When you're sourcing overnight accommodation for an event or occasion, it's always a good idea to find as central a location as possible to where you are going. Not having to worry so much about extended travel to and from the venue, your stay can then be free of one less trouble and, therefore, a lot more enjoyable.
A view of the hotel from the street
Most towns have at least a few accommodation options, and if you're staying in a city, the choices can be endless. That in itself can sometimes make choosing accommodation a little bit daunting, but if you take into consideration where you want to be during your visit, you can simplify that choice considerably.
Visitors to Melbourne will find plenty of options in the CBD, but for the ultimate in accessibility to public transport and sporting/concert venues, you need look no further than Quality Hotel Batman's Hill on Collins
. Located at 623 Collins St, the hotel is diagonally opposite Southern Cross Station
, and within easy walking distance of Etihad Stadium
and other venues and attractions. You would think that staying here, opposite one of the busiest train stations in the state, would be a noisy affair but as soon as you enter the building, the bustling sounds of the city almost fade away. With a bar and dining area in front of you as you enter, and a broad stairway leading upstairs to the hotel reception, the hotel itself is open and spacious. This welcome may give the illusion of excessive accommodation prices, but Batman's Hill on Collins caters to many budgets, with economy and premier rooms available, as well as apartments.
The economy rooms are neat and contained
The economy rooms at this hotel are more than adequate for an overnight stay, so don't be put off by their title. Featuring a blonde wood and white colour scheme (with splashes of colour in the décor) these rooms are simple, yet have everything you might need. As you enter the room, you will notice that it is quite small (hence the 'economy room' name) but everything fits compactly, with a wall mirror and glass partitioning screen giving an illusion of more space. The room features a comfortable double bed, and all the amenities you usually get- a mini bar fridge, a relatively large desk against the wall with a couple of chairs, tea and coffee facilities and - in the mirrored storage cupboard - a few extra blankets and pillows along with an ironing board, iron, hairdryer and clothes hangers.
While small, the economy rooms have everything that you might need for your stay
The bathroom, while small, comes with the usual shampoo and conditioner set, shower caps and soaps, and is sectioned off from the main room by a frosted glass screen depicting a city landscape. A doorway from this area leads to a room that houses both a large walk-in shower and toilet. The economy rooms also feature a split-system air conditioning unit. It would most likely depend on what side of the hotel you are staying on, but there was no city view from our window (unless you consider other parts of the hotel and a fire escape to be a 'city view') but, covered by a grey window shade, this was not really a problem.
Style-wise, the room design is simple and clean. The bed covers are plain white with a striped blanket at the end and a plain coloured pillow that matches the blanket to add a bit of contrast to the white. These are complemented by the blonde wood flooring, matching bedside tables and black and white photo triptych above the bed (of iconic Melbourne- a tram, a shopfront and a city scene).
If you're looking for a quiet, budget-friendly room in the heart of the city, then one of the economy rooms at Batman's Hill on Collins is the way to go. With a central location, helpful staff, and even parking facilities (if you need them), this hotel has all the provisions you need for an enjoyable Melbourne stay.