Essence Hotel Carlton

Essence Hotel Carlton

609 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3053, Australia
+61 383 465 600
C$ 65

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About Essence Hotel Carlton

  • Hotel Room
    You’ll have a private room with all the hotel’s amenities
  • Clean and Tidy
    This stay has listed several different cleanliness practices.
  • Freebies
    This stay includes Wi-Fi for free

Essence Hotel Carlton is located in Carlton and is a 10-minute walk from Old Melbourne Gaol and RMIT University. It is set amongst a range of dining options and is within a 10-minute walk of Melbourne Central Railway Station.

The hotel has 100 rooms and has been recently refurbished. Staff are available 24/7 and can assist with booking tours and tickets.

Essence Hotel Carlton features rooms equipped with a refrigerator and a hair dryer, plus all the necessities to ensure an enjoyable stay.

Those staying at the hotel can enjoy a unique dining experience at the on-site restaurant, conveniently based for those who want to stay close by at mealtime.

Essence Hotel Carlton is within walking distance of Melbourne Museum, Royal Exhibition Building and University of Melbourne. It is also within walking distance of Chinatown (Melbourne).

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Amenities at Essence Hotel Carlton

  • Fitness centre
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Coffee shop
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Flat-screen TV
  • TV
  • Free toiletries
  • Internet

Health and safety

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Contactless check-in/check-out
  • Physical distancing in dining areas
  • Physical distancing rules
  • Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies
  • First-aid kit
  • Process in place to check health of guests
  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Enhanced cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas
  • Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus
  • Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays
  • All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized
  • Guests can opt out of accommodation cleaning
  • Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities
  • Disinfection of high-touch surfaces


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi available in all areas
  • Internet
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Shampoo
  • Free toiletries
  • Smoke alarms
  • Heating
  • Body soap
  • Air-conditioned
  • Trash cans
  • Conditioner

Accessibility and suitability

  • Entire unit wheelchair accessible
  • Roll-in shower
  • Disabled Access
  • Elevator
  • Accessible by elevator
  • No smoking
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Upper floors accessible by elevator
  • Designated smoking area


  • Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Toilet
  • Toilet paper
  • Walk-in shower
  • Private bathroom


  • Electric kettle
  • Restaurant
  • Tea/coffee maker
  • Kettle
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee shop


  • Window
  • Seating area
  • Inner courtyard view
  • Interconnected room(s) available
  • Storage available

Services and conveniences

  • Safety deposit box
  • Key card access
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • 24hr front desk

Parking and transportation

  • Parking
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Private parking

Media and entertainment

  • Flat-screen TV
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • TV


  • Terrace/Patio
  • Grill
  • Garden


  • Computer use available
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Desk


  • Laundry facilities
  • Iron and ironing board


  • Socket near the bed
  • Clothes rack

Things to do

  • Game room

Family friendly

  • Cribs available


  • Fitness centre

Reviews of Essence Hotel Carlton

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8.0 Great
Pros:Breakfast was pretty good, location is easy to get to other places.
Cons:But coffee machine at breakfast was soooo slow, it created such a long line, that we didn’t even have coffee the last 3 days, we picked it up on our way somewhere else. And the rooms are so small, no closets, drawers, or a luggage rack
6.8 Okay
Pros:Cleanliness and location.
Cons:Glass bathroom door which made horrible clunking sound (bad privacy). Only given one swipe card for two people. shower took ages to get hot. Need double glazed windows as traffic was easily audible. All minor things.
5.4 Passable
Pros:Staff. Good pressure on the shower
Cons:Stayed on two separate occasions. I’m one room the aircon stopped working. Both rooms were very dirty, all covered in dust. Pillows were poor
7.4 Good
Pros:The staff at reception , a Filipino lady . She's kind , warm , soft-spoken , and very helpful. I would like to compliment her for doing a very good job.She had such a pleasant personality , I would steal her off you guys if I have my own hotel.
Cons:Free internet was available only for the first 24 hours ( or was it 12?) I hated my room , and the fact that I was not given a choice with regards to what my view would have been . My view was " the garden" which was more like facing another room. Therefore, I could not draw the curtain very much. Aircond was a bit funny too . The coolest temperature was 23 celsius, so I occasionally sweated it out in the room. Not cool.
8.8 Great
Pros:Location wise it was perfect for me. Tram station is right in front and you can easily access any part of the city. If you like walking then Central station and Bourke mall and centre is reachable within 15 to 20 minutes walk. Lygon street is also walking distance where you have plenty of really nice Italian restaurants. The hotel itself has an authentic Thai restaurant. Overall a good stay in this hotel. Staff was also amazing, especially there was a person in night Shift, Dean, he was really amazing. I am not an Ibis fan when it comes service, but this guy was really awesome. Ibis needs more of such people. Other staff were pretty cold and robotic but thats what I expect from any Ibis in any country.
Cons:Rooms are small. No closets, Iron and Ironing board is not provided in the room, you have to go down to the Laundry room to iron your cloths. Feels pretty awkward. If you don't have to spend some much time in the hotel, its perfect for you, you don't want to spend much time in the room except for sleeping. But I must say that it was one of the good Ibis hotels I have stayed and it did exceed my expectation. I would stay here again since it serves my purpose at a good price.
10.0 Excellent
Pros:Great accommodations! Clean, functional, and pleasantly modern.
Cons:Our reservation through Kayak included a toiletry kit and wifi, but be aware that reservations in general at this hotel don't automatically include them.


609 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC 3053

What's nearby

  • Old Melbourne Gaol0.4 km
  • Queen Victoria Market0.7 km
  • Royal Exhibition Building0.7 km
  • Ian Potter Museum of Art0.7 km
  • Melbourne Museum0.8 km
  • Bourke Street Mall1.1 km
  • Royal Arcade1.2 km
  • Block Arcade1.3 km
  • Collins Street1.4 km
  • Flinders Street Station1.6 km
  • Federation Square1.6 km
  • Fitzroy Gardens1.8 km



Check in anytime after 2:00 PM, check out anytime before 10:00 AM


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FAQs when booking at Essence Hotel Carlton

  • Essence Hotel Carlton is located at 609 Swanston Street in Carlton, 0.8 km from the centre of Melbourne. Old Melbourne Gaol is the closest landmark to Essence Hotel Carlton.

  • Check-in time is 2:00 PM and check-out time is 10:00 AM at Essence Hotel Carlton.

  • Yes, Essence Hotel Carlton offers free Wi-Fi.

  • Essence Hotel Carlton is 10 km from Melbourne Essendon. Essence Hotel Carlton is 18.5 km from Melbourne.

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0.8 km

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Distance to airport

18.5 km