Have you ever wanted to play tourist in your own city? Well that is what I did one weekend by staying two nights in one of Melbourne’s newest hotels. Hilton have moved from there traditional Melbourne home which was once dubbed Hilton on the Park near the Melbourne Cricket ground, this has been transformed into a Pullman Hotel and now you can stay with Hilton at the impressive Hilton Melbourne South Wharf on the south bank of the Yarra River opposite the Docklands.
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf at a glance
Price: $289.90 per night
Upgrades: High Floor $19 per night & Added Breakfast
Car Parking: Self Parking $20 per 24 hours
Floor/Room: 15 – 1506
Rewards Programme: Hilton Honors
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is located in an ideal part of the city right next to the newly developed Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre so it is an ideal hotel to base yourself for business trips or if you’re coming to the city for an exhibition, and it’s only a short stroll from one of Melbourne’s biggest landmarks, Crown Casino the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere.
Check-in at the hotel was around 6pm on a Friday night, the process was seamless. On my reservation I had opted for an optional upgrade to a high floor room which would cost an additional $19 per night and would be confirmed when checking in. Nothing was said at the time of check in so I assumed that this upgrade was not available and was a little surprised I was given a room on level 15 of the 19 floor building. Later I found out when being billed that I was charged this, although I was fine with this it would have been nice to know on check-in. The additional charge was well worth the amount paid given the impressive views over the Melbourne skyline even getting a front row seat to the casino flame throwers that light up the Crown River Walk.
As I also had my own car I wanted to park at the hotel, Hilton Melbourne South Wharf offers valet parking for $50 per day or you can self park for $20 per day. I opted for the self parking option and once again the information provided on this was very vague, at check-in I was only told to take a ticket from the machine as I entered, no information was provided on how the machine knows how to charge me the hotel rate.
Parking is within the DFO South Wharf Shopping Centre car park and as I was leaving my car here for a couple of nights I parked underground. Make sure to ask for the Hilton parking ticket which was not provided to me on check-in otherwise you will pay $40 per day for parking rather than $20. Not sure how this system works if you wanted to leave the car park for a day trip as it seems the machine will then want to charge you additionally if you leave multiple times in one day. Make sure the staff at reception clarify this if you plan to leave the car park more than once.
The room was really nice, room 1506 with a city view. With the location of the hotel on a curve of the Yarra River it really opens up the view of the city looking straight down the river. The view from here is impressive with views right down to Princes Bridge, views of the Melbourne CBD, Flinders Street Station and even Federation Square.
Breakfast in the morning is at the Nuevo37 restaurant located in the lobby and close by the Convention Centre and the Yarra River side of the building. Diners are treated to a wide selection of items on the buffet menu from a breakfast staple in bacon and eggs to fresh croissants, muffins fruit, cold meats and a wide selection of cereals.
The Hilton Melbourne South Wharf also offers a comprehensive room service menu, light items are available 24 hours a day and an extended dinner menu is on offer from 6:00PM. With the location of the hotel there are many restaurant offerings very close from the hotels own restaurants to the many high end restaurants within the Crown Casino complex, there isn’t really a need to go for the room service option but it is still there if you are looking for a relaxing night in.
During my stay at the Hilton I was able to base myself here to check out some of the attractions of Melbourne that I would normally not take the time to see during my everyday travels around the city. The Dreamworks exhibition was on at the time at Federation Square showcasing the creative genius behind favourite Dreamworks animation films. The Hilton was also a great base to check out the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel at night and also the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium just a couple of blocks away.
Looking for a couple of nights of luxury at a reasonable price, the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is in a fantastic location and will allow you to make your time in the Melbourne city a time to remember and views to match the experience.