he Melbourne Marriott has the distinction of being the first boutique hotel built in the city in 1982 by a former Lord Mayor. The heritage of Melbourne is unobtrusively honoured throughout the hotel. Black and white photographs of the city from the 1950s adorn the walls in the guestrooms and public areas, tempting you to venture out to find those places in today’s world. More intriguing is that the carpets in the rooms were specially designed to portray the grid lines of the city’s ubiquitous trams and tramlines.
There is something about the Melbourne Marriott that makes one feel at home. It could be the warm welcome with a speedy check-in, the knowledgeable and helpful Concierge or the waitress at Essence on Exhibition recommending a delicious dish with a quintessentially Aussie twist for dinner. It’s just good old-fashioned service that comes from the heart across the board.
The 185 contemporary rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable with all the facilities expected by travellers, including complimentary high-speed Internet, 42-inch flatscreen television, workspace with good lighting and ipod dock. The stylish rooms feature marble bathrooms with a separate dressing area and large wardrobe.
Staying in the Melbourne Marriott with its prime location on the corner of Lonsdale and Exhibition Street means you are in the Central Business District. This is a lovely city to explore on foot. Travelling by the historic trams in the city centre is free, as is the City Circle Tram.
The hotel is only minutes from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Federation Square, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the famous Queen Victoria Market. The popular Bourke Street shopping area and the cultural and culinary delights of Chinatown are within 10 minutes’ walk. Indeed there is much to discover along Melbourne’s tree-lined streets, with its historic buildings, museums, secluded laneways and beautiful parks.
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