Joanna Hunkin checks in to the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne.

Getting there:

Hop on the Sky Bus from the airport and you'll be in the city in less than 30 minutes (for under $20). The Adina is a 10-minute walk from Southern Station. Just watch out if you're using Google Maps for guidance. There is another Adina on Flinders St, which comes up as the first option on both Google and Uber. Tricky.

Check-in experience: Was swift and welcoming once I made it to the right Adina. The receptionist at the Flinders St branch was also very helpful in redirecting me.


Room: A one-bedroom penthouse apartment, complete with full kitchen, laundry, lounge and dining and mezzanine bedroom.

Price: Approx $350 per night.

What's so good about this place? The most impressive feature has to be the double-height windows overlooking the city, which open on to a balcony. The suite is spacious and well-appointed and feels more like a stylish home than a hotel.

And the bad? Honestly, I had no complaints. It's lovely. If I were to really nitpick, the bathroom lighting could be a bit brighter.

What's in the neighbourhood? Everything. You're in the heart of Melbourne's CBD so you're just a short walk to Melbourne Central and Elizabeth St. Little Bourke St is a short stroll away with some of the city's best restaurants on offer.

Toiletries: Nothing fancy but perfectly serviceable.

Food and drink: There's an in-house restaurant and bar, Queen Street Rescue, which also offers room service. Open throughout the day, the menu includes full breakfast options through to pizza, pasta, burgers and bar snacks.

The bed: Was vast — a comfortable super king. The pillows were also the perfect density.

Bathroom: Was dark, glossy and well appointed.

A room with a view? Sweeping views from the 21st floor.

Free Wi-Fi? There is but it was hopeless. On the rare occasion it connected, it was deathly slow. You can pay to upgrade but it's cheaper to use roaming.

Noise: Wasn't an issue although nearby construction works were audible during the day.

Value for money: At the same price as standard hotel rooms, The Adina offers a lot more space and flexibility. The in-room laundry is a definite plus.

Exercise facilities: The gym is open from 6am to 10pm and there is an indoor pool and sauna.


Perfect for: Setting up camp if you're in town for a few days.

The bottom line: The Adina has the benefits of a central city hotel, with the appeal of apartment living.