Soaring high above the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne's South Wharf precinct is the Pan Pacific Melbourne. The conveniently-located hotel epitomises the meaning of bleisure, offering just about everything a corporate traveller needs.
Pan Pacific Melbourne has 396 guestrooms and suites in total. I stayed in a 38m2 Premier King City Skyline Room on the 17th floor, and the first thing I noticed when I walked in was the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Yarra River and the Melbourne cityscape. The large work desk facing the windows was a perfect scenic perch to work from.
I liked that several USB charging ports were available at the side of the bed. However, I noticed that the power outlets were not universal, so a traveller with more gadgets might need to bring along their own adaptor. Reading lights are also cleverly tucked away in the headboard, and come in handy for business travellers needing to share a room.
The marble-clad bathroom was surprisingly spacious, and came furnished with a bathtub â€“ the property provides bath salts which are replenished during the turndown service â€“ as well as a separate toilet and showering area.
Overall, my room felt like a cloistered sanctuary removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, despite standing in the heart of it all.
Pan Pacific Melbourne is located right next to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the largest event space in the Southern Hemisphere. By choosing Pan Pacific Melbourne, delegates needn’t get up early to attend conferences, and they also save on transport costs.
The five-star property itself boasts 450m2 of indoor and outdoor event space, the largest being The Woodside Room which can hold up to 200 pax cocktail-style. The warm space also features floor-to-ceiling windows, a private pre-function area with views into the semi-open kitchen as well as a heated undercover terrace.
Red Desert Dreamings has also partnered with Pan Pacific Melbourne to open a gallery on level four of the hotel. The art gallery specialises in Aboriginal art from the Central and Western desert regions, and holds both contemporary and traditional work, from the old masters of the Aboriginal art movement to up-and-coming second-generation artists.
The gallery can also be hired for corporate functions, ranging from small cocktail parties for up to 120 pax to intimate sit-down dinners for 34 guests in a long-table configuration. Business events groups can also make bookings for art talks, or arrange for a guided tour around the gallery.
As the room came with club access, I made sure to drop by and cool down with an ice-cold drink as the weather outside was scorching. As such, I did not venture outside to the outdoor terrace but I’d imagine that space would be coveted area during the cooler months of the year. In the evenings, the lounge also offers complimentary canapÃ©s and alcoholic beverages.
Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness centre, all-day Cafe Orr for light bites, and the Dock 37 Bar & Kitchen for modern Australian cuisine.
While there is no hotel carpark, guests can park at the DFO South Wharf’s carpark at a discounted rate of A$24 (US$18) a day. Speaking of DFO South Wharf, the outlet mall â€“ also less than a minute’s walk away â€“ is home to 170 Australian and international brands offering up to 70 per cent off, making it easy for business travellers to indulge in a spot of retail therapy after a long day of work.
The South Wharf Promenade, just in front of the property are a variety of restaurants and bars. Pan Pacific Melbourne is also a short 10-minute walk from the Crown Entertainment Complex, where more F&B options can be found.
The staff were exemplary, and went above and beyond to ensure my every need was taken care of.
An excellent property that I would definitely return to, due to its enviable location, comfortable digs and welcoming staff.
Number of rooms 396