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Ovolo Laneways

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Ovolo Laneways was an excellent beginning to our Australian vacation. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is in a wonderful location--near the free tram and close to many good restaurants. Our room was clean and nicely furnished. The amenities included free bottled water. Overall we were extremely pleased with our stay. Since nothing is perfect, I'll... More 

Thank William T
Daylesford, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were recommended to stay in this hotel from a friend in the travel business, and this recommendation did not disappoint. We managed to book a suite on the top floor that catered for 4 adults with an ensuite from the master bedroom and large terrace. Modern styling with lovely extras including a handheld Nintendo wii and large tv. "Loot... More 

Thank Madeleine G
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi Madeleine G, Just a quick note to say thank you for your great feedback. It is great to hear that you loved all aspects of our service and guest amenities. Your wonderful comments will definitely be shared with all our shiny happy team members. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Jake Yang Hotel General Manager More 

Manly, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Sadly only 1 night & we leave this morning, but we will return! Service by reception brilliant & the young man sent us to Cumulus where we had the best breakfast. Room was great & yes the sink in the bathroom is small but who cares when everything else is great. Free mini bar fully stocked plus a goody bag... More 

Thank TurnboSydney
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So, I fell in love with ovolo following a stay at the 1888 in Sydney. In fact that stay made me book laneways in Melbourne, which I don't regret at all. However not all ovolo's are equal. Laneways is in a good location, just on the edge of the CBD near chinatown, easily walkable to anywhere in the CBD and... More 

Thank Tclarkjnr
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi Tclarkjnr, Thank you for providing us with your constructive review. It is disappointing to learn that you didn't enjoy your stay as much on this occasion after experiencing Ovolo 1888. Please be informed that your valued feedback will definitely be utilised to continuously improve ourselves. We would love to have you back so that we can provide you with... More 

Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped here between a work hotel stay and a holiday. What a great boutique hotel (you may note in my feed that I like boutique hotels) and in a location that enables you to experience the joys of Melbourne CBD without enduring the volume of people. Things to love: the free minibar, the nightly drinks, the lollies at reception,... More 

Thank koroua
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi koroua, Thank you for the awesome review! So happy to hear that you loved our service, location and all the freebies. Our main focus is to provide every guest with personalised service and 'Effortless Living'. Again, we appreciate your wonderful feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon. Warm regards, Jake Yang Hotel General Manager More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for 2 nights and really enjoyed our stay. The complimentary mini bar was a nice touch, and the amenities were excellent. Only tiny complaint was that the wash basin was really tiny. Other than that, great location and would definitely stay here again the next time I'm in Melbourne.

Thank buchtal
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi buchtal, Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear that you loved our service and guest amenities. It is our focus to provide all our guests with more personalised service and 'Effortless Living'. Please be informed that your constructive feedback regarding the size of basin will definitely be taken seriously and we will explore options to rectify... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of friends and I spent the weekend at this amazing hotel. Wonderful location, great rooms, amazing staff and service. Lots and lots of added extras and the cool decor were a great surprise. Well done Ovolo

Thank Nina R
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi Nina R, Thank you for the high five! We are thrilled to hear that you loved every aspect of our service and all the freebies. Is is our promise to provide all our guests with 'Effortless Living' by making their stay as easy and memorable as possible. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Jake Yang Hotel General Manager More 

1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never have I been to a hotel with free mini bar. It felt weird just helping yourself. Then I'm informed by the happy staff that there is a free happy hour .....what more freebies. Our hostess with the mostest Alanna did a wonderful job ensuring my beer was flowing. Made it a great start to my evening Free break next... More 

Thank marks3482
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi marks3482, Just a quick note to say thank you for your wonderful comments. We are happy to hear that you loved our Ovolo style of personalised service and 'Effortless Living'. Your feedback will definitely conveyed to Alannah and our shiny happy team members. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Jake Yang Hotel General Manager More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really like this concept. Once you're there most everything is free. Free lolly bar at reception, free soft drinks, water, juice, coffee all day, free mini bar in room, free wifi, free continental grab and go breakfast. All sounds good and in fact delivers. The hotel itself is a small, on trend, yet kitschy hotel in Little Bourke which... More 

Thank GeckoTravel
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi GeckoTravel, Thank you for taking my call last week and sharing valuable feedback. Again, please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused during your stay. We will definitely focus on improving our standard and preventing similar incidents from reoccurring in the future. As discussed, we will definitely do our best to make your stay more enjoyable on your... More 

Doha, Qatar
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed several nights at Ovolos Laneways and although I made bookings on a day to day basis, sometimes stumbling in during the middle of the night, the staff were exceptional. I travel and stay at 5 star hotels around the world for a living and the staff here are by far the best I have ever come across. The... More 

Thank StaceyStash
Jake Y, General Manager at Ovolo Laneways, responded to this review

Hi StaceyStash, Thank you for taking your time to share your wonderful experience and awesome feedback! We are thrilled to hear that you loved our Ovolo service and selected us as your favourite hotel in Melbourne. All our shiny happy team members will definitely be made aware of you lovely comments. We will continue to focus on providing 'Effortless Living'... More 

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Staying in Chinatown

Neighbourhood Profile
Locals know that Chinatown is the tried and true place to eat before hitting the nightclub scene. The place simply buzzes, and the well-preserved buildings exude a sense of Imperial China stemming from immigration over a century ago. In restaurant after restaurant on Little Bourke Street, you'll find delicious dishes such as sizzling honeyed prawns, and value for your money. Stately matrons oversee family kitchens serving up age-old recipes. The lighting may be unromantic, the patrons loud, and the service no-nonsense, but the food is sensational.
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
See the world in colour! Inspired by the hidden laneways and street art that Melbourne is known for, this 43-room boutique hotel is your perfect opportunity to embrace the culture and enjoy effortless living in the heart of the city. Within the unsuspecting charcoal facade is a realm of hidden surprises. Be prepared to be taken on an exciting sensory journey from the dramatic and smart concierge-style reception, through dimly-lit corridors accentuated by brightly coloured doors and illuminated custom artwork, before arriving at the calming and restorative guest rooms. Six distinct room types provide an uncluttered and trendy approach to urban living with seamless integration of the Ovolo touch – all the little things that make effortless living a reality for the modern, tech-savvy traveller. Smart space planning, diverse furniture and joinery components allow guests to reconfigure the rooms to suit their unique purposes. Designed to impress, Ovolo Laneways also features three penthouse suites complete with outdoor rooftop terraces and supercharged offerings. Whether you are travelling as a group or hosting an intimate party, this is the ultimate “rich friend’s house” for your crowd to celebrate or relax against the backdrop of Melbourne city skyline. Situated at the top pocket of Little Bourke Street surrounded by theatres, restaurants and bars, the hotel is literally footsteps away from all that Melbourne has to offer. But really, who needs to go anywhere when your room rate already includes everything? Grab N’ Go breakfast*, Wi-Fi, mini bar, self-service laundry, happy hour*, gym access? – Yep, all free. *only when you book direct on Ovolo Hotels website ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ovolo Laneways

Address: 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Chinatown
Price Range: RM746 - RM2,193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ovolo Laneways 4*
Number of rooms: 43
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#8 Family Hotel in Melbourne
#15 Luxury Hotel in Melbourne
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#32 Romantic Hotel in Melbourne
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“Corner rooms on lower floors on Lt Bourke St, can get noisy in the mornings due to rubbish pick ups etc”
 of 5 bubbles StaceyStash, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“higher floor”
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“Room 301 is great”
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“Studio suite very spacious”
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“If you don't mind not watching tv in bed then you will love this hotel. Apart from that everything amazing. Little gem. Will recommend to others.”
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