Located on Darling Street in South Yarra, the Medina Executive South Yarra apartment hotel is about ten minutes' walk away from the local train station. My family and I spent two nights here in a two bedroom apartment nestled on the rear end of the ground floor, complete with a balcony overlooking the metro train tracks.
The apartment hotel's location is convenient only to a certain extent - if you're relying mostly on public transport, be prepared for a whole lot of walking. The nearest train station and tram stop is ten minutes away downhill on foot, but not so much fun when you're making your way in the other direction, as you would be moving uphill. The trains going into the city are regular enough, which makes it easy to get into the metro area.
However, without going into the city, the shopping area of Chapel Street is about fifteen minutes' walk away, an incredibly long stretch made up of a huge variety of shops and restaurants. There are a few vegetarian and halal eating places in that area as well, which makes it easy if you're going to be staying at these apartments.
Our two bedroom apartment was very comfortable and spacious, enough to accommodate six of us with one of us taking over the sofa and the addition of a rollaway bed. The rollaway bed cost us $50 a night and our room included a queen bed and two singles. There were two televisions in the apartment, one in the living area and the other in the master bedroom, which was convenient. We also got a good variety of television channels, which was satisfying.
The bathroom was very clean when we first arrived, which was good. I liked how bright the apartment was, and the combination of furniture gave it a very cosy feel.
The kitchen was not too small, and as we were only cooking for breakfasts, it served its purpose. Cooking full-on meals might be a bit cramped though. We were surprised to find that the salt and pepper shakers were empty, though reception were helpful enough to provide us two paper cups containing salt and pepper. One slight disappointment was finding that there were no pots stocked in the kitchen.
Our second night here was very clear and cloudless, and we got a great view of the starry sky from the balcony. Nights in the apartment were quiet and peaceful, with the exception of the local train rumbling past on the tracks behind the apartment. We slept with the window slightly ajar as it was not warm enough to turn on the air-conditioning; my sister confides that she had trouble sleeping due to the sound of the trains in the night.
The service here was great, and the receptionist, Tina was a huge help to us during our stay. She helped us with directions to places around the city and managed to juggle serving other hotel guests while moving our whopping 10 pieces of luggage from the storage area to the foyer. If you're visiting, say hello to the resident goldfish, Goldie, who lives in a bowl on the reception's desk.
The cosy foyer area just inside the reception entrance.