Last year, Marriott International merged with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, forming the world’s largest hotel company. Under its portfolio now, are 30 brands including the fast-growing Four Points by Sheraton. With 225+ properties around the world, you’d think it would be the last place to find something local in their hotels but that’s not the case. You will now be able to experience some of the best local brews at each of the Four Points by Sheraton properties around the world.
This initiative was launched in August at one of the Four Points by Sheraton hotels in NYC as part of International Beer Day festivities. It takes shape in a worldwide competition to discover the world’s “Best Brews” and by that, they mean great tasting local craft brews, not the mainstream stuff.
The newly built Four Points by Sheraton Docklands in Melbourne hosted the Asia-Pacific component of the competition. A perfect location due to the upsurge of urban breweries and distilleries that are operating or have opened up nearby. Here, the two worthy contenders were Mountain Goat Brewery and Two Birds Brewing. The contest was simple; there were three tasting rounds, each featuring a beer from each brewer to be tasted and judged by an audience of 100 or so guests. At the end of the night, the winner was announced – Mountain Goat Pale Ale was crowned the “Best Brew” for the property. The winning brew will be available on tap at the hotel’s Best Brew bar from 1 October 2017 until the end of the year.
Four Points By Sheraton Docklands
Aside from the lure of the best brew being available at Four Points Docklands, this brand new hotel is definitely worth checking out next time you’re in Melbourne. You may think that Docklands is outside of the city centre, but there is a free tram service that runs from the hotel’s doorstep to the CBD taking just 12 minutes. It’s right next to Etihad Stadium – handy if you’re there to see a game. Plus, it has some great eateries nearby including the highly recommended Higher Ground Cafe and Doughboys Donuts.
Being a four-star hotel, the rooms are cosy and the amenities are basic. Aside from the Deluxe Studio, which is 48 square metres, most of the rooms are 28 square metres. A simple work desk and armchair are included for your comfort. The floor and bedside lamps may not be original designer furnishings, but they’re elegant and we liked them a lot.
The lobby is nicely designed with the reception area only a few steps away from the Best Brews bar; handy if you want to grab a drink and wait for that check-in queue to ease off.
The hotel offers free WiFi and a heated outdoor pool with spa and steam room facilities. The new, clean gym is a decent size with some basic equipment. The main restaurant, DOCK 18, serves international cuisine and does a good feed if you prefer to stay in for the night.
If you do book a stay, make sure you opt-in for the Bed & Beer package to get a complimentary Four Tastings beer sampler and daily breakfast. Valid from now until September 30, 2017 at all participating Four Points by Sheraton hotels across Asia Pacific.