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Published July 18th 2013
Apartments with a view near Geelong Foreshore
Most people think of Geelong as a day trip but it is nice to stay there overnight so that you can do some back-to-back touristy things, of which there are any number.
I must admit to being quite impressed with the new Vue Apartments which, as of July 2013, have only been open for a few months.
Outside of the Vue at night in the edge of the photo is the Ritz see further comments on the Ritz below
Even when I parked the car in the inevitable undergound carpark, I looked up at the ornate ironwork and noticed the pattern of light curling through from the street above. It wasn't as enclosed and dungeon-like as usual hotel carparks and I thought, "This bodes well for the rest of the place." I wasn't mistaken.
Opening the door to the apartment it had the wow factor. Someone had charmingly turned on all the lamps, and down-lights sparkled over a gleaming stainless steel kitchen. It highlighted all the shiny modcons including an all in one electric jug and toaster and an expresso machine.
As someone who treats their internet as an extension of their mind, having free wireless was also a bonus. However don't forget to ask for the password. I forgot and as there is no one on duty after 9pm (this is Geelong), I had to resort to vegging out and watching TV.
There was a huge mounted 42" TV on the living room wall and another largish one in the bedroom. So the only thinking needed was where to watch it; snug under the woollen throw rug provided on the divan or sprawled out on the king-size bed.
Downstairs there is also a resort style spa that uses and sells Aveda products. While I didn't use it there were a number of hefty discounts if you were staying there.
I was only on the first floor but still had a pleasant view over the park. There was also a building on one side that intrigued me. It was called the Ritz Flats. Ironically, given its name, it was a derelict and burnt out shell. Probably a squat of some sort and certainly a reminder of the sort of luxury I found myself in.
One of the nice touches is that Vue gives their patrons discount vouchers for the surrounding restaurants and hotels in the area including the Fish Bowl, Lord Nelson and the Customs House (which does a high tea on the third Sunday of the month).
There is also a little place virtually next door to Vue that is great for breakfast. It has views over the water (once you look across the road) and does scrumptious sweetcorn fritters (with fresh sweetcorn) on a bed of guacamole. The chef also specialises in gluten free produce and there is a small providore if you are after some healthier style snacks to take back to your room.
Some reviewers have claimed that this apartment block is noisy. I can only say that I didn't find it so. No one seems to drive in this neck of Geelong after 10pm at night. They leave it all to the tourists.
While you are welcome to pay full price for this place you may prefer to shop around for deals on Wotif and Booking.com The savings are considerable. I was lucky enough to get in on one of their opening specials.
*Please note that my review is of the one bedroom apartments and not of the studio apartments which I assume would be smaller.