My husband and I recently stayed at the Westin Melbourne for 4 hours to rest after catching the red-eye flight from Perth to attend the AFL Grand Final - it proved to be the perfect place to catch some well-deserved rest and recharge the batteries ahead of a whirlwind football match and flight back home again that evening. We used Starwood points from our SPG Gold to cover a full night’s accommodation, which proved worthwhile as the daily rack rates effectively double for this highly demanded weekend of the year. We checked in at 6.30am and were granted a late 1pm checkout. The hotel has an impressive entry drive which consists of a wide cobblestoned covered laneway running between Collins St and Flinders Lane in the heart of the city, but as is always expected from a Westin hotel, you disembark your vehicle to enter a quiet and peaceful oasis with their distinctively calming white tea aroma. The location is perfect for access to Melbourne City – the full glass windows of the lobby overlook the City Square, and you are surrounded by major shops, restaurants and quaint arcades with cafes. All the city sights are within walking distance, and the MCG is an easy and well signposted 15 minute walk away. All the staff from the doormen, check-in/out and concierge were very friendly and helpful. Whilst we opted for a standard Westin room, it was incredibly spacious and beautifully furnished. The blockout curtains were great (even though the view across the lane to the Church was lovely and it was a shame to draw the curtains against it) and the Westin Heavenly Beds are divinely comfortable - we fell asleep the minute our heads hit the pillows to wake up feeling well refreshed. The bathroom was very spacious consisting of a good sized bath and shower, and double vanity. There was also great robe space, a nice large writing desk, good mood and bright lighting options, and comfy lounge chairs. The spa menu looked great, although I did not get to try it in light of our brief stay. Overall, we were most impressed by our brief stay at this convenient and lovely hotel. So much so, that my husband (who has previously always stayed at the Park Hyatt) has now decided to make the Westin his new first choice for his regular business trips to Melbourne.