Pullman Melbourne on Swanston
Time Out says
It doesn't get any more central than this Swanston Street hotel
If you are a traveller who wants to be right in the thick of the action, you'd be hard pressed to find a more suitable hotel than the Pullman on Swanston. The hotel is on the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke, meaning the entire CBD is at your doorstep. Seeing a show at the Princess? That's a ten-minute walk. Heading to the Arts Centre? Also ten. Want to do some shopping on Bourke Street? It's a block away. Fancy dinner in Chinatown? It's literally across the street. The convenience of being within cooee of hundreds of shops, restaurants, attractions, theatres, galleries and entertainment spaces makes the Pullman hard to beat.
But it's not all about the location. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, with a design that emphasises the central Melbourne location, with a map of Melbourne patterning the carpet and a giant artwork mimicking the old tram destination ribbons on the wall. Aspar Aurora toiletries add a touch of parmpering, as do terrycloth robes and slippers, for lazing around after a shower. Wi-fi is fast, and Bose wireless speakers in every room mean mood music is a breeze.
Like to stay fit while travelling? The Pullman includes a gym for guests to use, and there's a boxing class in an area called the BoomRoom, which guests can book for a discounted rate.
The bathroom design is slightly odd, with a sliding half-door separating it from the living and sleeping space. This means both that there is very little aural privacy for anyone performing ablutions, and that the light under the sink (which cannot be turned off) leaks into the room, preventing the room from becoming completely dark. Many guests will find the small amount of light both useful and comforting, but if you like sleeping in complete darkness it's something to keep in mind.
There's an on-site restaurant, Eva's, which serves higher-end Australian fare like salmon, duck and pasta, as well as steaks cooked to your liking. With the entirety of Melbourne CBD on your doorstep, however, you might want to venture a few steps outside to explore more diverse (and significantly cheaper) offerings.
Members of Accor Hotels' club will also get access to the Club Lounge, on level 15. Sweeping views across the city, comfortable furniture, a buffet breakfast and a happy hour with canapés and drinks are among the draws here. It's a lovely place to curl up with a book or get some uniterrupted work done.
Cassidy Knowlton stayed as a guest of the Pullman Melbourne on Swanston.