Warm cookies and a central location make for a winning combination when I’m looking for a hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street offers both so it was where I chose to stay for my solo trip to Melbourne. Although I was in Melbourne for a conference which was located at another hotel, I fancied staying in the heart of the city. I planned to take advantage of any down time to explore the city.
Our family are very sentimental about the DoubleTree chain after a couple of stays at the Santa Monica property. Every time we returned from a day out sightseeing the staff would give the children a warm chocolate chip cookie. I’m pretty sure the cookies are only supposed to be handed out on check-in but the staff seemed to enjoy spoiling the kids and in turn the kids lapped up the attention and cookies. I felt a bit guilty in Melbourne during check-in when I received a warm cookie and I didn’t have one of the kids to pass it to. I didn’t eat it so I could take it home for them.
The hotel is located opposite the historic Flinders Street Station, only a short walk from Federation Square and Southbank. It is also only a couple of blocks from the Bourke Street Mall shopping precinct, there is a tram stop opposite and a taxi rank at the door. To say this hotel is well located is an understatement.
As I was travelling alone I stayed in a non-accessible room which was comfortable, well appointed but on the smaller side. I sank into the bed every night grateful for the luxury it offered – not too hard and not too soft, it was just right for me.
For the purposes of the blog I did an inspection of one of the accessible rooms in the hotel and I was thrilled to find a spacious and comfortable room.
As you can see from the photos above the room has plenty of room for a wheelchair user. The only downside is that only one side of the bed is accessible for a transfer from a chair. As long as you don’t have a preference for a side you will love this room.
The accessible bathroom is divine with an extra wide doorway, a height adjustable shower, flip down shower seat, toilet with back rest and rails throughout. The wash basin is accessible and has lever taps for ease of use. I am a big fan of an accessible bathroom not looking clinical and aside from the rails and additional space this bathroom is the same as the one in my non-accessible room. I rather like the tiles in particular.
EASY ACCESS DOOR
One of the three accessible rooms at the hotel has a swipe card electric door for guests who have difficulty with operating a door with a handle. You need to specifically request this room when booking.
Sadly my schedule in Melbourne was very full so I didn’t have a lot of time to explore the other features of the hotel. I did whizz by the breakfast bar on my way out of the hotel so I could share some images. Next time I plan on lingering over breakfast because I spied waffles. What a treat that would be!
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As I mentioned earlier, I stayed in standard accommodation as I was not travelling with BJ who uses a wheelchair. The room was comfortable and well appointed. The bed was so comfortable which I welcomed after long days of standing in high heels!
The location of the hotel and the friendly staff are the stand-out features of this DoubleTree. I had a great three night stay while in Melbourne and took full advantage of its proximity to the shopping arcades and sights in the city.
For more information or to make a booking contact DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street.
I’d like to thank DoubleTree for providing one complimentary nights accommodation for my three night stay, so I was able to review the accessible accommodation and share it with you all.
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