We were here for a two night weekend stay in Melbourne. Knowing the city quite well, the hotel (from a tourist point of view) is in a very good location. Trams on the doorstep and easy to walk to many attractions. If you are visiting Melbourne by car it can be difficult. Only valet parking is available if you need flexibility and parking fees are high.
The hotel itself is clean but a bit dated now. Staff were all helpful & courteous. The decor is simple but a little tired in places. We had a King bed room with a great view of the city and Yarra river. It's perfect to watch the city go by & the flame display from the crown casino opposite the hotel (for those unaware of this display - large plooms of flame jeteson from pillars along the length of the casino complex - its the biggest waste of natural gas on the planet!).
The bed was comfortable but the bathroom (although clean) was really quite poor for this class of hotel. You get a cramped little room, small bath/shower and a sink with crumbling edges & signs of mould around the tiling. This room was $280/night and considering rates are usually well over $200 a night here, I would have expected better.
I have never used valet parking before (I would rather spend the extra funds on a nice meal or better room) but had no choice on this occasion since I was staying over a weekend. Most of the surrounding car parks are closed on weekends or do not allow multiple entry/exit. I have to say, its a nice little luxury just driving up to the door and handing your keys over. However at $40/day it certainly adds to the expense and not something I would do wherever I go!
Overall it's a reasonable hotel in a good CBD location for fly-in tourists but only just up to 4 star standards. Updating the decor or at least bathrooms are hopefully being considered by management soon.
I only stayed here because I had a "free night" deal but if I was paying the full price for my 2 night bill ($650 with parking & no breakfast) I would have stayed elsewhere (most likely the Blackman which I have reviewed before).
Personally, I had a pleasant stay but would probably not return. Melbourne has so much choice (& better value) with hotels now and I usually don't need to stay in the heart of the city as I usually come by car.
- 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:
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