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Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank Review


Ricky Same | 05/02/2020

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88/ 100

Flight Hacks expert rating

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank features a beautiful modern design and has everything a traveller on the go might need; including a great location.

  • 19/ 20
    Location & Cost
  • 18/ 20
    Hotel Design
  • 17/ 20
    Room Design & Amenities
  • 19/ 20
    Service & Facilities
  • 15/ 20
    Food & Beverage


  • Fantastic location
  • Stylish new hotel at a great price
  • Free buffet breakfast for all guests
  • Comfortable bed & pillows
  • Free WiFi


  • None!

Holiday Inn Express by IHG has everything the modern traveller needs. It has recently opened in Southbank, Melbourne to provide affordable, convenient, sleek accommodation in the heart of the city.

Conveniently located in Melbourne’s arts precinct home to the National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and less than 5 minutes walk to Southgate precinct by the Yarra River that provides a pleasant walking trail through to Melbourne’s CBD.

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Booking Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank

I booked the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank for AU$231 on a weekend night. However, you can get an even better deal if you book 2 nights or more at the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank until April 30 for bookings until June 30.

We found rates for around $150 when multiple nights are booked during the opening special, which is fantastic value.

The Opening Offer will save you 25% off your room at Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank. Plus if you’re an IHG Rewards Club member (it’s free to join), you will also earn double IHG Rewards Club points as an added bonus. The Opening Offer is available until 30 April 2020 for stays through til 30 June 2020. You can learn more about this deal here.

Booking Holiday Inn Express

That said, prices for the base room start from around AU$150 which is very reasonable considering this hotel is brand new and in a great location.

Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank Review

Upon entering the decor has that brand-new feeling along with a comforting new hotel scent. The reception is located on the 7th floor, which gives guests a great selfie-opportunity during their journey up their photo-worthy elevators.

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As you enter their reception area, you will be greeted by their friendly staff, or you can sit by the lounge area which has many seats as well as a bar area where guests can enjoy a drink or two.

Breakfast Restaurant

Located adjacent to the reception area is the dining room where complimentary breakfast is served from 7 am—10 am and is included for all guests and has all of the breakfast-buffet staples such as cereal, pastries, scrambled eggs, toast, sausages, baked beans, cheese, fresh fruit, yoghurt and muesli.

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If you’re lucky enough to get upgraded as we did to the 23rd floor with a city view, you will be adorned with a spacious room filled with natural light from a large window. Rooms also feature a desk area to knuckle down and do your work and a couch to lounge about on.

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The bed is super comfortable with both soft and firm pillows clearly labelled and USB power points on either side of the bed, so you don’t have to argue with your partner who gets to charge their device.

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The bathroom is sleek and clean with all amenities at hand such as shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. If you forgot your toothbrush, they also have complimentary ones available on request. There’s a space to hang clothes, an ironing board, hairdryer, coffee, tea, wi-fi, practically everything was covered, which provided the ultimate comfort during our stay.

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They also have a gym which we were planning on checking out but did not find the motivation to go as their bed was far too comfortable.

So what’s the verdict?

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Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank features a beautiful modern design and has everything a traveller on the go might need; including a great location. With wi-fi, breakfast and gym facilities included, it’s excellent value for those seeking a quick getaway or for those on a business trip. I would highly recommend Holiday Inn Express Melbourne Southbank to anyone wishing to travel in comfort and convenience.

Bank Contact

  • Address: 35-47 City Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006
  • Phone: (03) 7505 5444

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Ricky Same

Ricky is the Melbourne based editor at where he highlights the hottest new eateries in Melbourne and around the world.

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