The Guardian story: “Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and campsites in Melbourne and beyond”, October 2013

The second of twin travel stories for The Guardian — a round-up of budget and boutique accommodation options in and around Melbourne. Excerpt below. You can check out the first story — looking at Brisbane — here.

Exterior 2 JPGAlto Hotel, Melbourne: Alto Hotel’s neo-baroque facade might be an unfamiliar sight in Australian cities but the striking frontage belies the property’s true significance. Alto was the first inner-city Melbourne hotel to receive the coveted EarthCheck silver certification, and has since won a number of sustainability awards; green credentials include renewably sourced energy, rooftop beehives for honey and electric-car hire. There’s also free Wi-Fi, complementary fair- trade espresso in the guest lounge and a bunch of superior in-room entertainment options. All this in the heart of Melbourne, a short walk from both Spencer Street and the central shopping district.  • 636 Bourke Street, +61 3 8608 5500, altohotel.com.au. Doubles from A$158 (£92)

Punthill Manhattan, Melbourne: A boutique hotel in Melbourne’s business district, Punthill Manhattan occupies a nondescript former repository in a relatively quiet area with easy access to the bars and boutiques scattered in the alleyways beyond Collins Street, the sports stadiums to the south-east, and the Princess and Regent theatres. If all that fails to impress, the transport hub of Flinders Street is just a block away. The hotel itself defies its modest facade, with rooms presented in a warehouse-style reminiscent of the property’s namesake. Every apartment comes with a fully equipped kitchen, in case all that action outside gets a little tiresome. • 57 Flinders Lane, +61 3 9659 3788, punthill.com.au. Rates are changable but currently start at AU$162 (£95) a night for a one-bed apartment; discounts for longer stays

For the full article, visit The Guardian.

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