Friday work hard, and relax more. On Friday it changes a little bit. That one beer after work becomes two, three, four... And this Friday my boss decided to do an after work drink! I went to a bar next to the bakery and had some drinks with my colleages. After we went to have dinner in a Vietnamese noodle bar called " what the pho". The name has two meanings. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle or soup ( I think the beer let me forgot the ...
... being told by the waiter that we must try the kangaroo, we both (along with Becky) ordered our first kangaroo. Oh my... The bruschetta was mostly garlic -- nothing wrong with that. On to the main. We were all amazed at the taste of kangaroo. Mine was a little overdone, but very tasty. I am ready to try it again. One confession -- I am having trouble with the photos so there will be more when I get it alll working. Check back later. Also, there is a 7-11 on every ...
... they supply plastic bags here. B asked the man serving us if this was weird (because G was teasing!) and he said no, it's actually quite common! The woman serving at the next register then turned around and gave us some very good advice: "Don't blend. Melbourne is all about being a bit crazy and a bit unique. Don't ever stop bringing your own bags to the shops". It was definitely nice to hear, and a good reminder that things are a bit different here!
We have spent a very happy few days in beautiful Melbourne with our amazing hosts Claire & Jonathan. It's great to be back in Australia and we've caught up with friends and family as well as enjoying the delights of Melbourne. The sun has shone for us (most of the time!!) and showed Melbourne at its best. We hit the MCG to watch Hawthorn v Richmond to witness a Hawks victory. A beautiful day was spent in ...
... which means only a couple of nights in each place! Having looked all around Melbourne we realised there isn't a lot to do. So we booked onto the next bus and frantically began packing (which resulted me leaving a couple of items there, nothing of great importance) and ran to the station. The bus was 12 hours overnight and was quite nice as we could like down (because the bus was almost empty) and there was a toilet on ...
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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.
A home a away from home-exceptional value
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.
Our suite 808 was on the smoking 8th floor which my hubby had requested; it was huge with a open planned lounge room, dining area, and working desk with internet connection, small kitchenette with mini bar, fridge, tea and coffee facilities, cutlery, crockery, and glasses. A plasma TV and CD player was also provided. The room overlooked the Supreme Court and street.
The bedroom was enormous with king size bed, bedside tables and lamps, heavy block out curtains, safe, TV and a large wardrobe. The bathroom was spacious with separate shower and bath tub, vanity sink, hairdryer, bathrobes and good fluffy towels.
The Eighth Spice restaurant was located on the ground floor which served breakfast and dinner. Next door was the bar which also provided "happy Hour" and was opened late. Breakfast was average but good, serving cereals, scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes etc with fresh juice and coffee. I asked for poached eggs which was never a problem for the staff. Eat outside for dinner, as we found the food to be very ordinary and you have so many wonderful restaurants just five minutes walk away in Hardware Lane, not to mention in the whole of Melbourne.
The standard studio apartments are terrific; my daughter visited me, so I booked a room for her, and she was really disappointed she didn't bring her friends "Wow! I could have a party in this room".
This hotel represents excellent value for money, I would stay here again, primarily for the spacious suites, I am a space freak and I would prefer an apartment than a standard hotel room. As I have mentioned before, I have stayed at numerous 5 star luxury hotels in Melbourne and personally I was very happy with the Pacific International and will stay here again.
Staff were happy to help us especially since we had so many rooms booked. .
The cleaning service needs work, once my room was not cleaned till 4pm, which I think is unacceptable. I rang maid service and complained and they were there in two minutes; but I said" forget it; just give me some fresh towels".
I have given this hotel a five star rating for the lovely spacious suites, position, and value for money.
Pros: Excellent spacious suites offering modern facilities. It is a short walk into the CBD area and restaurants. Value for money. Laundry service excellent. If you want to relax in comfort after a long day exploring Melbourne then this hotel is perfect.
Cons: Cleaning service poor and staff courtesy needs improvement.
Tip: Eat outside, there are heaps of cafes offering breakfast close by, and certainly eat outside for dinner .Melbourne is filled with the best restaurants in Australia. Try the Flower Drum (Chinese) the Botanical, Stoke house (St Kilda), Lygon Street Carlton, the GPO building CBD, Docklands and Southbank areas .Plus don't forget to see the Great Ocean Road.
Good location, business district - but ok for families
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.
Suite was spacious with lounge and Tv - and bedroom area just off also with TV. View was over small grassed area at side (probably better than the road side for quiet). Small kitchen for cooking if you needed it with usual facilities - we didnt use them.
Overall very comformable accomodation - except the room was next to power rooms which you could feel vibrations from when in bed and could hear slightly (just enough to know its there). Found this out of course when unpacked and more when going to bed - by which time with just two more days couldnt be bothered to move. Now this wasnt a big problem but given a choice again I would certainly make sure I didnt get same room again. Just beware if youre thinking of staying there.
Breakfast was included in room for all of us (we asked for this) - although if I had to pay I would have been disappointed. Selection was quite small, and as we arrived just after the business travellers had gone to work then food wasnt as fresh. It was adequate but very average.
Reception staff were friendly enough and conceirge especially was extremely helpful and offered assistance for directions etc.
This was primarily a business travellers hotel - primarily but not entirely. That said if I had to stay there again it would be ok. Location was close to main shopping areas and about 10mins walk to Flinders Street station. We did find it hard to find many restaurants close by at night - many many cafes but something more substantial was hard to find without short taxi ride. Probably this reflects the business area we were in.
Overall the room would have been perfect for us without the power room rumbles, hotel was fine and clean and in good location for city. Value for money was better as it included breakfast . For a short stay is was fine - just.
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.....
Clean and quiet in the centre of Melbourne
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.