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MaRKy MaRk
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:25 AM
Hi guys

I've decided to go to the Australian Open next month and need some suggestions on which hotel I should stay at. I want a hotel that is near Melbourne Park coz I don't wanna spend a fortune on taxis. And something relatively cheap; I'm on a budget and there's no point staying somewhere too flash since I'll be at the tennis most of the time. I have absolutely NO idea and I'm sure you guys can help me out.

Any other non-Melbournians going to the Aussie Open this year? Where are you staying?

Thanks!

Kirt12255
Dec 27th, 2005, 10:36 AM
:wavey: First thought is the "Beverly Crest" in StKilda (If it's still standing)....otherwise look at Richmond....depends on your'e budget...Northern Sub's (10 min train ride to Northcote) is very affordable. There are also backpackers right in the city that have a great rep. Tell me how much you want to spend per night (Aussie Dollars) and I can help :wavey: Past Richmond (and I mean a 15 min walk, you will be paying 400% more)

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 27th, 2005, 11:28 AM
Hey Kirt, probably looking to spend around $140 a night.

DutchieGirl
Dec 27th, 2005, 12:30 PM
whoa? $140 a night... and btw, public transport is very good in Melbourne. It's easy to get to the tennis on public transport. And it's not that expensive! ;)

http://www.bookings.nl/index.en.html is a pretty good page if you can book by creditcard...I used it for my travels around Europe (they do have hotels in Australia too). Or you could try www.wotif.com.au (it usually has the specials on it, but it can give you an idea maybe what hotels to look for elsewhere... )

Experimentee
Dec 27th, 2005, 01:02 PM
There are loads of backpackers places in the city that are within your budget. Its very easy to take the public transport to Melbourne Park, so a taxi is not necessary. You can get free trams from the city to Melbourne Park if you have an AO ticket.

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 27th, 2005, 01:43 PM
Thanks guys.

That wotif.com.au website is great. $140 a night seems enough to get a nice place to stay. I thought it would cost more. I'll have a better look at the website tomorrow.

Public transport sounds like a cheaper option. Only thing I'm worried about is getting lost. I'm not too familiar with Melbourne and I'm going alone. I guess I can always ask. I'll be one of those annoying tourists that ask stupid questions.

Does anyone know what the closest hotel(s) is to Melbourne Park?

Kirt12255
Dec 27th, 2005, 01:50 PM
Thanks guys.

That wotif.com.au website is great. $140 a night seems enough to get a nice place to stay. I thought it would cost more. I'll have a better look at the website tomorrow.

Public transport sounds like a cheaper option. Only thing I'm worried about is getting lost. I'm not too familiar with Melbourne and I'm going alone. I guess I can always ask. I'll be one of those annoying tourists that ask stupid questions.

Does anyone know what the closest hotel(s) is to Melbourne Park?

:lol: Jeesh 140 a night...stay at my place!!! I'll give you a 3 course banquet every night !!! ...don't meet people off the puter sorry...damn it!! Hope you have a great stay though :wavey:

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 27th, 2005, 02:00 PM
:lol: Jeesh 140 a night...stay at my place!!! I'll give you a 3 course banquet every night !!! ...don't meet people off the puter sorry...damn it!! Hope you have a great stay though :wavey:

:lol: Well if you ever change your mind just let me know ;) :p

DutchieGirl
Dec 28th, 2005, 04:13 AM
:lol: Well if you ever change your mind just let me know ;) :p

:lol: I would - but I already have 4 people staying with me in the first week of the AO! :lol:

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 08:39 AM
Hey guys, just thought I'd let you know I'm all set to go. Booked my flight and accommodation today. I'll be staying at the Travelodge Hotel Southbank which is very close to Melbourne Park. I ended up spending $760 for 5 nights ($152/night). It's slightly over my budget but it will be very convenient plus it's near the city. There were heaps of cheaper options but they were further away and there were less facilities. Can't wait to go now. Anyone stayed at the Travelodge Hotel before? What did you think of it?

Thanks for all ur help!

DutchieGirl
Dec 29th, 2005, 08:44 AM
Haven't stayed at travelodge but if it's on Southbank, then it's really close to the tennis anyway...and you can just walk to Flinder st. and catch the tram for free (if you have a tennis ticket already). :D

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:04 AM
Yep, bought my tickets online last night, just have to pick them up. Do I just show my ticket to someone on the tram? And how will I know which tram to catch?

Also, how early should I get to Melbourne Park? On the first day, I've got tickets for Vodafone Arena (reserved seating area) during the day session. How early should I get there? 10-ish, 9:30-sh? Then on some days, I have tickets for the night sessions. What time should I go then?

So Disrespectful
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:06 AM
Well, it won't really matter what time you arrive their. I'd suggest half an hour before the first match earliest. They tend to keep you queuing for quite a long time.

Btw, are you going by yourself? You'll be very lonely :sad:

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:11 AM
Nuh I'm going with 2 friends. I wouldn't go alone, too lonely.

CooCooCachoo
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:11 AM
Have fun :wavey:

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:15 AM
Have fun :wavey:

Thanks! I'm hoping I get to see Hingis play, that'll make the trip so worth it!

So Disrespectful
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:19 AM
I wish I could see Hingis. My thoughts are that everyone else will be wanting to see that too.

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:23 AM
Well I think they'll put her on either Rod Laver or Vodafone Arena so I have a pretty good chance. Just depends when *fingers crossed*

If I can't catch her live, I'll get someone to tape it for me.

So Disrespectful
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:28 AM
If I get to see her, I'll take lots of photos :D

MaRKy MaRk
Dec 29th, 2005, 09:51 AM
Definitely!! :) Anyway speak to u later, I'm off to bed. Bye

So Disrespectful
Dec 29th, 2005, 12:22 PM
Bye :wavey:

Experimentee
Dec 29th, 2005, 12:55 PM
Yep, bought my tickets online last night, just have to pick them up. Do I just show my ticket to someone on the tram? And how will I know which tram to catch?

Also, how early should I get to Melbourne Park? On the first day, I've got tickets for Vodafone Arena (reserved seating area) during the day session. How early should I get there? 10-ish, 9:30-sh? Then on some days, I have tickets for the night sessions. What time should I go then?

They usually dont ask you to show tickets on the tram. But if they do you can show them your AO ticket.
If you catch the tram from Flinders St on a main draw day you will definitely know which one to catch! There are trams every couple of mins with "Rod Laver Arena" on the front, and about a hundred people trying to get trams to the tennis, so there are people there to direct them. Just follow the crowd if you are in doubt!
Going to the quallies is more of a problem if you dont know the way, but it doesnt sound like you are going to anyway, so you should be ok.