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  • Convenient location in the city center
  • 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)

Bottom Line

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.

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In the City Centre, near the Etihad Stadium

Map of Alto Hotel on Bourke

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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Key Features
Fitness Center
Hotel Services
Dry Cleaning
Rental Car Service Desk Onsite
Room Service
Family Services
Babysitting Services
Kids Allowed
Things to Do
Business Center
Fitness Center
Room Features
Air Conditioner
Full Kitchen
Mini Bar (with liquor)
Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space
636 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Phone 6 (138) 608-5500
Room Types
  • Hotel Room
  • One Bedroom Apartment
  • Studio Apartment
  • Three Bedroom Apartment
  • Two Bedroom Apartment
  • Two Bedroom Loft

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