4 Mar 2019
With Easter just around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to lock in a getaway plan. Autumn in Melbourne is a wonderful experience, and one of the best times to explore the city — especially when most of its inhabitants are out of town.
Driving into Melbourne, you’ll immediately feel the vibrancy for which the city is renowned. Standing out from the sea of skyscrapers is Crowne Plaza Melbourne’s signature curved form, showcasing the architectural sense of open space that will make your stay an experience to remember.
Ideally located on the Yarra River, Crowne Plaza is only steps away from the restaurants and bars of the South Wharf precinct, CBD shopping, and the buzzing suburb of South Melbourne with its popular cafes and markets. It's the perfect spot to kick off all city adventures, plus this autumn book yourself a little Easter Getaway and save up to 35% off accommodation. To find out more about this offer, click here.
After checking in to your room or suite, get those muscles moving at the hotel’s well-equipped gym. If a relaxing afternoon is on the cards, head to the outdoor heated pool located on level three to catch some rays or do a few laps. With sun lounges and changeroom facilities available poolside, you can take advantage of the (hopefully) ideal weather conditions and soak up all the sunshine that’s on offer.
For those wanting to explore the lively neighbourhood, Crown Entertainment Complex is just a hop, step and jump away. Filled with a large number of dining and entertainment options, it’s the closest spot for an afternoon of indoor fun. Jam-packed with restaurants, cafes, shopping and entertainment options, you could very well spend your entire day within the glitzy walls.
The hotel’s award-winning concierge staff are a treasure trove of local knowledge and your ticket to discovering the city’s best spots and events. Guests of Crowne Plaza Melbourne also enjoy the benefits of IHG® Rewards Club, the company’s complimentary loyalty program that offers members recognition, free internet and points on each stay to redeem for future stays, flights or merchandise.
For an evening out and about on the town, head straight to the closest tram stop — the hotel is in the Free Tram Zone so travelling around the city is a piece of cake. If you feel like venturing further out, nearby Southern Cross Station is a seven-minute walk away, where you’re connected to Metro trains and V/Line.
Start your food and wine tour of Melbourne at The Lui Bar [525 Collins Street], perched high above the city on the 55th floor of Rialto Towers. Take in the sleek decor while sipping on some heavenly signature cocktails and marvelling at the panoramic city views. If you book early enough, neighbouring establishment Vue de Monde [525 Collins Street] is the perfect dinner option to indulge in a spot of fine dining. The newly refurbished State of Grace [27 King Street] is another standout in the drinks and dinner stakes. At this den of old-world cocktails and delicious bites, you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to another time within its European-inspired walls. The entry to its secret bar, Fall From Grace, is via a bookcase, making it the quintessential Melbourne bar experience.
Melbourne is famed for its music scene and there are many places you can head to after sundown to feel the beat. Make your way to one of the establishments known for jazz. Bird’s Basement [350 William Street], a sister venue to Manhattan’s Birdland Jazz Club, hosts international names and local legends.. The Paris Cat Jazz Club [6 Goldie Place] is the place to to discover the latest Melbourne talent in a number of genres, from soul to big band, while Bennetts Lane Jazz Club [25 Bennetts Lane] is a longtime favourite offering a variety of musical acts.
If you’re after a change of pace and a truly unique experience, Old Melbourne Gaol [377 Russell Street] is the ideal spot for some spine-tingling, afterhours fun. This former prison is now a museum, complete with original cell blocks, candlelight tours and spooky stories. Head there at night for a walk on the wild side that’s not for the faint of heart.
After a long night out, head back to your plush room for some quiet time. A stay at Crowne Plaza means a luxurious night in, with stunning views of the Yarra and beyond. The completely transformed guestrooms and suites offer an accommodation experience that is both inspired and comfortable. Bright, colourful accents complement neutral tones in a design that will appeal to contemporary design lovers. With a generous vanity and standalone rain showers in the bathrooms, even an evening shower will feel like a luxurious experience. Once you’re ready to close your eyes, sink into premium bedding for a sound and comfortable sleep.. Waking up the next morning will be totally worth it with jaw-dropping views of South Melbourne, Port Melbourne and the Yarra River, alongside famous landmarks such as Flinders Street Station and the Crown Entertainment Complex that you’ll be able to spot from higher floors — all visible from the comfort of your bed.
With impeccable service and an enviable location, Crowne Plaza Melbourne provides outstanding accommodation in the heart of the city.
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All information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication.
This story has been produced in partnership with Crowne Plaza Melbourne.