Hotel Review, Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport (Melbourne, Australia)
Date Stayed: 11/03/2018 – 12/03/2018 (1 Night)
Having an early morning red-eye flight isn’t one of the best things about traveling, but somehow cheap flights and early morning departures always work hand-in-hand together, this is where airport hotels come in handy.
In Melbourne, there are numerous international flights that depart in the early hours of the morning and if you’re starting your journey in another state, there is no possible way that you could make that connection. The only option is to fly in the night before and stay overnight, and being Melbourne there is no cheap way to get into the city hotels, which in the end you’re only going to spend a few hours in and you will be asleep a majority of the time.
Thankfully, the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport is only a short 8 minute walk from the airport terminals. It’s easily accessible even when you are wheeling around your luggage, if you don’t really feel like walking there is a 24/7 airport shuttle available which is complimentary for all hotel guests.
The Holiday Inn is a 4 1/2 star hotel right on the airports doorstep, but don’t worry you won’t be woken up by the roaring of plane engines or the busy airport roadways. All rooms are double glazed to block out all the outside noise. From my own experience you won’t be disturbed at all, making for a peaceful relaxing stay.
The hotel has a relaxed casual vibe, with helpful staff on hand to assist 24 hours, 7 days a week. I was saying as part of my birthday celebrations and as I am a IHG Gold Member they had a heads up on there system at check in that it was my birthday. The check in assistant at the desk wished me a Happy Birthday which was lovely and also thanked me for being a Gold Elite by IHG member.
Holiday Inn properties are often thought of as being cheap, as they are not known for their luxurious amenities and facilities, be sure to be proven wrong! The Holiday Inn at offers a luxurious pillow menu, premium bedding, hotel gym and even offers its guests free wifi, but you do have to be registered as an IHG member to get complimentary internet for your stay – but don’t worry it’s free to join.
The hotel also has a restaurant in the lobby, Vargas Restaurant and Bar. Great for when you arrive into Melbourne and you’re not too sure where to go to get something to eat, being at the airport there isn’t much choice. The restaurant offers buffet breakfast and has a dedicated “Egg Chef” on hand to cook your eggs to order. Lunch and dinner is also available with many delicious options to choose from.
The room that I was assigned at check-in was room 725. It’s a simple, standard room which is all I needed for my overnight stay, I was only in the room for 12 hours- 7 of those I was asleep for.
The room was configured into a twin room with 2 queen beds. Each room has a separate kitchenette, which is extremely basic but has what you need. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is complementary to guests, with milk in the fridge. There is also a mini-bar and snacks left in your room, but you will need to pay for them. Keep in mind that there is a McDonalds and a convenience store across the road if you are after a snack and you not keen on paying the high prices of the hotel mini-bar.
The room offers a 32″ television, phone with voicemail, a small bluetooth clock radio, but one thing the room lacks is power points, in a twin room there are no spare powerpoints next to the bed. I had to move the side table out of the way an unplug the clock radio, to be able to use and charge your phone when sitting/laying on the bed.
If you are travelling for business there is a large work desk, offering a wired internet connection (or just connect to the hotels wifi). The bathroom is equipped with a bath and a overhead shower with toiletries supplied.
Being an airport hotel you do get a choice of views, the best view in my opinion is the one that looks out towards the Qantas terminal, but don’t expect to see much plane action. The room that I had on this occasion overlooked the hotels car park, but in the distance you could see the Melbourne skyline – I guess you could say it had city views!
If you are looking for a modern hotel that offers excellent customer service. The Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport is the one for you. Hotel staff are always on hand to help 24/7, so even if you fly in late at night, or checking out in the early hours in the morning, someone will be on hand to help.
A Few Friendly Tips…
- Sign up to the IHG Rewards program, its free to join. This will allow you to earn points for your stay and unlimited free wifi.
- Ask for a room which has a high floor, that is away from the elevators.
- Don’t be afraid to specify when booking if you would rather a particular view, either the airport view or the car park with city views.
- If you need to arrange for pickup from the airport after arriving into Melbourne Airport using the hotels complimentary shuttle, have the hotels number on hand to call and let them know when your ready to be picked up.
Disclaimer: All the reviews are simply a summary of my experience and opinions from my own point of view. Unless stated, all of the flights and experiences are paid for by myself as a self-funded frequent flyer. No articles or reviews are influenced in any way by a third party or company.