4.4 out of 5

"It was great to stay in a place with like-minded people. We mostly all had dogs. It was a good conversation starter. The price is excellent considerin ... " More

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Hotel Description

At Birches Serviced Apartments you'll be within a 20-minute stroll of popular places like Melbourne Cricket Ground and Princess Theatre. Highlights at this property include in-room kitchens, washers/dryers and free WiFi.

You can enjoy an LCD TV with cable channels, and each apartment features a sofa bed, a living room and a dining area. In-room dining is easy with a kitchen that comes equipped with a fridge, a microwave and a hob. Nice touches to enhance your stay include free toiletries and a pillowtop bed. A DVD player, a coffee/tea maker and a safe are also available.

This business-friendly apartment offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services and barbecues. Other amenities include free use of bicycles and laundry facilities. Each morning continental breakfast is served between 8 AM and 1 PM. There's also the convenience of self parking.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this 3.5-star Richmond North property include Her Majesty's Theatre and Melbourne Museum.

Deluxe One Bedroom Apartment - Queen

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
AU$123 per night

Two Bedroom Townhouse

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Deluxe One Bedroom Apartment - Twin

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Birches Serviced Apartments ratings based on 320 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Birches Serviced Apartments

Everyone (160) Couples (80) Family (81)
4 out of 5
Pet friendly, Some of the windows were very hard to open easily

Posted by on 13 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 May 2019 by FrontDesk101

Hi, thanks for the feedback. Do you recall the room number so we can look at fixing this? Thanks from the Birches Team

3 out of 5
The location of The Birches is what has always attracted us to the apartments, however despite being advised that the property had been renovated, it has become "tired". The apartment we were first shown was shabby, and the carpeted floor was quite dirty. Probably because we are getting older the two storey climb, particularly with our luggage on arrival, was uncomfortable.

Posted by , from Sydney, NSW. on 15 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

8 May 2019 by Birches Team

We are sorry you didn't enjoy your room Michael. You will be pleased to know we have now refurbished most of the 1st and 2nd floor apartments and are working on the ground floor next.

3 out of 5

Posted by on 11 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 May 2019 by Birches Team

What could we do to improve you stay with us?

5 out of 5

Posted by on 3 Nov. 2018

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5 out of 5

Great dog-friendly community

It was great to stay in a place with like-minded people. We mostly all had dogs. It was a good conversation starter. The price is excellent considering it's proximity to the CBD and it's quality. The staff were extremely friendly. Thoroughly recommended!

Posted by , from Bathurst, NSW on 18 Jun. 2018

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5 out of 5

Spotless

Beds very comfortable and cleaners do a fantastic job.

Posted by on 2 Apr. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

3 Apr. 2018 by Alan

Thank you for taking the time to send through your feedback following your recent stay with us; it is appreciated and I'll be sure to pass on your comments to our cleaning staff. We hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards Alan & the Birches Team

5 out of 5

Nice apartment close to sporting venues.

Pros: It's close to everything and nice and quite!
Cons: A couple of designated 4wd parking spot's near the exit. A car was incorrectly parked which made it very difficult for me to get out in my 4WD.
Location: Close to MCG, Rod laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. Fitzroy Gardens and Treasury gardens. St Vincent's Hospital.
Nice clean apartment, within 30 min walk to sporting venues! 10-15 min walk to beautiful gardens and hospitals. Trams are with in a 5min walk.

Posted by , from Longford, Victoria on 25 Feb. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Feb. 2018 by Alan

Hi Tania Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback following your recent stay with us; it is appreciated. The parking can be "challenging" with the 4WD's, as our spaces were designed for cars of the 70's! It was good to hear you found our location appropriate and our apartments clean- I'll be sure to pass this onto our cleaning staff. We do hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards Alan

5 out of 5

Lovely place

Lovely place. Loved my room. Well set out. Only thing I would complain about is the parking out back. Parks are to tight. Had to squeeze to get out of my car. Otherwise would stay here again.

Posted by , from warrnambool on 18 Feb. 2018

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20 Feb. 2018 by Alan

Hi Charlene Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback following your recent stay with us. Unfortunately, back in the 70's when Birches was built, the cars weren't quite as big as the SUV's we now see, making the parking a little more challenging! It was great to hear you found all other aspects of your stay met your expectations and we hope to have the opportunity of welcoming you back again soon. Kind regrads Alan

3 out of 5

Good location

The apartments were in a good position and a good size but the room itself was muggy. The carpet was damp, the tiles were so slippery. Every time I walked into the kitchenette, I almost slipped over. I hurt myself during one of the slips.

Posted by , from Victoria on 31 Oct. 2017

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4 out of 5

Lovely windows out to the street

Pros: The colour of the walls and the blinds that screened the windows
Cons: The kitchen and bathroom could do with updating but for the price they were fine and everything was nice and clean
Location: Fabulous location. We come from interstate and often stay in that same East Melbourne location. City not far by tram. Nice park close by.
We chose the apartments because they were reasonably priced and within walking distance to the MCG for the Melbourne Marathon. Off street parking was available although on a first in first serve basis. Apartments small but cosy and beautifully cool and quiet during the day.

Posted by on 21 Oct. 2017

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About the Birches Serviced Apartments

Location 160 Simpson Street, East Melbourne, VIC 03002

Property Features

Birches Serviced Apartments offers its guests tour or ticket assistance, a BBQ, and concierge services. Public spaces have free WiFi. The business-friendly Birches Serviced Apartments also features laundry facilities and dry cleaning/laundry services. Parking is available for a fee. This 3.5-star East Melbourne apartment is smoke free.

  • 24 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Separate living room
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Separate dining area
  • Sofa bed
  • Washer/dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • DVD player

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Airport: Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine) (25.5 km / 15.8 mi)
  • Train station: Flinders Street Station (2.6 km / 1.6 mi)
  • Metro station: North Richmond Station (0.4 km / 0.3 mi)
  • Parking: Self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Birches Serviced Apartments offers 24 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with washers/dryers and DVD players. This accommodation has separate living rooms and is furnished with double sofa beds. Beds feature pillowtop mattresses. LCD televisions come with cable channels. Accommodation at this 3.5-star apartment has kitchens with fridges, hobs, microwaves and separate dining areas. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks, safes and telephones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and an iron/ironing board.

  • In-room kitchen
  • Washer and dryer
  • Separate bedroom
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Pillowtop beds
  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • LCD television
  • Cable channels
  • DVD player
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Coffee maker
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast daily from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 AM-5 PM
  • Saturday-Saturday: 8 AM-3 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 4 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

This hotel's reception is open from 8 AM to 5 PM on weekdays, from 8 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays, and from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Sundays. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact this property in advance for check-in instructions and key retrieval information. Please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

This property's front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday - Saturday: 8 AM - 3 PM
Guests arriving after 4 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for AUD 15.0 per stay.

Pets

  • Pets: AUD 30 per pet, per night
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Policies

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Noise-free rooms not guaranteed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No lifts

Fees

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: AUD 10 for adults and AUD 10 for children (approximately)
  • Self-parking fee: AUD 15 per night
  • Pet fee: AUD 30 per pet, per night
  • Late check-out fee: AUD 50 (subject to availability)
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: AUD 15.0 per stay
  • On-site credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Birches Serviced Apartments Apartment East Melbourne
  • Birches Serviced Apartments Apartment
  • Birches Serviced Apartments East Melbourne
  • Birches Serviced Apartments

You should know

  • Please note that this property can refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, which include pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.