Before going on a holiday, perhaps one of the hardest things to consider is accommodation, as there are several aspects which need to be taken into account. Specifically, proximity to tourist attractions, theatres, venues, eateries, shopping centres, public transport, and then some, is a must.
The rooftop deck space offers excellent views of the busy city of Melbourne. Photos: Thomas Day.
It, therefore, made sense for me to choose Space Hotel as accommodation for my recent trip to Melbourne, as while it has all the preceding aspects, it is only the start of what is a very enjoyable experience from start to finish and hence comes as no surprise that this hotel has received numerous awards and glowing reviews.
Thinking about my experience specifically, my short stay was faultless and enjoyable throughout, from the moment I walked through the front doors, to the moment I checked out. Thus, there really isn't much space for improvement here.
The reception staff were very welcoming and friendly and took the time to explain everything to me well and take time to personalise their service by making meaningful conversation with me and explaining that the reception is open 24/7 if I need anything.
Each floor space has a nifty decor, with each a different colour and featuring large acrylic silohuettes
Upon entering the hostel itself, I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of the hotel precinct, with cleaners frequently seen cleaning, and I was also most impressed with the broad range of spaces available: a cyber space and meeting space, where guests can use complimentary WiFi and meet other guests, a lounge space, where guests can relax and have some quiet time and read a book (plenty of books provided), a cinema style movie space open 24/7, a workout space with quality equipment for guests to use for an intense workout, a rooftop deck space with a spa and deck chairs for guests to enjoy the sunshine, and of course a food space, where guests can cook their own food in the large state-of-the-art kitchen, with pots, pans, microwaves provided (and a utensil set for a $10 refundable deposit), or guests might choose to use the outside barbeque. Moreover, every floor is equipped with ample toilet and shower space which are regularly cleaned and which have hot showers with adequate pressure. For those who love a hot beverage, each floor also features designated tea and coffee spaces which have unlimited boiling and cold water and disposable foam cups which provide a convenient beverage option for travellers like myself who love a hot cup of tea or coffee in the morning.
The food space features a fully equipped state-of-art kitchen, with tables and chairs and an outside deck with a barbeque. Photo: Thomas Day
Referring specifically now to the bedding space, this too was pleasant. On this occasion, I stayed in a single private room, and while it was very small and cramped and the blanket was of the quality of a throw rug, this wasn't a big issue for me, as it was outweighed by the ample space available in the room's large storage cupboard, coupled with the fresh air which comes through the window (which can be closed in cold temperatures), the reverse cycle air conditioner, the television, but most significantly, the quality of the soft mattress, which was most comfortable to sleep on.
The MOVIE SPACE is open 24/7 and features cinema style seating,whilst showing some of the best flicks. Photo: Thomas Day.
In short, I feel so privileged to have been able to stay at Space Hotel, and when I return to Melbourne, there is no doubt that Space is the place I'll choose to stay, as there is so much space for happiness when staying here. I can't wait to return.