when in melbourne…where to stay

Posted: June 15, 2010 in stay, travel
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Depending on what you are willing and not willing to put up with …the Crown Metropol maybe for you!

Aesthetically the hotel is pleasing, spacious, minimal without being stark, arty without being uber-trendy, a large hotel without the stuffiness of standard chain hotels. A great location, with all the offerings of the city, and the South Melbourne/Albert Park precinct at your door step.

I will suggest people being lured to stay here because of the chic TVC shot for the hotel promotion that this is not indicative of the clientele nor the atmosphere you will experience. On occasion, quite possibly, on long weekends…not a chance in hell.

Rather than rant and rave about where expectations can fall down I will give you some simple suggestions in case you do stay here:

– DO stay in your room
– DO order in room service
– DO have patience with valet
– DO make plans to have breakfast off site, rather than at Maze
– If eating at restaurants at the Crown South Bank complex, leave the building and walk across the road rather than walk through the walkways provided
– Do visit St Ali near the intersection of Clarendon and Coventry St, on Yarra Place (or Lane) in South Melbourne
– Do eat at Koko’s, Nobu and Giuseppe Arnaldo and sons

We were fortunate enough to get a room on the 21st floor. What do you think of our views?

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