During our recent trip to Melbourne, the unhusband and I booked into the Pegasus Apart’hotel on A’Beckett Street.
Being new to this blogging thing, I completely forgot/neglected to take any photos of our accommodation. Bad, bad blogger! Needless to say, the photos on the website are an accurate representation of the rooms.
Because the unhusband was working at a trade show for the weekend, the bill for this one was picked up by his employer, but it came in at just under $160 per night. I felt that this represented value for money. We received an upgrade at check-in, from the queen studio that we booked to a two bedroom apartment suite. Score! One bedroom contained a queen bed, with bedside tables and a small rack to hang clothes. The bedsides had a drawer that was large enough to hold my packing cube of clothes. The second bedroom was made up with two single beds and a desk/workspace, with a built-in wardrobe containing the hairdryer, ironing board and iron and a safe. There was a separate lounge area with sofa, flat-screen tv, coffee table, dining space and a kitchenette with a full-size fridge/freezer.
The bathroom was shower-only, with limited shelf or vanity space to put personal belongings. My toiletry bags had to be kept on the floor underneath the sink. Pegasus supplied amenities including shower cap, shampoo and conditioner, soap and body wash. Interestingly they also supplied slippers, for use in-room – a nice touch, I felt.
We used the kitchenette to prepare one meal – just a simple pasta with salad and tuna concoction. I used the fridge to stash some breakfast supplies. Having access to a kitchen while travelling can be a good money-saver and I was happy to take advantage of that.
Overall, we felt the room was clean, functional and spacious… Ideal for business travellers, family groups or even a girls’ weekend away. It’s not necessarily high on the romance factor though.
The best feature of this hotel was definitely LOCATION. We were so handy to Victoria Markets, and within walking distance of eateries within the inner city. It was a good base to explore Melbourne from, with easy access to tram services out to the suburbs.
Worst feature? The beds were ridiculously soft. We sleep on a futon at home, so we may have a skewed perspective on this one, but the squidgy mattresses and high-lofted pillows left us restless and achey the next morning.
We were happy to receive complimetary WiFi while at the Pegasus. The hotel is so new that that parts of it are not yet complete, so management is compensating for this by offering in-room WiFi for free. And yes, there is construction happening next door, but we were not disturbed by noise at any time – I even had a nap during the afternoon at one point, with no issues.
Overall, I’d say the Pegasus is a smartly-presented new hotel that delivers all the basics and a good bang-for-buck factor. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for a romantic couples getaway but in all other ways it was a good pick for a comfortable long weekend away (apart, of course, from those beds. Ouch).