If you're in Melbourne to see a game or show at the MCG, there is probably no better place to stay than Pullman on the Park. Not only can you see the hallowed stadium from one of the Pullman's south-facing rooms, but it's a four-minute walk from the front door of the hotel to Gate 2 of the stadium. But for the MCG's walls, you'd be able to see the action on the field from here; as it is, you'll have to buy a ticket.
The luxury hotel was thoroughly renovated in early 2022, and each of its 419 rooms now has thoughtful touches like huge windows and chaise lounges to drink in those views. Even the window in the bathroom can switch between opaque and clear glass at the touch of a button, allowing guests to appreciate those vistas even from the shower.
About those buttons: This is a seriously high-tech hotel, with guests able to switch between numerous lighting configurations, control the temperature and turn on Bluetooth digital radio with a touch. This goes well beyond turning lights on and off; you can choose 'Relax' mode, just light the bathroom for nocturnal visits, or turn on the light behind the bathroom mirror for precise grooming. There's also a doorbell on the outside of each room, and a panel that guests can control lets housekeeping know whether a room refresh is required.
If you really want to make the most of those views, book a room on the 18th, or 'executive' floor. These rooms not only come with walk-in rain showers and extremely comfortable king beds, they also have access to the executive lounge on the same floor. This long room includes comfortable couches and chairs, big flat-screen TVs and complimentary drinks and canapés every evening. It's a great place for a pre-dinner nibble, a comfortable but upscale place to unwind after a busy day.
Of course, if it's true luxury you are after and only the best will do, book the William Clarke Sky Villa, a two-storey penthouse that can be your home away from home for the princely sum of about $5,000 a night. In the Sky Villa you don't have to choose between MCG and city views, as there are windows out over both. There's a separate lounge, kitchenette and dining room, and the top floor includes a bathroom with a free-standing tub that overlooks the MCG. If you like bathing with a view, this is the room for you.
There is parking under the hotel, and breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the ground-floor Cliveden restaurant. As befitting the sporty location, there is a special bar menu available on footy match days, including favourites like pies, cheeseburger spring rolls and pizzas. The normal dinner menu is fairly standard for upscale hotel dining rooms, with options including gnocchi, steak and lamb rump.