Inside Melbourne’s ‘Worst Lodge’ – I Tried It So You Did not Have To

I spent an evening at a Melbourne airport lodge – Ibis Finances Melbourne Airport – which some Tripadvisor customers reckon is “the worst lodge in Melbourne.”

Simply so that you don’t suppose I’m exaggerating, right here’s a few their critiques. One man, who rated it “horrible,” referred to as it the “worst lodge room I’ve ever tried to remain at” and mentioned that when he found the television was not working he was capable of negotiate a full refund and depart. His causes? Past the television not working, he mentioned: “The room was horrible.”

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“The lavatory was a pod with a bathe and bathroom with the sink in the principle room. It was noisy, near a communal mess corridor however with little or no shielding from the noises within the adjoining rooms and hallway. If the television labored I’d’ve tried to outlive it for an evening. It will be forgivable if it was low-cost, however at $140 for the evening it was disgusting.”

Tripadvisor consumer @wajet71

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One other unimpressed Tripadvisor consumer mentioned they “moved to a greater location and by no means to return” as a result of the lodge is “extra akin to a youth hostel” than a lodge.

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One other Tripadvisor consumer mentioned: “We will definitely not keep there once more. The room was very small with no cups ,milk or tea / espresso .The timber flooring was soiled – coated in mud and hair. The TV wasn’t working till the receptionist got here and gave the set a aspect faucet , One of many essential lights was not working and one needed to negotiate a excessive step to the very confined rest room which had not been cleaned!”

Studying all this, my expectations have been low. So I used to be pleasantly stunned to search out that after I arrived in my room, every thing was clear. Sure: the toilet was tiny (it was so small you would bathe your self whereas sitting on the bathroom), however nonetheless. I wasn’t anticipating luxurious.

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My essential bugbear was that the window shade was damaged, and wouldn’t keep down. This was one thing that I fastened with strapping tape, that means I had a number of ‘evening terror’ moments after I was rudely woke up by the sound of the tape giving means and the shade slamming up into the highest of the window.

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Apart from that, the toilet was actually, actually small. And the views (see under) have been hardly picturesque. However I didn’t anticipate superb views from a finances airport lodge.

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General, I agree with the aggrieved Tripadvisor customers in that the lodge isn’t that nice. However I disagree that you need to anticipate something aside from that. I feel the lodge has received their advertising proper – I didn’t rock up considering it was going to be a flash joint. What I might say is that it’s a bit too costly for what you get – I’d be completely happy to pay $70 an evening, however not $120 (which is what I paid).

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On the plus aspect, there was no ready round in a line to take a look at (you simply depart your key in a field on the door), and it was conveniently positioned (it was a 9-minute stroll to the Qantas check-in on the home airport).

As they are saying, each lodge has a silver lining…

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