By Sally Ridden
It’s always hard to find family friendly accommodation in the city so we jumped at the chance to test out the facilities at in Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne.
Talk about a room with an iconic view of Melbourne skyline, capturing our attention and drawing our gaze as we peered out regularly watching the world, oblivious to time even with the historical clock tower full frontal.
Our 2-Bedroom Deluxe apartment comprised of comfortable living spaces perfect for a family of 4. Spacious sleeping arrangements of 1 large super comfy double bed and a flatscreen tv in bedroom 1 and 2 single beds and walk-in ensuite with bath-tub in the 2nd bedroom – perfect for unwinding or preparing for the adventures ahead.
Both master 7 and 8 yr old loved drowning themselves within the soft plush white robes and spent the best half of the morning crossing over from being zombies with the long sleeves and playing internet with the complimentary wireless Wi-Fi and fast broadband internet.
As part of the add-on VIP service option the apartment had some very personalised touches outside of the fully equipped modern kitchen and amenities on welcome – kids giant games, a teepee play tent, wooden first name initials on the single bed side tables, lollies and kids cheese crackers. Parent were able to indulge in the Breville Nespresso coffee machine on hand. The portable table tennis set easily configured to the dining table had the kids in squeals and easily entertained the boys whilst we were preparing to head out into the city.
Guests can utilise the indoor fitness centre, sauna, hot tub spa all on level 4, whilst the outdoor grass carpet sun terrace could do with a tad upgrade in time for summer, offering bbq facilities area and outdoor wooden furniture.
There is so much great shopping as you walk out the door of Somerset on Elizabeth… you are within walking distance to everything, only a few hundred meters to The Queen Vic Markets, Melbourne Central Station and Bourke Street Mall. The excellent location combined with public transport offers instant and easy access to all the key sights.
On site public parking proved somewhat difficult initially as was hard to know where to park without a driveway or clear parking permit bays whilst unloading & checking in. A $45 AUD valet fee which could only be used to drive in/out once per payment is available without reservation. We had our car returned to us left alone in a no standing zone. Best to utilise the free city transport system whilst staying at the Somerset.
This property is location, location, location in Melbourne! We were spoilt for choice with a number of cheap easy family friendly eateries, restaurants, cafés and bars within a 5-minute walk nearby. Feel free to utilise the room service menu “eat in tonight”. We chose to wander out and indulge in a bowl of Pho closeby. Should you be wanting a hot breakfast, believe it or not, it is served up the road in a modern cafe called Food Inc. Initially it was a tad daunting to hear the day before you needed to venture out to redeem your hot breakfast $17 voucher, but once you took the easy 3 minute walk straight up the street, crossing only 1 main intersection, ordered and received your coffee, drinks and breakfast for four and all within 4 minutes of ordering you could hardly complain they got you out of your apartment. And it was delicious. The menu item Melbourne’s Best Big Breakfast title was not toppling this particular morning.
A great value family staycation at Somerset on Elizabeth with a 4 star Happy Face Emoti rating from the four of us.
Memory: A charming timeless looking glass, admiring the city views through the large windows.
Somerset on Elizabeth Melbourne
No 250 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
+61 3 8665 8888