The Westin Melbourne
As the trip presses on, I had a quick, one day visit to Melbourne. Even though it was a short one day trip, I still gained a great appreciation for the city and can certainly see myself coming back.
I landed on The Westin Melbourne for my one night stay mostly out of a drive to find a hotel that I could redeem my annual credit card reward night on. Auckland didn’t have any worthy redemptions and neither did Japan. Thankfully, Melbourne did and boy, was it a steal.
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I booked this night through Marriott’s website. This was an award redemption for being a Marriott Premium Rewards credit card holder. My yearly fee is $95 but with that every year, I get a free night worth up to 35,000 points (Category 5). Thankfully, this Westin fell under that mark which was huge.
This is a great deal and almost no brainer since almost every Category 5 hotel will cost more than $95/night. The card pays for itself right there.
The regular rate for my room would have been 350 AUD (255 USD) for the night!
You can apply for the card here!
The Westin Melbourne is located in the heart of the downtown area about 30 minutes from the airport. It can be tricky driving there not only because they drive on the left, but the downtown driving is fast paced and there are turns called, “hook turns” where you have to be in the left lane to make a right. This threw me for a loop until I saw someone else do it then it made since. You wait in this left lane area until the light turns red, then you turn right and are now with the flow of cross traffic. It actually works well and makes sense.
Aside from the tricky driving, the hotel is located next to The Regent Theatre and other major stores and shopping.
Parking can be tricky or you can use the valet service which is 60 AUD/night (42 USD). After pulling up and entering the lobby, you’ll note the grand entrance with a spiral staircase and chandelier.
The lobby is open and welcoming with plenty of seating to relax of wait for friends or family to get ready before heading out. The lobby is located on the left if entering through the front door. Check in went smooth and for being a Marriott Bonvoy member, I was given a complimentary drink card to use at the bar. The bar was located on the right side and had a regal, library feel to it. This was also a great late-night social area. Elevators are located on either end of the lobby.
The room at The Westin Melbourne was amazing. The room itself was very large for a single king. There was more than enough room to spread out and relax.
The bed was a king and was very comfy with multiple pillow options. There was a wireless charging pad for my iPhone which was awesome. There were plenty of power outlets.
There were two large closets which also included an iron and ironing board with option for laundry services.
The room included a small desk with two chairs to use.
The TV was average sized and had the full range of TV channels and movie channels for your viewing pleasure.
Built into the TV stand was the mini fridge and complimentary drinks such as coffee and tea. The mini-fridge items were decently priced as seen. My view was of the courtyard and I’m unsure if it’s usable or just for looks.
The bathroom was the first are just after opening the door. The bathroom was spacious with a large tub, dual sink, toilet and shower.
The finish and tiling was beautiful and little touches like having the soap built into the sink bowl is brilliant. Certainly an elegant look.
The shower had a rainfall function as well as a standard shower head.
Due to my quick trip, I didn’t have the chance to explore the on site amenities other than the lobby bar.
The hotel does offer breakfast for a reasonable fee and valet dry cleaning.
There is only one on-site restaurant along with the Lobby Bar.
Finally, there is a gym and swimming pool.
The Westin Melbourne turned out to be a great annual award redemption hotel. While I wasn’t able to explore the amenities, they do seem limited but that’s something I’d expect from a hotel in the heart of a downtown area.
The room was elegent and made the whole stay worth it. Would I pay the cash amount for the night? At the rate of $240 USD, probably. The overall ambiance and premium feel is worth the money in my opinion.
If you’re in Melbourne and looking for somewhere to stay, give it a look!
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