Oaks on Market, Melbourne

THE PROPERTY: Oaks on Market is a serviced apartment property located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, close to the iconic Flinders Street Station and the useful tram network. The 4.5 star tower block houses 280 studios, one and two-bedroom apartments.

THE CHECK-IN:First impressions are welcoming. I am greeted by smiling staff and check-in is quick and efficient. This means prompt access to the apartment, despite my early morning arrival – a great benefit after my long journey from the UK.

THE ROOM:My one-bedroom apartment was located on the 17th floor with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Melbourne skyline. Smart and minimalist in style, the apartment was spacious with an open plan living area with huge TV and table/desk area, well-equipped kitchenette, large bedroom and large ensuite. An ‘opt to go green’ option (no room cleaning) earns guests a A$5 a day credit in the restaurant.

THE BUSINESS:On-site business facilities include three function rooms designed to provide flexible meeting arrangements for 10-200 delegates in a range of configurations, with specially designed meetings menus when required. Guests can use 30 minutes of free wifi each day with longer access available at an extra cost – the concept of free wifi access as standard (typical in Europe and the US) still hasn’t reached Australia!

THE FACILITIES: The reception adjoins a contemporary public area which serves as a buzzing meeting point and social hub complete with contemporary furnishings. It adjoins an informal restaurant. There is a small but well set up gym and lovely pool and sauna. Room service is also available, while the property offers free newspapers, a laundry with 24hr turnaround and undercover car park as part of its offer.

THE VERDICT: Conveniently located for business and the attractions of the South Bank, many good restaurants and the city’s transport system, the property provides a fuss-free home-from-home with a relaxed vibe and facilities well suited to combining business and leisure.

THE DETAILS: Oaks on Market, 60 Market Street Melbourne, Victoria. Rooms start at around £100 per night. See: www.oakshotelsresorts.com.

Reviewed by Julie Baxter (2019)