Last Wednesday evening TVG popped down to Melbourne for the Mini Paceman launch. We decided we’d make it a full 24 hours to visit some places that were on our Melbourne bucket list. Number 1 was Crown Towers.
It’s not hard to see why Gourmet Traveller voted Crown Towers Australia’s Best Large Luxury Hotel in 2013. From the moment you walk past the valeted Italian supercars and through the rotating door into the huge foyer, opulence is more than apparent. Whilst a part of the Crown Casino it’s fairly easy to avoid the flashing lights of the floor, something I think is vital for a hotel offering a premium luxury service. My primary objective for this trip was to avoid the casino at all costs – a swift head down stroll through the foyer and straight into the lift led me to my room on the 26th floor gazing down over Southbank Promenade.
The accommodation at Crown Towers is plush, we stayed in the hotel’s ‘Premier’ offering, rooms located above the 19th floor with stunning views of the Yarra River starting at $354 a night. The room was a delight, it hardly needs a Jordan Belfort type explanation – luxurious bedding and a palatial bathroom. Crown Towers also threw in complimentary breakfast in their Crystal Club, an immaculate lounge on the 3rd floor with an expansive deck, private check in, buffet and a la carte breakfast, light snacks and evening canapes. This is where the unparalleled luxury shines through.
Crown Towers caters to a variety of travellers: those looking for a romantic getaway or those looking to hit the tables with the gents no expense spared. Strangely on this trip I was neither, much more of a business trip I’d say and it catered to me perfectly, however I do believe the clincher for the experience was the flawless Crystal Club, certainly worth adding to whatever level room you book in the hotel.