The hotel Centrally located on Downie Street, I checked into the months-old Hyatt Centric Melbourne for my much-anticipated recent trip to Melbourne after nearly two years of not traveling. I was looking forward to visiting Hyatt Centric Melbourne as this is the first Hyatt Centric property in Australia.
The Hyatt Centric Melbourne’s location is minutes from the city’s Docklands and Southbank areas, though there’s no proper road and this can be a problem for arriving guests if it’s raining. For foodies, there are famous cafes within walking distance of the hotel such as Higher Ground Melbourne and The Hardware Societe.
For a list of notable cafes and bakeries to check out in Melbourne, here is our latest guide.
The lobby has a warm vibe, with pockets of houseplants around various corners. It’s not meant to be old school chic, but it reminds me more of an Andaz vibe.
Bedroom There are 277 rooms, and I checked into the king room which, at 32 sqm, is a decent size. The hotel prides itself on its locally sourced and manufactured by Mr Smith amenities, where you get a multifunctional workspace and seating area even in the entry room.
You’ll see the walk-in shower once you enter the room, and I like the choice of its elegant brick red tiles which form a nice contrast to the wooden theme of the room.
Overall, the room design is quite minimalist and comfortable, and there is also enough space to place two large luggage bags. The wardrobe also includes hooded bathrobes and durable Hyatt Centric Melbourne slippers.
The installations 24-hour fitness room for gym junkies, with a good mix of cardio machines and free weights. It’s a good sized hotel gym, although it’s also one of the very few hotel gyms that doesn’t have a single mirror. That said, I like that there is a basin and soap for gym goers to wash their hands in the gym.
Another highlight of the facilities is the heated indoor pool, which gives me a nice respite mid-day after all the coffee and shopping. There’s plenty of lounge seating for lounging, though the pool is relatively dark.
The restaurants The all-day dining concept is toma located on level 25 which is the space for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It also has a pretty good view of Melbourne from the restaurant, so try to score a table next to the window.
There is also a casual concept called ally way located in the lobby for light snacks or coffee.
Getting mad The lack of shelter from the secondary road to the property is a problem when it rains.
Overall experience Brand new property with very decent hotel facilities and good location in Melbourne. Hyatt Centric is more of a business and lifestyle concept, and it’s a relatively pleasant stay for me.
Hyatt Centric Melbourne
25 Downie Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
For more information, see the Hyatt Centric Melbourne website.
Rated by The Ranter