Crown Metropol Melbourne – Central, functional, good-value, and better than most for families.
The state’s largest hotel is just one of three within the incredibly vast Crown complex that also includes a casino and seemingly endless places to eat, drink, and shop. Also part of it are games arcades, bowling alleys, and cinemas – all in a building next to the Metropol, so this is a fabulous option for families. All categories of rooms are spacious and feature an unfussy, contemporary décor, while views from the floor-to-ceiling windows are certainly more appealing than at most rival hotels. Facing a surprisingly quiet street with an abundance of amenities along the river and in the city center just across the bridge, for many, the main selling point is simply the proximity to Melbourne’s biggest casino.
Crown Metropol Melbourne – The Location
(Not to be confused with the associated and nearby Crown Towers and Crown Promenade hotels, or the separate Crowne Plaza hotel just across the river.)
- Area: Lovely area facing the river, with water-side bistros and bars in both directions. Walkable to the city’s amenities and attractions and, of course, the casino.
- Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank. Across the road from the main Crown Casino building. In an area called Southbank, a couple of minutes’ walk across the Yarra River from the city center.
- Nearest Transport: Bus – Clarendon St (250m), Tram – Clarendon St/Whiteman St & City Rd/Clarendon St (150m).
- How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (25 km) cost around A$80. For about A$20, SkyBus Docklands Express (every 30-60 minutes, 5.30 am-7 pm daily) drops off/picks up airport passengers right across the road from the hotel. Otherwise, Starbus shuttles (5 am-10 pm daily) travel directly between the airport and the hotel (about A$30).
- Handy to: Crown Casino (see below).
Crown Metropol Melbourne – The Basics
- Guests: Of the 3 hotels in the Crown Casino complex, this hotel is the most focused towards families. Also attracts business people and those interested in the casino.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: All accommodations feature full-length windows. Being on a corner, views are extensive but mostly of inner-city streets rather than the river.
- Kitchen: The Apartments have full-sized kitchens.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None but probably not expected at this sort of inner-city hotel either.
- Parking: Valet parking available for a high rate. Guests can also self-park in the Crown Casino car park. Parking is included in some hotel rates.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)3 9292 6211
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: crownhotels.com.au
Crown Metropol Melbourne – Amenities
- Pool: One of the country’s largest hotel pools. Indoors and particularly inviting, it’s the best of the 3 Crown hotels and the views are excellent.
- Spa: The Crown Spa claims to be ‘undeniably Australia’s most exclusive and sophisticated’ spa. Certainly opulent and world-class, offering a superb range of treatments and amenities. In the separate Crown Towers hotel.
- Fitness Center: Fully-equipped although not overly big.
- For Families: Of the 3 Crown hotels, this is most suited to families. Bowling alleys, a cinema complex, and a massive games arcades in an adjoining building. Special package deals including breakfast for children available.
Crown Metropol Melbourne – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The only restaurant in the actual hotel building (rather than the extensive Crown Casino complex) is Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar. Offers a buffet breakfast (usually for an extra charge) as well shared platters and unique cocktails. Also popular for sandwiches, salads, and cakes.
- Breakfast: Normally not included but can be, depending on the room and how it was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.
Crown Metropol Melbourne – Rooms
- Room Types: Luxe King/Twin • City Luxe • Urban Luxe • Ultra Luxe • Loft • The Apartment • List of all Rooms
- Smoking Rooms: Not generally advertised but a few smoking rooms are available.
- Best Room: Despite the simple name, The Apartments are loaded with extras like kitchens and living/dining rooms. Rates also include breakfast, parking, and champagne.
- For Families: The Apartments (described above) are ideal. Designed for families, the Ultra Luxe Rooms have 2 bedrooms and bathrooms and a private entry. Otherwise, book a room with connecting doors or, if with a small child, convert the sofa into an extra single bed.
Crown Metropol Melbourne – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Just 4 minutes (250m) from the hotel, riverside paths head in both directions. The paths are flat, lined with bars, bistros, and boutiques, and ideal for strolling and cycling. Stay on the riverside paths and avoid the city center.
- Public Transport: Every few minutes, trams shuttle along Clarendon Street (and other roads), which turns into Spencer Street as it crosses the bridge into the city center. Trams also head to suburban areas like South Yarra, Docklands, and St Kilda Beach. All trams are free within the city center (i.e. just over the bridge) and to Docklands.
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Arrange a taxi through reception or find one along the streets. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
Crown Metropol Melbourne – What’s Nearby?
Seemingly endless facilities are along the southern edge of the Yarra River. Almost all nearby shops, bars, and cafés are clustered in areas given confusingly-similar names: South Wharf, Southbank, and Southgate. All the places listed below are along a riverside path.
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
In South Wharf, west of the bridge are:
- The Boatbuilders Yard – Plenty of wooden tables inside and out. Wins awards for its nautical-style setting and good-value meals. (600m).
- Akachochin – Award-winning, contemporary Japanese cuisine and classy service. Famous for its marble bar and popular for set-price lunch menus. (700m).
Southbank, east of the bridge, is part of the massive Crown Casino complex. Among numerous choices here are:
- Gradi at Crown – With a swish setting and foliage offering privacy, it’s won international awards for pizza. Also on the menu are plenty of other Italian dishes. (300m).
- Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne – World-famous steakhouse run by celebrity chef Neil Perry. Expect chic décor, excellent service, and hefty prices. Also, open-plan kitchen and impressive wine list. (600m).
In Southgate, about 800m east of the bridge, are:
- BearBrass – Popular for its arty décor and Saturday brunch, daily happy hours, and good-value nightly specials (e.g. ‘steak nights’ and ‘pizza and pint’). (1 km).
- Teatro – Part of the Hamer Hall theater, it specializes in pizza and tapas. Also, plenty of other healthy and tempting options influenced by the Italian chef. (1 km).
The Vegas-like Crown Casino complex features oodles of places to eat, drink, and shop, as well as games arcades, bowling alleys, and cinemas. For many, however, it’s really all about the casino. (200m).
Crown Metropol Melbourne – The Hotel
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