Rated 4 out of 5 by Peter300 Avoid breakfast if possible
Good hotel, but service needs work - are staffing levels sufficient? Don't eat breakfast there. Green eggs in the bay marie was not a good look and 30 minutes to deliver GF toast on our fourth morning was met with a wide range of creative and dishonest excuses. A further 10 minutes to find a concierge delayed our expected departure by 45 minutes.
July 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by 101Happy101 Great location
Brilliant location and very responsive team.
June 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by BespokeBarista The Best Of Everything
In the heart of Melbourne everything is at your front door. The best shopping, cafes, fine dining, galleries and urban art, night life, and theatres. The team at the Westin Melbourne are awesome and know how to make you feel valued.
June 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Emz68 Room sizes
The room sizes are amazing in this hotel.
They are spacious, comfortable, modern and clean
April 9, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by dietaryrequirements Food disappointing
The room and facilities were excellent. However severely let down by the room service staff who clearly could not cater for "special dietary requirements" as advised in the menu. Twice they delivered the wrong meal including over-charging for food that was not ordered and related to an allergy that had been explained.
June 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Dogo A Good Choice
Staff very friendly and welcoming. Rooms nicely equipped and larger than usual hotel fare. A central location close to main shopping area. Delivers on 5 star expectations and should not disappoint. One gripe - charging for wi fi access would prefer such things hidden in overall room rate.
June 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TheEmu2012 Happy to visit again
After visiting only a few weeks before, I was very happy to check into The Westin Melbourne again and I was not disappointed. This time into a City view room with a great outlook over Swanston Street with its horse-drawn carriages and trams. All of the staff seemed to be up to their usual impeccable standard, breezing me through check-in and a late check-out. The room is well laid out, very comfortable, great bathroom and an outstanding super-comfy bed. Breakfast at Allegro was very relaxing with a leafy outlook over Collins Street.
This hotel has great staff and a fabulous location.
February 2, 2012
Rated 2 out of 5 by Janet1008 Unsatisfactory check in services with no lounge service
I have to say the location and the rooms of Westin Melbourne is excellent.
However, the check-in service is not satisfactory. As a platinum memeber, it is expected to stay on a high floor. Unfortunately, the staff offered a 2nd floor room which was facing the main street. I could hear the noise of the tram clearly (the tram runs till midnight).
So later on, I had to request the front desk staff to help re-arrange another room which was inconvenient to us.
Also, there is no lounge in this hotel and this is another drawback of this hotel (no lounge service and breakfast served).
October 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by AMDH grateful return.
After originally booking another hotel on Collins st, it didn't feel right - we cancelled that one and booked the Westin again. Instantly, their confirmation email starting with 'welcome back...' was a sure comfort and a sigh of relief.
Flying into Melbourne at 6am, I wasn't expecting a room ready and was prepared to wonder the street cafés and wait - much to our surprise, our room was ready and straight up we went within 5 minutes of arriving. Swift service at an ungodly hour is much appreciated! Once again, our expectations were greatly surpassed with the size of the room, the amenities, and the balcony that our room had! It was a great start to our holiday - watching Melbourne wake up from our balcony as we prepared for the day ahead.
Room service was excellently fast and the taste was just as fresh as the hotel it self. Whilst the prices are quite exorbitant; it's definitely worth it.
The only, minute downside to our stay was the service in the Martini Bar. After walking in and finding our own seats and getting our own menus; our presence was still unnoticed. The bar was not at its full capacity; not flat out busy, but not awkwardly dead either. Thinking they didn't offer table service, I approached a staff member and enquired, only to be shot back with a brief 'yep' and that was all. Assuming some sort of basic conversation protocol would follow, I was left standing at the bar, trying to order drinks - until a further 8 minutes later, I was approached and asked if I 'needed help...' once the drinks arrive (14 minutes) later; which to their credit were quite delicious - we departed to try our luck at other bars. I would very much like to think that this was a one off occurrence and the service from staff in the Martini Bar is a lot greater.
Other than this minor draw back - the stay, as always, was flawless and extremely revitalising. Until another SPG property opens in Melbourne, there is no other place I would ever consider staying - the one time lapse in judgement was not long lived - cancelled within three hours of booking.
The Westin makes me feel like I'm home. I don't know what it is that does it, but it's there.
April 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by spgwife Beautiful hotel, great location!
We arrived in March for a 5 night stay. The building is beautiful. Wonderful, wonderful location. Staff is pleasant and everything runs so very smoothly. Had wine out on the deck to enjoy the warmth and view. The waitstaff was very attentive. I'm a platinum plus and we reserved/submitted our "suite requests" 5 months ahead. we checked in we were informed the upgrade wasn't available. :( My wife politely asked them to move us if something did open up. No luck. Our room is tastefully decorated. We have a high floor request on my account but are situated rather low. Our main view is of a run down building across the way. Not so nice, but it is fun to watch people in the park below and the tram cars come and go.
March 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jenavi good end to a week
Excellent hotel, lovely luxurious accommodation. Made me feel welcome and at home. Everything I could want in a room and situated perfectly for shopping , work and the theatre. Staff were all very friendly and welcoming. Great gym and pool. Made me wish I was staying for several nights more!
June 8, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by wwreisender Only a good location...
After I contacted the Hotel directly, for a feedback from the GM; which didn't happened since March 2012, therefore I post my review here.
The hotel distinguishes between paying and non-paying guest (using Starpoints or free nights from Starwood promotions)!
The Westin Melbourne belongs to the group of Starwood hotels which don’t bother about you when you use your SPG points or free nights out of a Starwood promotion.
I am deeply disappointed with Starwood that they call The Westin Melbourne a Starwood hotel!!!
Here is the conversation, I had with the hotel:
"Dear Hotel, many thanks for your kind email, which I much appreciate. With deep concern I recognize, that you distinguish between paying and non-paying guests. I acknowledge your statement about the room upgrade issue, whereby the SPG reservation system stated differently on that particular day.
May I ask, if you or your GM ever checked you breakfast offer? Let it put me this way, after being forced to put "pressure" on your team, your team was able to tell me what can be done; and not only what can not be done. As a vegetarian eater I felt not at all appreciated. The breakfast service is more like the military cantina service which I experienced 25 years ago. Noisy, crowded and nothing proper to eat!
Due to my last three experiences in your hotel, it is most unlikely that I'll chose the Westin Melbourne again. Your hardware is excellent but unfortunately the "software" has big steps to go, to become an Westin which I am used to.
This due to the fact, that I spend within the last 4 years, each year between 90 and 130 nights in Westin hotels throughout the Asian region. Starwood hotels can be categorised into 2 general groups, the one which distinguish between paying and "non-paying" (Using points etc.) guests.
Dear Hotel, I am fully aware about the terms and conditions of the SPG program and the fact that no room upgrades can be promised. It is not about any upgrade, it is about the way the front office in your hotel does not even bother to distinguish between a "regular" guest and a guest with SPG Status.
Further I think that you have a "virtual" GM.
Kind Regards U. S.
On 22 Apr, 2012, at 3:19 PM, "
"Hotel wrote: Dear Guest., Greetings from The Westin Melbourne. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to complete our online survey form regarding your recent stay with us. It is always delightful to receive such great feedback and high scores. We are extremely happy that our associates provided you with our very instinctive and personal Westin Service. It is one of our priorities to make all our guests feel welcomed and cared for during their stay and to leave feeling refreshed. We are concerned however that you gave the hotel a low rating in regards to Starwood Preferred Guest benefits. I understand that this is in regards to not receiving an upgrade as one of our Platinum members. Firstly, we do our best each and every day to provide our Platinum guests with upgrades to our Corner Spa Studios, or Regent Suites, subject to availability. On this particular stay, unfortunately we had guests staying which were paying the full rate for our suites, and therefore were unable to accommodate an upgrade for you. We understand this is frustrating, however we do our best to upgrade where availability sees fit. As we do not have a club lounge at this hotel, we do understand that our Platinum members can feel as though they do not receive the same benefits here, as they do at other properties. We would also like to apologize for that. We hope to welcome you back for another renewing stay in the near future. Please contact me directly when you are planning your next visit as I would be delighted to personally look after your reservation. Kind regards “Hotel”. "
A standard email on a feedback....
June 5, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by thomson hammock beds
I know you pride yourself on your Heavenly beds, but in my experience they are really starting to sag and feel more like hammocks. I thought this the last time I stayed and told myself not to stay with you again, but I forgot and rebooked, and then regretted it when I got into bed. I slept so badly. When your beds are fresh and new they are the best in the world. Old and saggy they are the worst.
June 5, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jagaditha Disappointed again.
My last stay here was poor, but I wanted to give the hotel another chance as I generally like the Westin standards worldwide.
As a platinum member, I was offered no specific welcome or room upgrade on arrival which is unusual , and was given a room on a low floor again after a bad experience the last time with noise etc.
I then asked for a shirt to be pressed, as I had an urgent business meeting to be told that express laundry would only be back at 1pm. It was 7 am at the time of calling. Is that the best you can do for a double charge and express pressing service??
August 18, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by swisswatch Nice hotel in the heart of Melbourne
Nice hotel, but on an international scale not a 5 star property. Good sized rooms with the usual great beds which Westin is famous for. But an uninspiring bathroom with very cold floors. I am wondering how many guest are able to find those hidden light switches on the inaccessible side of the side tables.
And yes, I experienced a world first after 30 years extensive travelling around the world. A 5 star hotel who locks its doors after midnight and the guest have to use their room keys to enter it through a small side entrance into a completely deserted lobby.
August 11, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Angusalba Staff were exceptional
I did not remember her name but she greeted us when we arrived and checked us in . The information she gave us was very helpful but much more than that she was very warm and friendly. My wife works in customer service and was very impressed with her attention to meet our needs. When we were ready to leave we went to collect our bags from storage and there was no one there to help us, the same girl ( I think her name was Nicole, I hope you can find out who checked us in) came over from check in as she saw us waiting and got our bags for us. Exceptional customer service.
May 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by CMarshall CMarshall
I was disappointed that my room rate included breakfast and asked for a rate without breakfast as i had meeting booked for 7am each day outside the hotel.
as it was not possible i changed one of my breakfast meeting to be in the hotel, i paid for my guest and then had to go outside for my next day breakfast but still had to pay for it.
as an SPG member and on business this inflexibility and cost is a detraction.
June 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by AMDH Always a pleasure
Once again, The Westin Melbourne met my expectations... A quick spur of the moment Easter break holiday trip to the east coast was capped off with another fantastic stay.
As SPG Platinum guests, we took advantage of late check out - a great little perk that allowed us to sleep in and really just chill through the day, instead of rushing here and there doing last minute things. We opted not for the breakfast, only because we're not up early enough!! The only down side, is I've never been offered room upgrades! Not that a standard room is anything to scoff at, it's by all means still a superb room - but experiencing a suite, would just add to that specialness!
The Westin and its staff are aways a great pleasure to deal with when I'm in town. Thank you.
April 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by KarenJB Friendliest hotel I have ever stayed at
The staff were lovely and very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble and the beds really were heavenly!
June 6, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by DON43 Favourite no more
This used to be one of my favourite hotels: it was pictured on my 2011 membership card. My experience on this particular 3-night stay was memorable from a negative point of view. The room assigned on arrival was 210 which was on the lowest level where there are rooms. This is not acceptable for a Platinum guest. This was changed to 721 after some discussion. I fully realised that given the small number of suites, one was not available for our stay. There is no lounge in this hotel, nor a club floor. The first evening, my wife had a bath. The body lotion had a clear top portion but she used it. On application, it smelled of sour milk so she had to take a shower and then use our own body lotion. There were problems with shower and drain in one sink: these problems were rectified the next day. The first morning for breakfast we asked for a table in a particular section but were told that they were unavailable (reserved?). One of these tables remained unoccupied the entire time we were in the restaurant. After mentioning this to Guest Services, we got an apology note for the "misunderstanding". I am not sure we misunderstood anything, we were just not given our table of choice. The next morning, a restaurant supervisor said that they would talk later about the misunderstanding. They did not follow up that morning or the following morning although they were in the restaurant both times. On the second morning we suffered from lack of attention and were not offered top-ups on our coffees. This is not the service one expects from a hotel that we were told was a Westin "boutique" hotel. My wife was also surprised that there was no turn-down service.
November 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by RTowers A luxurious short break for Melbournians
Stayed two nights over the Easter break with my family and was given a regular room at the SPG floor. The room is quite spacious and the three of us, 2 adults and one child, did not feel crowded. The room was overlooking busy Swanston Street but the sound of the trams were faint and barely noticeable. The bathroom is so far the biggest I have seen, it even echoes in there. We enjoyed the indoor pool but the gym was quite small, and the mirrors to make it look bigger actually made it look cramp and uninviting. Had Easter lunch at Allegro restaurant. Food was wonderful but we could barely hear the jazz musicians playing ( a pity). Our stay was so comfortable that we couldn't be bothered to go out so we had a nice dinner at the Lobby Lounge.We will stay again!
April 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by Hakka Central and personal
Staff are excellent
Location is very good
Service over all is very good
Concierge are excellent
Beds are comfortable
Rooms clean although bathrooms dated
June 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DiFrWo Great staff
The staff at the Westin are what makes the difference. Every member of staff that I met was polite, helpful and made my stay enjoyable. I will be looking forward to my next vist.
June 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by charlie638 Staff with class
My wife and I stay in Westin hotels at least once a year and while the hotel has all the appointments and trappings that you'd expect at this entry level, it's the staff that make the experience--the sixth star in an otherwise five star experience.
June 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Chalkie An excellent hotel
From check in to check out I found the Westin experience efficient, friendly and welcoming. An excellent hotel for the solo traveller.
June 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sweetie74 Hotel facilities
The Westin has excellent business centre and meeting rooms, extremely well serviced.
The lobby is great for socialising, casual meals and the free wireless aids business. The restaurant is also excellent from early breakfast through dinner. Finally, the staff are warm and welcoming.
June 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Suze67 Fantastic location
What a fantastic hotel! I stayed for 3 nights with my 14 year old daughter in a deluxe room and we loved everything about the hotel. The staff were so helpful and friendly. The rooms were spacious, and the beds were so comfortable. Loved the bathroom, especially the large overhead shower.
The location was superb for our daily shopping expedition, afternoon coffee and cakes, and for eating out at night.
We can't wait to book our next weekend in Melbourne and we will definitely stay at the Westin.
April 20, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by robertfm Good, but ....
4 minor comments:
1. Checked in around 10pm and had to wait in a queue for 15mins as there was only one staff member checking guests in;
2. My employer had provided payment details, but this was not recognised when I went to check out and required unnecessary follow up;
3. I had paid for refreshments in cash upon checkout, but the amount was left on the bill and paid for (again) by my employer
4. My room was above the entrance where noisy revellers woke me up at 2am as they exited the hotel
August 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PeteNic70 The Westin - Melbourne
Great room, ample space, big bathroom, great shower. Dined at Allegro Restaurant which was lovely and very well looked after. Great location for shows espeically being next door to The Regent Theatre.
June 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by KylieR A fantastic experience
Thanks for a wonderful experience at the Westin for our 2nd Anniversary. All of your staff were warm, friendly and professional, and seemed aware of the need to create a positive atmosphere for clients. We appreciate it was really busy over the Easter Weekend so we had to wait for a breakfast table, and the eggs & bacon were not quite hot enough but we didn't really mind given everything else about our experience was exceptional. Thank you Westin. I travel for work and stay in hotels all the time, so have much to compare our stay with you to. As far as customer service, creating an atmosphere, lovely big hotel rooms, beautiful décor, clean - you're amongst the absolute best!
April 27, 2014