Nothing is more refreshing than being impressed by a product you weren’t expecting to be overly impressed by. There’s this unusual sense of accomplishment like you’ve discovered something secret you can tell all your friends about. ‘Sure that place is nice but this place is as good, and half the price’. The types of places I’m speaking about are those that represent great value and that’s exactly how I felt about my visit to DoubleTree by Hilton in Melbourne earlier this month.
There’s no shortage of quality accommodation in Melbourne and as a frequent traveller to the city, I’ve sampled a lot of them, but there’s nothing worse than spending a fortune on a room you barely spend a moment in – it’s just wasteful. This is where DoubleTree by Hilton steps in. Their new location (formerly the Citigate hotel) opposite Flinders Street Station is about as convenient and as stylish as you can get in Melbourne without the 5-star price tag.
The multimillion-dollar refurbishment by renowned designers, Melissa Chen and Michael McCann is full of artisan details and custom-made features in subtle tones of black and white. Chen and McCann haven’t reinvented the wheel but they have done a stellar job of blending comfort and design across the bathroom and bedroom without trying too hard.
The lobby triples as a check-in desk, bar and restaurant and is a hive of activity throughout the day. The hotel’s in-house restaurant, Platform 270, offers a solid dinner menu with notable dishes including the deconstructed Apple Crumble pictured below. Whilst we did drink a lovely Pinot Noir at Platform 270 I couldn’t help but feel the wine selection was a little sparse and let the experience down a touch.
At the end of the day, there’s really only one question that needs to be answered. Would I go back? Absolutely. Hilton’s DoubleTree brand is everything you need and nothing you don’t, perfectly suited to both a business or leisure traveller. It’s new, it’s hip, it’s affordable and I think it’s really going to shake up the offering in Melbourne as some of the 5-star hotels in the area get a little tired in their old age.
Tip: There are a handful of interior rooms which are windowless and can be secured at a cheaper rate than the rest of the hotel. We did a tour of the rooms and despite what you might be thinking the windowless rooms are absolutely fine, in fact, if you’re planning on being hungover for the majority of your trip they are a no-brainer!