$69 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 8, 2015 Check-out: Jan 10, 2015

Pensione Hotel Melbourne - by 8Hotels

3 stars
16 Spencer Street, Melbourne, Melbourne, VI 3000
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.3
out of 5
12 reviews
Consistently good

The Pensione is a terrific small hotel stay, I recommend it for efficiency, personable staff,... See full review

  • cconway48
  • Jun 26, 2014
Great small experience

The room was small, but it had everything I needed. I was impressed by the space efficiency. For a... See full review

  • cconway48
  • Jun 18, 2014
Elegant downtown Melbourne boutique hotel marries old and new accents

Modeled on the original European pensione hotels, the Pensione Hotel Melbourne combines turn-of-the-century building features such as exposed brick with modern furnishings and décor. Rooms are modest yet refined; some are big enough to sleep three. There's even a rooftop sundeck for enjoying some quietude in the big city. Wireless Internet access is available for a fee. The on-site restaurant, Pensione Café & Bar, serves light meals and strong cocktails every night.

  • Wireless Internet Acess available-Fees apply
  • Located in downtown Melbourne
  • Dine on light snacks at the on-site Pensione Café & Bar

Pensione Hotel Melbourne sports 114 rooms, including six suites that are minimalist in design yet functional. Stark white linens complement gray carpet and striped headboards, while standard amenities cover a flat-screen television, mini-refrigerator and iron and ironing board. Some have three single beds. Wireless Internet access is available for a fee.

The Pensione Hotel Melbourne dates back to the early 1900s, and the building has been designated as a historic structure. All guests enjoy free access to the rooftop sundeck, as well as in-room DVD players upon request. There's an on-site coin-operated laundry facility (fees apply). The hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Grab a light meal and a pint of local beer at the Pensione Café & Bar, the on-site eatery.

  • Metropolitan tram (1 block)
  • Metropolitan bus (1 block)
  • Flinders Street Station (4 blocks)
  • Southern Cross Station (10 blocks)
  • Melbourne International Airport (12 mi/20 km)
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (4 blocks)
  • Federation Square (8 blocks)
  • Queen Victoria Market (4 blocks)
  • Crown Casino (6 blocks)
  • Chinatown (10 blocks)
  • Yarra Park (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Etihad Stadium (1 mi/1.5 km)
  • Fax and copy services
  • Internet kiosk in lobby
Policies and fees
  • All "Original" rooms (double and twin style) will be unavailable from 04 Aug to 01 Nov due to renovation. Works will be done from 10 AM to 6 PM. 
  • Children under 3 years old can stay for free using existing bedding. Baby cot is also available for an additional $10.00/night and must be requested directly from the hotel.
  • A $100 USD deposit is required upon check-in. This can be processed either by credit card or cash.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Pensione Hotel Melbourne - by 8Hotels Rooms

Matchbox
A cosy room made for one. Matchbox rooms are perfect for a shorter stay, boasting a clean and fresh look, featuring luxurious MicroCloud bedding on a single bed, an LCD TV with Foxtel, tea and coffee making facilities and FREE WIFI.
Shoebox
A cosy room for an amazing price. Shoebox rooms are perfect for a shorter stay, boasting a clean and fresh look, featuring luxurious MicroCloud bedding on a Double bed, an LCD TV with Foxtel, tea and coffee making facilities and FREE WIFI.
Pensione Double
The Pensione Double contains everything you need. With a clean and fresh look, featuring luxurious MicroCloud bedding on a Double bed, a working desk, an LCD TV with Foxtel, tea and coffee making facilities and FREE WIFI.
Pensione Twin
Grab a friend and SAVE. Perfect for mates or as a second room for the kids, our Pensione Twin rooms boast a clean and fresh look, featuring two single beds with MicroCloud bedding, an LCD TV with Foxtel, tea and coffee making facilities and FREE WIFI.
Courtyard Room
Located on the ground floor, these newly refurbished rooms boast a private courtyard, stunning dcor with MicroCloud topped Double bed and rainwater feature showers. Featuring an LCD TV with Foxtel, FREE WIFI and are PET FRIENDLY.
Pensione Trio
Grab some friends and SAVE. Perfect for mates or bringing one of the kids. Boasting a clean and fresh look, with the option of 3 singles (or 1 double king and one single on request), all with MicroCloud bedding, an LCD TV with Foxtel, and FREE WIFI.
Rooftop Apartment
Relax in style at the top of the world! Perfect for a weekend getaway, this self-contained unit features king bedding or optionally 2 single beds, a large bathroom, kitchenette facilities, LCD TV with Foxtel and access to the sundeck! Includes FREE WIFI.
Pensione Double with Brekkie
Book this great rate now in a Pensione Double room, including Breakfast for 2 Adults each morning at Oliviers Cafe, normally valued at $27 per person

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Southern Cross Station: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria Police Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Melbourne Aquarium: 0.2 mi
  • Observation Deck: 0.2 mi
  • Rialto Towers: 0.2 mi
  • Crown Casino: 0.3 mi
  • Immigration Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Maritime Museum Polly Woodside: 0.4 mi
  • ANZ Banking Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Telstra Dome: 0.5 mi
  • Eureka Tower: 0.5 mi
  • Flinders Street Station: 0.6 mi
  • Victorian Arts Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Block Arcade: 0.6 mi
  • Southern Cross Station: 0.1 mi
  • Victoria Police Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Melbourne Aquarium: 0.2 mi
  • Observation Deck: 0.2 mi
  • Rialto Towers: 0.2 mi
  • Crown Casino: 0.3 mi
  • Immigration Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Melbourne Exhibition Centre: 0.4 mi
  • Maritime Museum Polly Woodside: 0.4 mi
  • ANZ Banking Museum: 0.4 mi
  • Telstra Dome: 0.5 mi
  • Eureka Tower: 0.5 mi
  • Flinders Street Station: 0.6 mi
  • Victorian Arts Centre: 0.6 mi
  • Block Arcade: 0.6 mi
  • Manchester Unity Building: 0.6 mi
  • Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct: 0.6 mi
  • Royal Arcade: 0.6 mi
  • Southgate Plaza: 0.6 mi
  • St Paul's Cathedral: 0.7 mi
  • Sunday Market: 0.7 mi
  • Bourke Street Mall: 0.7 mi
  • Melbourne Town Hall: 0.7 mi
  • Federation Square: 0.7 mi
  • National Gallery of Victoria: 0.8 mi
  • Chinatown Melbourne: 0.9 mi
  • Scots Church: 0.9 mi
  • St Michael`s Uniting Church: 0.9 mi
  • State Library of Victoria: 0.9 mi
  • Queen Victoria Market: 0.9 mi
  • Parliament House: 1 mi
  • Old Melbourne Gaol: 1 mi
  • Chinese Museum: 1 mi
  • Melbourne City Baths: 1 mi
  • Sidney Myer Music Bowl: 1.1 mi
  • Princess Theatre: 1.1 mi
  • Post Master Gallery: 1.1 mi
  • City Museum: 1.2 mi
  • Old Treasury Building: 1.2 mi
  • Animals Australia: 1.2 mi
  • Shrine of Remembrance: 1.2 mi
  • Treasury Gardens: 1.2 mi
  • Parliament Gardens: 1.2 mi
  • St. Peter's Church: 1.2 mi
  • Giant Sky Wheel: 1.3 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1500
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (12)

Ratings and reviews for Pensione Hotel Melbourne - by 8Hotels

Overall score

3.3 / 5
5.01.0
12 out of 12
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
3.7
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.5
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.4

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Leave of Absence
Business
Melboune
Aug 8, 2014

Pleasant overall

Nothing bad to say about this place. Good location, friendly staff, inexpensive. You certainly won't be disappointed for the money you pay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Get the inclusive breakfast upfront or else it'll cost you significantly more. Don't drink the water as "the font looks like it says $1.50, but it really means $4.50." I drank 2 bottles and they charged me $4.50, so it wasn't a huge issue.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
cconway48
Business
Adelaide
Jun 26, 2014

Consistently good

The Pensione is a terrific small hotel stay, I recommend it for efficiency, personable staff, location and good atmosphere.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
cconway48
Business
Adelaide
Jun 18, 2014

Great small experience

The room was small, but it had everything I needed. I was impressed by the space efficiency. For a business overnight stay this hotel is terrific, great location, ease of check in and lovely breakfast cafe that was reasonably priced. I think this is a great value hotel and have already booked to return next week.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Lizy G
Business
Sydney
Apr 28, 2014

Shoe box

Small and old room. Staff was nice but nothing out of the ordinary. Small bathroom with no proper door, could see and hear everything happening inside.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
ArnoldSoikel
Business
Perth, Australia.
Apr 1, 2014

Location, compact, modern, fresh, tidy, clean, classy, sufficient.

I liked it. Different. This category seems to provide a modern, fresh, classy hotel room for the price of a normal deteriorated hotel room, albiet the room is only half the size of previous generation hotel rooms. There isn't anything wrong with this, as under the previous approach, floor space was wasted, now it is allocated according to actual movement requirement. I really like having a bit of class and happily sacrifice unnecessary floor acreage for that. The internal design is obviously the result of living design professionals, because it is thought out, classy and it works. It is really excellent having quality bedding and towels and a modern bathroom in centre down town for sub $100. Well done guys, this has to be a recipe for success. Location: Trams at door, Victoria train station across the road, Crown across the river; perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

If you're a traveller, get yourself a Myki travel card for the period of your stay and have a blast jumping on and off every transport option on offer and discover magnificent Melbourne. What a great city!

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Melbourne traveler
Business
USA
Apr 15, 2013

Good value

Small but everything you need in a convenient location. Train station across street, grocery store a couple of blocks away, and and most sights within 15-20 min walk. Internet access was too highly priced. If sharing the room with someone else, there is very little privacy due to glass bathroom doors. Overall we were happy.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

No parking lane in front of hotel so don't expect to drive up and check in. Parking around block in garage or pay street spot if you can find one.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Shayak
Business
White Plains, NY
Apr 10, 2013

Small rooms but great location!

Like the other reviews say, the rooms here are really small. I've been to Europe, and believe me, the room I had here was even smaller than some of the hotels back there. However, if you're planning to spend most of your time exploring Melbourne, and only sleep in this room, then it's perfect. The price is great! Especially for the location -- right next to Southern Cross Station. It is extremely well connected, by train and tram. You can even take the SkyBus direct from the airport to Southern Cross and just walk to the hotel from there. This hotel has virtually no amenities, but again if you're here to explore Melbourne, then you won't need them. In summary, for the price, even though the room was small, it was worth every penny. I wouldn't recommend for families, but great for singles or couples.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Federation Square, the hub of activity, is a 10 minute walk, and a 2 min tram ride away.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kelvin Tang
Business
Flinders St, Melbourne
Apr 26, 2012

Really Good, and deserve recommendation!

Good staff, high efficiency when I required an adaptor and hair dryer. The bed was comfortable, and we had a good rest that night. Clean and neat room, really value-for-money.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Along the Yarra river, you can have a good view of night Melbourne.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Nghia Nguyen
Business
Canberra, AU
Apr 8, 2010

Very good hotel

Good nights in a clean and quite hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Oz-some
Business
San Francisco, CA
Nov 23, 2009

don't bother

although the hotel markets itself as a boutique pensione-style place, it lacks any noticeable style. it is also tiny, and the staff are rather surly. unless you're willing to sacrifice everything to location, don't bother with this place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

the city runs a free tram and bus service to the major attractions, with central stops.

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