Essence Hotel Carlton

609 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3053, Australia
+61 393 473 027

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based on 1 664 reviews
Essence Hotel Carlton - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Fri 6/18
Sat 6/19
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Provider Nightly total R1 253
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Distance to city centre

0,8 km

Location rating


Nearest airport


Distance to airport

18,5 km

Rooms available at Essence Hotel Carlton

Fri 6/18
Sat 6/19

Standard rooms

R1 253+

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R1 253 per night
R1 392 per night
R1 654 per night
R1 670 per night

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room was small in 818 reviews
great location in 526 reviews
friendly staff in 485 reviews
bed was comfortable in 380 reviews
bar fridge in 173 reviews
tram stop in 139 reviews
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  • Good
    Nov 2019

    Breakfast was pretty good, location is easy to get to other places.

    But coffee machine at breakfast was soooo slow, it created such a long line, that we didn’t even have coffee the last 3 days, we picked it up on our way somewhere else. And the rooms are so small, no closets, drawers, or a luggage rack

  • Good
    Apr 2018

    Happy I didn’t pay full price.

    Cleanliness and location.

    Glass bathroom door which made horrible clunking sound (bad privacy). Only given one swipe card for two people. shower took ages to get hot. Need double glazed windows as traffic was easily audible. All minor things.

  • Okay
    Mar 2018

    Great staff. Very dirty rooms

    Staff. Good pressure on the shower

    Stayed on two separate occasions. I’m one room the aircon stopped working. Both rooms were very dirty, all covered in dust. Pillows were poor

  • Good
    Jan 2018

    The staff at reception , a Filipino lady . She's kind , warm , soft-spoken , and very helpful. I would like to compliment her for doing a very good job.She had such a pleasant personality , I would steal her off you guys if I have my own hotel.

    Free internet was available only for the first 24 hours ( or was it 12?) I hated my room , and the fact that I was not given a choice with regards to what my view would have been . My view was " the garden" which was more like facing another room. Therefore, I could not draw the curtain very much. Aircond was a bit funny too . The coolest temperature was 23 celsius, so I occasionally sweated it out in the room. Not cool.

  • Excellent
    Jul 2016

    Good location near centre, clean rooms and nice Th

    Location wise it was perfect for me. Tram station is right in front and you can easily access any part of the city. If you like walking then Central station and Bourke mall and centre is reachable within 15 to 20 minutes walk. Lygon street is also walking distance where you have plenty of really nice Italian restaurants. The hotel itself has an authentic Thai restaurant. Overall a good stay in this hotel. Staff was also amazing, especially there was a person in night Shift, Dean, he was really amazing. I am not an Ibis fan when it comes service, but this guy was really awesome. Ibis needs more of such people. Other staff were pretty cold and robotic but thats what I expect from any Ibis in any country.

    Rooms are small. No closets, Iron and Ironing board is not provided in the room, you have to go down to the Laundry room to iron your cloths. Feels pretty awkward. If you don't have to spend some much time in the hotel, its perfect for you, you don't want to spend much time in the room except for sleeping. But I must say that it was one of the good Ibis hotels I have stayed and it did exceed my expectation. I would stay here again since it serves my purpose at a good price.

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About Essence Hotel Carlton


Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel is located in Melbourne and is within a short walk of local attractions, such as RMIT University and Old Melbourne Gaol. It is set amongst a range of dining options and is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne Central Railway Station.

Babysitting/child services, an express check-in and check-out feature and a 24-hour reception are just some of the available services at the hotel. In addition, the multilingual staff are on hand to provide local information.

Rooms at Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel come with hair dryers and showers.

The hotel's in-house restaurant provides an ideal option for guests wishing to dine in. Each evening, guests are welcome to enjoy a drink in the comfortable lounge bar.

Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel is within walking distance of Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and University of Melbourne. It is also within walking distance of Chinatown (Melbourne).



Free parking
Free airport shuttle
Free Wi-Fi
Pet friendly
Air conditioning

7,9 Good

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Amenities at Essence Hotel Carlton

Computer use available
Free Wi-Fi
Electric kettle
Ticket service
Business centre
Wake-up service
Entire unit wheelchair accessible
Wi-Fi available in all areas
Daily housekeeping
Disabled access
Family rooms
Safety deposit box
Fire extinguisher
Seating area
Laundry facilities
Ironing service
Laundry service
Flat-screen TV
Free toiletries
Shared lounge/TV area
Smoke alarms
Shower chair
Contactless check-in/check-out
Accessible by lift
Face masks for guests available
Physical distancing in dining areas
Adapted bath
Physical distancing rules
First-aid kit
Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies
Inner courtyard view
Process in place to check health of guests
Interconnected room(s) available
Socket near the bed
Key access
Key card access
CCTV in common areas
CCTV outside property
No smoking
Hand sanitiser in guest accommodation and key areas
Body soap
Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas
Tea/coffee maker
Cable or satellite TV
Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
Toilet paper
Toilet with grab rails
All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitised
Cleaning products
Guests can opt out of accommodation cleaning
Upper floors accessible by lift
Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
Coffee shop
Private bathroom
Walk-in shower
Private check-in/check-out
24-hour front desk
Designated smoking area
Private entrance
Storage available
Private parking
Shuttle service (additional charge)

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Most popular landmarks

  • Old Melbourne Gaol0.4 km
  • Queen Victoria Market0.7 km
  • Ian Potter Museum of Art0.7 km
  • Royal Exhibition Building0.8 km
  • Melbourne Museum0.8 km
  • Bourke Street Mall1.1 km