Ambassador Hotel Review – The Westin Melbourne

- Tim Maguire, Artist

Tim Maguire


Acclaimed Australian artist Tim Maguire has taken the printing process to the core of his work as a painter, making both figurative and abstract paintings using the conventional method of commercial colour printing. He has exhibited at the Chisenhale Gallery in London, the prestigious Prospekt in Frankfurt, and various galleries internationally.


Melbourne is a city that people both live and work in. It also benefits from street-front commerce that is firmly established in the heart of the city. Not all of this is glamorous. For every tapas or espresso bar, there’s also a pawnbroker, cheap clothing outlet or fast food joint. The multiple personalities of Melbourne are perfectly summed up by the location of the Westin Hotel. Taking up an entire city block, the Westin intersects the very posh boutiques and establishment clubs of Collins Street, the hip bars and art galleries of Flinders Lane, and the discount stores and all-night convenience stores of Swanston Street.

Whichever way you arrive, you’ll discover a vast lobby with ample room for business meetings and social chats to cohabitate without grating on each other. Service was good if not a bit inconsistent – the bar staff were friendly and a concierge who made enquiries on my behalf went well beyond the call of duty.

A swim in the pool and a great martini by the open fire in the bar helped ease out the wrinkles of a 23 hour flight. My room was spacious and the bed was fabulous. Specifically commissioned contemporary art by some of Australia’s most important artists grace the hotel. However, the view out my window onto an adjacent blank wall was less edifying. Make sure you book a room with a view.

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