Just after Christmas, our family decided that we would like to spend New Year's Eve in the centre of the city and watch the fireworks from the banks of the Yarra River. So did approximately 500,000 other people so there was quite a bit of congestion on public transport getting in and out of town. Fortunately, the Westin Hotel still had rooms available so we were lucky enough to spend the night in town in a nice room. We arrived early in the afternoon, did a bit of shopping (OK - I didn't shop, my wife did and I carried bags), had afternoon tea and then rested in the room while we waited for sunset. A short walk got us an excellent vantage position for the family fireworks at 9:30 pm then we went back to the room and waited comfortably for the midnight extravaganza which we viewed from our hotel room window. All very nice indeed.
The Westin is a typical 5-star hotel with friendly responsive staff who despite being very busy always had time for a smile.
We woke up, had a nice buffet breakfast, then drove home just after 1:00 pm having had the benefit of a late check-out.
It was a great way to see the old year out and new year in.
And yes, the beds are quite heavenly.
Try to get a room that overlooks the old city square and gives you magnificent sunsets.
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Dear reviewer. Thank you for your review - we love it. New year Eve is a great time to be in Melbourne for the fireworks and all the retail therapy. Our city view rooms certainly offer 'front row seats' to the cities skyline, where the NYE fireworks took place. We are pleased you made the most of our unsurpassed location amongst the best designer boutiques, theatres, galleries, and Melbourne’s finest attractions including Federation Square, the Arts Centre, MCG, and the Tennis Centre. We are also pleased to learn that our staff were able to offer our usual high levels of service standards, even on such a busy night and that you were able to make the most of our Superfood’s buffet breakfast, read the papers and generally make the most of the late checkout time. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the Westin Melbourne for another uplifting stay in the not too distant future.
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