Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands opens

Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands

Marriott International has opened its latest and flagship property in Australia, Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands, in the city’s redeveloped Docklands area. The new 273-room property on Pearl River Road is part of the new 3,795-sqm Marina Tower residential and commercial project, about two kilometres west of the city’s central business district.

The new hotel’s location by the waterfront means the 273 rooms (including 16 studios) come with either city or river views and include the brand’s Four Comfort Beds and free wifi.

Also present at the hotel is Four Points’ pub, Best Brews and BBQ, which offers local craft beer and seasonal barbecue appetisers. This is complemented by the all-day dining restaurant, which features an a la carte menu in the evening.

On the leisure front, the property has a 25-metre outdoor heated swimming pool with a pool bar, along with a 24-hour fitness centre with a spa and steam room. Meanwhile on the meetings and events side, the Docklands property has five function rooms able to accommodate up to 450 guests, while cocktail events can also be held outside on the outdoor decking area.

The opening of the Melbourne property is part of a wider expansion of the Four Points brand in Australasia. Last week, Marriott also announced that the Four Points by Sheraton brand would also be debuting in Auckland, with an opening date set for late 2017. The 255-room property will be located on Queen Street in the heart of the city’s main retail and dining strip.

“We are extremely excited to expand Marriott International’s presence in Asia-Pacific with the launch of the Four Points brand in New Zealand,” said Mike Fulkerson, vice president of brand and marketing, Asia-Pacific. “The Four Points brand is rapidly growing around the world, especially in the Pacific region.”

The Four Points brand’s Australasia presence currently comprises two hotels in Brisbane and Perth, along with two properties in Sydney currently under development.

Sheraton opens “al fresco” restaurant at Heathrow

Business travellers staying at the Sheraton Skyline hotel at Heathrow can now dine “al fresco” at The Garden restaurant overlooking the hotel’s swimming pool.

The restaurant is in fact indoors, but is set in the Sky Garden area of the hotel, which has a large glass roof creating “an al fresco style experience for diners at The Garden, come rain or shine”.

The menu features “Mediterranean and exotic specialities and flavours”, including baked parrot fish in banana leaf, Kilner jar prawn and scallops, and all spice pork belly.

The hotel is currently running special offers through, including 50 per cent off all food between 6pm and 10pm Monday to Friday.

The Sheraton Skyline is located on the Bath Road close to Heathrow Terminals 1,2 and 3 – for more information on hotels in and around the airport, plus details on lounges, dining and shopping, and future developments, download our free guide to Heathrow.


Report by Mark Caswell

Four Points by Sheraton offers “breakfast for a buck”

Starwood hopes to lure guests with the promise of a cheap breakfast, by relaunching its “breakfast for a buck” promotion.

More than 85 Four Points by Sheraton properties throughout the US and Canada will participate in the promotion, in which a full American breakfast plus coffee can be bought for $1.

The offer is valid for stays between January 14 and April 30, and the “buck” is added at the time of booking. Guests can also make use of free wifi.


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Taiwan’s hotel scene gets a boost


After a long draught, Taiwan is seeing the arrival of new accommodation options. A small market, hotel openings have been scarce in recent years.

Last November, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Tainan opened with 336 guestrooms, measuring an average size of 50sqm. Tainan in southern Taiwan is regarded as the oldest city in the country and is famous for heritage and snack food.

Amenities include the Horizon Club, offering 51 guestrooms and the usual corporate perks of express check in and check out, lounge for daily breakfast and evening cocktails and a meeting space.

Dining establishments consist of the all-day Café at Far Eastern, Foo Num Court with a 360-degree panoramic view of Tainan City and specialising in Huaiyang, Cantonese and Taiwanese fare, Lobby Lounge and Mezzanine Bar.

For meetings and banquets, multi-functional meeting rooms, the pillarless 1,075sqm Far Eastern Grand Ballroom and the only circular, theatre-style auditorium in the city are available.

The Spa has six treatment rooms with their own exclusive facilities, while a gym and large aerobics studio round up the fitness alternatives.

Sheraton Yilian Resort

Later this year, Sheraton Yilan Resort in Yilan County is scheduled for a launch. Perched on a mountain, the 180-room property will target the meetings and events market, who will find its 14,000 square feet of space useful for a variety of functions. Other attractions – also intended to draw leisure travellers – include eight dining outlets, health club and spa, hot spring facilities and indoor swimming pool.

With a new expressway linking Taipei to Yilan, travel can be done in over an hour.

In downtown Taipei, Blanc de Chine, located near the railway station, will open with 300 rooms around November or December.

Margie T Logarta