Review- Novotel St Kilda, Melbourne
Balancing seaside lifestyle with business comfort, Novotel St Kilda invites guests to enjoy the relaxed vibes of Port Philip Bay. Situated just 6 km from Melbourne CBD and 28 km from Melbourne Airport, Novotel St Kilda is the perfect Hotel to immerse yourself in an oceanfront setting whilst still being close to all the main attractions Melbourne has on offer.
The service and values that were shown are true to the universal Accor standards. Their brand promise, “Feel Welcome” was immediately felt during our arrival with exceptional customers service and speedy check-in process. This was then reinforced with a gorgeous chocolate welcome note and sweets accompanying a bottle of complimentary wine.
“Feel Welcome our signature. But more than that, Feel Welcome is the very essence of the hospitality that drives us every day. It is a promise we make to all our stakeholders.” – Accor Hotels.
We loved the location of Novotel St Kilda! With the CBD being just 6 km away, and a few minutes stroll to Acland St that is lined with shops and cafes. Positioned oh so perfectly on the water-front Esplanade in the heart of Melbourne’s most cosmopolitan district.
Novotel St Kilda is surrounded by top attractions including Luna Park, the Sunday Arts & Crafts Market and St Kilda Pier. The tram stop right outside made for easy and convenient access to the famous Chapel St.
Quick Details of Novotel St Kilda
Location: 16 The Esplanade 3182 St Kilda Australia
Wifi: Average to Good
Amenities: Room service, outdoor heated pool, conference room, on-site restaurant, Wifi, gym
Highlights of Novotel St Kilda
- Our view was amazing from the executive king suite overlooking the waters of Port Philip Bay and St Kilda Pier.
- The location is everything! Right in the heart of St Kilda, just a few minutes from shops and cafes. An Uber to the city will cost you around $10 and is no more than 15-minute ride.
- Dinner at the Esplanade Diner
- Our welcome dessert platter and bottle of wine.
- Comfy beds 😀
Rooms at the Novotel St Kilda
The rooms at Novotel St Kilda are clean and spacious, choose from 7 rooms types to fit your budget and requirements. We spent two nights in the Executive King Suite which was massive! Measuring 33 m, It had a huge bathtub, open-plan layout with lounge area and marvellous views of the beach and Port Philip Bay.
As we entered our executive room, I ignored everything else and went straight to the window. The view was amazing, the sun was setting over St Kilda pier, it was a true welcome! After taking in the view I noticed a delightful welcome dessert platter and a complimentary bottle of wine, so sweet and it’s those extra little details and thoughtfulness that sets Accor hotels apart!
What I loved most about our suite was the size! It was so spacious, it had a great lounge area with a pleasant backdrop and a desk area so I was able to get some work done!
The room had:
- Wi-Fi Internet access
- 40-inch LED TV
- Tea/coffee making facilities
- Spa Bath
- Iron & ironing board
- Work desk
- Free toiletries
- Room Service
What I would have loved to have seen is bedside USB ports or power outlets.
Dining at the Novotel St Kilda
A buffet breakfast is offered daily in the downstairs on-site restaurant The Esplanade Diner. Choose from a range of hot favourites like bacon, eggs and baked beans or opt for continental usuals like cereals, toast and fresh fruit. There is also gluten-free options, cappuccinos and fresh juices available.
The 50’s inspired Esplanade Diner offers sun-drenched summer days on the outdoor terrace or a relaxed meal inside during the colder months. The newly styled menu at Esplanade Diner offers smaller dishes as well bespoke burger range and some larger options. They even have a milkshake station!
Restaurant Opening Times:
Buffet Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am
Diner Opens at 11:30 am – 10:00pm
Bar Opening Times:
Daily: 11:30am – Until Late
We dined in on a Sunday evening and it was fairly busy. We ordered a couple of cocktails and just two main meals. They were a lot of delicious sounding dishes that caught our eyes, after much deliberation, we settled on the butterflied no.5 chicken in chipotle yoghurt dressing and slaw and the chilli fish and chorizo jambalaya. Both were mouth watering and spicy just that way I like it. See photos below.
Details of Novotel St Kilda
Novotel St Kilda is part of Accor Hotels Group that is recognised around the world for their quality of service. They comprise of high-end luxury brands to budget hotels allowing the traveller a wide range of accommodations for business trips and family holidays. Some of their brands include Raffles, Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel, The Sebel, Novotel and Mercure.
I was a guest of Novotel St Kilda and Accor Hotels but as always opinions, ideas and photos remain my own.
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