I am not a shopper on vacations but there is shopping abound in this area. The hotel was as expected for Westin (with noted exception for Sydney). The location was good for shoppers and museum buffs. We walk where we go so we felt that we could easily walk to locations such as Fitzroy Gardens. We did use the bar lounge on two nights and enjoyed the duck rolls. I didn't think the salt and pepper calamari was all that spectacular but the zucchini fries were tasty. They sold a combo of the three for $26 which wasn't that bad given it was not only Australia but also a Westin.