Service Residence Check: Medina Executive Northbank

WHAT’S IT LIKE? The apartment hotel offers a convenient base in Melbourne being in the middle of town and has all the home amenities required. Ideal for those visiting for three days and longer.

WHERE IS IT? Located on Flinders Street, it is 10 minutes’ walk from the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Crown Towers, Bourke Street Mall, Southbank Promenade and Telstra Dome. Its CBD location gives visitors handy access to Docklands, East Melbourne and South Yarra, the commercial and lifestyle districts.

HOW MANY UNITS? 107 ranging from Studio Rooms to One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments.

IN-UNIT FACILITIES: It’s like a fully furnished condominium unit. Aside from the bedroom and bathroom, there are separate dining and living rooms, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry area. Amenities include broadband internet, satellite and cable TV, in-room movies, DVD and CD players, minibar, two-door fridge, four-burner stove with oven grill, washing machine and many more.

Most apartments have a balcony where visitors can relax on a lounge chair. The rooms are spacious enough for entertaining four to six people.

F&B: Cafeteria 566 opens daily from 7am. Pre-paid breakfast vouchers are available. Medina has food delivery arrangements with restaurants in the area. A detailed dining guide can be found in room.

BUSINESS FACILITIES: Courier, fax and photocopying services are available. The reception can organise a more extensive secretarial service if needed. There are two meeting rooms – one of which, the Yarra Room can take up to 56 theatre-style.

LEISURE FACILITIES: A gym equipped with stretching balls and mats and swimming pool on level 15.

PRICE: Online rates until December 30 range from A$166 (US$132) per night in a Studio Room for one to two persons, to A$360 (US$286) per night in a Two-Bedroom Apartment for two to four persons.

VERDICT: Excellent location. Travel-weary visitors will relish its “homely” comforts.

CONTACT: 550 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia, tel 61 3 9246 0000, www.medina.com.au

Gigi Onag


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