OVERVIEW: A unique and luxurious apartment in the absolute heart of Melbourne. High ceilings, antique and vintage furniture, stained-glass windows looking directly over Bourke Street, plenty of books, full of extras, original art and elegant styling.
The ceilings are 14 feet and 11 feet high, and the huge stained-glass bay windows look directly out onto Bourke Street, and to the North. The sun streams in, the walls are gallery white, the couch is inviting and the architecture is elegant.
In the apartment, you will find:
Nespresso coffee machine, with pods.
Fresh milk, butter, and filtered water in the fridge.
A brimming bowl of chai sachets, hot chocolates, flavoured coffees and many teas.
Complimentary coffee cards if you're staying during the week for the café next door, Oli & Levi.
Little nibbles and breakfast bits in the kitchen cupboard in case you arrive famished, and a convenience store 2 doors down for more serious supplies.
Toaster, kettle and microwave.
Smeg cooktop and range-hood, with basic cooking stuff in case there's something wrong with the cafés...
Bowls, plates, cups, cutlery, glasses and stemware.
A high quality Miracoil pillow-top bed ensemble, made up with quality linen.
Spare blankets, pillows and picnic blankets, in the wardrobe.
A brand new high quality auto-inflatable single bed for a third guest, full sized and double height, made up with quality linen and ready to sleep in.
Deliciously soft robes hanging in the wardrobe, ready to slip in to.
Portable heaters and portable air-con.
A large bathroom, with full sized bath and space for those swinging cats.
Plentiful fluffy towels.
Quality shampoo, conditioner, hand and body washes.
Hotel standard hairdryer.
A well stocked bathroom cupboard, with emergency supplies of moisturiser, toothpaste, deodorant, razors, makeup remover, shower caps, disposable ear plugs, etc.
Washing machine and dryer in a european laundry.
Quality iron and full sized ironing board.
Wardrobe and storage space, with hangers.
Large smart TV
Wifi internet ADSL 2+
Many books. Very many books. A library of fiction, philosophy, music, cooking, art.
Scrabble, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and playing cards.
Myki cards if requested to use Melbourne's public transport during your stay.
A drawer full of maps, brochures, programmes and ideas.
A house manual of instructions, my café recommendations and too much information on what I think you should do in Melbourne...
And just OUTSIDE the apartment, you will find:
A Thai Massage place next door, for shoulders, feet, you know...
'City Convenience Store' next door to that.
The GPO General Post Office, diagonally opposite. This 150 year old Neo-Renaissance building, which is the landmark that all distances in Melbourne are measured from, has a commanding presence, a grand chiming clock, and is now H&M.
The Bourke Street Mall: this is Melbourne's premier shopping precinct, and the geographical centre of the city, and you will be living as close to it as is physically possible
Hardware Lane, the iconic Melbourne restaurant laneway, is directly across the road.
Myer, David Jones, Emporium, Melbourne Central, QV, Collins Place and The Block Arcade are all within sight, or close walking distance.
China Town is in the next block, and Vue de Monde, Chin Chin, Cumulus Inc, Movida and Grossi Florentino are all within stroll-home distance.
You'll have full access to all the apartment amenities, and the whole place is yours during your stay.
SECURITY: The apartment is extremely secure; you'll need a magnetic fob to get into the building, and also to have the lift take you to your floor and no other. These fobs are very time consuming and expensive to replace, so any loses will incur a $100 deduction from your security deposit. Please be careful.
EXTRA GUESTS: Please be aware that the accommodation for a third guest is either a brand new high quality auto-inflatable bed, or the huge feather pillowed 3 seater couch which is the comfiest place on earth. That is - it is not an innerspring mattress. The airbed works very well in the entry, which is as spacious as a small single bedroom, but will also fit easily in the main room, if you prefer that configuration. The couch is just in the middle of everything
NOISE: There is usually no noise whatsoever, from other residents inside the building. Please consider my neighbour's enjoyment of this, and move quietly through the passageways. Staying in the heart of Melbourne means there is always some city noise going on around you though, and especially in the warmer months, when you might have the windows open you will definitely hear the streets and the buzz outside . The GPO clock chimes, and sometimes the buskers in the Bourke Street Mall are audible too. Close the windows if you prefer quiet. The walls of the apartment are extremely thick, and there are disposable earplugs in the bathroom cabinet if sleeping in a city is new to you. There are no restaurants, night clubs or venues close enough to hear after dark.
Otherwise, the couch is inviting, the books are plentiful, you're in the centre of Melbourne; please enjoy it all.
TRANSPORT: Skybus from Tullamarine Airport runs every 10 minutes, and costs $19 one way. it will drop you at Southern Cross Station, at the corner of Bourke Street, then you take any Bourke Street tram for 3 stops to arrive at the apartment.
A taxi from the airport will cost about $55
PARKING: There's a carpark within the building, and you can park on the same level as the apartment. The fees paid directly to the machines in the carpark, upon exit are $15 per day on the weekend, and about $60 per day during the week. Most city carparks are the same, so plan carefully if you use any of them, to save the shock at the end If you are prepared to park a long walk away it is considerable cheaper, or if you're prepared to park a train ride away it will be free