Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel in Australia

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Updated: August 25, 2020

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Review of Pullman Melbourne Albert Park Hotel.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – Classy business-oriented hotel facing a park and lake conveniently between the city and beach.

The office-block exterior belies a stylish lobby and sophisticated design that immediately impresses. The chic rooms feature contemporary art, dangling lamps, and glass desks, as well as all the latest gadgets. Although mainly a business hotel, some rooms are also ideal for families, and those facing the front are booked months ahead for pit-stop views of the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix when the excellent soundproofing will not be adequate. The notable facilities include a heated pool (often not featured at fancier downtown hotels). Just across the road from an extensive lake and park that is ideal for strolling, jogging, and cycling, with abundant, secure, and reasonably-priced on-site parking. Only a few tram stops from the city center and St Kilda Beach.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – The Location

    Shares the same reception and amenities as the Mercure Melbourne Albert Park, but rooms are in separate buildings.

  • Address: 65 Queens Road, Albert Park (sometimes called South Melbourne). Faces Albert Park and a lake in the inner southeast suburbs less than 3 miles from the city center.
  • Area: Overlooks a scenic park and lake, which is somehow transformed into a Formula 1 racetrack in March each year. Easy tram trip to the city center and inner-city beach at St Kilda (1.5 miles, 15-minute ride), which is great for a pleasant walk or ride by rented bicycle (see below).
  • How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (17 miles, 1-hour drive) cost around A$80. The handy SkyBus that links the airport to many parts of the city center and inner suburbs does not stop in this area. For about A$30, Starbus shuttles (5 am-10 pm daily) pick up and drop off passengers directly at the hotel door.
  • Handy to: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (see below).

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – The Basics

  • Guests: Mainly business people, a few families, and car-racing fanatics (in March).
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: Many rooms facing the front overlook the park, lake, and busy road, and are well-soundproofed. Others face neighboring buildings and suburban streets, though views are generally more appealing than many hotels in the city center.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of suburban business hotel.
  • Extras: Executive Lounge for special guests. The Connectivity Lounge is a useful meeting place and business center.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet and self-parking available in a secure area underneath the hotel building. Well-priced.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)3 9529 4300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pullmanalbertpark.com.au

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – Amenities

  • Pool: The indoor heated pool is a decent size.
  • Spa: None, but not provided at most business-oriented hotels in Melbourne either.
  • Fitness Center: The large Fit Lounge is well-equipped and features a sauna.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Dry-cleaning. Money exchange. Business center. Hertz car rental office.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Windows Restaurant – Offers buffet or a la carte breakfast (usually for an extra cost) and an extended menu for dinner. Overlooks the lake and specializes in contemporary Australian cuisine. Regular seafood buffets and ‘steak nights’. • Café – Simply named for sandwiches, salads, pastries, coffee, and tea.
  • Bar: Atrium Bar and Lounge – Sociable meeting place for local workers. Exotic cocktails, extensive wine list, appealing happy hours, and tasty snacks.
  • Breakfast: Not included but can be discounted when booking. Otherwise, pay on the day.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – Rooms

  • Room Types: Pullman Classic Twin Rooms • Pullman Classic King Rooms • Pullman Deluxe Lakeview Rooms • Pullman Executive Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms or public areas; only allowed in a dedicated area outside.
  • Best Room: About 50% larger than the others, the Executive Rooms are very nicely furnished and some feature lake views. All guests of these rooms have access to the Executive Lounge.
  • For Families: The Executive Rooms are spacious enough for a family of 3-4 because the 2 king-sized beds can split into 4 singles. Otherwise, book a special Family Room at the adjoining Mercure hotel.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The 3-mile path around the lake in the park across the road is perfect for strolling, jogging, and cycling.
  • Public Transport: Plenty of trams travel up and down St Kilda Road, which is one block east of the hotel. Trams only take about 10 minutes to the city center and the beach and amenities at St Kilda.
  • Taxis, Ride-shares, & Car Rental: Ask the concierge to arrange a taxi. An office for Hertz car rental is on the ground floor of the adjoining Mercure hotel building. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – What’s Nearby?

The limited range of amenities in the immediate area includes some daytime cafés in front of offices along St Kilda Road, one block to the east. Otherwise, take a tram to St Kilda (1.5 miles, 15-minute ride).

Restaurants & Bars

    Easy to find along the St Kilda esplanade are:

  • Hotel Esplanade – Renowned across the city for its huge bars, street-side tables, and live bands. 14 minutes by tram (1.5 miles).
  • Republica St Kilda Beach – Summertime hangout alongside the beach (but open all year). Hugely popular at sunset and for daily food and drink specials. Ideal for families. 14 minutes by tram (1.5 miles).
    The busiest and trendiest part of St Kilda is along Acland Street (where most trams finish):

  • Vineyard Restaurant – Lovely corner position. Contemporary Australian cuisine, outdoor tables, and live music. 16 minutes by tram (1.5 miles).
  • Abbey Road Café – Funky setting, fab service, and daily specials. Plenty of seats inside and along the sidewalk. 19 minutes by tram (1.5 miles).

Shops

    A few minimarts along St Kilda Road, 1 block east of the hotel (0.2 mile, 4-minute walk). Great selection of shops in a compact area along Acland Street (1 mile, 11 minutes by tram) which finishes as a pedestrian plaza. St Kilda is easily accessible by tram, as is the city center with all its arcades, malls, and markets.

Attractions

Pullman Melbourne Albert Park – The Hotel

The Pullman shares the property with Mercure.

The Pullman hotel shares an extended building with the associated Mercure hotel.

The hotel is in Albert Park.

The Pullman and adjoining Mercure hotel are in Albert Park, an inner southeast suburb less than 3 miles from the city center.

The hotel has a big, inviting entrance.

The main entrance of this business-oriented hotel is welcoming.

The hotel has a modern design.

The layout and design of the Pullman are immediately impressive.

The lobby is spacious and modern.

The lobby area is surprisingly spacious and features a chic, contemporary décor.

The lobby has lots of relaxing areas.

There is plenty of room in the lobby area for guests to relax.

The hotel has a large business center.

Near the lobby is a business center and meeting room which all guests can use.

The indoor heated pool is big.

The heated indoor pool is a decent size. (In fact, some hotels in the city center costing much more have no pool.)

The gym is well-equipped.

The Fit Lounge offers lots of space and plenty of equipment.

Breakfast is served in Windows Restaurant.

At ground level in the Pullman hotel, the Windows Restaurant offers a buffet breakfast for guests (usually for an extra charge).

The restaurant has a contemporary decor.

The furnishings and décor in the Windows Restaurant are contemporary.

The restaurant has a lot of windows.

Appropriately named, the hotel restaurant features plenty of windows facing the park and lake across the road.

Café serves good light snacks.

Also at the lobby level, Café is popular for coffee, tea, sandwiches, and salads.

Rooms are modern and trendy.

All categories of rooms feature a modern design and trendy furnishings.

Larger rooms have extra single beds.

Some of the larger rooms already have an extra single bed set up, so they’re ideal for families.

Lake-facing rooms are ideal for F1 fans.

Rooms facing the lake and park across the road offer the finest views for car-racing enthusiasts.

Executive Rooms have lake-facing desks.

The Executive Rooms feature sitting areas and desks facing the park and lake.

Rooms have glass desks.

As expected of a business-oriented hotel, there is a desk, and fitting in with the contemporary design, it’s made of glass.

Front-facing rooms overlook Albert Park.

Rooms facing the front overlook Albert Park, where the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is held each year.

The lake is very popular with locals.

The lake across the road is popular with local residents and workers, as well as swans.

The park and lake are popular with locals.

The well-maintained lake and park are ideal to relax from the traffic elsewhere.

There is a small playground in the park.

Also within the park in front of the hotel is a playground.

There is a track around the lake.

A track for cycling, walking, and jogging extends around the lake for 3 miles.

The road in front of the hotel is part of the F1 circuit.

The road through Albert Park across from the hotel is part of the circuit for the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix.

The Albert Park Golf Course is nearby.

Just a few minutes’ walk from the hotel is the Albert Park Golf Course.

The hotel is on Queens Road.

The Pullman and adjoining Mercure hotel are along Queens Road, an area of offices and apartments within an inner-city suburb.

Regular trams connect the hotel to the city center.

Only a block east of the hotel is St Kilda Road. Along it, trams frequently head to the city center and beach area at St Kilda.

The St Kilda board is great for walking and cycling.

St Kilda is only a few minutes by tram from the hotel. It offers boardwalks for cycling and plenty of bars and cafés, though the beach is not that great for swimming.

St Kilda has attractive gardens.

There are also attractive beachside gardens at St Kilda.

The Prince feature live music most evenings.

Easy to reach by tram from the hotel, The Prince (Prince of Wales) Hotel in St Kilda offers fine dining and great bands most nights.

Leo's Spaghetti Bar offers outdoor seating.

Within a short tram trip along Fitzroy Street in St Kilda West are numerous terrific bistros, including Leo’s Spaghetti Bar.

The Espy features live bands.

The Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda is renowned across Melbourne for its spacious bars and live music.

Republica is an iconic beachside bistro and bar.

Also along the foreshore at St Kilda is the popular bistro and bar, Republica.

Vineyard Restaurant nearby is lovely.

At the end of most tram services to St Kilda is the lovely Vineyard Restaurant.

Abbey Road Café has great decor.

Along Acland Street, just past the Vineyard Restaurant, is the funky Abbey Road Café.

Regular trams connect the hotel to the city center.

Also only 10 minutes by tram from the hotel is the center of Melbourne.

The Starbus shuttle service offers great airport connectivity.

The cheapest way to travel directly between the airport and hotel is by Starbus shuttle service.

Trams in the city center are free.

Only 5 minutes by free tram from the hotel, the city center is brimming with places to shop.

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