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Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Review: Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Family Room

Holidays with kids are not always easy, but with every family trip we take there’s that one moment of happiness that makes it all worth it. Which makes us forget that bunkering down with overtired kids in the small confines of a hotel room can be anything but delightful.

In a standard hotel room configuration, a declaration of sibling war is made when our kids are forced to share a bed, resulting in a sleeping arrangement where each parent co-sleeps with a child.

I choose our six-year-old who does less 360-degree turns in bed. It still ends up with little feet in adult faces and a terrible night sleep for grownups.

When a string of weddings entices our family to Melbourne, we praise the geniuses at Novotel Melbourne on Collins who have come up with a game-changing family room. The most exciting feature is the separate kids room with two single beds and cable TV.

The spacious master bedroom features a comfortable Queen bed, 40-inch TV with in-room movies and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi.

The roomy set up also includes a chaise lounge, workspace, separate sofa bed, Nespresso coffee machine and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out onto the new glass installation at St Collins Lane shopping arcade, the grand opening of which is imminent.

It’s the little family-friendly touches that make our stay more homely. In the bathroom there’s an all-important bathtub, essential when travelling with little ones. Beside the bath are gifts of colour-changing bubble bath and toys, delighting our kids who are suddenly keen to wash up.

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Family-friendly doesn’t end with the room, a digital game table in the reception area also keeps kids entertained during check-in.

The room service kids' menu offers affordable healthy meal options and the ‘Novotel&Family’ promise is kept, where kids stay and eat breakfast for free.

The breakfast buffet selection at Lane Restaurant includes an ‘Eggs Any Style’ station and a pancake machine, which is a hit with the kids.

We love blending our own green juices and in true Melbourne style enjoy a decent cup of coffee.

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Novotel Melbourne on Collins is superbly located in the Paris end of Melbourne just minutes walk to all that the metropolitan city has to offer.

Our happy moments come exploring the nearby cosy laneways, grabbing some tasty dumplings, spotting trams, wandering Bourke Street Mall and watching ‘Elsa’ snowflakes drift in the sky at Federation Square.

Any hints of a meltdown are banished before they could appear as we whisk weary kids back to the hotel and surprise them with a dip in the indoor pool and spa. And when the kids drift off to sleep, we can close their door to enjoy the technological conveniences and promise of an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

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Together we roam‘s Rene Young has travelled to 70 countries. When the Brisbane based blogger is not discovering Brisbane's street art, exploring Queensland or roaming the world with her five-year old son and three-year old daughter, she can be found indulging her love of reality TV.

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