The Hatton Hotel
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... house). All of the people were very nice. There's one girl from canada, a guy from Colorado, a guy from Germany, a girl from South America (can't remember what country), and two Australians living in crunchy town. Their house is always open to couchsurfers! And the have a spare bedroom just for the surfers. Of course that means we had to share the small bedroom with 4-6 other people (they were coming and going, and a couple had been there a while already). See ...
We arrived in Melbourne and awaiting our arrival was Alex's mothers cousin, who we call E I. We had arranged to meet her and stay a few nights with her. On our first morning we went to watch her son play Aussie rules football, strange compared to normal football, but pretty easy to pick up the rules.... No good compared to our football, less structure and skill involved! Had a needed afternoon snooze and john - E I's husband rustled up loads of meet on the BBQ for the ...
... big tower, the Eureka Tower, where we whizzed up in a lift to the 88th floor and looked out across the city. Wow it was amazing, we were so high up the building and all the cars and trees and even the big long roads and river down below us all looked very small. We stayed till it got a little bit dark then decided to call it a day.
I was tired and so was the grown-up.
Till next time... xx
... ways and wishing each other good luck on our travels. I also had my first Lord of the Fries burger and chips which was very tasty.
Today I set up my bank account but have to wait a week for the card.. No idea where I will be then so it may not be as easy as that! I have the papers and stuff so I can still use the account it just means I need to go into the bank.
In less boring news I spoke to the travel desk at the hostel about work and ...
... and her dear little Shih-Tzu, 14 year old Millie.
After Fairfield we had yet another tasty rendezvous organised across town in Malvern at Uncle Lou and Aunt Maree’s. Knowing our penchant for vanilla slices, they had four utterly delicious (and huge) pieces waiting to be devoured with good coffee and great conversation. Our meeting will hereinafter be known as ‘Vanilla Slice Monday’. Lou is mum’s little brother - a teller of endless ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Hatton Hotel Melbourne
We chose the Hatton because of good reports at this website, but were a little nervous about how convenient the location would actually prove to be. We need not have been concerned. The tram connection to downtown is both frequent and quick. The walk to downtown through the Royal Botanical Garden is very pleasant. We appreciated the lower density of the area, with fairly light traffic past the hotel. In fact, we acquired a rental car on our last day at the Hatton and were able to park it overnight on the street directly in front of the hotel.
I booked this hotel on the strength of the reviews provided here and the lovely website but was disappointed with the reality. The room we were given (a standard room) was very small and a bit run down (holes in the sheets, kettle totally burned out and stained towels).
We've recently returned from Melbourne and stayed at The Hatton for 8 days. The first 2 nights we had a superior room, which was lovely with a private courtyard. The next 6 nights we were in the suite, which had beautiful Chinese furnishings. The staff made the switch over a breeze and did the move for us. The suite has a lovely bathroom, separate shower and a deep bath to soak away a tired muscles after a days sightseeing. The beds were extremely comfortable. Both rooms had a kitchenette which only got used for making a pre-breakfast coffee.
The Hatton Hotel is located in the suburbs therefore you are away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Not to say that The Hatton is isolated and out of the way. The tram literally stops at the doorstep of the hotel and if you choose to ride a cab, you can be in the city in less than 10 mins. The hotel lacks certain amenities available in most 5 star hotels such as 24 hour room service and housekeeping. There are also no elevators. But whatever this charming hotel lacks, the superb service makes up for. When we stayed at The Hatton, there were 3 staff taking turns at the reception. There were all friendly and warm and more than willing to go the extra mile. They were knowledgable and helpful, always at the ready for tips on where to go, dine and shop. The hotel's lounge is a wonderful place to relax, have a snack, chat with the staff and surf the internet. In The Hatton, you felt like a welcome guest in a warm home than an anonymous stranger in a business hotel.
Perfect base for a visit to Melbourne
We chose the Hatton for our visit to the Commonwealth Games as a result of the excellent reviews on these pages. We were not disappointed. We stayed there on two separate occasions and the 'superior doubles' we had were extremely comfortable and quiet. The staff were very friendly and very efficient. The No 8 tram stops outside the hotel and this is the perfect way to get to the centre of the city. In addition there are at least two excellent restaurants within walking distance - 'France Soir' and the'Botanical'.
The Hatton has a great location just outside the city center, in front of a tram stop, around 10 minutes to the busy city center. It's near a good fruit shop, wine shop, a famous restaurant, Cabash, and several cafes. Not far from Toorak Rd. with many more options for dining.
We went to Melbourne for the 2006 Australian Open (tennis) and spent an excellent 5 days at The Hatton. The room we had was clean and well-lit. It had a large bathroom and also a private patio where we took our breakfast on some mornings. The location could not have been better for the Aussie Open, close enough to Melbourne Park that you could walk there in 20 minutes through the Botanical Garden nearby. If you want to play tennis on your trip, Fawkner Park Tennis Center is right around the corner. There is also a tram stop in front of the hotel to take you to other parts of the city. Staff was friendly and very helpful. We got a great rate on our room and with the free breakfast each morning (an excellent continental breakfast with made-to-order lattes and cappucinos!), this hotel is an excellent value for your money. If you like small boutique hotels, I highly recommend this one when visiting Melbourne.
I stayed at the Hatton, South Yarra, with my husband and we were very impressed. It is only a little out of the city and we quickly realised the city centre was not the place to be in Melbourne anyway - the coolest places all seemed to be in the various neighbourhoods around the city. It is a lovely building with style inside and out. We had one of the cheapest rooms - forget exactly how much but somewhere in the £75 region and it didn't really impress but was nonetheless stylish and airey - wood and white with splashes of fab colours. The breakfast was tasty and the staff really friendly and full of tips on where to go for a drink or food.
Definitely one of the best discoveries in Melbourne. Residing in an old building, the hotel has been renovated into a chic modern establishment. Walking along the corridor and you will see display of antique pieces and tasteful artwork illuminated by subtle spotlights. The standard room was of reasonable size and had a kitchenette. Importantly the room was clean and had most things you need for a 4-star hotel. Hotel staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast at the front room (which is also the reception) is a must in the morning. Enjoy toast, fruits, coffee and newspaper while the gentle morning sun shines through the windows... The hotel is located in South Yarra. There is a tram stop right outside the hotel and a tram ride to the city will take 15 mins or to the shopping mecca of Chapel St, 10 minutes. Decent restaurants nearby too! The experience is one to remember for a long time.
A gem of a hotel
The Hatton is hands-down the best hotel I have stayed in Melbourne, and I would say it would be in my top-ten favourite hotels in the world! I have stayed there 4 or 5 times and each time I was blown away by the reasonable rates, comfy rooms (minimalist chic), super-friendly staff and very relaxed atmosphere. I wish there was a Hatton in every city in the world! A downside for some maybe that the Hatton does not have a kitchen as such, so you have to make your own arrangements for lunch and dinner. But with so many fantastic eateries on your doorstep, this is hardly a hardship. Breakfast is provided, and very satisfactory it is. The coffee still lingers in my memory as outstanding. Do yourself a favour, check it out.