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Causeway 353 Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

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We wanted something walking distance to must see downtown sites in Melbourne and were not disappointed. The hotel itself was cleaned and staff were courteous. The hotel itself has a little bit of wear and tear (such as the carpet in the hall coming loose) but the room itself was spacious and clean. Breakfast was included which was pretty basic; bread, tea, cereal, fruit, pastries which, whilst great to have, could do with a bit more such as eggs or some form of hot food. Overall stay at hotel was great, but don't stay here if you have a car, there is no parking (paid only) and entrance is down a side street.

The room itself was great and the staff were excellent. The reason I stayed in a hotel however was so I could watch a very important event online after my night in the city however I had to shell out extra for internet access and then the advertised "high speed internet" was inadequate for my needs.

Hotel is in a great location, step out to a laneway filled with coffee shops and specialty eateries. You certainly feel like you are part of Melbourne when you stay here. The hotel buffet breakfast is ok but I would recommend to step outside and take in all the wonderful tastes, smells and sounds Melbourne has to offer. Easy access to trams, the room itself is clean and basic, perfect to rest your weary body after hitting the city streets.

Perfect spot, clean and functional room and nice staff. The breakfast was acceptable but probably could have seen some improvement (more variety of variety of food and higher quality of some of the items, eg ham, would have been better). Definately recommend this hotel though.

Ever where else we stayed all over Aust there was free wifi at the room. including camp grounds in the middle of Alice springs. There's a lot of free wifi all over Melbourne luckily. There were few details we just didn't have fully planned and needed some internet access. It was a bit of a pain. The wifi is like 20-somthing dollars for 24 hours. Which, I'm sure is fine, but the hungry jacks across the street has it for free. And i dont need 24 hours, I need like 15 min. The breakfast was good. Basic continental. Bread, hams, pastries, yogurt cereal, coffee, juice. Enough to keep you tame until lunch. but it was the same daily. I'd rather swap out the breakfast for wifi and pay for a good long black and hot eggs up the street. The breakfast 'cost' is 15$ pp if it wasn't' included. Parking is across the street (closed 10pm-6am) or about 3 blocks away. For 20-25$ an exit (not by hour). That's probably an avg rate for hotel parking.

We were a little worried walking up to the Causeway 353 because it was down a little alley and not right on the main road. However, as soon we walked in, our room was ready early and the staff was so helpful. Our room was very nice and clean. The included continental breakfast was pretty good too. The next morning when we left the hotel, our little alleyway transformed into a bustling area that had a ton of cafes!! The location was central to all of the CBD too, would definitely stay again.

Great staff and very clean rooms. But the rooms are quite clinical and lack soul. Windows don't open and the benches are getting a little worn. Location is very central but the alley feels rather deserted at night - if you're a woman travelling alone and arriving late it could feel daunting. All in all - more than acceptable though. And the bed was super comfy!

Right in the middle of downtown Melbourne. Dozens of restaurants within walking distance.

My son enjoyed the weekend away he has never been before i go to melbourne once a year for a weekend of shopping and always stay at the causeway 353 and love it it is close to everything and trams are at your doorstep so to speak. I have stayed at other hotels but prefer causeway hotel stay are great and helpful and nothing is too much trouble great trip.

Little Collins St is well located for exploring the town on foot. Hotel entrance is actually down a small alley. When we checked in the staff was very pleasant. I wouldn't say our room was 4 stars. Furnishings were modest and the bath was a bit tight. We were pleasantly surprised by the buffet breakfast--the first one we'd seen in over a month of travel. European continental fare with meats and cheeses, rolls, breads, cereal, and juices. Very nice. The restaurant, though, is in the basement and is dark and not inviting. Our room was down a small hallway with another which could be closed off by a door at the start of the hall to make a suite. When we returned to our room after breakfast, the door had been closed and our key wouldn't open it. The maid tried unsuccessfully, and the front desk attendant couldn't open it either. They called for maintenance, which called an outside company to come and reset the electronic lock. We waited about an hour to get back into our room before we could start our day of sightseeing. When we asked if we could have a complementary afternoon check-out in recognition of our inconvenience, the clerk said we could stay until noon, but anything later would incur a charge. One of the two elevators had problems with the electronic access and sometimes wouldn't move. Finally, when we checked out we asked to have our luggage stored. The desk clerk took it to the side of the lobby and we assumed it would be put on the elevator and taken to a secure location as we'd seen done with other luggage. When we returned late that evening it was all still sitting next to the elevators. This area was out of the line of sight of the front desk people, so someone could easily have taken our luggage and computer.

Hotel is near to everything. Short walk to Fed Square where tours can be arranged and many leave from and\or end at. Clean rooms and breakfast is nothing special, but nice to have available and included in the price of the room. The one problem we encountered was that the message system on the room phone did not work and severalmessages were not relayed to us by the hotel staff. Comfy beds.

rooms were very nice. front desk helpful. overall good value, good location in central Melbourne.

The location of this hotel can't be beat! Right in the CBD, but quiet enough to get a good night's rest. I wasnt looking for a view, as I wanted to get out and explore the city, so I wasn't disappointed. The room was clean and modern with a great shower. The only thing I didn't care for was that you had to put your room card in a special slot to get the electricity to work. That prevents those of us who like to leave a light on while we're out from doing so. The continental breakfast in the basement restaurant was basic, but okay.

Great location. Could walk everywhere and convenient to trams. Excellent breakfast included in price of room. Hotel staff quite helpful

The location was great--right in the heart of Melbourne with easy access to sightseeing and shopping. The Skybus from the airport was very convenient and stopped half a block from the hotel. Like that we got breakfast--a full cooked one if you wanted--each day.

Was skeptical based on the price, but pleasantly surprised with quality of the room and friendly service.

I was in Melbourne for the first time for a conference at the Melbourne Exhibition Center. Although this hotel is a ways away, I wanted to be closer to some of the more interesting parts of the city. Just outside the door is a Tram stop that provides easy access to just about anywhere you want to go - Exhibition Center is 10 mins (5 min tram, 5 min walk to entrance). Flinders Lane and other great places to eat and shop are steps away. The hotel itself is clean and rooms are pretty spacious with all the amenities. My deluxe spa room had a large jacuzzi, but I did not have time to use. All-in-all, I would recommend this hotel to travelers who like to avoid the chains and experience the city from a good location. The only downside for me was the costly and SLOW wireless service. One of my pet peeves for traveling is paying for wireless access when so many offer it for free. And to then have the service be so slow...just irritating.

This hotel was located in the Melbourne CBD but not on the main streets. It allowed for a quite retreat from the noise from the streets. There were lots of restaurants and shops around the hotel. Many of Melbourne's attractions were within walking distance from the hotel. Also, there were free tourist buses and trams available for exploring the many sites Melbourne offered. Great stay!!!!!!!!

Hotel is very nice and modern. The location is good, close to shopping, train station and other attractions.

Some of the staff was "in training", so I think it was just their lack of knowledge, otherwise the service and their effort was good. The hotel is nice and is close to so many attractions. Walking distance to everything and just a couple of blocks from the tram station. Gardens, Art Galleries, shopping, restaurants abound at your fingertips!Hotel restaurant also nice with good food. Everything up-to-date~

Room options

Deluxe King Room

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Premier King Room

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Deluxe King Room - Spa

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Guest reviews for Causeway 353 Hotel

Everyone (2) Couples (8) Business (3) Family (4) Other (4) Friends (2)
4

great hotel in central melbourne

Everyone

We wanted something walking distance to must see downtown sites in Melbourne and were not disappointed. The hotel itself was cleaned and staff were courteous. The hotel itself has a little bit of wear and tear (such as the carpet in the hall coming loose) but the room itself was spacious and clean. Breakfast was included which was pretty basic; bread, tea, cereal, fruit, pastries which, whilst great to have, could do with a bit more such as eggs or some form of hot food. Overall stay at hotel was great, but don't stay here if you have a car, there is no parking (paid only) and entrance is down a side street.

By , from San Jose on Mar 20, 2017

3

great room, disappointed with some of the amenitie

Everyone

The room itself was great and the staff were excellent. The reason I stayed in a hotel however was so I could watch a very important event online after my night in the city however I had to shell out extra for internet access and then the advertised "high speed internet" was inadequate for my needs.

By , from Melbourne on Mar 6, 2016

4

great weekend away

Couples

Hotel is in a great location, step out to a laneway filled with coffee shops and specialty eateries. You certainly feel like you are part of Melbourne when you stay here. The hotel buffet breakfast is ok but I would recommend to step outside and take in all the wonderful tastes, smells and sounds Melbourne has to offer. Easy access to trams, the room itself is clean and basic, perfect to rest your weary body after hitting the city streets.

By on Jun 26, 2015

4

no problems, very central

BusinessTravelers

Perfect spot, clean and functional room and nice staff. The breakfast was acceptable but probably could have seen some improvement (more variety of variety of food and higher quality of some of the items, eg ham, would have been better). Definately recommend this hotel though.

By on May 3, 2014

4

everything great about this place... except wifi

Couples

Ever where else we stayed all over Aust there was free wifi at the room. including camp grounds in the middle of Alice springs. There's a lot of free wifi all over Melbourne luckily. There were few details we just didn't have fully planned and needed some internet access. It was a bit of a pain. The wifi is like 20-somthing dollars for 24 hours. Which, I'm sure is fine, but the hungry jacks across the street has it for free. And i dont need 24 hours, I need like 15 min. The breakfast was good. Basic continental. Bread, hams, pastries, yogurt cereal, coffee, juice. Enough to keep you tame until lunch. but it was the same daily. I'd rather swap out the breakfast for wifi and pay for a good long black and hot eggs up the street. The breakfast 'cost' is 15$ pp if it wasn't' included. Parking is across the street (closed 10pm-6am) or about 3 blocks away. For 20-25$ an exit (not by hour). That's probably an avg rate for hotel parking.

By on Dec 7, 2013

5

great hotel in a great location

Couples

We were a little worried walking up to the Causeway 353 because it was down a little alley and not right on the main road. However, as soon we walked in, our room was ready early and the staff was so helpful. Our room was very nice and clean. The included continental breakfast was pretty good too. The next morning when we left the hotel, our little alleyway transformed into a bustling area that had a ton of cafes!! The location was central to all of the CBD too, would definitely stay again.

By on Nov 25, 2012

3

clean but lacking soul

Singles

Great staff and very clean rooms. But the rooms are quite clinical and lack soul. Windows don't open and the benches are getting a little worn. Location is very central but the alley feels rather deserted at night - if you're a woman travelling alone and arriving late it could feel daunting. All in all - more than acceptable though. And the bed was super comfy!

By on Sep 23, 2012

5

perfect location

Families

Right in the middle of downtown Melbourne. Dozens of restaurants within walking distance.

By on Aug 4, 2012

4

fantastic weekend getaway

Families

My son enjoyed the weekend away he has never been before i go to melbourne once a year for a weekend of shopping and always stay at the causeway 353 and love it it is close to everything and trams are at your doorstep so to speak. I have stayed at other hotels but prefer causeway hotel stay are great and helpful and nothing is too much trouble great trip.

By on Jul 7, 2011

2

technical difficulties abound

Couples

Little Collins St is well located for exploring the town on foot. Hotel entrance is actually down a small alley. When we checked in the staff was very pleasant. I wouldn't say our room was 4 stars. Furnishings were modest and the bath was a bit tight. We were pleasantly surprised by the buffet breakfast--the first one we'd seen in over a month of travel. European continental fare with meats and cheeses, rolls, breads, cereal, and juices. Very nice. The restaurant, though, is in the basement and is dark and not inviting. Our room was down a small hallway with another which could be closed off by a door at the start of the hall to make a suite. When we returned to our room after breakfast, the door had been closed and our key wouldn't open it. The maid tried unsuccessfully, and the front desk attendant couldn't open it either. They called for maintenance, which called an outside company to come and reset the electronic lock. We waited about an hour to get back into our room before we could start our day of sightseeing. When we asked if we could have a complementary afternoon check-out in recognition of our inconvenience, the clerk said we could stay until noon, but anything later would incur a charge. One of the two elevators had problems with the electronic access and sometimes wouldn't move. Finally, when we checked out we asked to have our luggage stored. The desk clerk took it to the side of the lobby and we assumed it would be put on the elevator and taken to a secure location as we'd seen done with other luggage. When we returned late that evening it was all still sitting next to the elevators. This area was out of the line of sight of the front desk people, so someone could easily have taken our luggage and computer.

By on May 9, 2011