At the end of September we found ourselves in Melbourne in the midst of a city consumed with AFL grand final fever. It wasn’t on purpose. I booked the flights well in advance and failed to check the football calendar. D’Oh! To add insult to injury I missed watching my beloved Sharks win their first ever NRL grand final back home in Sydney. While I was devastated to miss it, we tried to make the most of our short stay in Melbourne. The downside for us was that we had to compete for accommodation with the thousands of sports fans who descended on the city for the big game. Not surprisingly, many hotels opportunistically increased their prices significantly to match the sky-high demand but I’m thrilled to say that The Vibe Savoy Melbourne was not one of them. In fact, the Vibe did pretty much everything right by us and I struggled to fault them. My Vibe Savoy Melbourne hotel review will help you determine if this is the place for you when you are next in town. Read on for all the details …
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Vibe Savoy Melbourne Hotel Review – Overview
The Vibe Savoy Melbourne is one of only eight Vibe hotels in Australia, but it is part of the larger TFE Hotels group which incorporates familiar brands like Adina, Rendezvous and Travelodge. The Vibe’s distinctive heritage façade on the corner of Little Collins & Spencer Sts (directly across from Southern Cross Station) makes it hard to miss. Getting to and from the Vibe couldn’t be simpler as trains, trams, taxis and the Melbourne Skybus are all virtually on the doorstep. Melbourne is a very walkable city and Vibe’s central location means everything in the CBD is within easy reach. Rooms start at around AUD$150 a night which is excellent value for a 4½ star hotel of this calibre. If you are heading to Melbourne with your BFFs make sure you check out my suggestions for the ultimate girly weekend before you go.
Once inside the ornate front doors you are greeted by a light, bright, welcoming lobby that is unmistakably influenced by days gone by. The art deco inspired cornices, marble floors and geometric wall art create a feeling of nostalgic elegance. The grand piano makes a wonderful centerpiece and we saw a few guests tinkling the ivory’s as we were coming and going. Tucked inside one corner of the lobby is the Alexander Bar which was very popular with guests come 5pm.
The 163 guest rooms and suites at the Vibe Savoy Melbourne surround an internal atrium that runs through the centre of the building to ensure the internal corridors and inward facing rooms are still bathed in natural light. The communal spaces on the guest floors continue the art deco theme with leadlight window reminiscent of the era.
We were in room 719 at the Vibe Savoy Melbourne and our immaculately clean home for the night offered everything we needed for our short stay. The king sized bed that dominated the room was a little firmer that I would prefer but I was thrilled when the pillows pleased my fussy husband. While there was a generous window in the room we were not blessed with a view as our room opened to the internal atrium. The thick functional curtains did a fabulous job of blocking out the early morning light meaning we had a lovely sleep in. The was one thing I thought was rather odd, the television was inside the wardrobe to the side of the bed which made getting an unobstructed view tricky.
The Vibe Savoy Melbourne is popular with business travelers and to cater to the corporate crowd there is a compact desk provided. Those looking to clock some serious hours at a virtual office would be wise to consider upgrading to the high-speed internet at a cost of $9.95 per day as the free wi-fi is woefully slow. I tried hot spotting off my phone but this didn’t produce any better results as the signal strength was very weak. Luckily we were not in the room for long enough for this to be a real issue.
The compact bathroom’s clever design meant every inch of space was maximised to its full potential. I particularly liked the recessed shelves for the complementary toiletries so that they didn’t occupy precious bench space. I’m not a fan of a shower over the bath, but I was pleased to see a glass screen rather than a shower curtain which is often the case. The shower spout was high up and didn’t offer much adjustment so showering without getting my hair wet required contortions. This probably wouldn’t cause much grief to most and The Hubs was completely unconcerned with his practical buzz cut.
Given our short stay we were not able to try all the facilities available at the Vibe Savoy Melbourne. If you have a little more time on your hands try Curve Restaurant (level 2), Alexander Bar (ground) or the gym (level 3). A variety of conference rooms are also available for hire. Of course 24 hour room service is available and I was very pleasantly surprised by the prices. It’s a rare city hotel that offers a full cooked breakfast for $18. Nice one! If the onsite restaurant is not to your liking why not order in from Menulog from a selection of 194 restaurants or check out my review of Mercadante Wood Fired Pizzeria in nearby Lygon St.
We chose to hire a car while we were in town from Airport Rentals (full review here) and were thrilled to get a free upgrade to a convertible! The Vibe Savoy Melbourne can organise valet parking at an additional cost. If you prefer to park yourself there are two parking stations close by (Lt Collins St and Spencer St) which will save you a few dollars. Parking in front of the hotel is strictly limited to a 10 minute drop off but metered is available on the next block which allows up to two hours except on Sunday when it is free.
The Vibe Savoy Melbourne was perfect for our one night stay. The location was central and virtually everything was in walking distance. I was particularly pleased with the character of the hotel, the cleanliness and the exceptional value. If you are still not convinced scroll through over 2900 TridAdvisor reviews from people just like you. If you are looking for something a little flashier check out my review of Crown Towers Melbourne Deluxe Villas. I always use Expedia or Agoda to get the very best deals on hotels. Make sure you look out for the specials!
Have you stayed at the Vibe Savoy Melbourne? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for my stay at the Vibe Savoy Melbourne in full and as always all opinions are my own. Some links are affiliate links which may earn me a small commission.
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