Hotel Discovery Melbourne adventure on a budget
A large hotel with many options for beds, the Hotel Discovery Melbourne is oriented to the adventurous traveler looking for a fun stay in the middle of Australias most vibrant city. The heart of city beats around the hotel with shops, restaurants, sporting events and culture while the amenities indoors are basic, comfortable and so very affordable.
Designed to create tribe, the Hotel Discovery Melbourne is informal. Dorm rooms that sleep four to sixteen in bunks (female only rooms available upon request) are suitable for the backpacker traveler on a stop through the Southern Pacific region, or with weekly rates is a good place to start making a life in Melbourne. More traditional twin and family rooms allow for more privacy, but all share the bathrooms.
Within the hotel, activities unite the guests in various lounges, the Velvet Underground Bar or barbeque on the roof. They even have a cinema in-house along with an agency to help place guests in temporary or long-term jobs to pay the bill. The Hotel Discovery is likely only one of a few that guarantees friendships will be made. Breakfast is free and pizza is always ready with other snacks in the caf, and the Queen Victoria Market is literally next door with its 19th century architecture and variety of boutiques and restaurants. In fact, wherever guests would like to go in the city, the unique train system is easily accessible at no cost.
Chinatown is a cultural display of fireworks nearby. Sports enthusiasts use the Hotel Discovery Melbourne as a place to rest between tennis matches at the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arenas. Other venues such as the Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Park Function Centre, and Etihad Stadium (formerly the Telstra Dome) are also in close proximity.
The Crown Complex, in addition to the Southern hemispheres largest casino, offers a great selection of live entertainment options, movies and interactive games like laser skirmishes and bowling. The Eureka Sky Deck, with 360 degree views of Melbourne is close enough to see the Hotel from the Skydeck 88, a glass cube projecting 3 meters outwards, suspending visitors 300 meters above the ground. For the even more adventurous, the Luna Park produces jaw-dropping, eye-popping thrills on amusement rides like the Pharaohs Curse.
Considered the cultural heart of Australia, Melbournes reputation for a serious fashion sense is evidenced on the surrounding streets by the countless specialty shops. The Flinders Lane Gallery exhibits the finest of Australian contemporary art. The State Library of Victoria, a massive 22 building complex for study and research, and Federation Square, housing significant cultural exhibitions, lie close to the hotel doors.
For those wanting to get outside the city boundaries for a change from the bustle the hotel staff is pleased to arrange excursions, taking advantage of the magnificent scenery at points along the Great Ocean Road such as the Mornington Peninsula or a cruise out to Phillips Island to view the Penguin Parade. They might suggest travelling inland to sample the Yarra Valley wine region or experience the diversity and tranquility of Gippsland and Grampians National Park.
No matter the agenda or budget, the Hotel Discovery Melbourne delivers Olympic gold.