Oakwood Premier Melbourne, Southbank

I stayed at Oakwood Premier Melbourne as a guest of Oakwood.

MELBOURNE | Oakwood Premier Melbourne opened in 2022, the first Australian hotel in Oakwood’s portfolio to come under the “Premier” banner. Aiming to provide a more luxurious experience than the hotel group’s mid-market Oakwood properties, the 40 storey hotel is especially geared towards the business end of the market.


Located in South Wharf, Oakwood Premier Melbourne is well located for those who are visiting Melbourne for a conference or event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre next door, or nearby Crown. It’s a bit of a quiet spot, with South Melbourne market being about a 15 minute walk away, and Swanston Street being a half hour walk away. The nearest tram stop is just around the corner, and gets you to either activity centre quickly and easily.


The Oakwood Premier Melbourne features 132 hotel rooms and 260 serviced apartments. Superior rooms are on levels 7-25, deluxe on levels 26 to 35, and executive between levels 36 and 39. The views, especially those overlooking the city and Yarra River to the east, are impressive.

Each room features a wall-mounted 55-inch flat screen TV with Chromecast to stream your own content. There’s a Nespresso machine, and digital concierge tablet with all the information you need. Each room contains an electronic safe, hair dryer, iron & ironing board.

There’s a wardrobe with plenty of space for your clothes and luggage. The bathroom is compact, with a toilet and rain shower. They’re fully stocked with MALIN+GOETZ toiletries.

There’s free Wi-Fi in all rooms (and throughout the hotel), and multiple Australian standard power outlets.

If you opt for one of the apartments, you’ll get all of the above, along with a small kitchen featuring a sink, two cooktops, oven, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. There’s lots of pots, pans, crockery, and cutlery, and a washing machine for your clothes.


There’s a good number of amenities at the Oakwood Premier Melbourne. Level 5 is home to the Resident’s Lounge, offering plush armchairs and plenty of spaces for working. The lobby is quite well set up for getting work done too, or simply relaxing on the couches. If you really want to be productive, The Hub on level 6 has all you need to get work done.

Level 6 is also home to the Games Room. Here, you’ll find a full-sized billiard table, arcade machines, a foosball table, and beanbags. There’s a 24/7 gym equipped with the latest Technogym cardio machinery and weights on level 6 as well.

If you need any essentials or some snacks, the hotel’s ground floor convenience store, Superette, has you covered. There’s also Privé Hair & Makeup, which you can book if you’re looking for some pampering.

For those with a car, there’s no parking on-site, however discounted paid public parking ($25 per day), which you can validate at the hotel, is available across the road.

Eat & Drink

There’s three options for food and drink at the Oakwood Premier Melbourne – Oak Lounge in the lobby, Fivth Restaurant on the 5th floor, and rooftop bar and restaurant, Strato.

Oak Lounge offers a fully stocked bar and a small menu of snacks and more substantial food options. Think local wines, beers, and house cocktails to drink; and lobster rolls, burgers, and cheese boards to eat.

Strata offers 360-degree views across Melbourne. You can head up for a drink and snack at the bar, or a full meal at the restaurant. The restaurant menu is modern Australian, with seasonally-driven, locally sourced produce at its heart. Think Macedon Ranges glazed honey duck breast, grass-fed Riverina striploin, and Thomastown burrata. Unfortunately, Strata was closed for a private function when I visited.

Fivth is where you’ll go for buffet breakfast from 6:30-10:00am. If features a full continental style offering plus things like dim sims and congee. Fivth is currently (as at 16 June 2024) closed for lunch and dinner, while a new concept for the space is developed.

Oakwood Premier Melbourne

202 Normanby Road
Victoria 3006

Telephone: (03) 9087 3400
E-mail: [email protected]



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