The Royce Hotel Melbourne – RoomCritic Review

Before leaving Sydney, I’d heard mixed reports of The Royce. People I had spoken to either loved it or they didn’t. I couldn’t wait to find out why.

My colleague and I were only booked in for one night, with an early business meeting and long day ahead, I wasn’t going to be able to spend much time at the hotel using their facilities so I wanted to maximise my time there.

The Royce Hotel Melbourne – a little bit Jekyll and a lot Hyde

On check in at around 6.30pm I was presented with my room key as well as a gift of a free drink for the bar. Unfortunately I was leaving for dinner at 7 and wouldn’t be back until late so couldn’t take advantage of it, but it was a nice offer.

Here is my review of The Royce Hotel overall.

RoomCritic Review | The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Hotel Type: 5 Star Boutique

1. The hotel is located… Out of the city
2. During the day, the local area is… Quiet
3. At night, the local area is… Quiet
4. The decor in the hotel is… Swanky
5. The vibe of the hotel is… Chic
6. Breakfast at the hotel was… Not tried
7. The hotel restaurant was… Not tried
8. The bar at the hotel was… Quiet
9. The hotel pool was… NA
10. The staff were… Friendly

I was checked into Room 220 and my colleague was checked into Room 313. I decided to follow him up to the 3rd floor and take a few photos of his room before going down to mine and get ready to go out for dinner.

Room 313 – The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 313 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 313 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

While taking the photos I got a chance to look around the room and my travel colleague helped me with the rest of the questions.

RoomCritic Review | Room 313 – The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room Type: Superior Deluxe

1. The size of the room felt… Spacious
2. The view from the room is of the… District
3. The comfort of the bed was… Just right
4. The hotel room decor is… Swanky
5. The size of the bathroom was… Roomy
6. The size of the bath was… Not Available
7. Storage space in the room was… Plentiful
8. Wi-Fi access in the room was… FREE!
9. Noise from outside the room was… What noise?
10. The mini-bar was… Well stocked

There are some really nice design touches in the recently renovated rooms at The Royce. I really liked the patterned glass door and window to the bathroom and the embroidered leather cushion on the sofa. I thought to myself, I must be one of the people who love this hotel.

After taking a few shots, I jumped back in the lift down to the 2nd floor to find my room and get ready to go out. Room 220 is located in a slightly different wing at the front of the hotel. From the lobby you can go straight up the stairs to access this part of the hotel.

While the rest of the hotel has clearly been newly renovated, the front wing of the hotel looks older, more tired and not the same dark luscious tones used elsewhere. The hallway to my room was a bit tired looking. Definitely not what I was expecting.

Room 220 – The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

As you can see, when I opened the door to my room I was pretty shocked. This was not a 5 star boutique room. At first I thought, oh well I was just unlucky. I took a few pictures, and thought to myself it would make the perfect post for the blog. I got ready for dinner and left the hotel.

I returned to The Royce at around 11pm. Back to my room. I had resigned myself to staying the night. I tested the bed, it seemed comfy enough. The bathroom was to be my last stop before putting my head down for the night.

I was pretty disappointed with what I found. Room 220 is listed as a Deluxe Room. There was nothing deluxe about it.

Room 220 - The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Not only did the bathroom look like it had not been updated since the 70’s, the shower was filthy. Mould growing along the grout, chipped, dirty tiles with soap scum left on the shower glass. The pictures above say more than I ever could.

I had finally discovered why some of my friends hated The Royce Hotel Melbourne.

RoomCritic Review | Room 220 – The Royce Hotel Melbourne

Room Type: Deluxe

1. The size of the room felt… Spacious
2. The view from the room is of the… District
3. The comfort of the bed was… Just right
4. The hotel room decor is… Dated
5. The size of the bathroom was… Average
6. Storage space in the room was… Poor
7. Wi-Fi access in the room was… FREE!
8. Noise from outside the room was… What noise?
8. The mini-bar was… Well stocked
10. Room service was… Not tried

In my book the shower was unusable, I was not going to risk what might be lurking between the tiles. I immediately called reception and requested another room. They were very apologetic about the fact they had run out of Superior Deluxe rooms. After a short wait I had a hotel representative at my door to escort me to my new room, an Executive Suite on the 5th floor.

I have decided to do a separate post on my Executive Suite Room 516, see below. Overall I did like The Royce Hotel and would consider staying there again. Although, they clearly have two very different almost Jekyll and Hyde sides to the hotel, once you know, just ask for a room on the renovated side. I would recommend The Royce Hotel if you are looking for a quiet, romantic stay, away from the bustle of Melbourne’s inner city streets.

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