If you are looking for a downtown hotel which gives you great access to all the lovely things Melbourne has to offer then the Crown Metropole is the place to stay. The casino is located a short walk away. If the gym isn't your style then a run along the Yarra river is always an option. There are great eating out options just a short walk away. If you happen to be visiting Melbourne during the sporting season it gets even better as all the venues - tennis, cricket, F1 are all a stones throw away.