There's a trend developing in the world of travel. Around the globe, hotel rooms are becoming smaller without compromising style and comfort, and rates are dropping!
We've dubbed it the Budget Boutique Revolution and Australian hoteliers have picked up the idea. Getaway has found two good examples in the heart of Melbourne's CBD.
Pensione-style accommodation has been extremely popular throughout Europe for many years. Generally small and family-run, they are more intimate than larger hotels and guests enjoy interaction with their hosts, should they choose.
The brand new Pensione Hotel in Melbourne was modelled on the original European pensione hotels. Its turn-of-the-20th-century building combines modern design and soft tones to create an inviting ambience. It complements its sister hotel in Sydney.
All 114 rooms have flexible bedding configurations with ensuite facilities, air conditioning, refrigerator and wireless Internet. La Pesche Café and Bar on the ground floor serves breakfast, coffee and cake and the bar is relaxing at the end of a busy day. Pensione Melbourne has a 15 square metre rooftop sundeck for guests to enjoy.
It's a stroll to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Telstra Dome, Crown Casino and the fantastic Docklands with a wide choice of restaurants, cafés and bars.
Leo Pacific Hotel in the heart of Melbourne's CBD is a charming, six-storey building that has been extensively renovated and converted to a quality boutique hotel of 60 hotel rooms and studio apartments.
Situated on Little Bourke Street, there are loads of cafés, restaurants, boutiques, major department stores and Chinatown within walking distance.
You can also walk to Melbourne's theatres, QV and Melbourne Central malls, Rod Laver Arena and Telstra Dome.
Melbourne, Victoria's capital city
Pensione Hotel Melbourne rooms start at $85.
Leo Pacific Hotel rooms start at $99.
Virgin Blue has flights to Melbourne.
One way fares from:
- Adelaide $ 89
- Sydney $109
- Brisbane $149
- Darwin $169
- Perth $229
There are limited seats that may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person, per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at April 3, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at April 3, 2008.
For further information
Pensione Hotel Melbourne
16 Spencer Street
Ph: 1800 816 168
Fax: (03) 9621 1922
Leo Pacific Hotel
378 Little Bourke Street
Ph: (03) 9600 4000 or 1800 060 954
Fax: (03) 9670 0400
Ph: Ph: 13 6789