The Westin is a fantastic place to stay during a visit to the charming city of Melbourne. The hotel has the best location in the CBD: on Collins Street (the main drag), adjacent to City Square and the Regent Theatre, and just steps away from Town Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, Federation Square, historic shopping arcades, the Yarra River and the iconic Flinders Street Station. Plus, it's located at a major intersection of the city's network of trams, which makes for easy maneuvering around the city.
The hotel lent me a "Myki" transit card, which was a huge convenience. It allowed me to use public transportation (no cash/coins accepted) without having to buy a transit card, which is somewhat a waste for a short visit of just 3-4 days.
I was in room 224, a Westin WorkOut room - complete with exercise bike, dumbbells, exercise ball (Swiss ball), yoga mat and medicine ball. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable with a large Heavenly bed, plush pillows and a large bathroom with a huge two-headed rain shower.
The service throughout my stay was excellent -- truly world-class. I can understand why this is one of Australia's most awarded hotels. I particularly liked the helpful and friendly doorman. (I didn't catch his name, but he's an older gentleman.) Check-in was smooth, efficient and professional; check out was a breeze; and all my questions/requests were addressed with a helpful smile.
I encountered only two small nits during my stay: there was no luggage rack in the room and there was no complimentary bottled water. This was the first Starwood hotel I've ever stayed in as an SPG member and not had complimentary bottled water in the guestroom. (If bottled water can't be provided for all hotel guests, then at least as a courtesy to SPG members.)
All in all, it was a memorable stay. I definitely recommend the Westin to anyone visiting the great city of Melbourne.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern, chic and elegantly understated, The Westin Melbourne’s dramatic staircase and light filled lobby overlooking the vibrant City Square sets the tone for one of Australia’s leading hotels. Boasting 262 luxurious guest rooms, the award winning property is surrounded by theatres, galleries, designer boutiques and the city’s finest attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Westin Melbourne Hotel Melbourne
- Westin Melbourne
- Melbourne Westin