Melbourne: Hotel reviews

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The Cullen
We don't quite get the marriage of super slick location and even slicker design with Sydney's infamous bad boy painter, but we do get the spacious, light rooms with work spaces and mini-kitchens. And Cullen's omnipresent work definitely beats the bland on bland that often passes for décor in most Australian hotels.
The Blackman
Named for the elder statesman of Australian painting, this grownup sibling to The Cullen matches a super comfortable, elegant fit-out with a park-side St Kilda Road location; 'residences' are on offer for longer term stays.
Hotel Causeway
Part of glass-covered Howey Place, the city's fabled laneways and best shops lie directly beneath, with bars and restaurants are only a stroll away. Duplex and executive rooms are simple, light and give you enough room for post-purchase, pre-drinks dress-ups.
Hotel Lindrum
This mid-sized boutique hotel is set in a grand heritage building with a great location for Flinders Lane shopping and bar hopping, Fitzroy Gardens or strolling to the MCG, Fed Square or the Arts Centre. Rooms are earth-toned and contemporary; book the front deluxe suites if you're planning to lounge around.
Brooklyn Arts Hotel
More eccentric B&B than hotel and won't be everyone's cup of tea, but its one of the few decent options on the city's northside and good value. The grand Victorian terrace is walking distance to the city and one of the charming upstairs rooms even has a piano.
Pensione Hotel
Spencer Street's bleak budget hotel row got a touch of glam with the opening of this boutique-style place. Some rooms are very "New York" — uh huh, tiny — but all sport the same stylish touches: bold graphic textiles, flat-screen TVs and slick bathrooms. Staff are ever-helpful and refreshingly relaxed.
The Prince
The Melbourne hotel for 24-hour party people, with fine dining room Circa, the Prince Band Room and Mink bar all on the premise. There's also the lavish Aurora spa for a morning detox. Organic-minimalist rooms catch the bay's briny breeze and a few have water glimpses.
Crown Metropol
Newest kid on the Southbank block, with low-key luxe décor, views to Port Phillip Bay and Gordan Ramsey roomservice (no profanity on the menu last time we checked).
Villa Donati
More like staying at a friend's smart artefact-strewn pad than in a hotel. Light, high-ceilinged rooms are all individually furnished. Add freshly cooked breakfast and city skyline views and this is a very special find. The Richmond Hill location is a short walk to the Tennis Centre and the MCG.

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What a dump!!!!. Paid for 3 nights, but left after one. The most unfriendly people on the planet. Especially a so calledass. manager called Julio. Very, very tired, pathetic bed. Absolutely unworkable bathroom, with toilet facing the wrong way. What a joke of a place., and they wanted more money to change me to another room. Dont bother with this excuse of a place . Youll be ripped off.
Spent the weekend in Melbourne, what a wonderful city, so extravagant, cosmopolitan and full of life. My sole disappointment was the Nova Stargate Hotel on Franklin St, CBD. I should have paid attention to previous reviews as this place is a bacteria haven. The carpet in the room exudes a damp stink. The couch was filthy and had unsightly stains. The window blinds were broken. The double bed is 2 single beds (complete with protruding springs) flung together. The bathroom floor was dirty so and I showered in my joggers. Don't be fooled by the attraction of a "balcony". My "balcony" was a concrete slab festered with mould. Tourism Authorities could do the state a service by clamping down on dumps like this meanwhile, unknowing visitors will either learn through bad experiences or pay attention to reviews. Will return to Melbourne but never the Nova Star Gate.
I am obsessed with Melbourne and love it. I love the Yarra, you know the upside down river. How could you not mention the Crowne Towers. I have just come back from a girls weekend there. This is my third time there and i will be back again. Whilst I am not rolling in $ i do see value for money. I save so i can afford to go there and have a little luxury in my life!