Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne

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Updated: August 30, 2020

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Review of Hotel Crown Towers in Melbourne.

Crown Towers Melbourne – Opulent, inner-city, and riverside, but it’s mostly about the casino.

This is the mainstay of the remarkable Crown complex which includes a massive casino, two other hotels (including the state’s largest), and endless ways to spend money. In an impressive high-rise soaring over the scenic Yarra River and only a five-minute walk from the city center, the accommodations are luxurious (including sumptuous two-bedroom villas) and the amenities are among the city’s finest (including a superb pool). For many, however, it’s all about the casino, which is virtually downstairs, and the stretch of riverside bistros and bars surrounding the hotel.

Crown Towers Melbourne – The Location

    (Not to be confused with the associated and nearby Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade hotels or the separate Crowne Plaza hotel just across the river.)

  • Address: An icon known to all Melburnians, it doesn’t really have an address. In an area called Southbank, a quick walk across the Yarra River from the city center.
  • Area: Lovely area facing the river with water-side bistros and bars in both directions. Walkable to all the amenities and attractions in downtown and, of course, the casino.
  • How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (13 miles, 1-hour drive) 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 opposite the Crown Metropol hotel (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk). 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 Towers Melbourne – The Basics

  • Guests: Weekenders who want entertainment options nearby, business people during the week, and casino-visitors at any time.
  • Pets: Not allowed.
  • Views: Reasonably built-up area, so some views are obstructed by high-rises.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Villas feature luxurious marble jacuzzis.
  • Wi-Fi: Free for all guests but fairly slow. Quicker speeds can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a high fee. Can also self-park in the Crown Casino car park.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +61 (0)3 9292 6868
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: crownhotels.com.au

Crown Towers Melbourne – Amenities

  • Pool: The extra-long indoor pool is heated and airy, not stuffy. Unlike most hotel pools, it also features a sizable, shallow, and separate area for children. No views but plenty of sunbeds and cabanas like those found at a tropical island resort.
  • 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.
  • Fitness Center: One of the finest in Melbourne. Split-level and overlooking the pool, with all the latest equipment.
  • For Families: Children’s pool.

Crown Towers Melbourne – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The only restaurant in the hotel building is Conservatory. Bright, airy, and grandly positioned at the top of a staircase, it’s where breakfast is served. Also, buffets for lunch and dinner and lavish afternoon teas. A bar/lounge is at the lobby level. Plenty more options can be found in the extended Crown Casino complex.
  • Breakfast: Served in the charming Conservatory bistro but not normally included. This does, however, depend on the room and how it was booked. Included for Club Lounge members.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Crown Towers Melbourne – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms (King/Twin beds) • Premier Rooms (King/Twin beds) • Studio Rooms • Executive Suites • Executive Club Suites • Premier Suites • Premier Club Suites • Tower Suites • Deluxe Villas • One Bedroom Crystal Villas • Two Bedroom Crystal Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Some floors are dedicated to rooms where smoking is allowed.
  • Best Room: The opulent Crystal Villas (with one or two bedrooms) radiate style and grace. Each villa comes with a marble bathroom, butler’s pantry, separate entertainment area, and breathtaking views.
  • For Families: An extra single bed can be added to most rooms and many have connecting doors. Some villas and the Tower Suites feature two bedrooms and separate living/dining areas.

Crown Towers Melbourne – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: 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 Flinders Street (and other roads), just across the river from the hotel. 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 across 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 Towers Melbourne – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    The hotel is in an area called Southbank, part of the vast Crown Casino complex. Plenty of places to eat and drink inside and out, but there are better ones along the riverside path.

  • 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. 3-minute walk (0.1 mile).
  • Ging Thai – Bright and airy setting and freshest possible Thai food with a contemporary slant. Lively service and always packed. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Nobu – Internationally-known Japanese restaurant, also popular for its cocktails, wine list, and flamboyant open-kitchen cooking. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • The Atlantic – Spacious and nicely decorated, it’s the best place for seafood in Melbourne. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • 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. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).

Shops

Attractions

    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, which is virtually part of the hotel building. 1-minute walk (75m).

Crown Towers Melbourne – What’s Nearby?

Crown Towers hotel is part of the Casino complex.

The mainstay of the massive casino complex, the Crown Towers hotel soars over the Yarra River.

The hotel is part of the Crown Casino complex.

The hotel is one of three that are part of the incredible Crown Casino complex.

The hotel has an opulent entrance.

The entrance of this 5-star hotel is opulent.

The lobby has a nice bar and lounge.

The bar and lounge at the lobby level is an ideal place to meet and enjoy a drink.

Conservatory is a classy restaurant.

At the top of the staircase from the main hotel entrance is the only restaurant in the hotel: Conservatory.

Conservatory offers a great buffet breakfast.

The Conservatory restaurant in the Crown Towers hotel offers buffet breakfast to guests, usually for an extra charge.

The hotel has a big heated pool.

The hotel pool is long, heated, and airy, and not as stuffy as those in some rival hotels.

The pool deck has lounge chairs.

The area around the pool is spacious enough for lounge chairs.

Crown Spa is also very luxurious.

As opulent as the rest of the hotel, the Crown Spa offers a world-class selection of treatments and products.

All accommodations are opulent.

The décor and furnishings in all types of accommodations are likably chic.

All rooms offer great views.

All categories of rooms offer extensive views of the city and, usually, the Yarra River.

Even the bathrooms are exceptional.

The bathroom is exceptional in every category of room.

The hotel offers a wide range of rooms.

The Crown Towers hotel offers an impressive range of rooms, suites, and villas, including some with two bedrooms.

Suites are comfortable and bright.

The suites are so comfortable and roomy, and feature optimum floor-to-ceiling windows as possible.

Suites have fabulous views.

The more luxurious suites come with additional windows for jaw-dropping views.

Larger suites have huge living areas.

Larger suites also feature colorful and spacious living areas.

Each Crystal Villa has a large dining room.

The two-bedroom Crystal Villas also have large dining rooms.

Some villas have marble jacuzzis.

Some villas feature marble jacuzzis.

The Crown Casino complex is huge.

The hotel is part of the massive Crown Casino complex that incorporates the Southbank precinct of shops, restaurants, and bars.

The Southbank neighborhood has plenty of amenities.

With all its amenities, there is often no need to venture too far from the Southbank area that surrounds the hotel.

The restaurants inside the complex are not as great as those by the river.

The enormous Crown Casino complex (of which the hotel is just one part) is packed with places to eat and drink, but those alongside the river are better.

There are several games arcades in the complex.

Also part of the vast Crown Casino complex, but in a building over the street from the hotel, are games arcades.

The casino downstairs is very popular.

For many guests, the main attraction is the proximity to the Crown Casino, which is virtually downstairs from the rooms.

Across the Yarra River is the city center.

The hotel dominates the Southbank area alongside the Yarra River which separates the hotel from the city center.

Rockpool Bar & Grill is in the Crown Casino complex.

Part of the Crown Casino complex at Southbank is the world-renowned Rockpool Bar & Grill.

Ging Thai is a great restaurant by the river.

One of several terrific places to eat along the riverside path in Southbank is the bright and airy Ging Thai restaurant.

The Atlantic is renowned for its seafood.

Regarded as the best place for seafood anywhere in Melbourne is The Atlantic.

Cycling is very popular in the area.

Cycling is a popular way to explore the southern edge of the Yarra River, which includes the Southbank precinct.

The Yarra River is very beautiful.

The inner-city Yarra River which the hotel faces is attractive.

The express SkyBus is the best way to and from the airport.

The cheapest way from the airport to the hotel is by the SkyBus Express service.

The Starbus shuttle service offers great airport connectivity.

Offering a direct link between the hotel and airport is the Starbus shuttle service.

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