Quest Docklands Hotel in Melbourne

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Updated: August 25, 2020

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Review of Quest Docklands Apartment Hotel in Melbourne.

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 – 0.7 mile, 14-minute walk.)

  • Address: 750 Bourke Street, Docklands. Bourke Street extends eastwards to become the main street through the city center.
  • Area: In a rejuvenated suburb facing Victoria Harbour and its marina. Quiet, modern, and affluent area of apartments and bistros. Just over a mile from the city center (including by tram).
  • How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (14 miles, about 40-minute drive drive) 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 (0.8 mile, 16-minute walk). 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.
  • 
Wi-Fi: High-speed access available free throughout for all guests.
  • 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. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • 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
  • 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.

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. 1-minute walk (50m).
  • Kebab and Gözleme Cafe – Casual corner eatery for tasty coffee and cheap Mediterranean food such as kebabs. 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Off with the Ferries Café – Laidback coffee shop and seafood eatery at the terminal for the Port Phillip ferry (see below). 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Berth – Swish bistro with a focus on seafood near the harbor. Popular for cocktails, views, and contemporary cuisine. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Cargo – Unusual cube-shaped building next to Berth. Casual and chic, for Australian cuisine and superb views. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).

Shops

    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 a mile up the main street (or take the free tram). 16-minute walk (0.8 mile).

Attractions

  • 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.) 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • 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. 18-minute walk (1 mile).

Quest Docklands – The Hotel

The apartments are located in Docklands.

The apartments and studios are in a surprisingly low-level building in the heart of Docklands, an affluent area on the western edge of the city center.

The entrance is unassuming.

The entrance is unassuming and a little easy to miss among the office blocks.

The lobby is small but welcoming.

The lobby area is small but comfortable at this low-key but stylish collection of apartments.

Guests can use the Goodlife Health Clubs for free.

Most guests have free access to the huge (public) Goodlife Health Clubs nearby.

The comfortable rooms are colorful.

All apartments and studios are comfortable and functional, and offer a more colorful décor than at rivals.

Apartments are well-furnished and family-friendly.

The apartments are particularly well-furnished and some have connecting doors, so they’re ideal for families.

Apartments comes with large kitchens.

Each apartment features a fully-equipped and sizable kitchen.

Windows are small and functional.

Windows in the apartments are not as large as they could be, probably because most overlook other nearby buildings.

All apartments have separate living areas.

All apartments have combined living/dining/kitchen areas separate to the bedrooms.

Executive Apartments are larger.

The Executive Apartments are larger and feature a kitchen in an alcove.

All apartments come with balconies.

All apartments (but not the studios) have a balcony. The best (and quietest) views are over the concourse between the hotel and stadium.

A huge football stadium is right behind the hotel.

The back of the hotel is barely 100m from the massive football stadium which hosts games every weekend from March to September.

Kebab and Gozleme Cafe offers good Mediterranean fare.

The area around the Quest is teeming with tempting places to eat, including this one offering tasty Mediterranean food.

The Nixon is very popular among locals.

The Nixon Hotel is very popular among locals for its food specials and happy hours.

Off with the Ferries Cafe serves casual meals.

Facing the marina, just around the corner from the hotel, this pleasant café offers casual meals and tasty coffee. It also sells tickets for ferries across Port Phillip Bay.

The rear of the hotel has some great cafes.

Virtually behind the hotel is a collection of cheap and cheerful cafés popular with local residents and workers.

The cafes are attractively priced.

Behind the hotel, these cafés offer competitively-priced food specials all day.

Cargo offers great food and views.

Further around the marina, Cargo restaurant offers superb food and exquisite views.

There is a nice park across from the hotel.

The Quest hotel is just across the street from a shady park and cycling path.

Cycling is very popular in the area.

The streets and paths around Docklands are flat and quiet, so they’re ideal for cycling.

The promenade offers great views of the harbor.

Less than a mile along the marina from the hotel, a promenade offers expansive views across Victoria Harbour.

Marvel Stadium is popular on weekends.

Dominating the Docklands area, Marvel Stadium hosts up to 3 football games every weekend from March to September.

Trams in the city center are free.

The hotel is about 100m from a tram line with free and regular services to and around the city center.

Trams in the city center are free.

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

Trams in the city center are free.

The District Docklands is an excellent mall, just a few minutes by free tram.

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