Australian Skeptics National Convention, Melbourne 25th-27th November 2016
1800 666 996 vic@skeptics.com.au

Accommodation

Welcome to the accommodation page.

We commence with hotels/apartments within comfortable walking distance (1.5 km/20 min) of the Convention venue (Carrillo Gantner Theatre, University of Melbourne, via Swanston Street). Some budget accommodation and motel options are also listed, located a bit further away.

Note that for Convention visitors staying at these local hotels who are attending the Saturday Dinner, we will provide a complimentary coach from the Convention venue to the Melbourne Zoo Dinner venue, with a hotel drop-off on the return run.

We would appreciate feedback with your experiences and recommendations: please send to vic@skeptics.com.au.

HOTELS/APARTMENTS

Best Western Plus Travel Inn

4 star, Google ranking 4.1 star
225 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9347 7922
res@travelinn.net.au
700 m/9 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Bed & cooked breakfast: Single $160 per room per night, Twin/Double $180, Triple $225.


Quest Royal Gardens Serviced Apartments

4 star, Google ranking 4.0 star
8 Royal Lane, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Questroyalgardens@questapartments.com.au
Phone: (03) 9419 9888
1.5 km/20 min walk from venue (quicker via short cut through Exhibition Gardens)
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Room only $176 per room per night; $276 for 2-room suite. Car parking $10 when booked with room. Rooms include kitchenette facilities.


Quest Carlton on Finlay Serviced Apartments

4 star, Google ranking 4.1 star
2–9 Finlay Place, Carlton VIC 3053 (just behind La Notte Restaurant, 140 Lygon St)
Phone: (03) 8341 4777
questcarltononfinlay@questapartments.com.au
950 m/12 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics rate: Quest C on F offers an all-year reduced rate for Skeptics; however, due to high demand in late November, only studio apartments are still currently available at $173.70 per night. Car parking at $18/night must be booked with the room. Rooms include kitchenette facilities. (You can purchase vouchers for a cooked breakfast for Pertutti restaurant [204–218 Lygon St] for an additional $25 pp per night if so desired; book through us at vic@skeptics.com.au.)


Quest Clocktower

4 star, Google ranking 3.5 star
255 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9349 9700
questclocktower@questapartments.com.au
600 m/8 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Standard 1 bedroom, queen bed $225 per night; Standard 2 bedroom, queen bed + either 1 double bed or 2 single beds $308; Executive 1 bedroom, king bed $282; Executive 2 bedroom $354 per night. Includes own kitchen and laundry. Also secure car parking $18/night.


Rydges on Swanston

4 star, Google ranking 3.8 star
701 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9347 7811
reservations_carlton@rydges.com
450 m/6 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Executive queen room $180 per night; Superior king parkview room $205. Breakfast at a discounted $19 (normally $30).


Arrow on Swanston Apartments

3 star, Google ranking 3.7 star
488 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone:(03) 9225 9026
reservations@arrowonswanston.com.au
900 m/11 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Studio apartment (1 double bed) $89 per night; Standard twin (2 single beds) $114; Standard double (1 double bed) or 1 bedroom (1 queen bed) $124; 2-bedroom apartment (1 queen bed + 1 single bed) $173; 2 bedroom + sofa bed apartment (1 queen, 1 single + 1 sofa bed) $212. Special offers which include free entry to the Melbourne Aquarium or Melbourne Zoo may be available; enquire when booking.


There are several Ibis Hotels in and around the Melbourne CBD. To get a discount of 5% to 10% off the advertised rate* when booking, go to accorhotels.com.au, search for the specific hotel you want and quote Company ID: SCP584493, Access Code: AU453AU512. This is valid for all hotels in the Accor Hotels group, including Sofitel, Mercure, Formule 1 and Novotel, but the two Ibis hotels listed below are the most conveniently situated for the Convention venue.

Ibis on Swanston Hotel

(formerly Tune Hotel)
3 star, Google ranking 3.9 star
609 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053
Phone: (03) 9347 3027
750 m/9 min walk from venue
Rates fluctuate daily.

Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments

3 star, Google ranking 4.0 star
15–21 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9666 0000
1.0 km/12 min walk from venue
Rates fluctuate daily.


Jasper Hotel

4 star, Google ranking 4.0 star
489 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 8327 2777
sales@jasperhotel.com.au
1.2 km/16 min walk from venue
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: Quote the corporate rate code: Skep2016. Rates include cooked breakfast: Single: $169, $199 and $219 per room per night.


Tyrian Serviced Apartments

5 star, Google ranking 4.6 star
91 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Phone: (03) 9415 1900
reservations@tyrian.com.au
1.3 km/10–15 min short cut through Carlton Gardens
Australian Skeptics Convention visitors’ rate: includes free car parking, full stove, microwave + dishwasher. 1 bedroom $179; 1 bedroom deluxe $209; 2 bedrooms $279; 3 bedrooms $379.



BUDGET ACCOMMODATION

Greenhouse Backpackers Hostel

This is a recommendation from a frequent visitor to Melbourne
228 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 1800 249 207
29 min walk to the venue or 13 min via short walk to City Square and frequent no. 1, 5, 6, 16 or 72 trams up Swanston Street.
This refers to hotel-style accommodation, but dorm-style accommodation from $39 is also advertised.
Comments:
1) Reasonably priced ($90/night for a double room, $80 single – but booked out of singles the weekend of the Convention)
2) Convenience: it’s just around the corner from Young & Jackson’s Hotel and Flinders Street Station; less than 10 min walk to Embiggen Books
3) Security: access to accommodation floors is by key card; staff are available 24/7; the bottom floors of the building house a police station
4) Free breakfast and WiFi

University College, Parkville

Residential college of the University of Melbourne, offering casual visitor accommodation during the academic year vacation periods.

1 person only per room. Linen and towels provided. Breakfast included. Tea and coffee facilities.
Shared bathroom ($70/night) or ensuite ($87/night), Internet access point, WiFi.

http://www.universityrooms.com/en/city/Melbourne/college/unicolmelbourne



MOTELS

Arden Motel

3 star, Google ranking 3.7 star
15 Arden St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
Phone: (03) 9329 7211 (book by phone)
2.6 km/8 min drive from venue
Rate: Rooms $93, $110 and $120 per night, includes breakfast.

Parkville Motel

3 star, Google ranking 3.8 star
759 Park St, Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: (03) 9388 1500
3.2 km/9 min by car, 23 min by tram from main venue; within walking distance of Melbourne Zoo (Dinner venue) and very close to Meet & Greet venue
Rate: $120/first night, $115 for 2nd and 3rd nights, $110 subsequent nights; continental breakfast $7–8.

Princes Park Motel

Best Western
4 star, Google ranking 4.2 star
2 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056
Phone: (03) 9388 1000
3.6 km/9 min by car, 20 min by tram from main venue; within walking distance of Melbourne Zoo (Dinner venue) and very close to Meet & Greet venue
Rate: best via online booking site, $145/night, breakfast extra.