I stayed at Crown Metropol for four nights from the end of July. From the moment I entered the foyer until the moment I left for the airport the entire experience was top notch.
Check in was swift and friendly. There was no line when I arrived at approximately 1pm however it was a Tuesday so this may not be your experience if arriving at, say, 2pm on a weekend.
I was given a room on a high floor facing Southbank. The carpark was below me, but I didn't really notice that. The views were spectacular both night and day. The rooms are very modern and clean (as you'd expect from a near-new hotel) and feel larger than they actually are, owing mostly to the floor-to-ceiling windows. The uniquely designed bathrooms feature a "sliding wall" that further adds to the sense of space. Amenities provided in the bathrooms are plentiful and smell great. The bed was very comfortable. The rooms seem to have been designed with energy efficiency in mind, with LED lighting, the aforementioned floor-to-ceiling windows, and water saving fixtures.
A trip up to the 27th floor reveals the gym, day spa, and swimming pool. The pool really does have to be seen to be believed, it goes all the way to the edge of the glass and features amazing views. Being July in Melbourne I was not brave enough to take a dip however several people were, suggesting the water is sufficiently heated for year-round use.
Level 28, top floor of the hotel, features the '28' lounge and bar. I purchased access for my first night which included beverages for an hour or so in the evening, plus breakfast the next morning. I was expecting a light continental breakfast however there was plenty of hot food too including bacon, eggs and mushrooms, as well as a number of different juices to choose from. The waiters were extremely friendly. It was a very relaxing breakfast with only a few other people using the lounge however again I can imagine it'd be a lot busier on weekends.
The hotel is part of the Crown Entertainment Complex meaning you have heaps of different restaurants and retail stores, plus of course the casino, all in the one place. Melbourne CBD is a ten or so minute walk so it's definitely not dead in the middle of the city however I enjoyed the lovely walks along Southbank, and if you really don't like walking there is a tram stop very close by. I did not dine at the "Mr Hive" restaurant - the decor looked horribly tacky and garish, plus there are plenty of good other places in Melbourne to eat anyway.
All in all I had an amazing time at Crown Metropol and will definitely be staying here again next time I visit Melbourne. Would recommend this hotel to anyone.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience contemporary luxury in its purest form at Melbourne's Crown Metropol hotel.Your senses will be heightened with the many special touches that make every stay both relaxing and memorable. From the moment you take in the hotel's elegant form and enter the uniquely designed reception area, you will feel a sense of peace and calm that makes every visit to Crown Metropol a welcome escape from day-to-day life. ... more less
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