Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – Well-priced mid-range option in a central yet quiet location.
Part of a well-known international chain, this hotel is wonderfully positioned along a street with little traffic deep within the heart of the city center. Rooms and amenities reflect the rates which are more affordable than overpriced rivals: e.g. no pool, but there is a gym. Featuring delightful window-side seating, rooms are compact, if a little undersized, but impressively furnished. The suites are better as they offer more space and windows and separate living areas. The main drawcard, however, is the position: a short stroll from Chinatown and Queen Victoria Market, surrounded by hip cafés along narrow lanes for which Melbourne is renowned, and meters from the free inner-city tram service.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – The Location
Shares the same building and amenities as the Ibis Melbourne Central Hotel. There is, however, a separate reception area, and rooms are on higher floors for superior views.
- Address: 399 Little Lonsdale Street, between Lonsdale and La Trobe streets in the northern part of the city center.
- Area: Convenient to so many shops, bistros, and bars, as well as transport options. The street is built-up, with plenty of construction in the vicinity, but it’s still remarkably quiet inside the hotel and there’s very little traffic outside.
- How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (14 miles, 1-hour drive) cost at least A$70. For about A$20, SkyBus (approximately every 10 minutes, 24/7) takes passengers to the Southern Cross train station (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk), but ask SkyBus about a free transfer from the station to the hotel. Otherwise, Starbus shuttles (5 am-10 pm daily) travel directly between the airport and hotel (about A$30).
- Handy to: Chinatown. Queen Victoria Market.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – The Basics
- Guests: Overwhelmingly business people.
- Pets: Not permitted.
- Views: With rooms on higher floors, views are better than those from the Ibis hotel on the lower levels, but very few hotels in this heavily built-up area offer any worthwhile views.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city hotel.
- Wi-Fi: Quick, reliable, and free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Valet parking available for a reasonable cost. Otherwise, use the public car parks nearby.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)3 9929 8888
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: accorhotels.com
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – Amenities
- Pool & Spa: No pool, as is common at this sort of mid-range hotel.
- Fitness Center: Complimentary access. Small but adequate.
- For Families: Baby-sitting.
- Other Facilities: Dry-cleaning. Money exchange. Business center.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurants: Pretty Boy Italian Steakhouse – With a sort of gangster-themed décor, the setting is sophisticated and the range of steaks and pasta is mouth-watering. Dinner only and children’s menu available. • Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews – Asian fusion street food with a twist in a likably casual and airy setting. Think croissants and noodles or crepes and dumplings.
- Bar: Floyd’s Aperitivo Bar – Extensive selection of cocktails, fizzy drinks, imported beers, and local wines. Can order food from Pretty Boy, which is virtually attached.
- Breakfast: Not normally included; depends on the type of room and how it was booked.
- Room Service: 24 hours but limited menu overnight.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms 1 King Bed • Superior Rooms (with queen/king bed or 2 singles) • Deluxe Rooms (with king or 2 double beds) • Executive Rooms (king bed or 2 double beds) • Junior Suite 1 King Bed
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the premises.
- Best Room: The suites are over twice the size of the Standard Rooms. On a corner, they offer double the windows and views.
- For Families: Some rooms have connecting doors, but aren’t generally large enough for an extra single bed, except the suites.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – Local Transport
- Public Transport: Every few minutes, trams shuttle along La Trobe and Lonsdale streets (both a block away from the hotel) and to suburban areas like South Yarra, Docklands, and St Kilda Beach. All trams within the city center and to Docklands are free.
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Arrange a taxi through reception or find one along the streets. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Gypsy & Pig – Just steps from the hotel, it’s famous for Japanese-inspired cuisine and pork dishes. Sleek and unique pig-themed décor. 1-minute walk (25m).
Just around the corner from the hotel, Hardware Street/Lane is one of many alleys throughout this part of Melbourne full of quaint and fashionable cafés, bars, and coffee shops, most with outdoor seating along this vehicle-free street. These places are within a couple of minutes from the hotel:
- Hardware Street Café & Bar – Casual, well-priced, and popular hangout for waffles and happy hours. 1-minute walk (75m).
- Amigos – Funky, multi-level bar/bistro for tequila and tapas and everything Mexican in between. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
- Grill Steak and Seafood – The most sophisticated option along the lane. Attractive outdoor tables and silver service. No prizes for guessing the main items on the extra-long menu. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
Shops & Attractions
- Melbourne Central – A block east of the hotel is this multi-story arcade filled with fabulous places to shop and eat (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk). Attached by an elevated walkway over Lonsdale Street, the Emporium Melbourne mall is more of the same, with the added bonus of a terrific food court (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk). One block further east from the Emporium is Chinatown (0.6 mile, 13-minute walk).
- Queen Victoria Market – Three blocks north of the hotel is a massive area selling fresh produce as well as clothes, souvenirs, and food. Open 6 am-2 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 am-5 pm Fridays, 6 am-3 pm Saturdays, and 9 am-4 pm Sundays. Vibrant night market on Wednesday evenings for street food. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Novotel Melbourne Central Hotel – The Hotel
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