eclektech and I spent our final 3 days in Australia in Melbourne after a 7 night stay at the Sydney Harbour Marriott. We booked an inexpensive one way flight from SYD to MEL on Virgin Australia. After we arrived at the Melbourne airport we took a cab to the Melbourne Marriott which cost about $55 AUD. Unfortunately Uber is not allowed to pick up at the Melbourne airport.
When planning for our stay in Melbourne I almost booked another hotel as most of the guest rooms at the Melbourne Marriott are smaller with Queen Size beds. Then I discovered a 3rd party website listed the King Suite at the Melbourne Marriott a few dollars less than the Marriott website so I got lucky and submitted a Look no Further Claim and was able to get 25% off the lower price for the King Suite. Score!
Upon arrival at the Melbourne Marriott we received very warm greetings from both the concierge and the front desk agent. Even though I choose points as the welcome gift we were given a small bag of candy at the front desk and later received some bottled water with a few snack items with a hand written note from the General Manager welcoming us to the hotel.
The King Suite was very spacious and featured a living room area, large bedroom, a walk in closet, and marble bathroom. The King bed here was also the most comfortable bed I’ve slept in in comparison to all of my other Marriott stays.
We were a little confused at first because none of the lights would turn on in the room. We then discovered that we had to put one of the room keys in a slot near the door to activate the lights and air conditioning in the room.
The hotel is centrally located downtown next to China Town and the Theatre district. Melbourne has a really good public transportation system which makes getting around the city very easy. During our stay I finally got to meet a couple of friends who I met online about 15 years ago and kept in touch with. One of which whose name is also Scott spent the whole day with us and showed us around the city.
Here are some of the interesting sights that we saw on our tour with Scott:
* The Melbourne Parliament House
*Melbourne Graffiti Street Art
* Federation Square
* Melbourne Train Station
* Yarra River
Scott also showed us where one could find the best views of Melbourne at an unexpected place. At the Sofitel hotel on Collins Street, inside the restaurant restrooms there are floor to ceiling windows with great views of the city.
The Sofitel is one of Melbourne’s top luxury hotels and is currently the tallest buildings in Melbourne. It’s about to get some competition though. Ritz Carlton is currently in the process of constructing a new 79 story hotel in Melbourne which will be 30 floors taller than the Sofitel and will become the tallest hotel in Australia. http://www.news.com.au/travel/australian-holidays/victoria/ritz-carlton-to-open-australias-tallest-hotel-in-melbourne/news-story/29f84d8ef4c859fb55056951675aabce
On our final evening in Melbourne we were surprised to receive a departing gift from the hotel. When the attendant came around for evening turn-down she left us a card and a small candle from the front office manager thanking us for staying at the Melbourne Marriott. In Sydney it was noted in our reservation that we were on our honeymoon but not in Melbourne. I was really blown away with the hospitality and special treatment at this hotel. Farewell Australia you will be missed!