GRAND CHANCELLOR in Melbourne – Hotel Review with Photos

SD › Melbourne › Best Hotels › Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne ReviewUpdated: May 12, 2021

Essentials• Location: Lonsdale Street, a block from State Library Vicoria.• Hotel website:• Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9656 4000• Check prices on

Grand Chancellor is a midrange downtown hotel with comfortable and well-furnished rooms, a restaurant and bar, and a nice heated rooftop pool.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – Unfussy, great-value, and so convenient – even a rooftop pool.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – The Location

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – The Basics

Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – Amenities

  • Area: Fabulous position, with all sorts of amenities at the hotel entrance. In a district with theaters, parks, historical buildings, and good public transport.
  • Address: 131 Lonsdale Street in the eastern part of the city center.
  • Handy to: Chinatown.
  • Guests: Tourists and business people on a budget.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: The few rooms to the front overlook the main road which is busy with traffic and construction sites, but rooms are well soundproofed. Most, however, face a side building, offering no views at all.
  • Parking: Self-parking in a public car park alongside the hotel for a reasonable discounted fee. No valet parking.
  • How to Book: will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)3 9656 4000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website:
    • Pool: Surprisingly, there is a terrific pool on the rooftop, which is not that common even among international-chain 5-star hotels costing a lot more. It’s a decent size and heated and offers the finest views from the hotel.
    • Spa: No spa.
    • Fitness Center: Small collection of modest gear in a room near the pool.

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – Food and Drink

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – Rooms

  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Same-day dry-cleaning. Money exchange. Business services.
  • Restaurant & Bar: Encore Restaurant & Bar – Small but classy and only open for dinner. Sophisticated Australian cuisine specializing in steaks and vegetarian meals. Extended happy hours every evening.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7 but with a more limited menu overnight.
    • Room Types: Premier King Rooms • Superior King Rooms • Superior Queen Rooms • Classic King Rooms • Classic Queen Rooms • List of all Rooms

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – Local Transport

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – What’s Nearby?

    Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars

    Nearby Shops & Attractions

  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed anywhere on the premises.
  • Best Room: Rooms are fairly similar; the bed configuration is the main difference. The Classic rooms are a little larger and more likely to offer decent views.
  • For Families: All rooms can squeeze in extra single beds but otherwise, this hotel is not a great option for families.
  • Public Transport: Every few minutes, trams shuttle along Collins Street (and other roads) a couple of blocks from the hotel. Trams also head to suburban areas like South Yarra, Docklands, and St Kilda Beach. All trams are free within the city center and to Docklands.
  • Taxis & Ride-shares: Arrange a taxi at reception or find one along the streets. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
  • Dainty Sichuan Food – Odd name for a refined restaurant virtually next to the hotel. Classy décor, excellent service, and authentic food. Always packed with Chinese patrons, which is a good sign. (50m).
  • Stalactites – Appealing corner position west of the hotel. Open 24 hours for Greek food as well as hearty breakfasts. Check out the ceiling with the namesake formations. (100m).

    Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne – The Hotel

    The hotel is nicely located along a main street in the center of downtown Melbourne.

    In a built-up area of high-rises and construction sites, the hotel entrance is a little easy to miss.

    Rooms to the front overlook the main street but are well soundproofed. However, most face the building to the side, thereby offering no views.

    The lobby at this budget-priced hotel is welcoming and the staff is friendly and efficient.

    At the hotel, the Encore Restaurant & Bar specializes in steaks.

    The bar attached to the hotel restaurant offers excellent happy hours.

    At the back past the reception desk, Footlights Restaurant is only open for breakfast.

    Rare among other hotels costing far more is the pool which is heated and on the rooftop.

    Around the pool area are some sunbeds. Views across the city from there are extensive.

    Rooms in the Grand Chancellor are unfussy but certainly comfortable and affordable.

    All categories of rooms are nicely furnished.

    Virtually next to the hotel, Dainty Sichuan Food is a classy Chinese restaurant.

    Only a few doors from the hotel, Hawker Chan is an outlet of a famous Singapore eatery.

    Plenty of other Chinese restaurants can be found in this part of the city center, which is only one block from Chinatown.

    Chinatown may not be as impressive as those in other cities but is packed with authentic places to eat and shop.

    With an appealing corner position, Stalactites is a Greek restaurant open 24 hours. Parts of the ceiling feature formations resembling stalactites.

    Only a couple of blocks south of the hotel is the likable English-style pub, Exford Hotel.

    Only 2 blocks south of the hotel is Bourke Street Mall, a pedestrian area of department stores and arcades.

    About 1km south of the hotel is Federation Square, a colorful area popular with tourists.

    Federation Square, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, faces the picturesque Yarra River.

    The hotel is in the eastern end of the city center and a short walk from parks not found elsewhere in downtown.

    Around the eastern part of the city center, only a block or two from the hotel, are some historical buildings.

    The hotel is in a section of the city center with theaters such as Forum Melbourne within walking distance.

    The cheapest way between the airport and hotel is by SkyBus.

    Offering direct connections between the hotel and airport is the Starbus shuttle service.

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