“Crowne over Crown anyway. Lovely hotel Crowne Plaza”
I stayed in the Crowne Plaza hotel for 2 nights. It's a lovely hotel in a great location whilst at one edge of the city, it is very close to the Crown Casino, no association, on the river and the Docklands. The location is good, and it is a lovely walk to many of the restaurants and bars of the south bank - the CBD of town is about 15-20 mins away, as is the Rod Laver tennis stadium and the MCG. You should definitely consider this hotel especially if you want to be down the Casino end of town. The rooms are large and, most importantly that great IHG pillow menu, so you have a choice of pillows of varying firmness, style also feather/down, options.
This was a two night Easter trip and I was using a two for one night Priority Privilege voucher, this shouldn't be confused with the Priority Club by IHG which is brilliant and free to join. Priority Privilege is sold at close to $300 PA as a separate program and whilst it all sounds good it really isn't, so don't fall for it.To be honest I probably didn't make the most of what the program had to offer but it's over rated and not worth it.
But back to the Crowne Plaza, I suppose I mentioned the above as sometimes on these vouchers you don't expect the best rooms, But I don't know if it is because I'm a Priority Club Platinum member I was given a grand view river suite- the reception staff are lovely and very welcoming, they are efficient and helpful, giving me a map and some recommendations, and whilst I go to Melbourne a y and choose to stay in another IHG property close by. They did introduce me to some things i hadn't heard of before. If i didn't have a close friendship with the other hotel I would have no hesitation in highly recommending this one.
The breakfasts are good and the rooms have everything you need, I was on an upper level, and had room service one evening late supper and it came quickly, well served and hot. They too have a good variety and many tasty, yummy and healthy options, and the right sweet treats.
Taxis are in abundance and a very close walk to trams and the city circle tram that takes you all around the city. The get on stop for the Tram Restaurant is also nearby. This is a lovely Hotel, maybe overshadowed by some grandeur and newer hotels very nearby, but if your looking for a friendlier settled in Hotel and if like me your a Priority Club member then this hotel is very good.
Upper levels river front rooms
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12 April 2012
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What a very thorough and well thought out review!
Thank you for taking the time to write about your experience at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne over Easter.
You certainly found your way around the city!
We are disappointed that you didn't find the Priority Privilege program worthwhile, however you are right about our Priority Club Rewards program - free to join, and no black out dates. Our members have access to a late checkout depending on availability, and a newspaper on weekdays. Points earned don't expire, so it is very worthwhile joining!
We want to thank you again for your comments and we are really pleased that you enjoyed yourself here at our hotel.
We hope to welcome you back again soon next time you find yourself in Melbourne.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Management Team
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