Lovely stylish & casual hotel on No 19 Tram line
Posted Sep 3, 2016 on Wotif
I stayed at the Vibe Carlton when in Melbourne for a professional workshop. It is a funky hotel, seems to be fairly recently renovated, a large lobby with friendly casual staff, and a cafe. My room was large, with a sitting area with couch (which I wasn't expecting!), small balcony with cafe table & chairs, king bed and clean, new-ish bathroom. It was simple yet stylish, and a nice room to be in.
The location itself is easy to access from/to the city via the No 19 tramline. It really isn't close to anything else though. You can walk to the popular eating strip of Lygon street, but you wouldn't want to do it in heels... with sturdy shoes on, I'd say it's about a 15 minute walk when you've got your spurs on - it's not a leisurely stroll. I was meeting a friend for dinner on Lygon street and ended up catching a cab - it wasn't a walk I wanted to do on my own at night.
The other option to get anywhere apart from straight up (to Brunswick) or straight down (into the city) is to catch the tram into the city, then catch another tram (or train or bus) to your destination. Not such a hassle for me as I enjoy whizzing around Melbourne on the tram and had the time, but if you need to be truly central, then this hotel really isn't. It's adjacent to "central", on a tramline that runs frequently.
I had the buffet breakfast on one of my mornings there and it was just okay. It wasn't expensive so not worth making a fuss over, but the next morning I ate elsewhere.