RACV City Club, Melbourne
The RACV City Club is a different hotel choice when you consider that the RACV (for Royal Automobile Club of Victoria) is a motor club and one wouldn’t expect such a club to own hotels and resorts. Yet RACV runs a fleet of hotels and resorts in Queensland and Victoria.
RACV resorts include Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula, Cobram Resort in the Murray River region, Inverloch Resort located on South Gippsland’s Bass Coast, Torquay Golf Club on the Victorian Surf Coast, Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, Queensland and Noosa Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
My visit to the RACV City Club in Melbourne coincided with a work trip that needed accommodation close to our office, so the RACV was a logical option. The rate was just over $200 for the standard room, so this isn’t the cheapest tariff in Melbourne CBD. The RACV is a members only hotel; they don’t just let any hogwash walk in from the streets. Luckily for me, this was a work thing and an agreement with the hotel means I get access without membership.
Arriving after a long day at the office, I made my way through the decent sized foyer and found large floor to ceiling glass doors that could only be opened by the concierge. Having been grilled as to my reason for wanting access, I was on my way to the check in desk where I quickly seen to by a helpful member of staff. There were few pleasantries and check in dance was over a jiffy – a good check in in a quick one in my books.
I arrived on the fifth floor and was greeted by more dark wood panelling and dimly lit hallways – further reinforcing the boys club feel of the property. When I first entered my room I was surprised by the amount of the space I had given that this was the cheapest room in the hotel. You have a large bathroom with separate bath and a monsoon shower.
The main room area had the bed, couch and desk and a large flat screen TV facing the bed. The duvet and some of the interiors made the room feel a bit dated but remained in theme with the rest of the hotel. The bed was comfortable however and you can choose your pillows from a menu which was a surprise. The separate walk in robe was unexpected, albeit waste of space for a short stay.
The views aren’t much to speak of, given that you are sandwiched in Melbourne CBD. The location is quite commercial, though walk a few streets away and you will find some decent lane way restaurants and cafes.
Breakfast was buffet style with a pretty good selection of brekky fare. It wasn’t at the standard of a large international hotel, but I wasn’t one to complain as it was complimentary in the room rate. Talking of complimentary, the hotel has free internet – albeit wired – though I didn’t use it on this occasion.
Overall a decent stay with courteous staff, large rooms, a king sized bed and a solid breakfast. This certainly isn’t a funky and trendy boutique hotel so those on the right side of 40 may find the boys club atmosphere a bit suffocating… while being a good option for executives and those who need a close base to the office.