The newly developed Docklands precinct is located on the western fringe of the Melbourne CBD and is bordered to the south by the Yarra River and Southbank. The hotel is an easy 20 minute drive from Melbourne Airport and just a few minutes’ walk to Southern Cross Station, where you can catch trains, trams and the SkyBus airport shuttle. The 291 room property has been designed with active travellers in mind – there’s a 24 hour reception and luggage storage facility, making after hours arrivals and departures a breeze, and all rooms are equipped with kitchenettes for whipping up late night or early morning snacks. If you’d prefer something more substantial, visit the breakfast restaurant or order room service from 5pm to 11pm.
The hotel’s bright and airy guest rooms all feature modern amenities including wifi, individually controlled air conditioning and flat screen TVs with cable. Travellers’ essentials include a hairdryer, iron and ironing board, work desk and tea and coffee facilities in each room. The standard king and twin guest rooms can both be requested with sofas for extra comfort, and there is a triple guest room option. Interconnecting family rooms simply join together two standard guest rooms and feature two bathrooms. Room service can be ordered to all guest rooms and minibar items are available from reception.
The hotel is practically next door to Etihad Stadium, which hosts Melbourne’s biggest sporting and cultural events. If you don’t have tickets to a show or game, take a ride on the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel for a bird’s eye view of the city (it’s particularly impressive at night), then visit the O’Brien Group Arena, Australia’s largest ice rink, for thrills and spills. Docklands also offers glow in the dark mini golf at GlowGolf, a world class prestige automobile collection at Fox Classic Car Museum, the Wonderland Junior amusement park and the fascinating Victoria Police Museum. Head to Docklands’ new shopping centre, The District, for big Australian brands and a wide variety of dining options. For a more substantial meal, try local restaurants 90 Secondi (Neapolitan pizza) and Pok Pok (Thai street food), then indulge in cocktails and tapas at Bar Nacional or craft beer at The Woolshed. Kick start your days with coffee and freshly baked pastries from Mill & Bakery.