Essence Hotel Carlton

3.5 star property
3.5-star hotel with 24-hour fitness, near Melbourne City Baths

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Essence Hotel Carlton

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In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains

Overview of Essence Hotel Carlton



Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Laundry facilities
  • Parking available
  • Gym
  • Child-friendly activities
609 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • Self parking
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Garden
  • Arcade/games room
  • Communal living room
  • Front desk safe
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area
Feel at home
  • Children stay free
  • Private bathroom
  • Cable/satellite TV service
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping

Room options

Standard Queen

  • 14 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Economy Single Room

  • Sleeps 1
  • 1 Single Bed

Deluxe Double Room

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

Standard Twin Room

  • 14 sq m
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 Single Beds

Standard Queen

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Queen Bed

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Carlton
  • University of Melbourne - 5 min walk
  • Melbourne Central - 8 min walk
  • Queen Victoria Market - 9 min walk
  • Bourke Street Mall - 14 min walk
  • Collins Street - 16 min walk
  • Princess Theatre - 17 min walk
  • Marvel Stadium - 28 min walk
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne - 29 min walk
  • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - 35 min walk
  • Crown Casino - 35 min walk

Getting around

  • Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon) - 18 min drive
  • Melbourne Airport (MEL) - 23 min drive
  • Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon) - 50 min drive
  • Showgrounds Station - 7 min drive
  • Flinders Street Station - 20 min walk
  • Spencer Street Station - 27 min walk
  • Melbourne Central Station - 9 min walk
  • Flagstaff Station - 16 min walk
  • Parliament Station - 18 min walk


  • Hareruya Pantry - 2 min walk
  • Universal Restaurant - 6 min walk
  • Soul Soul Cafe - 4 min walk
  • Humble Rays - 3 min walk
  • Midsquare Coffee - 3 min walk

About this property

Essence Hotel Carlton

When you stay at Essence Hotel Carlton, you'll be in a great location, within a short 10-minute walk of Melbourne Central and University of Melbourne. A 24-hour fitness centre, a terrace and a garden are other highlights. Public transportation is close by: Melbourne Central Station is only 9 minutes on foot.


English, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Malay

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter

Social distancing

Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 235 rooms
  • Arranged over 5 floors


  • Check-in time from 2 PM until midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child (5 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding
  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • On-site self-parking (AUD 29.00 per night)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site
  • On-site parking is limited
  • Height restrictions apply for on-site parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Water dispenser

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)

Working away

  • Co-working spaces


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter/bellhop


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 2013
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Communal living room
  • 24-hour fitness centre
  • Arcade/games room


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Hardwood flooring in room

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Cable/satellite TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Electric kettle
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Blackout curtains
  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge of 2 per cent


  • Self-parking costs AUD 29.00 per night
  • Parking height restrictions apply

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

A shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.


Guests can rest easy knowing that there's a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit on site.
The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.
This property accepts credit cards and debit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Melbourne Tune
Melbourne Tune Hotel
Tune Hotel Melbourne Carlton
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ibis Melbourne Swanston Street
Essence Hotel Carlton Hotel
Essence Hotel Carlton Carlton
Essence Hotel Carlton Hotel Carlton
ibis Melbourne Swanston Street Hotel

Frequently asked questions

Does Essence Hotel Carlton offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Essence Hotel Carlton does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Essence Hotel Carlton?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Are pets allowed at Essence Hotel Carlton?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Essence Hotel Carlton?
Yes. Self-parking costs AUD 29.00 per night. Parking spaces may be limited.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Essence Hotel Carlton?
You can check in from 2 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10:00 AM.
Is there an on-site casino at Essence Hotel Carlton?
No, this hotel doesn't have a casino, but Crown Casino (5-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Essence Hotel Carlton and nearby?
Essence Hotel Carlton has a 24-hour fitness centre and an arcade, as well as a garden.
What's the area around Essence Hotel Carlton like?
Essence Hotel Carlton is located on the Strip in Carlton, a short 9-minute walk from Melbourne Central Station and 8 minutes' walk from Melbourne Central.







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Property conditions & facilities




8/10 Very good

I really enjoyed the fabulous service from the people on the front desk. The rooms was mostly clean except for mould in the shower and a dirty tissue that was left on the floor. Overall, a great place for a one night stay while travelling through Melbourne.
Sophie, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Michelle, 2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Joel, 2-night trip
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6/10 Good

Pamela, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Denise, 4-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Nice and convenient. Very friendly and professional staff. Thank you.
Froni, 2-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Very basic but nice for over night stay. It’s tiny.
Stratia, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Cassandra, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Paul, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Convenient location. Pleasant staff
MIchael, 1-night business trip
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