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New Melbourne hotels have a gold medal location

Melbourne has new twin hotels sharing many of the same facilities in one of the best locations in town.

Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, next to the busy Hardware Lane dining precinct, Novotel Melbourne Central and Ibis Melbourne Central are just a few metres to Melbourne's shopping precinct with easy access to Docklands and Southbank by via a free tram ride. 
For lovers of Asian food there are dozens of choices on the doorstep - as well as a spectacular Asian supermarket.
I stayed in the very comfortable Novotel part of the building in a room that featured a giant flat-screen TV and free wifi. The room was spacious although the bathroom design was a little odd with the sink located in the bedroom.
There's a well-stocked mini bar, a plethora of pillows and quality bathroom amenities. The lifts, too, are fast, not always the case in busy city properties.   

Well situated for business travellers - within close proximity to major office towers - the complex features a casual eatery, restaurant, bar and conference facilities. 
Located on Little Lonsdale Street, the hotels feature 483 guestrooms in total and the 35-floor tower is AccorHotels Australia's first vertical new-build multi hotel development. 
Ibis Melbourne Central comprises the lower tiers of the tower and make up 270 premium-economy guest rooms, whilst Novotel (below) opens from level 20 with 213 4.5-star guest rooms and suites.
The budget-priced Ibis offers some of Melbourne's best accommodation value. 
Pretty Boy Italian Steak House (I did not have dinner here) serves impressive buffet breakfasts to set you up for the day, although the vibe is a little soulless. 

Floyd's is a casual bar and eatery with cheese and charcuterie selections, while Goldie Asian Canteen + Brews is open from dawn to dark.

Look out for some very tasty online deals. 

Novotel Melbourne Central/Ibis Melbourne Central: 399 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000. (03) 9068 5458

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