Monday, May 23, 2011

HOTEL REVIEW – Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Hotel – Melbourne

The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Hotel is a luxury 4-start hotel in the centre of Melbourne city on Collins Street, a stone’s throw away from just about all of the main tourist attractions and points of interest in the ‘Garden City’.

We stayed here due to its proximity to the Princess Theatre, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Eureka Tower, as well as some of Melbourne’s best shops, which were all on our list of things to do and see. Most of these places are in easy walking distance, with an average walking time of about half-an-hour (30 minutes).

We loved every minute of our stay at this hotel – we found the place okay after driving from the airport – and were greeted by a friendly valet who unloaded our bags and pointed us in the direction of the opulent reception lobby. Also on this floor is one of the Hotel lounges with a bar/coffee shop.

Plenty of staff to assist at the Hotel, and soon we were checked-in and assigned a room on the 47th floor of the tower. The Hotel is actually on top of a section of offices, and rooms start on about the 30th floor of the building.

A view of Melbourne is therefore always guaranteed – and the view from our room on the 47th floor was spectacular!!

The room is quite big and features a huge King-Size bed, as well as a desk and chair, and sitting chairs. There is plenty of luggage storage space, and a lovely fully appointed marble bathroom, which is a little small though.

The room also features air conditioning, wide-screen plasma television, with free cable television channels and pay-per-view movies. There is also a full mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also lots of little extras like robes, slippers, writing paper, sewing kits, show polish, to name a few, that just make your stay a little nicer! Incidentally, most of these items are also available for purchase too!

We didn’t partake of any meals at the hotel – we did have one opportunity to have dinner at the Hotel’s main restaurant, however, there weren’t any tables available until quite late into the night. That was a bit disappointing – especially on a Sunday night. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Overall, the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins Hotel was a fantastic place to stay. Of course we couldn’t fit everything we wanted to see into this visit, so when we return, we will definitely be staying at this Hotel again!

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