Melbourne Holiday Inn
Date Posted: 15/04/2018
The Holiday Inn on Flinders is situated right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. The hotel is in a great location for travellers. With the Melbourne Aquarium just a short walk down the road, the Crown Casino and Exhibition Centre a quick walk across the Yarra River and the iconic Flinders Street Station only a 15 minute walk along Flinders Street.
One of the best things about the location in my opinion is how close it is to Southern Cross Station, it’s only five minutes away. Perfect for anyone who is catching the SkyBus from Melbourne Airport to the city. The drop off point for the SkyBus in the city is Southern Cross Station, making it the perfect option for accomodation! The SkyBus departs the Airport every 15 to 20 minutes. Catching the SkyBus from the Airport to the hotel, via Southern Cross Station, is quick and simple. The hotel is extremely easy to access when wheeling around your suitcase or any other luggage you might have accompanying you.
If you are looking for something closer to Melbourne Airport, or if you are just flying out in the early hours of the morning. You might want to consider the Holiday Inn at Melbourne Airport.
You can read my review on this hotel here.
Previously the rooms at the hotel were described as being average, outdated, unfinished and cheap. The room was always in good condition, as you would expect with a Holiday Inn Property but it was just so outdated, especially for a hotel right in the heart of Melbourne CBD. The bathrooms weren’t much better, resembling something you would see in your grandparents house. The 80’s beige theme was taking over and with the old tap fittings, was enough to put anyone off. It was way overdue for a much needed renovation!
Thankfully, the hotel has just completed its refurbishment on all its rooms, bathrooms and suites. This saw each room completely gutted and re-designed with the assistance of an architect to make the rooms “designed for the modern traveller”.
Gone is that awful grey feature wall in the suites and the beige bathroom. Modern, luxurious dark wood paneling adorns the bed head, making for an incredibly good looking feature and also adds a natural elements to soften the room. All new bedding was added with premium pillow top mattresses, duck down doonas, crisp white high-thread count sheets, along with a choice of firm and soft pillows.
Huge floor to ceiling windows are incorporated into each room. Guests have the choice of city or poolside views, with the Spencer Street Suite offering uninterrupted, panoramic views of Melbourne’s streetscape. When night time comes around you can simply lower the electronic blind with the touch of a button, with the switch located next to the bed, making it easy to access. That’s one feature you would only see in a high end hotel, and not something you would expect from the Holiday Inn.
The hotel has a number of rooms to choose from. From the Urban and Poolside rooms, the King Flinders Room, Executive room and the huge luxurious Spencer Street Suite.
The bathrooms have also been re designed and updated. Each rooms bathroom now features a large, oversized shower which is flooded by natural light. The awful 80’s beige features have been removed and replaced with a large, modern white basins complimented by a large stone vanity, which provides guests with enough room to spread out your toiletries, without having to balance them around the sink.
The hotel enlisted architects Wilson and Hill of New Zealand, to reinvent each hotel room. With all of these new changes the hotel has been able to add seven extra rooms, bringing the total room count 209.
IHG’s Area General Manager for Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, Blair Roxborough believes it has set and new standard of hotel in Melbourne, “The hotel offers a new and fresh experience to our guests. We know that everyone will enjoy our modern rooms and stunning bathrooms, no matter if they are travelling for business or leisure”.