The Sebel Melbourne
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My room looked out onto a blank wall and was very gloomy. Apart from that it was comfortable and well located.
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Delightful, central and stylish
The Sebel is very centrally located in Melbourne, being converted from an old bank. It has been thoroughly modernised without losing the charm - the original tellers windows are still intact in the bar/lobby, and it has beautiful cornicing throughout the public rooms.
The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly, finding and recommending everything from restaurants to a hairdresser.
The facilities were excellent, all rooms being "suites", but being very good value regardless. They have a washing machine/dryer in the bathroom and provide sachets of soap powder - this was so brilliant when you have been travelling around for a while and takes all the hassle out of having to use (and pay for) the hotel laundry. It does mean you have to do your own ironing of course!
There are tea and coffee making facilities in the room but the only milk provided was longlife and part of the mini-bar and therefore charged for. We asked at breakfast if we could take a jug of fresh milk back to the room, and they were perfectly happy for us to do this.
The only meals we took in the restaurant were breakfast, which were included in our room rate, and these were very good. Lots of excellent fresh fruit plus all the usual hot and cold options.
The only thing we weren't happy about was that the bar and restaurant, (The Treasury), were closed for private functions on 2 out of the 3 evenings we were there, which we thought was really poor. They did serve us drinks on the mezzanine floor above the bar, which was fine, but had we wanted to eat there it would basically have been tough as though was no other restaurant provision. For us it wasn't a problem as the hotel is very well located and Melbourne has a wealth of restaurants, but it's a matter of reducing the options available - had we just landed following an international flight, we might have felt differently about having to go out to eat.
We would definitely stay here again.
All ok but nothing to write home about..
Everything was just ok. Perfunctory staff, food average, especially compared to the other places we ate at in Melbourne. Typical business hotel but good location.
Absolutely Fabulous!!! Loved it to death!!!
I cant tell you how fabulous the staff, the location and the overall experience was!
I would love to spend the rest of my life in that place!
Will definately book again.
Another great stay at the Sebel
This is my second stay at the Sebel - the first being a couple of years ago.
The Sebel is still in great condition. The suite was very clean and spacious - I'm not sure if they are all the same size though. The bathroom was spotless and having a washing machine is a bonus.
I did not eat at the hotel, so I can't comment on the food.
The staff were friendly and efficient.
The locations is excellent - it's very close to all things central including transportation.
The only reason I am giving this an 'above average' rating and not 'excellent' is that I have also stayed at the Sofitel in Melbourne and nothing will top those views.
Will Stay at the Sebel Next Time!!!
I stayed at the Sebel for 2 nights in March with my best friend and we both absolutly loved it! The staff were fabulous right from our initial enquiry through to check out. They could not have been more helpful. Especially the guys at the bar (Great cocktails)!
Our room was much more than I expected. We stayed in a studio which was anything but - so spacious! (Plenty of room to put all the shopping bags) It was clean and had all the facilities we needed. I even found the beds super comfy, I had 2 great nights sleep.
Poured rain our first night so we ordered room service which was fast and the food was great. We got a great deal direct with the hotel. We found the Sebel to be superbly situated for exploring the city, we walked everywhere except for when we caught the tram to Chapel St and a taxi to the DFO.
I would recommend if staying here to explore the cafes in Little Collins for breakfast (Bellinis and C&Bs in particular) - we didnt have breakfast at the hotel so I can't comment on that.
I look forward to my stay at the Sebel when I am next in Melbourne, which I hope is soon.
Fantastic hotel, excellent location
We stayed at the Sebel for a 5 day shopping break and really loved it. We had a studio apartment, which was spacious and stylish. Staff were helpful and the location is great. Walking distance to shopping, interesting arcades, Southbank and some great restaurants like the magnificent Italy 1.
Great Hotel - Employees
We stayed at The Sebel in March of this year while vactioning around Australia. This was a great location and great accomodations. Kitchen facilities, laundry facilities were great! The employees, especially at the front desk, went out of their way to make sure we had any assistance we needed and treated us like good friends who had come to visit. We will definitely recommend this hotel - we also stayed at a Sobel in Brisbane and loved it also.
Great hotel even the locals stay and love the service and rooms
I come back to australia quite offen but are from melbroune and have stayed at most of the 5 star hotels in the cbd but keep on returning here as the service is next to none and good vaule for your money if staying ask for a loft room as these come with dinning areas, lounge room ,full kitchen ,upstairs bedroom, 2 tvs, 2 bathrooms and a sofa bed downstairs if guests need to stay over(just in case it helped me out once with vistors)the spa in the room is a godsent in the morning the buffet is great with staff that really want to be there the restaurant for lunch food is great and you feel like dinning in all the time it so much in the middle of all that goes on in the city i couldnt think of a better place to be
The Sebel's a great hotel!
I stayed at the Sebel Melbourne in March 2004 and recently in May 2005. I was travelling on business both times but would have stayed here even if I were travelling on holiday.
Although I thought they could have hired more people at the reception and at the luggage/bell desk, I checked in very quickly and was pleasantly surprised to find a big clean suite complete with kitchen facilities (microwave, sink, etc) and a washing machine in the bathroom! I was quite relieved because I had been travelling for nearly a week and really wanted to do some laundry (although on the first night they had forgotten to leave pack of laundry detergent in my room).
I wish I had been travelling with my husband who's a lot taller than me because the safe was located above the hangers in the closet. I could put my valuables inside the safe but needed a chair to check if I had left anything inside.
I had room service several times and was served food quickly. The food tasted pretty good although I recommend they add more items on the menu.
The internet station on the mezzanine floor was fine but one of the girls in my group had difficulty getting online. I didn't experience any problems.
They have a small gym but that didn't bother me because I did a lot of walking around Melbourne and felt I could live w/o the gym for a few days.
Overall I would say if you want a big clean room complete w/ kitchenette and washing machine, stay at the Sebel Melbourne. I couldn't complain about the rates either (AUD171)!
Loved the sebel
Although the Sebel was undergoing refurbishment when we were there 18 months ago - it is definitely up to the Mirvac standard. great location on Collins.
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