Oaks on Market, Melbourne

THE PROPERTY: Oaks on Market is located in the heart of Melbourne's central business district with nearby tram links making it easy to reach most business destinations. It offers a choice of 280 deluxe studios or one and two bedroom apartments within a striking tower complex designed to combine convenience with style. Oaks Hotels & Resorts is one of Australia’s largest selfcontained, accommodation providers with 50 properties across the country, as well as locations in New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Apartments

THE CHECK-IN: It was a quick and easy check-in with plenty of staff on hand to help. Despite arriving early in the morning before official checkin time, our apartment was quickly made ready and we had the keys within half an hour. Luggage storage was available if the apartment had not been ready.

THE APARTMENT: I was allocated a two-bedroom apartment located on the 21st floor with amazing views over the Melbourne city skyline. The apartment was spacious with an open-plan lounge, fully-equipped kitchenette and dining area. The bedrooms all had air-conditioning, LCD TVs with cable channels and wifi access. The bathroom was a good size with an excellent shower.

THE BUSINESS: Oaks on Market provides on-site business facilities through its three event spaces which can cater for ten to 250 delegates with a range of configurations. Half an hour's free wifi is available per day with further access available at an extra cost.

THE FACILITIES: There are two restaurants at the property: Alexis on Market opens every day for breakfast and dinner, and the R2 restaurant and bar opens daily for lunch, dinner or drinks. Room service is also available. The property also has a gymnasium, indoor heated pool, sauna and spa situated on basement level.

THE VERDICT: This is a very conveniently located hotel at the heart of a great city. The apartment was spacious and well set up to provide a user-friendly escape from the buzzing business district beyond. A good choice for those staying more than a few nights in town.

THE DETAILS: Oaks on Market, 60 Market Street Melbourne, VIC 3000. Studio prices start from £77 per night. See: www.oakshotelsresorts.com.

Reviewed by Julie Baxter (2015)