PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Hotel in Australia

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Updated: August 26, 2020

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Review of PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Hotel.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Faultless service and amenities, just steps from the airport.

The PARKROYAL is perched on top of a multistory car park barely meters from one of the terminal exits. Overwhelmingly catering to airline passengers, it’s only forty minutes by express bus to the city center, making it a worthy alternative to overpriced hotels in downtown. Rooms are colorful, spacious, and incredibly soundproofed, considering they’re so close to the runways, and all feature blackout curtains. Worth a splurge are the suites with maximum full-length windows overlooking all the action at the airport. Guests can check-in for their flights and wait in the special lounge at the hotel, while others can pay for a half-day or use the lounge, gym, Wi-Fi, and sauna for a modest cost.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – The Location

  • Address: Level 4 of the building opposite Terminal 2 at Melbourne Airport. Only a few hundred meters from the other terminals at the combined domestic/international airport.
  • Area: In the Tullamarine airport area, with everything nearby catering to airline passengers and airport workers.
  • How to Get There: Above the car park and accessible along 2 ‘skybridges’ (covered walkways) from Terminal 2. Within a 3-minute walk of all 4 domestic/international terminals.
  • Handy to: Melbourne Airport.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – The Basics

  • Guests: Almost entirely airline passengers and crew, with a smattering of local business people, too.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: Rooms facing the airport offer fascinating views and are remarkably soundproofed. Others overlook the streets and buildings within the general airport area and the surprising farmland in the background.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Spa Suites have private jacuzzis.
  • Extras: After checking in for flights, guests can wait in the special lounge at the hotel.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Discounted valet or self-parking available at the public carpark on the lower levels under the hotel.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)3 8347 2000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: panpacific.com

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Amenities

  • Pool: Smallish but good enough. Heated, indoors, and jacuzzi attached.
  • Spa: No massages and facials, but a sauna.
  • Fitness Center: Impressive size and range of equipment. Popular among guests and open 24/7. More great views of the airport.
  • Other Facilities: Business center/lounge. ATM.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Opposite the reception area, Airo Restaurant is spacious and nicely decorated. With a separate café, restaurant, and bar more-or-less sharing the same name, the extended menu includes set-price 2 and 3-courses of Australian cuisine, often with French influences. Window tables offer enthralling views of the terminals and runways.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but could be, depending on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Family Rooms • Business Suites • Spa Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas.
  • Best Room: The huge Spa Suites offer ample full-length windows overlooking the airport, yet are very quiet. With powder rooms, jacuzzis, and separate living areas.
  • For Families: Many lower-category rooms have connecting doors, while the special Family Rooms offer a king-sized bed and 2 singles each. Suites are very spacious and can fit in extra single beds.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – Local Transport

  • Public Transport: No public transport to or from the airport. Starbus offers direct shuttle services (daily, 5 am-10 pm) to hotels in the city center and suburban areas like South Yarra, Docklands, and St Kilda. Skybus Express has regular buses to special stops in the city center (24 hours) and fewer services to Southbank, Docklands, and St Kilda.
  • Taxis, Ride-shares & Car Rental: Several taxis wait outside the terminals just 100m away round the clock. Offices for car rental companies are on the ground floor of the hotel/carpark building and in the airport terminals. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Not a great choice. Outside the terminal and within walking distance is a McDonald’s. In the nearby Holiday Inn hotel nearby (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk), the appealing Vargas Restaurant & Bar offers one of the city’s finest buffet breakfasts (available to the public) and hearty meals for lunch and dinner. Inside the terminals are numerous options, mostly casual cafés and bars catering to airport passengers.

Shops

    Plenty of minimarts and souvenir shops inside the terminals, but nothing else.

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport – The Hotel

The hotel is directly opposite the airport terminals.

Directly opposite the airport terminals, the PARKROYAL is impossible to miss.

The hotel is connected to the terminal via a skybridge.

Two skybridges (covered walkways) connect Terminal 2 with the hotel and carpark below.

The hotel is extremely close to the airport.

Barely 100m from Terminal 2, the PARKROYAL is as close to the airport as possible.

The hotel has a contemporary design.

The overall hotel design is contemporary but furnishings are still comfortable and functional.

The reception and restaurant are on Level 4.

The reception and restaurant/café/bar are on Level 4, above the carpark which is connected to the airport by 2 skybridges.

Café Airo is great for meals and drinks.

Café Airo is a casual area for drinks and meals opposite the reception desks on Level 4 of the hotel building.

Airo Restaurant serves Australian cuisine.

At the back of Café Airo is the more sophisticated Airo Restaurant. It offers an Australian menu, often with French influences.

The bar serves drinks and coffee.

Between Café Airo and Airo Restaurant, the bar serves coffee, beer, cocktails, and wine.

The guest lounge is great for people waiting for flights.

Alongside the Airo café and restaurant is a special guest lounge. Guests can check in for their flights and wait here.

The heated pool and jacuzzi look inviting.

The heated pool is large enough for this sort of hotel.

There is a small jacuzzi as well.

At the end of the pool is a jacuzzi.

The gym is well-equipped.

Next to the pool area is the well-equipped fitness center.

The business center is huge.

The business centre-cum-lounge is an ideal place for meetings and to catch up on work.

Rooms are spacious and well-furnished.

Rooms are well-furnished and more spacious than some rival hotels in the city center.

All rooms are soundproofed.

All rooms and suites feature long windows and are superbly soundproofed.

Rooms are colorful and chic.

The décor is colorful and chic, and the desk area is substantial, which is expected because many guests are business people.

Bathrooms are huge and have bathtubs.

Each bathroom is particularly large and appealing.

Suites have a lot of windows.

There are so many windows in the expansive suites.

Suites are extremely spacious.

Suites are very spacious and are more suitable for business people than transit passengers.

Rooms at the rear overlook farms.

Rooms and suites not facing the terminals and runways offer views of the airport buildings and streets as well as farmland in the distance.

Each Family Room has a king-sized bed and 2 singles.

The Family Rooms feature king-sized beds and 2 singles.

Airport-facing rooms have fascinating views.

Views from all accommodations facing the 24-hour airport terminals are always fascinating.

The Holiday Inn hotel is nearby.

The only restaurant or bar within walking distance of the PARKROYAL and not inside an airport terminal is in the nearby Holiday Inn hotel.

Vargas Restaurant & Bar serves a buffet breakfast and a la carte menu.

Vargas Restaurant & Bar at the Holiday Inn offers a substantial buffet breakfast (available to the public), as well as an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner.

The Holiday Inn bar is very popular.

The bar at the Holiday Inn is a popular meeting place.

The Starbus shuttle service offers great airport connectivity.

The airport is connected to the city center and some inner suburbs by the Starbus shuttle service.

The express SkyBus is the best way to and from the airport.

Another way to reach downtown in as little as 30 minutes, and to places like St Kilda, Southbank, and Docklands, is by the SkyBus Express.

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