Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Flawless river views, quiet city-edge location, and totally refurbished.
Built virtually above the water, the Crowne regards itself as the only city hotel with direct river frontage. By late 2019, massive renovations were completed while keeping the curved design and 1960s’-style exterior remain unchanged. All categories of accommodations are very spacious and feature a wide selection of mod-cons. The bright and airy rooms and suites feature wonderful views of the river from full-length windows and even those facing away from the Yarra offer impressive city views. In addition to the views and pool (rare among rivals), the other main drawcard is the superb location: a short walk from downtown, convention center, casino complex, and all the amenities alongside the Yarra River.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – The Location
(Not to be confused with the Crown Casino trio of hotels: Crown Metropol, Crown Towers, or Crown Promenade.)
- Address: 1-5 Spencer Street on the southwest edge of the city center.
- Area: Beautifully positioned facing the river and on a corner of a road across the Yarra. Riverside paths lead to many shops, bars, and cafés in the Southbank and South Wharf precincts close by.
- How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (15 miles, 1-hour drive) cost around A$70. For about A$20, SkyBus (every 30-60 minutes, 6 am-7 pm daily) links the airport with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre across the bridge (0.1 mile, 2-minute walk). Otherwise, Starbus shuttles (5 am-10 pm daily) travel directly between the airport and the hotel (about A$30).
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – The Basics
- Guests: About half-and-half tourists and business people.
- Pets: Not permitted.
- Views: The river views are extensive, unobstructed, and the finest in the city. Views from other rooms and suites of the streets are partially blocked by the building itself, but still decent enough.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected (or provided) at an inner-city hotel like this.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: Self-parking available for very reasonable rates (or valet parking costing more) in a public car park just across Siddeley Street.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)3 9648 2777
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: melbourne.crowneplaza.com
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Amenities
- Pool: Heated and outdoors. More inviting than those at most hotels where the pool is indoors and often stuffy, or not offered at all.
- Spa: Greatly enhanced as part of massive renovations in 2019.
- Fitness Center: Large and well-equipped. Open 24/7.
- Other Facilities: Business center. Same-day laundry.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Yugo – Asian-inspired modern cuisine and fine dining on Level 2.
- Bar: Dive Bar – Glitzy interior, custom jukebox, hot pink billiards table, imaginative cocktails, and open till late. On Level 2.
- Cafe: Pow Wow – Bright and cozy cafe with a California-inspired design and a focus on natural, locally-sourced, and sustainable products. Healthy snacks, grab-n-go options, and completely cashless – use a credit card or charge it to the room.
- Breakfast: Can be included depending on the type of room and how it was booked.
- Room Service: Available 24/7.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior King/Twin Riverview Rooms • Premium Riverview Rooms • Skyline Riverview Rooms • Skyline River View King Suites • River View King Suites
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms/suites or public areas.
- Best Room: Suites on the exclusive top floor offer superior views and far more space, including separate living/dining areas.
- For Families: Some lowest-category rooms have connecting doors, while single beds can be added to most types of accommodations for a minimal extra charge. Suites feature separate living areas which can accommodate 1 or 2 children.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The riverside paths in both directions are flat, lined with bars, bistros, and boutiques, and ideal for strolling and cycling. Use the riverside paths around the Southbank and South Wharf areas and avoid the city center.
- Public Transport: The nearest tram stop is just up the road (25m, 1-minute walk). Every few minutes, trams shuttle along the streets of the city center and to suburban areas like South Yarra, Docklands, and St Kilda Beach. All trams within the city center and to Docklands are free.
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Arrange a taxi through reception or find one along the streets. Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – What’s Nearby?
Restaurant & Bars
These are a quick walk west along the riverside path from the hotel:
- The Wharf Hotel – Sociable pub offering good-value meals, live music on weekends, TV sports, and superb riverfront setting. Famous for its ‘igloos’ (heated and covered outdoor seating areas used in winter). Right next door. 1-minute walk (50m).
- WTC Wharf – A few casual eateries and a food court are on the ground level of this building (with police station above). Part of the building but alongside the river are: Man Mo @ WTC (contemporary Malay/Chinese food with striking décor, silver service, and intimate setting) and Byblos Bar & Restaurant (modern Lebanese, lavish setting, and perfect riverside views). 1-minute walk (50m).
- Pud Thai vs Pho – Hearty portions of fusion Thai and Vietnamese dishes. One of several laidback cafés with outdoor tables in a cluster. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
Across the bridge are several great places to eat and drink.
- Crown Melbourne – Turning left from the bridge is an area called Southbank which offers a fabulous array of places to eat and drink. Many are part of this extraordinary restaurants complex which also features a casino, cinemas, and malls. (Not associated with the Crowne Plaza hotel.) 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- South Wharf – Turning right from the bridge, this complex is also packed with bars and bistros. All are competitively-priced and many offer some of the city’s happiest hours. 6-minute walk (0.3 mile).
Plenty of shops in the city center and along the other side of the river at Southbank and South Wharf (see above).
Crowne Plaza Melbourne – The Hotel
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