Empire Apartments, Melbourne

Located at Elizabeth and A'Beckett in the heart of Melbourne, Australia, we stayed at the Empire Apartments. It was rather affordable but had a few quirks. Our flight from San Francisco landed at 6:45 AM. We would have time to kill at the café at the neighboring café at Hotel Jasper. Reception wouldn't receive our luggage until 11 am.

At 11 AM, we were able to leave our luggage with Jules. She stored them until we were to return at 3 PM to check in. Unfortunately, they didn't have a room ready for us. We really wanted to take a shower and freshen up but we made do. Exploring it is!

We went to the Royal Arcade, the Visitors Center, checked out a Labour Day area with booths and live music near the Crown Hotel, checked out the Sea Life Aquarium and had drinks and snacks at a rooftop bar called State of Grace. More detail on these places soon. We received a text that our room was ready while on our second drink on the roof. It was warm and we were really ready for a shower.

We walked back to Empire, checked in, retrieved our luggage and stopped on the 25th floor of 60 available. There were many elevators so you won't have to wait too long.

Our apartment was down the hall. Open the door and you look down the long hallway to see a balcony at the other end. Immediately to your right is the bathroom with a glass shower, toilet, large vanity mirror and deep rectangular sink.

To the right of the entrance is the laundry room. The appliances are stacked on top of each other and it would be convenient if we were staying here more than one night.

In the hall is your kitchen with a large fridge, gas stove, coffee maker and sink.

The living room comes with a Google Home, flat screen television, love seat and circular table with chairs and a bench built into the wall.

The bedroom has a full size bed, a spacious shower and windows to see across Melbourne. The bed was comfortable and the décor is simple, soft and from IKEA.

Not bad of a place. I wish they had assistance 24-hours a day. We also attempted to check out the gym this morning but we couldn't access Floor 8 at 5 AM. Checking out the pool might be in my future. The wifi works fine and the AC does its job.

Again, not bad. There are just some convenience tweaks I would like as a Travel Agent for my guests staying here. Let me know if I can help you with your Melbourne itinerary.

What do you think?


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