nice room, helpful concierge and front desk but.......we were there for a few business meetings combined with some sightseeing as it was my first time in Australia. The room was standard fare for Crowne Plaza anywhere in the world but the building itself is tired and rather dirty looking from the outside. This grubby impression is enhanced by the empty beer cans and bottles left by the revellers on their way back over the bridge each night which the Hotel really should take ownership of. Other contributors have alluded to the swanky looking reception area but the open plan nature of that and the bar area make the place feel really impersonal. Consequently we did not spend a cent in the bar or the restaurant and i know we were not the only customers who felt and acted this way. Most frustrating was being charged for internet access and the misleading claims about the hotel gym and pool. The pool is little more than a fishpond a genuine token which in 7 days i did not see used once. The gym is small, hot, poorly equipped with one shower and toilet cubicle. There is no sauna spa or any of the other little luxuries which normall make using a hotels facilities a pleasant experience. Overall expectations were set very high by the advertising and failed to deliver on many fronts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the banks of the Yarra River, in the heart of the Southbank precinct Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a located adjacent to Melbourne Convention Exhibition Center and a relaxed stroll from Southgate arts and dining promenade, the city center, Melbourne Aquarium, Etihad Stadium and shopping hot spots. Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a 5-minute walk from Southern Cross railway station and a 2-minute stroll to the tramways for swift travel across town. Taxis or our car service take 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport, while our convenient valet service makes parking a breeze. Providing support for the corporate traveler our business centre provides complimentary use of PCs, Internet and stationary supplies. Whether it’s over a succulent steak at Clarendon Street Grill, a classic cocktail in the Lobby Bar or an informal meeting in the Corporate Lounge, Crowne Plaza Melbourne really is The Place To Meet with friends, family, colleagues and clients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Crowne Plaza Melbourne Hotel Melbourne
- Melbourne Crowne Plaza