Hotel: Vibe Savoy, Melbourne
Each time I have stayed in Melbourne, I’ve been in a different neighbourhood,which has afforded me a relatively okay understanding of its extremely simple geography (geography, including extremely simple geography and I are not generally friends). But this time we needed to be central. It was SG’s first visit and we only had 3 days in the hubbub of culture and charisma that is Melbourne. We needed to hit the ground running and we needed and excellent location from which to do it.
Enter the Vibe Savoy.
The Vibe Savoy sits on the corner of Little Collins and Spencer St, right opposite the Southern Cross station and Docklands and just a few minutes from many of Melbourne’s key streets. We walked pretty much everywhere and were right outside the tram stop to head down to St Kilda I’ve stayed in a Vibe Hotel in Sydney before and found it to be, as the Vibe Savoy was, perfect for my needs – good location, helpful staff and lovely rooms.
We stayed in a King Bed Guest Room which was perfectly comfortable and welcoming with a decent white wine in the mini bar (very important) and complimentary tea and coffee. Deluxe suites are also available if space is what you need as are twin bed rooms. For the two of us, for three nights, the King Bed Guest Room was just fine.
I love a hotel buffet breakfast. Love it. To be honest, I consider myself to be something of a buffet connoisseur The Vibe Savoy buffet did not disappoint, in fact, it thrilled with its pancake making machine. SG went mad with the sausages and bacon and I went mad with the pancakes and danish pastries – there is no other way to start a sightseeing day.
It is worth noting that there isn’t free wifi at the hotel. You can buy packages of internet time and there is a business centre with computers and internet access available for purchase. The staff were very amenable to helping with printing, which is always a bonus.
There is also, what appears to be, quite a popular bar. The Alexander Bar, which also had streetside seating, a plus in the summer, was always humming with meal and drinks specials. And for those of you who can’t break from your fitness regimes, there is a gym for guests.
The Vibe Savoy is a great little option if you’re a newbie to Melbourne and you want to be within walking distance of important sites,tourist spots and public transport, or if you’re flying in for a day or two of work. Affordable, convenient and pleasant – precisely what a hotel stay should be.