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Essence Hotel Carlton

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In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
Standard Room, 2 Single Beds | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains
Standard Room, 2 Single Beds | In-room safe, desk, laptop workspace, blackout curtains

Overview of Essence Hotel Carlton

Essence Hotel Carlton

3.5 star property

7.8/10 Good

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Gym
  • Parking available
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
609 Swanston Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationMelbourne Central8 min walk
  • Popular LocationQueen Victoria Market9 min walk
  • Popular LocationPrincess Theatre17 min walk
  • AirportMelbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine)25 min drive

Room options

About this area


Essence Hotel Carlton is located in Carlton, a neighbourhood in Melbourne, and is on the Strip and near a metro station. Royal Exhibition Building is a notable landmark, and travellers looking to shop may want to visit Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Central. Enjoy an event or a match at Rod Laver Arena, and consider making time for Melbourne City Baths—a top attraction that's not to be missed. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including outlet shopping.

What's nearby

  • Melbourne City Baths - 4 min walk
  • RMIT University - 6 min walk
  • Melbourne Central - 8 min walk
  • Queen Victoria Market - 9 min walk
  • Princess Theatre - 17 min walk

Getting around

  • Showgrounds Station - 7 min drive
  • Melbourne Central Station - 9 min walk
  • Melbourne Airport (MEL) - 25 min drive


  • Humble Rays - 3 min walk
  • Stovetop - 4 min walk
  • Toto's Pizza - 4 min walk
  • Carlton Curry House - 5 min walk
  • Ying Thai 2 - 5 min walk

About this property

Essence Hotel Carlton

3.5-star hotel located in Carlton
Located close to Melbourne City Baths and RMIT University, Essence Hotel Carlton provides a terrace, a garden and laundry facilities. In addition to an outdoor entertainment area and a 24-hour fitness centre, guests can connect to free in-room WiFi.
You'll also enjoy perks such as:
  • Self-parking (surcharge), co-working spaces and a TV in the lobby
  • Luggage storage, a 24-hour front desk and a water dispenser
  • A lift, a porter/bellboy and outdoor furniture
  • Guest reviews say great things about the overall value
Room features
All 235 rooms include comforts such as laptop-compatible safes and laptop-friendly workspaces, in addition to thoughtful touches such as free WiFi and air conditioning. Guest reviews highly rate the overall comfort rooms at the property.
Other conveniences in all rooms include:
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee and electric kettles
  • Bathrooms with showers and free toiletries
  • LCD TVs with cable channels
  • Wardrobes/cupboards, heating and daily housekeeping


English, Hindi, Italian

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


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Hand sanitiser provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination record requirement applies to all guests aged 12 and older; guests must have received complete COVID-19 vaccination at least 2 days prior to check-in
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (AUD 29.00 per night)
  • Limited on-site parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available
  • Height restrictions apply for on-site parking

Things to do

  • 24-hour fitness centre

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities


  • Lift
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porter

Business services

  • Coworking spaces


  • Garden
  • Outdoor entertainment area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • Lift
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


  • Communal living room
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating


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


  • TV/satellite channels
  • LCD TV

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Desk
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Laptop-compatible safe
  • Laptop-friendly workspace

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Check-in from 2 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination
COVID-19 vaccination record requirement applies to all guests aged 12 and older; guests must have received complete COVID-19 vaccination at least 2 days prior to check-in

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
1 child, up to the age of 5 years, can stay for free if using existing beds when occupying the parent or guardian's room
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

  • Self-parking fee: AUD 29.00 per night
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2 per cent

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Safety features at this property include a smoke detector
Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

We should mention

Parking height restrictions apply

Property is also known as

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Frequently asked questions

Is Essence Hotel Carlton pet-friendly?

No, only service animals are welcome at the property.

How much does it cost to stay at ?

As of 5 Feb 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at on 12 Feb 2023 start from ₹7,854.75, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.

How much is parking at Essence Hotel Carlton?

Self-parking is available for AUD 29.00 per night. Limited spots are available.

What time is check-in at Essence Hotel Carlton?

Check-in is from 2 PM - midnight. Late check-in is available during limited hours.

What time is check-out at Essence Hotel Carlton?

Checkout is at 10:00 AM.

Where is Essence Hotel Carlton located?

Located in Carlton, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Melbourne City Baths and Lygon Street. University of Melbourne and RMIT University are also within 10 minutes. Melbourne Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Flagstaff Station is 16 minutes.

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Essence Hotel Carlton and receive a full refund?

Yes, Essence Hotel Carlton offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Essence Hotel Carlton cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.




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Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities




2/10 Terrible


Business traveller, Travelled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
super dirty

6/10 Okay


Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness
I would rate 5his property 6/10

6/10 Okay


Liked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Excellent value

10/10 Excellent


Travelled with partner
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities

2/10 Terrible


Travelled with partner
Disliked: Cleanliness
Very bad house keeping
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2022

4/10 Poor

Jessica, Haddon

Business traveller
Disliked: Cleanliness
$240 for the night (a Saturday, I'll admit) but there was no hand soap just small plastic bottles of body wash, and two major sticky patches on the floor of the room and bathroom. Plus, there were pubic hairs in the small fridge. Really gross...

2/10 Terrible


Liked: Cleanliness
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
My room stunk of cigarette smell the entirety of the time I was there. As an asthmatic this was not plausible. I also had major issues trying to get warm. The heater was on full yet I was shivering all night

6/10 Okay


Business traveller
Liked: Staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
My room wasn’t cleaned well each day and there was thick dust under the bed. On a positive note they moved me when my room Suddently smelt like cigarette smoke that was coming through the air conditioner. Friendly staff.
Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2022

10/10 Excellent


Business traveller
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Eggcelent room and service. The 24/7 front desk was very accomodating to extra requests. Shower was very hot 10/10
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2022

8/10 Good


Travelled with group
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The property was only a short walk to Melbourne Central & Lygon Street. There is a Tram that runs past the hotel with a stop only in the next block. very convenient location close to everything.
Stayed 6 nights in Oct 2022