Firstly, the view from my balcony was one of the best views I have had in any hotel in the world. From my apartment on the 10th floor, I could see the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and AAMI Park to my left, the beautiful Yarra River right in front of me, and then Federation Square, the Arts Centre, Flinders Street Station and the Crown Casino to my right. For those of you who know Melbourne, that is pretty much every iconic Melbourne landmark in the one view. Put simply, it was spectacular.
But enough about the outside, you want to know about the inside. The hotel reception is big and inviting with a spacious lounge area. There is also a gym that can be accessed from Reception that would suit any traveller needing to get in some extra exercise while on holidays (perhaps to work up an appetite for all the amazing food Melbourne has to offer).
My apartment had a spacious and stylish interior. As I was travelling with my parents, we had a 2 bedroom apartment. It had two rooms with double beds and two large bathrooms. My room had a TV and enough wardrobe space for me to stay forever (very tempting....). The bathrooms had fluffy white towels changed daily, and complimentary body wash, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser that contained Australian essential oils (heaven for the skin).
The lounge had two long sofas, a huge flat screen TV, writing desk and chair, dining table and a kitchen that was better equipped then the one I have in my flat at home. The apartment is also fully air-conditioned with a temperature gauge that you can control yourself. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided, as well as your usual hotel style paid for mini bar, but there is also a small supermarket next door for all of your other needs.
The hotel offers complimentary wifi for the first 24 hours of your stay, after that it is $9.95 per day. I didn't need to pay for the wifi as I found that Melbourne had plenty of free wifi spots around the city.
All in all, the week that I had at the Adina Apartment Hotel was one of the best hotel stays I've ever had. The location on Flinders Street was perfect and close to everything that I wanted to see. The apartment was huge for something so central, and surprisingly quiet given the tram lines and train lines across the road. I would recommend this to any traveller heading for a stay in Melbourne. Adina has apartments in Europe as well, and after my stay in Melbourne I would definitely be looking at this chain again for my future holidays.
Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne
88 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000