Not a lot of history at the young age of just 5 months, the Travelodge at Docklands in Melbourne is fresh and modern. The staff are extremely helpful and greet you with a friendly smile and the foyer is spacious with a clean, crisp feel.
The decor in the rooms is simple with cool brown and beige tones. Our room was located on level 13, maybe unlucky for some, but for us it meant one of the best views in the house.
A large glass window shows Melbourne below, and while the height factor gave me a mild case of Acrophobia, once I put my feet up on the bright red couch I was really able to appreciate it!
Skyscrapers are part of the landscape below, and even the construction and hustle and bustle of cars feels relaxing to watch, maybe because the sound is almost completely muffled from all the way up there!
Internet access is available for a fee and we had a decent sized high definition television with Foxtel (movies cost extra) local TV and radio.
There is no parking available on site, however guests are able to park at a carpark nearby (very easy walking distance) and this is for a flat fee of $19.00 overnight.
The mini bar was empty except some milk for coffee and tea, which is probably a good thing to avoid those expensive late night munchies!! Snacks and refreshments can be purchased from reception or one of the gazillion 7-Elevens they have in Melbourne.
Besides the huge king size bed, in the room we found closet space, spare pillow, a desk with 2 chairs, kettle, microwave, iron, ironing board, limited cutlery and safe.
All your usuals can be found in the bathroom – hairdryer, shampoo and soap…not sure if it was an oversight but there was no shower cap which was unusual (probably not even worth mentioning but I am a shower cap girl)!!
The rooms require a keycard entry and you can also lock it from the inside, you feel very safe and secure. The heating and air conditioner is temperature controlled making the room very comfortable.
Room service, takeaway and buffet breakfast are also available as optional extras.
The location is a bit of a walk from the city, but do-able if you have the time. Of course there are trams and trains running regularly – or you can even hire a bicycle for next to nothing which is a fantastic way to see Melbourne.
We explored the Docklands while we were there, make sure you check our Costco (which I have been dreaming about ever since) and the outlet stores. The Travelodge hotel is also walking distance to Ethiad Stadium and the Crown Casino.
There is always something to do in Melbourne, and the Travelodge is a lovely place to stay. An ideal destination as a business trip, the rooms are quiet with all the facilities you need.
Travelodge Docklands will cost between $104 and $189 for a King Room.
66 Aurora Lane, Docklands VIC 3008
Reservations: 1300 886 886