A unique downtown New York style double storey loft right in the heart of Melbourne city all to yourself. Fully furnished with access to free club house facilities, basement parking and wi-fi. Experience true urban luxury at it's finest.
A remarkably located loft apartment unit with a heritage facade dating back to the 1800's and a modern spacious interior housing an open plan bedroom with a generous en-suite and a roomy living, dining and kitchen area all to yourself along with access to clubhouse facilities. This fully equipped and furnished loft is ready to go with:
- Cook top
- Mugs, cups, dishes & cutlery
- Wine, bubbly & shot glasses
- Cooking utensils
- Fridge & freezer
- Dish washer & detergents
- Washing machine & detergents
- Laundry dryer
- Iron & ironing board
- Vacuum, mop, dustpan & broom
- 32 inch LCD TV
- DVD player
- DVD library
- Wireless internet
- Open plan loft bedroom
- Queen sized bed (Real Bed, Sleeps 2)
- Quilt, pillows, sheets & covers
- Portable fan
- Private bathroom (En-suite)
- Shampoo, bodywash & hand soap
- Toilet rolls
- Bath, face & hand towels
- Study area (Sits 1)
- Dining Area (Sits 3)
- Lounge area
- "L" shaped leather couch (Sits 5, Sleeps 2)
- Basement parking available (Accessible via LaTrobe St, Parks 1)
- Indoor heated pool & jacuzzi
- Well equipped gym
- Steam bath
Key and swipe card will allow access to the building and unit via the Mackenzie St or LaTrobe St entrance along with access to great clubhouse facilities.
The parking entrance is located along LaTrobe St. The same key and swipe card will have to be used to access the free basement parking.
Interaction with Guests
I only interact with guests via email, SMS or mobile when necessary. The apartment unit will be fully vacant (Furnished of course along with the amenities) as I travel 99.99% of the time. Please refer to the calendar for availability.
If your preferred dates are available, please feel free to book it. The "Instant Book" function is enabled so you won't have to check with us on availability prior to booking.
There will be a representative assigned to assist you with checking in and out.
Awesome surroundings only a stone throw away from QV, Melbourne Central, Lygon St, Chinatown, Swanston St and more.
Great boutique bars, cafes and attractions around the area. (I've Highlighted a few of my favourites in my guidebook). If You're not a fan of walking, there is a tram stop right outside the main entrance on LaTrobe St.
No problems hitching a cab or getting on a bus on LaTrobe or Russell St if you would like to head out of the city.
If you plan to take a train, you're just a 5 minute walk away from the Melbourne Central station.
If you drive, we do have 1 basement parking slot available. Alternatively, if you have more than one car, metered street and parking lots are available along Mackenzie st.
Easy. Surrounded by trams, cabs, buses & trains, it makes getting in, out & around the city very convenient.
Most importantly, all trams within the city grid are free. Just look out for the "free tram zone" signs.
There are tons of things to do in the city itself which are mostly a quick stroll away. I've included most of my favorite places in my Guidebook so please feel free to check em' out!
Other Things to Note
The "Instant Book" function is enabled, so you may instantly book the place if the dates you want are available.
This is a private unit all to yourself and you won't be sharing this with any strangers during your stay.
Check Ins are at 2pm. Check Outs are at 10am. If you have any bags that you would like to drop off prior to check-in while roaming around the city, you may do so at our 24 hour concierge.
Flexibility will be dependent on guests staying prior or after your dates booked. It will also allow us to clean the place in-between the check in and out times.
*(Recent Updates Since 6th Feb 2015)
The 45 inch LCD TV in the living room has been replaced due to the old one being faulty. The new LCD TV is a 32 inch, smaller than the one pictured. The rack of clothes visible in the bedroom picture has been totally removed from premise. The mattress visible in the bedroom picture has been replaced with a proper bed. New sets of pillows, bed linens, bath towels, hand towels and face towels have been implemented. The internet and power cables in the bedroom have been tucked away to the best of my ability as it is currently being used to power the printer, fax and router for wireless internet access.
If you see any of my personal belongings, try not to fondle with them.
If you break something, please let me know.
*(A couple of my guests in the past did break some cups and plates and did not tell me about it which is why I thought it’s best to mention this up front to avoid any unnecessary misunderstandings).
If in doubt, to be more specific as to what personal belongings are still at my place, I’ve got:
Bottles of wine and spirits along the top shelf of the kitchen (As seen in my photos). 2 pairs of shoes and 2 pairs of flip flops tucked away neatly at the corner. Some boxes tucked away behind the sofa not getting in the way (As seen in my photos). 2 golf sets tucked away at the corner not getting in the way (As seen in my photos). Some clothes in my cupboard (Unseen if not opened). Tennis racquets tucked away behind the bedroom work desk not getting in the way. 4 Michael Lau miniature figurines on the bedroom shelf (As seen in the bedroom picture). A guitar in its case tucked between the bedroom work desk and shelf as seen in the bedroom photo.
*(Reason for the declaration of my personal items above is to be up front to guests as a couple of guests in the past weren’t too happy that some of my personal belongings were still there in my apartment.Hmmm).
This pad accommodates 2 adults perfectly but a max of 3 overnight. Any more than 2 adult guests overnight will attract an extra $21 per night, per additional guest. (If you have 1 child below the age of 12, that is fine. Your child will not incur an additional charge).
If you plan to cook, that's fine but please note that the fire alarm is rather sensitive so just remove the battery when cooking and remember to place it back when you're done, cos if it goes off, you'll be liable for the costs of the fire truck's visit.
Please do not use the land line to make calls. If you happen to use the land line to make calls, we will have to forward the call charges on to you based on your usage during your stay.
Free wireless internet available. Password will be provided upon check in.
Instructions on how to access the basement parking lot, pool & gym will be provided once your booking is made.
Otherwise, please do enjoy your stay :)
I was pretty disappointed with this rental. As stated in many recent reviews, the apartment was tidy but it was not clean, as in 'just after a cleaner has been in' clean. The bathroom basin was mucky, and I couldn't find a clean glass in the cupboard. A load of dishes had been left to dry on the sink, but even the glasses there weren't clean. So I think guests are within their rights to complain about this aspect when you charge for it to be done.
The bed was also pretty average - really unappealing linen and pillows (only one each) that were like kitchen seat pads. I think for the price you are charging you should be purchasing some really nice plump pillows (two per side of the bed) and some good quality, matching linen.
The directions made a big deal of not keeping the key guy waiting more than ten minutes, but despite arriving at the time arranged we still waited for him for almost 30 minutes. So again, not much effort made.
I'm glad we only stayed one night and it was literally just to grab some sleep after enjoying the White Night Festival. The location was good and the building fine (although 'New York-style loft' is stretching the truth..).
Ian, I'm an Airbnb host too and you're letting the team down. Either lift your game or lower your price. The city location does not make it ok to rip people off. Leave that to the hotel chains.
Thank you for the detailed feedback.
A. The pillows are new and they aren't seat pads as i purchased them myself. So i suppose it's thick enough for some that prefer lower head position rather than a higher. As for myself, I prefer a lower head position. (Cos in my listing I do mention upfront that I live here too (not when guests are around of course) and it's just cos i'm not there most times which is why the entire unit is being listed for rent thus sticking back to the roots of airbnb since 2013 where it was known as the leader amongst the "sharing" economy. Not a hotel booking site). This apartment has hosted 100 guests at this stage so out of 100, Im sure some will prefer low and some will prefer high.
B. Being on time to pick up the keys is essential. Check in times are very clearly stated at 2pm and we have a representative to meet you out front at 2pm to help you check in. Getting a text from you at 3:30pm on the same day (1.30 hours late) is not considerate on your behalf of other peoples time. No one is going to wait for you for an hour and a half especially when i made it really clear weeks before your check in to contact us to let us know when you will be arriving so we can meet you out front. If you have notified us that you were going to arrive after 3pm, then of course we will wait for you out front after 3pm. Maybe cos you’re hosting a bedroom which u will be at home anyways to hand the keys over regardless of the time your guest arrives.
C. A team of 2 cleans the 90SQM apartment now so double the effort is made to manage back to back bookings. I can see that you have 17 reviews from hosting your bedroom on Airbnb out in Hughsdale. Try hosting over 100 guests from 30 different countries with multiple properties in the CBD with back to back bookings and I suppose you can share more of your insights then. (not a personal attack but IMO if you would to give hosting advice based on your experience as a host, should be towards hosts that hosts a bedrooms within their homes 20kms out of the CBD area. But from a guests perspective, I do appreciate your detailed feedback).
D. In regards to your comment about ripping people off, just out of curiosity, have you actually tried to rent a 90SQM double storey apartment unit in the CBD for a night? or a hotel room of a similar size? I believe my pricing is well reasonable and considering the cleaning fees goes straight to the cleaners.
Your detailed feedback is well and truly appreciated though.
things that I’ve taken on board to improve from your detailed feedback is, More thorough cleaning is required between guests. (more heads to clean within the 10am to 2pm window).
This flat is very unique loft, we enjoyed it. The accommodation is well equipped, location is more than perfect, just few minutes walk from Centre, and it has dedicated parking lot in the garage where you can reach the flat by elevator. So I highly recommend this loft for everybody.
The place was very very nice and clean. Fully furnished and very comfortable. We passed 5 nights here and it was perfect for two people. The host is very nice. I really recomend this place. Great location too.
Ian's apartment was perfect for us. It was clean and location was fantastic. Ian was also very responsive to our queries. Would def recommend to anyone who wants to be in the heart of the city!
This apartment is in a great location and was walking distance for everything we needed in Melb CBD. The apartment has the potential to be great- however there were a few issues which had not been rectified by the time of our stay, despite Ian's responses to some other feedback on this page.
We found the apartment was not clean- there was old food in the fridge, crumbs all over the coffee table and the cook tops and dishwasher/oven both needed a good wipe down. This was our first airBNB experience and we were surprised at how many personal items remained in the apartment. Golf clubs, racks of shoes covered by a blanket, boxes of stuff packed behind the couch, personal toys and photos.
The bed did not have a top sheet and the quilt cover had tears and holes in it. I would recommend bringing your own towels and we could barely use the ones provided (paper thin and no longer white) The bathroom was also not clean to a standard we would have liked. the key pick up was also not well organised and it was not explained that the pick up letterbox was inside an apartment foyer which we did not have access too unless we snuck in when someone came out. Think this needs to be relooked and the key contact could improve their communication.
Overall it's a great spot and cute apartment but needs some attention. I have my doubts as to whether the $60 cleaning fee goes to an actual cleaner. I would recommend bringing your own linen and towels to make this stay a little more comfortable.
Hi Blaze thanks for your feedback.
Just to confirm, your review actually came in late and these items have actually been dealt with after you left as I "personally" did them myself. (not anyone else)
The following was what I have done after you left:
- New fluffier towels (Face and Bath) have been bought and replaced from (Ikea).
- New Sheets have been bought and replaced (we have 3 sets of sheets in rotation and they come with a bed wrap, quilt cover, pillow cases) from (Big w).
- Cleanliness has been rectified (New Cleaner) and we do pay cleaners $60. The reason why it's 60 is cos its a double storey unit about 100sqm (double the size of an average one bedroom unit in the CBD).
- Guest greeting to hand keys over has already been implemented. (and this is a must I agree).
- As for my personal items, I have gotten rid of most of them which is declared openly under my "Other Things to Note" and "House Rules" section under my listing prior to your booking;
"The rack of clothes visible in the bedroom picture has been totally removed from premise. The mattress visible in the bedroom picture has been replaced with a proper bed. New sets of pillows, bed linens, bath towels, hand towels and face towels have been implemented. The internet and power cables in the bedroom have been tucked away to the best of my ability as it is currently being used to power the printer, fax and router for wireless internet access."
"Bottles of wine and spirits along the top shelf of the kitchen (As seen in my photos). 2 pairs of shoes and 2 pairs of flip flops tucked away neatly at the corner. Some boxes tucked away behind the sofa not getting in the way (As seen in my photos). 2 golf sets tucked away at the corner not getting in the way (As seen in my photos). Some clothes in my cupboard (Unseen if not opened). Tennis racquets tucked away behind the bedroom work desk not getting in the way. 4 Michael Lau miniature figurines on the bedroom shelf (As seen in the bedroom picture). A guitar in its case tucked between the bedroom work desk and shelf as seen in the bedroom photo."
- Please do understand that I do live here, but I'm only letting other stay when I'm not around, but my personal belongings are minimal and fully declared on my listing and photos to be up front with future guests.
Entering Ians apt is like entering a young friend place, a friend who has let you use his space for a weekend. A friend who let you stay for nothing.
The flat is overflowing with Ians personal stuff which if he was a friend AND the flat was free you would forgive BUT you are paying a reasonable amount (we paid $341 for 2 nights with cleaning & fees)and trying to feel comfortable with so much personal stuff around was difficult. In addition there has recently been some cleaning issues and even though some attempt had been made there is still a way to go to present a clean space. I'm guessing a friend 'cleans', a professional is required. Also I would like to see matched bed linen and newer towels that are specially put aside for guests. Face clothes are not tea towels. The key pick up is a bit tricky, relying again on a friend to hand it over. We are seasoned airbnb guests renting from all parts of the world, all good experiences, however this experience has left us a bit skeptical about the airbnb method, there should be a standard. On a kinder note I would say this apartment might appeal to a very young crowd, who might be used to sharing.
Hi Gillian thanks for your detailed feedback. Yes we have had some problems with the previous rep that was handling the check ins. We have now assigned a new rep to handle check ins in person.
In regards to your other points above:
A. Old pillows have been replaced with new ones.
B. The only personal items i have in there are my rack of shoes and some boxes behind the couch which I'm planning to get rid off.
C. New towels have been bought
D. New bed sheets have been bought.
Overall: Great location at a fantastic price. Ian was excellent to communicate with via text and email, very prompt and friendly. Thanks for everything Ian!
- Perfect apartment for downtown, with everything you need
- Safe area, great amenities (pool and gym in the building)
- Onsite washer & drier were an added bonus
- We were able to get a late check-out upon request (which was nice compensation for the unexpected late check-in)
- Had to check-in later than listed due to last-minute booking (night before) and had to walk another building nearby to collect the key.
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I travel frequently for work but I still reckon Melbourne's home for me as there's plenty to love about this city and not to mention the people.
I speak fluent English, Cantonese, Mandarin & Bahasa Melayu (Indo equivelent-ish) and trying to work on some French and Tagalog (Filipino) ;)
Never thought I would use much of them aside to English but it certainly comes in handy when we're hosting guests from four corners of the globe.
So if you ever need or feel more comfortable conversing in those languages aside to English, please feel free to do so as we try to make our guests feel very much at home.