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Checking out the Pegasus Apart’Hotel for a short city-stay: Review

The lounge room in our Pegasus apartment.

The lounge room in our Pegasus apartment.

As I’ve written about before, we like to take a short city-break and stay in a hotel in the CBD for a couple of nights now and then. We’ve often stayed at the Ovolo so we thought we’d try something different and stay at the Pegasus Apart’Hotel.

The weird Apart’Hotel name comes from the fact that while the Pegasus is a hotel the rooms aren’t just rooms but small apartments with a kitchenette and with full hotel like service and facilities available.

We got a family themed apartment with two bedrooms, a small lounge, small dining area and a kitchenette with fridge, stove and microwave (plus crockery and utensils and stuff). One of the rooms was safari themed and had two colourful beds, some beanbags and a big TV with a playstation. The other room had a queen sized bed and we rented a portable cot for $10 a night. We never quite got the playstation going but the kids loved watching their own TV from the beanbags.

The colourful Safari kids bedroom.

The colourful Safari kids bedroom.

The lounge meant the adults got a space to hang out in and relax. While the apartment isn’t huge or spacious it still has enough space for us to spread out a little and not be on top of each other.

We stayed for two nights and didn’t feel cramped or couped up – our suite was a good size. Our suite would have worked well for a much longer stay, too.

In terms of facilities the Pegasus is exactly like a good hotel. There’s a gym and a swimming pool with a spa that we all had a swim in, for example.

There is a bar and restaurant in the foyer and a room service menu. The restaurant does a buffet breakfast and thanks to a special deal we tried it out one morning. While noting out of the ordinary for a hotel breakfast buffet the kids loved bing able to pick their own things and there was a good range of options.

Main bedroom at the Pegasus apartment

A shot of our room – small but very comfortable.

The Pegasus Apart’Hotel is located just north of the CBD near the Flagstaff Gardens. Although we didn’t need to we could have taken the kids there for a run around, which is handy. Otherwise the location is close to Queen Victoria Market and a short tram ride away from the New Quay/Waterfront City part of Docklands which has a lot of eating options and quite a few attractions and activities like the Melbourne Star.

There’s several places to eat nearby as well although that part of the city can get quiet on weekends.

The kitchenette makes self-catering easy. There is a small supermarket a five minute walk away on Queen Street.

If I had one criticism of our stay it was check-in. While we did arrive a little earlier than the official check-in time we had to wait a long time (over half an hour) to speak to a receptionist and then get the keys to our room. In their defense it was a busy weekend with a major event on and given we arrived a fraction early I can understand the room not being ready (although that didn’t take long)  but it took a long time just to speak to someone.

That aside we had a really enjoyable stay at the Pegasus. The room/apartment was spacious and comfortable, work great for our family and overall we had a great time. If you’re looking for something with a bit more space but still be in a hotel then the Pegasus Apart’Hotel is worth checking out.

The Pegasus Apart’Hotel is located at 206 A’Beckett Street, Melbourne. For more information on their rooms and rates see their website at https://www.pegasussuites.com.au.

Kid friendly: Yes, our room was really kid friendly and well equipped.

Pram/stroller friendly: Yes, no issues getting a pram to or from our room or having it in the room either.

Change table: N/A.

Getting to the Pegasus Apart’Hotel

The Pegasus is located just north of the CBD at the Flagstaff Gardens end of A’Beckett Street. Flagstaff Station (on the city loop, all lines go through there most services) is the closest train station and is about 10 minutes walk away. Once you leave Flagstaff Station walk north along William Street, crossing La Trobe Street as you do so. The Flagstaff Gardens will be on your left. and A’Beckett Street will be on your right (there’s a Radison Hotel on the corner). From there the Pegasus is a few minutes away.

Trams #30 and #35 (the City Circle tram) run along La Trobe Street and stop at the cornder of La Trobe and William. Tram #58 (West Coburg/Toorak) runs along William Street. If taking the #58 south towards the city (to Toorak) the Franklin Street/Peel Street stop (on the edge of the Flagstaff Gardens) is slightly closer than the stop at La Trobe street.