As a long-time fan of city hotels from the major chains, I am always surprised when I visit a property in the very center of a high-class town like Melbourne, Australia and find the big chain hotel to be lacking. In the case of this wonderfully located property, I was satisfied, but only that.
This Marriott Inn is located adjacent to some major Melbourne icons - it's across the street from the Telstra Communications Headquarters, across the intersection from the theater district, only two blocks down Exhibition Street from the Little Bourke Street entrance to Chinatown, and just one more block away from a host of great restaurants and entertainment located on Bourke Street, including some fabulous restaurants that I'll be reviewing separately.
Sadly, unlike some of the other reviewers here who perhaps don't have the breadth of Marriott experiences that I have, I was disappointed in most of the amenities of this site. For example, the executive lounge is small, the staff not wonderful, especially capable or friendly, the breakfast simple and very underwhelming and the evening treats were but one step above microwaved appitizers from your freezer. The front desk and room service, didn't make my day.
The one restaurant - which also serves the same menu to room service customers - has a very limited selection and is somewhat overpriced for what's available. Likewise, the wines are good, but at the asking price, and in a place that's located a stone's throw from some of the best red wines in the world in South Australia, I was disappointed to say the least.
The room I reserved was nice, and the furnishings basic, and if you are a dedicated Marriott Rewards customer, then you'll be satisfied as I was, but don't expect more. If you make the decision to stay in this property, then at least jump across the street and enjoy a very high quality and low-cost lunch at the food court attached to the Telstra Building, or make the journey down Exhibition St. turn right on Little Bourke and try Chinatown for some good eats nearby, including the Dragon Boat, the Shark's Fin House, Lin Nam or walk down to Swanston St. and get some excellent Taiwanese beef noodle soup or vegetable dumplings at the very teriffic Taiwan Cafe.