Quest Docklands – Prime city-edge position near the marina and football stadium.
In a surprisingly low-level block dwarfed by high-rises in an affluent suburb, this collection of apartments is just meters from a delightful marina and massive football stadium (a major attraction in this sports-obsessed city). The Quest has over a hundred apartments with one or two bedrooms – all with kitchen facilities, clothes washers/dryers, and separate living/dining areas. The studios, however, are smaller. Most apartments – all with excellent soundproofing – feature private balconies overlooking the main street or the stadium concourse full of cafés, bars, and takeaway shops. Only a few stops by free tram from the city center.
Quest Docklands – The Location
(Not to be confused with Quest NewQuay, Docklands hotel 1 km away.)
- Area: In a rejuvenated suburb facing Victoria Harbour and its marina. Quiet, modern, and affluent area of apartments and bistros. Just over 1.5 km from the city center (including by tram).
- Address: 750 Bourke Street, Docklands. Bourke Street extends eastwards to become the main street through the city center.
- Nearest Transport: Bus – Batman’s Hill Dr (400m), Tram – Bourke St/Harbour Esplanade (250m), Metro – Southern Cross Station (600m).
- How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (22 km) cost around A$60. Just as fast – and one-third the price – is the SkyBus Southbank Docklands Express (every 30-60 minutes, daily 6 am to 7 pm). It drops off and picks up passengers outside The District Docklands shopping center (1.5 km). Otherwise, Starbus shuttles (5 am-10 pm daily) travel directly between the airport and hotel (about A$30).
- Handy to: Football Stadium.
Quest Docklands – The Basics
- Guests: Business people during the week and those attending football games (on weekends from March to September) or musical events at the stadium.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: All apartments (but not the studios) feature balconies and soundproofed windows. Most face the main street, but the apartments overlooking the concourse between the hotel and stadium are quieter and more interesting.
- Kitchen: All studios have kitchenettes; all apartments have large and fully-equipped kitchens.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city apartment hotel.
- Parking: Available on-site for a reasonable cost, but spaces are limited so arrange when booking.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)3 9630 1000
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: questapartments.com.au
Quest Docklands – Amenities
- Pool & Spa: Not really expected (or provided) at this sort of inner-city business-oriented hotel.
- Fitness Center: Most guests have free access to the public Goodlife Health Clubs. Huge and well-equipped, it’s in a neighboring building. (100m).
- Other Facilities: ‘Pantry Shopping’ service (i.e. the staff does the grocery shopping). Business center. Dry cleaning.
Quest Docklands – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Nothing on-site, probably because all accommodations have kitchen facilities and there are so many eateries in the immediate area anyway.
- Breakfast: Not offered. There is no café on-site and all accommodations feature kitchen facilities. A packaged continental breakfast is available for an extra charge.
- Room Service: Not offered because there is no café on-site and all accommodations feature kitchen facilities. Several local restaurants will deliver – ask at reception. Rooms are cleaned daily except Sundays and public holidays.
Quest Docklands – Rooms
- Room Types: Studios • One Bedroom Apartments • One Bedroom Executive Apartments • Two Bedroom Apartments • Two Bedroom Executive Apartments • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is allowed on the balconies but not in the rooms or public areas.
- Best Room: The Executive Apartments are larger and some have two bedrooms.
- For Families: Each apartment features a laundry, full-sized kitchen, and separate living/dining room. Some also have connecting doors. The Two Bedroom Executive Apartment can accommodate a family of 5.
Quest Docklands – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The streets and paths, especially around the marina, are flat and ideal for walking and cycling.
- Public Transport: The hotel is just around the corner from the tram line. Several services, including #35 and #70, head into the city center and beyond. Trams leave every few minutes and are free to and within the city center.
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Arrange a taxi at reception or find one along the streets. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
Quest Docklands – What’s Nearby?
The hotel has a ‘charge back’ system with a few local restaurants, whereby guests can add the cost of food and drinks to the hotel bill. Several places nearby also deliver for little or no extra charge.
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
There is direct access from Level 4 to the concourse between the hotel and stadium. The concourse is packed with places to eat and drink, including outlets of Subway (for sandwiches and wraps) and Nando’s (for chicken).
- The Nixon Hotel – Friendly corner pub popular among locals for food specials and happy hours. Virtually opposite the hotel. (50m).
- Kebab and Gözleme Cafe – Casual corner eatery for tasty coffee and cheap Mediterranean food such as kebabs. (100m).
- Off with the Ferries Café – Laidback coffee shop and seafood eatery at the terminal for the Port Phillip ferry (see below). (400m).
- Berth – Swish bistro with a focus on seafood near the harbor. Popular for cocktails, views, and contemporary cuisine. (1 km).
- Cargo – Unusual cube-shaped building next to Berth. Casual and chic, for Australian cuisine and superb views. (1 km).
There are plenty of boutiques, arcades, department stores, malls, and markets in the city center, just a few minutes by free tram.
- The District Docklands – Bright, spacious, and arguably the most appealing shopping center in Melbourne. Over 70 places to eat and shop, as well as cinemas, a games arcade, art gallery, mini-golf, and ice rink. About 1 km up the main street (or take the free tram).
- Marvel Stadium – Dominating the Docklands area, this 50,000-seat stadium is used for weekend games of Australian Rules Football (March to September) and occasional concerts. (Note: The stadium changes names according to sponsorship.) (400m).
- Port Phillip – Several ferries travel daily (80 minutes one-way) across Port Phillip Bay from a terminal opposite the football stadium. Ferries stop at Portarlington, a historical seaside village.
- Melbourne Star – Some rooms at the Quest overlook the Melbourne Star observation wheel, the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. Just behind The District Docklands. (1.5 km).
Quest Docklands – The Hotel
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