Free WiFi throughout, lobby with newspapers for guests to nab. In rooms: flatscreen TV with Foxtel satellite channels and Apple TV, DVD and CD players, radio, iPod dock, minibar (or fridge in upper-tier rooms), tableware, Biology bath products. One-bedroom Suites come with a microwave and bar fridge; Terrace and Penthouse suites offer dining areas and terraces.
For a separate lounge aim for a One-bedroom Suite – ideal for leisure trips or travelling with kids. To lord it over the CBD, we love the fifth-floor Terrace Suites and Penthouse, which feature city-view terraces. One of the Terrace Suites (OMG3) sports a punch bag and boxing gloves; the Penthouse stars a Pinball machine and outdoor Jacuzzi.
No need to bring an adaptor; all rooms come with a universal one, making charge-ups a breeze. If you've bagged the Terrace or Penthouse rooms, a sun-hat and shades are our top tips for alfresco lounging (pack a swimsuit for the Penthouse Jacuzzi).
There's no smoking, but you can spark up on Terrace or Penthouse terraces.
Welcome. Ideally, book a boudoir with a second bedroom for additional space.
This urban bolthole works well for children or teenagers, although it doesn't offer specific family-friendly activities or services.
Any age, but older kids and teens might get the most out of a stay in the funky CBD.
Opt for a One-Bedroom Suite, which comes with a separate lounge, closed off from your boudoir by a sliding door, where kids can bunk on the sofa. Any of the two-bed rooms work well for families, too.
In-room entertainment to distract the smalls spans Apple TV, Foxtel satellite channels, a DVD player and iPod dock. Beyond the hotel, take the kids for a stroll or picnic in nearby Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens; wander to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens for family-friendly exhibits on the city, natural history and indigenous culture; or head to Victoria Market (www.qvm.com.au) for gourmet grazing. The free City Circle Tram that circumnavigates the CBD can whisk you to must-see sites, including the Melbourne Aquarium (www.melbourneaquarium.com.au). For more creature features, you're just a 10-minute taxi ride to Melbourne Zoo (www.zoo.org.au/melbourne).
There's no splashing at the hotel, but you're only a 10-minute tram ride from the charming, open-air Fitzroy Pool, at 160 Alexandra Parade, for affordable aqua play.
Ovolo doesn't have a restaurant, but kids will love the help-yourself lobby spread, filled with pastries, muffins, fruit and juice for breakfasts or snacks and chewing-gum in the day. Minibar contents are free, too, and come with carbonated fruit drinks and water. The little paper Lootbag in rooms will also appeal; open it to reveal a more-ish mix of cookies, sweets, nuts, crisps and mints.
Available on request, price on application.
No need to pack
Baby cots, which can be added to all room types.
Ovolo can't provide rollaway beds in rooms, but is happy to supply extra bedding for free so kids can kip on the copious sofas. Ideally, aim for rooms above Studio size, so you'll have space to play with.