Staying in the city can be fun. Recently I had such an adventure and saw the live show King Kong. In another article I've talked how I went about trying to find the cheapest accommodation that I could in order to minimize expenses.
[ADVERT]But cost isn't the only consideration. There needs to be a touch of luxury, a sense of security, and a general feeling of airiness and cleanliness. This is what will make me come back the second time.
I was travelling with my cousin so our first requirement was twin beds, which is not as easy to find as one would think. It also narrowed the field down quite considerably.
So in review how did we find the experience at Fraser Place, using the three markers of luxury, security and location? I offer the following findings:-
A sense of luxury It certainly gave us a sense of luxury.There was a pillow menu which featured such thing as hard pillows and body pillows, six types of pillows in all. There was also a massage menu.
However during the night at around 3am there was quite a bit of noise. It sounded as though it was coming from another room that had it's window open, home from a good night out perhaps.
For me the greatest detractor of the room was the opaque glass sliding door to the bathroom that allowed filtered light into the room whenever either of us needed to use the toilet in the middle of the night, unfortunately a side effect brought about by a night of wining and dining.
The Large Opaque Glass Sliding Door to the bathroom
Although breakfast wasn't included in our package we thought we might join the dinners in the morning, however we thought we'd order a cappuccino and were disappointed to find that they didn't make them. There was a coffee dispensing machine so as long as you pressed the right buttons you could have a "cappuccino". As locals to Melbourne we knew we could better so we didn't stay.
A sense of security There was 24 hour reception and once you pass security you need your key card work the lift. The rooms were organized in a funny arrangement, when we stepped out of the lift we had access to only 4 rooms, so there wasn't much passing traffic so to speak.
A sense of place
A short walk from either Melbourne Central Station or Parliament station. Quite central if you are attending anything on that side of the city, however it is down a a lane way which at night feels quite isolated as there aren't many obvious venues open around so it was pretty isolated late at night.
Would I go there again? Yes I would but I probably wouldn't stay there by myself if I was going to be returning late at night.