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In the City Centre, near the Etihad Stadium
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.
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.