Crown Metropol – Melbourne
On the Melbourne leg of my Mariah tour I chose the Crown Metropol. I’ve never stayed in the Crown complex before but since the concert was mere minutes away at Etihad Stadium I thought it seemed like a logical choice.
For the location, amenities and luxury feel I thought the room was fairly inexpensive. I paid $250 for a standard room and was inexplicably upgraded to a City Luxe King room which is valued at $310 per night. This price did not include breakfast but a full buffet brekkie (including coffee) could be purchased for $38.50 extra. I did have breakfast and thought it was fairly good value. The food selection looked small on first inspection but with fruit, pastries, three types of eggs, hash browns, sausages, bacon, pancakes, mushrooms, cereal, cold meats and cheeses and toasts there’s really nothing I can think of that was missing.
The room was really spacious and had a table, chairs and a chaise lounge. The layout of the bathroom was a bit annoying, with a large panel obviously vacant from the room divider. I prefer the whole bathroom section to be separate in hotels, but that might just be me. Also, the view was nothing special but I think that’s Melbourne in general. Sorry, but it’s not the prettiest city from up high.
The bed was sooooo comfortable. I just melted into it and I found it really difficult to get up in the morning so don’t stay here if you have an early flight!
To be honest the reason I even knew about this hotel was because Kim Kardashian tweeted about it on her last visit here and I then later saw pictures of the pool on Melissa Hoyer’s instagram account.
I rarely make use of hotel pools unless they’re really spectacular and I think that, even though indoors, the infinity pool overlooking Melbourne city fits into this category. There is a ‘plunge pool’ (actually a spa) or a large pool if you prefer to do laps and plenty of big day beds to recline on. The hotel’s day spa is interconnecting, as is the gym, but I didn’t have time to check it out. Maybe next visit.
My only qualms (apart from the open bathroom area) were the fact that I was referred to as “Mr” and the $8 water in the mini bar. I pretty much ‘had’ to buy it since the tap water in Melbourne sucks.
Those minor issues aside I will most definitely be back. In fact, I already have a trip planned for later in the year. Later I will be putting up a post on Spice Temple, which is also within the Crown complex. The close vicinity to the river means easy access to some of Melbourne’s most popular restaurants; Nobu, Rosetta, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Guiseppe Arnaldo & Sons and Bistro Guillaume – so this is another big selling point for the Crown Metropol.
For packages or more information, head to the Crown’s website: http://www.crownmetropolmelbourne.com.au/default-en.html