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Published December 31st 2012
Cheap, clean, beautiful accommodation in an historic mansion
A couple of friends came down from Sydney and they stayed at Home @ The Mansion. They had a great time exploring the city and could not stop raving about how the location of the Mansion made this a walk in the park, literally. More important, they were quite happy with the dorm, the bed, the location, and the old historic building. I'd dropped in on them and was quite take up with the place myself.
What struck me most was the beauty of the red brick-clad building complete with tall windows and a gracefully curving staircase. They also have a lovely open courtyard perfect for get-togethers or just catching some sun and you-time. It had me thinking that had I been an out-of-towner visiting Melbourne, I'd make a beeline for this historic haven.
Those that don't care much for historic architecture might get a thrill out of the wifi connection, flat screen television, and Playstation. A common kitchen and laundry adds to the conveniences of Home @ The Mansion and makes life that much easier. Accommodation is offered in dorm rooms with 4 to 12 beds to a room.
The Home only has two private rooms and so if you're looking for one you'll have to make a booking well ahead. In fact booking ahead might be a good idea even for the dorm rooms as they are very few in number. This might come as a surprise when you see the huge impressive fašade of the mansion, but that's how it is. Rates vary from $23 upwards according to season and you can get all details here.
What I liked about the place besides the beautiful building is the location. It is bang opposite the Carlton Gardens and a stroll away from Brunswick St. and Nicholson St. It wouldn't be too much of an exaggeration to state that the Mansion lies under the shadows of the tall spires of St. Patrick's Cathedral. All the entertainment afforded by the IMAX theatre, the Princess theatre, and Melbourne Museum is just a hop, skip, and jump away.
High fencing and foliage protects your privacy and grants you respite from the busy traffic on Vic Parade. Trams to Collins St and Bourke St are at your door step. In short, it's the perfect location to begin your exploration of Melbourne and retire to after a long day in the CBD.