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Putting Roomorama To The Test

Putting Roomorama To The Test

Whilst traveling around the world in the second half of 2011, we became big fans of short-term vacation rentals. They provide much better value than hotel rooms – they’re generally cheaper and you get benefits such as a kitchen and free wifi. Plus you have the chance to live like a local which is exactly what we did while in New York City.

Recently we were introduced to Roomorama and were planning on using it on a stay in New Zealand. However due to our circumstances changing recently, we instead decided to test-drive Roomorama in our home city of Melbourne.

The Booking Process

We headed over to Roomorama.com and typed in where we were going, our dates and the number of guests. The two of us chose to use Roomorama for a 1-night stay in Melbourne so that the commute for Kieron’s first day at work would be non-existent and we could enjoy some of the city’s best eats and activities such as ice-skating.

Our search resulted in 75 available properties for the greater Melbourne area and we zoomed in to the CBD to find somewhere we wanted to stay.

Roomorama - Melbourne Results

We decided on a studio room overlooking the Yarra River and sent off an enquiry to the hosts asking them to confirm whether the apartment was available. Just over two hours later we received a reply telling us that it was.

We went ahead with the booking and it was a smooth and easy process. So far, so good!

The Room

Checking into our room was simple as we were staying in serviced apartments in Melbourne CBD. The two of us just headed for reception, handed over the 6-digit code generated by Roomorama as well as a credit card and ID and the next thing we were up in our room on the 13th floor.

Our Roomorama Room

Our room had a nice modern design, although we were a little disappointed to discover a half-drunk coke bottle in our room left by the previous guests. Regardless, we had chosen this apartment because of its perfect location in Melbourne’s CBD and it provided the ideal base for the night.

We were within walking distance to Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, the Bourke Street Mall and Southbank and we spent time at all of these Melbourne attractions over the course of afternoon. After grabbing dinner at the nearby Crown Casino, we headed back to our room for a relaxing night in watching TV before Kieron’s first day of work.

One of the highlights of the apartment location was being able to watch fireballs burst out of the chimney stacks in front of Crown every hour, on the hour.

View from our Roomorama Room

After one last viewing of the gas brigades at 10PM, the two of us headed to bed and were delighted to get a great night’s sleep. A big tick for the room on that aspect!

One Major Complaint

You’ll find that hotels or serviced apartments offer a number of the rooms available on Roomorama and the room we stayed in met this description.

After booking our room we were given the address of the hotel in which we would be staying and thought it would be interesting to compare the rate we paid via Roomorama compared to booking direct through the hotel.

Roomorama Price: $280 AUD Per Night ($249 + $31 Roomorama Fee)
Book Directly Through Hotel: $159 AUD Per Night

Essentially 1 night of accommodation booked via Roomorama was equivalent to 2 nights booked directly through the hotel. We may have been able to obtain a discounted rate through Roomorama if we had pushed but found it extremely disappointing that such a big discrepancy existed.

Roomorama do offer some great deals and are certainly worth considering. But make sure you do your research and see if you can book directly first! It would’ve saved you 43% in our example.

Disclaimer: We were given a credit to use on our short term rentals with Roomorama. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

9 Comments

  1. Posted April 9, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    That’s so interesting that you guys say about the price difference because I’ve been looking at Roomorama lately and to be honest, some of the places seem quite expensive. I think I’d use them but I’d definitely take your advice and do my own comparison before booking.

    Thanks for the tip and hope you enjoyed your time in Melbourne 🙂
    Beverley recently posted..Brisbane; The Good, The Bad And The Breakdown

    • Posted April 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

      I think it’s best to avoid the companies listing on Roomorama (or at least compare first!) and search for the independent operators – that’s where you’re most likely to find a good deal. And we know that there are plenty to be found if you look hard enough!

  2. Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Interesting about the price difference!

    And so funny that we posted Roomorama reviews on the exact same day! The place I stayed in Iceland was an actual private apartment, and was waaaaay cheaper (and nicer!) than any hotel I could have stayed in in Reykjavik.

    I guess a lot of it just depends on the location!
    Amanda recently posted..Living Like a Local in Reykjavik with @Roomorama

    • Posted April 10, 2012 at 9:38 am | Permalink

      Definitely! Our first preference was a bed and breakfast in Rotorua which was an excellent price. Guess it’s just a matter of doing your research.

  3. Posted April 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Good to know that price difference! Wow… What a disappointment. We were considering using Roomorama for a future trip but now we know to check elsewhere first. Priceline is our favorite website for discounted stays.
    Claire recently posted..#DreamTrip

  4. max
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    it’s not easy to find a place, you have to request then get a response.

    I tried this website, they are very friendly when are charging you but i wanted to ask questions after paying and even cancel a reservation, it becomes a nightmare. nobody answers, they send me documents in double, extra charges for cancelation. Be sure that you want to take the flat or room before booking and if you want to cancel, better not do it and just leave th place empty.

  5. Shannon
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    I recently tried to use Roomorama, and it is a COMPLETE SCAM. They charged my credit card 6 TIMES for more then I was quoted for online (room rental was 839/ 2 weeks, they charged me 868 x SIX!!!!). You cannot get a hold of anyone by phone, no matter which extension you choose it hangs up on you. They have email assistance, but it’ll take a day or two to get back to you and the answers are complete crap.
    They ended up denying that any charges had been processed, refused to reverse anything and I had to cancel my credit card and declare them fraudulent.

    NEVER USE THIS SITE. I won’t ever again.

    • Kane
      Posted December 24, 2013 at 3:37 am | Permalink

      I had a similar BAD EXPERIENCE with ROOMORAMA.
      I was charged $400 for a week. Later I got the final contact address and person, who was trying to charge me $400 plus $350 cleaning fee and processing.
      I did contact Roomorama by Phone, but THEY NEVER pick up the Phone, just leave a message that they never respond back.
      I did finally Cancel my Booking with them, and ask my money back 10 days before the booking starts, but they NEVER RETURNED MY MONEY.

      NEVER USE THIS SITE. IT IS A FRAUD!!!!

  6. James
    Posted September 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    I have had zero luck as a host on roomorama. As a non commercial host, I get the weirdest inquiries from people who seem completely incapable of reading. Every attempt at as a host on this site has been unsuccessful. The taking a cash deposit when the guest arrives at your front door (to me) is obviously a venue for MAJOR trouble, to both host and guests. The site is completely confusing and cryptic in setting up your property. I have had my two properties listed the exact amount of time on Aribnb. I have made over $60k on airbnb and $0 on Roomorama. You have absolutely no recourse with roomorama should you run into trouble with a guest. Roomorama offers no insurance or security what so ever…they fail to mention that if a guest is new and has no review there is zero security. Airbnb insures you for $1 million should you have a problem with guests and your property…really really unclear how roomorama is even staying around.

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