We stayed in the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf in August 2009 for a long weekend (3 days) with some friends, and we booked several rooms.
The Hilton had a special rate at the time, and I think we stayed there for no more than AU$200 per night. It looks to be newly renovated or newly built.
I have never stayed at any of the Hilton chains before - but now I am a definite convert to all things Hilton. The rooms were spacious - typical of what you would expect a hotel in Australia to be like. The views were fabulous. All the rooms we had booked faced the water, and the huge windows reached from the floors to the ceilings made the views spectacular, particularly at night.
The rooms were absolutely spotlessly clean. I couldn't find any fault with the cleanliness of the rooms. The beds were absolutely heaven. It was literally like sleeping on a bunch of fluffy clouds - as soon as you crawled into bed, you did not ever want to leave it. I was actually excited about crawling into bed every night.
Aircon was available and the termperature was fully adjustable to your liking using a panel on the wall. The TV was a flatscreen LCD and offered all the typical channels Australian television offered. I think Pay TV was available, but we weren't on holidays to simply watch TV, so I didn't notice the Pay TV channels much.
Bathrooms were huge - as large as the bedroom. You had ample space. There were separate spaces for both bathtub and a shower. Everything was brand new. Housekeeping provided fresh towels, soaps, and shampoos every day. Everything was classy, clean, professional. I honestly couldn't find a fault with the bathrooms.
Our rates included complimentary buffet breakfast. I cant describe how FANTASTIC the breakfast was! The hash browns were to die for. And the service and food was immaculate & absolutely mouthwatering. They took orders for you and cooked eggs specifically for you, based on your needs. It was absolutely delicious.
The location was good. We typically took a taxi to the city to avoid the walk - which costs no more than AU$10. But we did walk to the CBD a few times - and it wouldn't have been more than 20-30 minute walk. The walk itself is beautiful. Melbourne has lovely architecture and the views distracted you from the mudane task of walking.
Melbourne is a nicely planned city. We had no problems navigating the place. There's also a free CBD tourist tram that goes around in circles. If its your first time in Melbourne, its worthwhile just to hop on it to get your bearings of the place - and to mark out the places worthwhile to visit.
The area is safe. All of us girls never felt unsafe walking around in Melbourne. Of course, you'll have to exercise common sense - but as someone from Sydney, I think Melbourne is much safer than Sydney. And I think the majority of places in Australia are all safe. Aussies are generally a nice friendly bunch. And we found asking directions from random people on the street very easy - they were very helpful and polite.
The concierge were nice and friendly - and offered us accurate directions on how to get around. They were professional, courteous, respectful. I only have good things to say about the staff there. Tipping is not comon in Australia - the concierge remained friendly (and helped us to get a taxi) - despite all of us neglected and forgot to tip.
I loved this hotel. I have absolutely no complaints or criticisms about it. If I had to nit pick for one - it would be....I honestly can't think of any. If youre worried about the location - it's not quite in the Melbourne CBD - but I found it close enough to walk to the CBD easily, and close to Crown. If you're relatively fit - the walk is pleasant and non-strenuous.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is located in the riverside South Wharf leisure precinct, on the banks of the Yarra River. Overlooking heritage sheds filled with dining and bar options and the Polly Woodside tall ship, the 396 bedroom hotel is a 10 minute walk to Etihad Stadium, the Melbourne Aquarium, Crown Entertainment Complex and Southbank. The free City Circle tram stops just across the river from the hotel, taking guests to the historic city centre, renowned Melbourne laneways and major tourist attractions. At the hotel, it is easy to indulge and relax, no matter what the occasion. With floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular views from every room, the Relaxation and Yarra Suites offer dramatic ambiance for a romantic getaway. The unique Two-Bedroom Suites are ideal for families or for longer stays. The expansive executive lounge features a riverside outdoor terrace on which to enjoy an aperitif at the end of a day's sightseeing, and complimentary breakfast. The hotel also offers in-room spa and massage services, a spacious complimentary Fitness Centre, upmarket Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen and casual Caffe Cino. The hotel offers guests the expertise of the Hilton brand, and the bold styling, intimate service and stylish boutique touches of an innovative, modern hotel - a perfect city getaway. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Melbourne South Wharf Hotel Melbourne