Though it's on the doorstep of Melbourne's bustling CBD Crown Towers seems desinged to keep you in its glamorous clutches. A stay in one of the Premier suites offers a generous 70 square metres of luxury, with 180-degree views of either the Melbourne skyline or Port Phillip Bay and a bath so deep you could almost float in it, starfish-style. But why would you, when the 25-metre swimming pool awaits. If you want to forgo the poolside snacks for something more substantial, Crown's dining options are there to tempt. Take your pick from Spice Temple, Bistro Guillaume, Long Chim, Rosetta Ristorante, Nobu and more.
A 30-minute drive from Melbourne Airport (that’s assuming the roads are playing nice), Crown Towers is at the centre of the vibrant Southbank precinct on the Yarra River. It’s immediately next to the Crown Entertainment Complex and a leisurely 10-minute walk to Flinders Street Station.
There are 481 Art Deco–inspired rooms across the hotel’s 39 floors, all with views of either Melbourne City or Port Phillip Bay. Room types range from the anything-but-basic Deluxe Twin or King Rooms to two-bedroom Crystal Villas that come with access to a 24-hour butler service. Premier and Premier Club suites represent the best value (not to mention a very generous 70 square metres), granting guest access to the Crystal Club Lounge for personalised check-in, breakfast, afternoon tea and complimentary pre-dinner drinks and canapés.
Food and drink
The property shares more than 29 world-class restaurants with neighbouring hotels Crown Metropol Melbourne and Crown Promenade Melbourne. You need only zip downstairs to be met with a choice of Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple, Nobu, Bistro Guillaume, Rosetta Ristorante, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and many more, including more casual establishments. Within the hotel itself, breakfast in the grand Conservatory overlooking the Yarra covers East and West with panache, offering a full English buffet alongside the likes of chicken congee.
For business travellers
There’s a fully equipped Business Centre on the third floor, where you can email, call, print and more in a peaceful environment. Groups should consider booking the Crystal Meeting Rooms (they seat up to six) or the Crystal Boardroom (it seats up to 12). Wireless internet access and audio visual facilities are also available on request.
For wellness travellers
One of the hotel’s biggest drawcards is its superb wellness offering. From the sprawling Crown Spa – where you can indulge in a range of heavenly facials, massages, beauty treatments and therapies – to the 25-metre heated indoor pool, steam room, sun terraces and split-level fitness centre, all facilities encourage maximum ‘me time’.
The fab factor
Sure, it’s a little pretentious – but there’s something delightful about zipping up to a Crystal Villa in your own private elevator. So long, awkward small talk.
Number of rooms: 481 rooms, suites and villas
Rates from: AU$358, room only
Wi-Fi: Free and fast
Parking: Paid valet and self-parking
Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria
Telephone: (03) 9292 6868