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.)
- 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.
- Address: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank. An icon known to all Melburnians, it doesn’t really have an address. A quick walk across the Yarra River from the city center.
- Nearest Transport: Bus & Tram – Casino East/Queens Bridge 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 opposite the Crown Metropol hotel (250m). 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.
- 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 • List of all Rooms
- 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?
Best 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. (400m).
- Ging Thai – Bright and airy setting and freshest possible Thai food with a contemporary slant. Lively service and always packed. (300m).
- Nobu – Internationally-known Japanese restaurant, also popular for its cocktails, wine list, and flamboyant open-kitchen cooking. (400m).
- The Atlantic – Spacious and nicely decorated, it’s the best place for seafood in Melbourne. (500m).
- 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. (500m).
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. (75m).
Crown Towers Melbourne – What’s Nearby?
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