The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

THE win­ning base for the hot-ticket end of Melbourne’s football sea­son is the brightly ap­pointed 184-room Radis­son on Flagstaff Gar­dens, op­po­site Flagstaff Sta­tion in the for­mer Vic­to­ria Po­lice head­quar­ters build­ing at 380 Wil­liam Street. Book its Footy Fever pack­ages by Septem­ber 20 for stays of two nights or more and get 20 per cent off the best avail­able rate; the ho­tel is about 1km from Eti­had Sta­dium and the Dock­lands precinct. The pack­age can be taken any time to De­cem­ber 30, in case Christ­mas shop­ping is more your bag. I spent an en­joy­able night here last week­end and was im­pressed by the savvy ser­vice and the myr­iad ex­tras such as a pil­low menu, com­pli­men­tary high-speed WiFi and free press­ing for cor­po­rate guests (two shirts a night, Mon­day to Thurs­day). HQ’s bar and diner (pic­tured) of­fers a buffet lunch for $14.95 a per­son and the lo­ca­tion is great — the ho­tel is on the free City Cir­cle tram line, Vic­to­ria Mar­ket is nearby and it’s a hop to some of best lit­tle eat streets, in­clud­ing Hard­ware Lane, home to the ir­re­sistibly named Cam­pari House. More: (03) 9322 8000; radis­son.com/mel­bourneau.

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