All rooms have flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi
Apartment-style units have kitchenettes or kitchens
Environmentally friendly perks include free parking for guests with electric cars or hybrids and rooftop beehives
Cozy library-themed lounge with tasty cocktails and a fireplace
"Relaxation" room with massage chairs
Free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea
Room decor is minimal
No on-site fitness center (but guests have free access to a nearby gym)
The Alto Hotel is housed in a 19th-century building and offers 50 rooms and apartment-style units. Room decor is bland -- aside from black and white photographs on the walls. Beds were replaced in 2012 with pillow-top mattresses, white duvets and Florence Broadhurst patterned bed runners and throw pillows. The furniture is utilitarian -- but all are clean and feature flat-screen TVs with wireless capabilities, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Plus, Studio Apartments have kitchenettes, while Apartments feature full kitchens. The hotel's real claim to fame is that it's the first carbon-neutral hotel in Australia. Green-friendly perks include free parking for guests with electric or hybrid cars, free car recharging, and rooftop beehives. The hotel doesn't have many on-site amenities aside from a lounge and a simple restaurant -- there is no pool, spa, or fitness center -- but guests get free access to a nearby gym and the location is convenient for seeing the sights.
The Alto Hotel is located in Melbourne's City Centre, also the city's Central Business District. Though it is home to many offices and businesses, it is also the heart of the action in Melbourne. As the city's core, the City Centre is a great option for those looking to be within walking distance of all the major sights.
Melbourne may be Australia's second largest city (with four million residents), but it's the country's cultural capital. It's situated on Port Phillip Bay, and packed with Victorian buildings, museums, galleries, large parks, and gardens. The tree-lined streets and green spaces create a clean, eco-friendly vibe, which might be a reason why Melbourne has consistently been dubbed as one of the world's most livable cities.
17-minute drive to the Avalon Airport
22-minute drive to Tullamarine International Airport (main airport)
6-minute walk to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center
10-minute walk to the Etihad Stadium
10-minute walk to the Melbourne Aquarium
13-minute walk to the Bourke Street Mall
17-minute walk to the Queen Victoria Market
20-minute walk to the Eureka Skydeck 88 with sweeping city views
20-minute walk to Federation Square
7-minute drive to the National Gallery of Victoria
8-minute drive to the Royal Botanic Gardens
12-minute drive to South Yarra, home to high-end shops and restaurants
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