Friendly, helpful staff, especially when answering my questions via email. I'm a local, but was staying there with an out of state friend, and I'm a little clueless about the city.
So I appreciated the great location just around the corner from the fantastic Lygon Street. Easy access to trams as well.
And the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in!
Having been to Melbourne on multiple occasions we tried the Parks area and chose the Vibe. Very nice to excellent parkland walks, tramline to city very close and easy walk to shops etc at Sydney Road. We had three rooms of family and the staff found a way to place us together on same floor and in adjoining rooms. Very pleasant stay!!
My parents loved their stay at the Alston, I've just booked another in fact. It's close, has everything they need and the beds are apparently amazing. The rooms are always clean and my encounters with staff have been really lovely, above and beyond.
An inner-city suburb, Carlton is known as Melbourne's 'Little Italy.' Lygon Street is the hub of Italian tradition, lined with a plethora of cafés, European cake shops, gelaterias, trattorias, and fine Italian restaurants. The area is also home to well-preserved examples of Victorian architecture and the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.