We stayed here for 3 nights in late- December 2007 and really enjoyed our visit. The staff could not be more helpful with directions, special requests, etc.
We were initially assigned to a 17th floor room next to the elevator bank which was extremely noisy (not the doors opening, but the mechanism!) Reject these rooms if you get one. However we had no problem changing to another room down the hall which had a nice park view. The room itself was not tremendously spacious but we managed to fit a baby crib near the table. The decor reminded me of the deluxe hotels from 20 years ago - nice, not horrible, nothing special. Appreciated the stocked refrig. The bathroom had a nice long counter and good water pressure.
The pool is decent sized and gets plenty of summer sun, though it could use a few more tables and chairs. The gym was about a B- though the spa changing rooms were nice particularly if you are checking out at noon but want to spend the afternoon at the pool. Underground self-parking was convenient. One must also not forget the free internet computers in a business center just off the main lobby (compare to other hotels in Aust. which wanted $10-20/hr)
Personally as a tourist I loved the location - close enough to downtown (15 min walk or short tram ride (which stops in front of hotel)) but without traffic or noise issues. As other have noted, it is directly across from the massive Cricket stadium - you may find a little traffic on game days though we were not inconvenienced. If you do not feel like paying for the grossly overpriced restaurant ($5 coffee in lobby - egads!) or room service there are good indian and italian restaurants just down the block that both do take-away business and are open reasonably late. The hotel is also a 15 min walk from the restaurants and bars in the interesting Fitzroy neighborhood (think Melrose in LA about 20 years ago).
The hotel is also fairly close to the freeway entrance if heading south to phillip island (penguins!) It is nice to have 2 parks nearby where you can walk, jog or just read and relax.
If I was visiting on business I would probably go with the Westin downtown. If I was planning to hang out at the beach I would look for something in St. Kilda's. But for your average American family tourist, the Hilton was great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the attractive inner-city suburb of East Melbourne, Hilton on the Park is an elegantly furbished hotel directly opposite the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).Each furbished hotel room has warm, natural tones and feature large windows, a flat-screen TV and a wide range of amenities to ensure a relaxing and easy stay. Offering free Wi-Fi to all guests, the iconic Park Lounge bar is the perfect place to have a casual drink before heading to the MCG. For breakfast and dinner, the Gallery Restaurant also provides market fresh cuisines while overlooking the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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