One of the things I love most about travelling is staying in hotels. Apart from a couple of favourites it is rare that I will stay in the same one twice – I like to try something new each time and like to stay in different parts of a city.
Previously when we’ve travelled to Melbourne we’ve tended to stay in the CBD but, as with most cities, the parts of Melbourne I love most aren’t in the CBD. So this time we stayed in South Yarra at the Como Hotel which is part of Accor’s M Gallery Collection.
The Como is situated perfectly, close to the intersection of Chapel Street and Toorak Road with a variety of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops nearby.
On arrival we were greeted by friendly front desk staff and check in was pleasant and efficient. We were offered a complimentary coffee before heading up to our room on the fifth floor. We had a lovely view over the park and, although surrounded by tall buildings, having the park there gave a sense of space.
When we walked into the room the first thing I noticed was the massive full length mirror. It was HUGE! And beautiful too, with a solid wooden frame, leaning up against the wall. One of my pet hates is when hotels don’t provide full length mirrors – this was definitely not an issue at The Como!
The bathroom was also huge with a shower over a corner spa bath, Morrissey toiletries in modern packaging, and a full sized VS hair dryer (a big deal when you have unruly and very thick hair like mine!). There was lots of bench space in the bathroom as well as a 3 shelf glass cabinet in one corner and plenty of fresh towels (also a big deal with hair like mine!). The only issue was that the lock on the bathroom door didn’t seem to work and the door seemed slightly small for the door frame, so there was a gap between the door and the frame which seemed strange given that everything else seemed so brand new and perfectly designed.
We stayed in a studio room which was very generously sized with a large wardrobe. long desk, bar fridge, full size ironing board and iron, King size bed (which was very comfy), wall mounted flat screen television, two armchairs and a coffee table. Although it was a studio, the room was shaped so that the bed was in its own little area which was nice and made it feel a little bit more cosy getting into bed at night. There were large floor to ceiling windows along one wall which let in plenty of natural light, and there was lots of well placed artificial lighting as well. Not sure I was a fan of the blue bedside table lights though – they seemed a bit like something you would find in a nightclub not a hotel room. I liked the fact that there were heavy curtains to block out the light but also sheer curtains if you wanted to let some sunshine in. The room temperature was easily adjustable and it didn’t take long for the room to warm up or cool down once you changed it unlike at many hotels where I’ve stayed in the past.
The decor in the room was modern but conservative, whilst the lobby was decked out with ultra modern white chairs, pink carpet and a feature silver light fixture.
There was a decent gym (unfortunately didn’t get around to using this but that is normally the sign of a good trip!), sauna and beautiful warm indoor pool up on the sixth floor which was perfect for the Melbourne weather. The pool was in fact what swayed me in my decision to stay at The Como as opposed to The Olsen which is almost directly opposite. There was also a sun deck which would have been nice had there been a bit more sunshine and a bit less wind.
The hotel staff were all lovely and very helpful. We didn’t get the opportunity to eat at the hotel what with the many nearby options but there was a brasserie which served breakfast as well as a bar and the room service menu looked quite good for room service.
Check out was prompt and the reception desk staff offered to call us a taxi to pick us up – something so small but that added to the overall service experience.
I would definitely stay here again and would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay in a vibrant part of Melbourne that is not too far from the city and with accessible public transportation. A warning though – the taxi fare from the airport was over $70. We worked out that it would have been cheaper to hire a car from Avis the airport and drop it off at the branch which is situated immediately next door to the hotel.