I'd never been to the Melbourne Hotel at West End until I attended a 30th birthday party recently. Everyone had to dress up as a 1990's Hip Hop or R&B artist – a great idea to get in costume and reminisce about my younger days.
Finding the Melbourne Hotel was pretty easy and it was a bonus they had free parking at the back as well as secure paid parking available under the hotel (approximately $8 for the night). On arrival at the entrance, I followed a sign directing the way to the birthday party. The function room was upstairs, softly lit and decorated with 90's items such as old school tapes (remember them?) and CDs, hip hop posters, boom boxes, gold chains and bandanas.
The room is large enough for 150 people with dry bar tables and stools, lounges and a dance floor to comfortably mingle and dance. The DJ box is set up with electronic equipment including a laptop to play music, videos and display pictures on the TV screens and the huge projector. All you had to turn up with was your music, video and pictures on a USB or a portable hard drive.
The night came to an end at around 2am. I'm pleased to say there were cabs all over the place and if I did have a few alcoholic drinks, it would have been easy to get home.
So if you're looking for a place to hold a function with lots of space, ample parking, very clean amenities, smoking area, great staff and good finger food, check out the Melbourne Hotel at Browning Street, West End. I was totally impressed.