Have wanted to stay at a Crown Hotel forever... But have just never been able to justify the price. Well... After receiving an offer in my signature club mail for the "Mr Hive Dinner and Room package" for $219, I found myself unable to resist!
We parked in the multi-level carpark (owing to the fact that I'm a Signature club member and generally have a bit of a flutter most times I'm in Melbourne which entitles me to free parking... However the cost is very cheap at $11 a day) and walked a couple of minutes through the complex to arrive at the lobby which blew us away! Marble as far as the eye could see! Check-in was quick and easy and we were off to our room within minutes.
We stayed in a City Luxe King room, and upon swiping in (of course on the second try... Which I think is pre-programmed on all hotel swipe cards to make us feel silly) we were welcomed by a warm room, which was greatly appreciated in the midst of a brisk Melbourne winter. Everything was in its place, the room contained everything one would need for an overnight stay. The bathroom was quite gorgeous - however I'm not sure I'd be fully comfortable with the frosted glass if I was staying with a friend rather than with my partner.
We were told we were staying on the 16th floor with a city view... Well yes, there was city like buildings - if you looked past the giant carpark which stuck out like a sore thumb below. However the night time view was much more appealing. We did not take advantage of either of the 28th floor bar or the pool/gym on level 27... But the pool looked spectacular from the viewing window you walk out of the elevator to. Pool was full of school kids laughing and enjoying school holidays when I ventured up and I found myself too jealous that these kiddies were experiencing Crown at such an early age (while I thought back to the motels I spent my childhood in) to partake in a swim.
We had dinner at Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar, the hotel's restaurant on level 1, as an included part of our package, and this was by far the best part of our stay. The service was outstanding, the staff so attentive without being in-your-face, the ambiance amazing, and the food - oh the food - melt in your mouth deliciousness! We dined with the set 3 course menu, but the a la carte menu had plenty of winning options. And the mexspresso martini - my god - if I can only drink one drink for the rest of my life, that would be it! I suggest you take also ask your waiter if you can head to the dessert bar for dessert- if we already hadn't been on the verge of a food-baby it would have been a given!
The bed - the mattress was like a cloud, the pillows were the most amazing I've ever slept on! The bed got a little hot overnight and when I tried to rip back the sheets, I was a little disappointed to find there was no doona cover, so slept with just the sheets instead. The comfy bed made it hard to get up early to beat the rush for buffet breakfast at Mr Hive's (couldn't resist going again after such a lovely dinner). We arrived just after 8am which was perfect timing, easy access to the buffet without having to queue. The breakfast did cost $77 for two... Which we were a little thrown back by... But that soon faded once we tasted the food! Wonderful array of options - dont miss the room off the side from the big buffet that has all the fruit and muesli and pastries like we did. The extra hour you get with Crown Metropol's standard 11am check out came in handy for digestion after this huge breakfast.
Well worth treating yourself to a night here... Everything about the hotel and its location is perfect. Cannot recommend more highly!
Ask for a high floor, and river view if possible. Our room on the 16th floor was "city view&quo...
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