26 Nov 2018
Plenty of hotels claim to be set by the Yarra River, but Crowne Plaza Melbourne is the only one built on the absolute riverfront. Plus, with its 402 rooms and suites having recently undergone refurbishment, there’s never been a better time to check in and enjoy both the hotel’s amenities and all the Melbourne attractions surrounding it.
In October 2018, Crowne Plaza Melbourne unveiled a stunning $25 million transformation of its guest rooms and suites, making it one of the city’s most enviable hotels for leisure and business travellers. The rooms and suites are contemporary and spacious and finished in neutral, calming tones. Enjoy the designer furniture, large bathrooms with standalone rain showers, premium bedding, enhanced connectivity (with free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel) and, of course, stunning views of the city skyline and Yarra River. Book now and you’ll be among the first guests to enjoy these new facilities.
As much as you’ll want to enjoy your room, there is plenty more within Crowne Plaza Melbourne to enjoy. Start the day with a dip in the heated outdoor pool or push your limits in the fitness centre. When you’re starting to feel a bit hungry, there are a number of options. Of course, you can pick up the phone and order room service or you can head downstairs to the Lobby Bar, which is open from lunch until late, for quick meals, hot beverages and drinks. There’s also Clarendon St Grill, located on the ground floor overlooking the Yarra River, which is open for breakfast and dinner seven days a week.
If you like to get out and explore, Crowne Plaza Melbourne offers a premium position. First, stroll across of the Yarra. If you turn right on the other side you can check out all that South Wharf has to offer. The kids will love exploring Polly Woodside, a historic ship now permanently moored here. Stop at award-winning bar and cafe The Boatbuilders Yard for burgers, salads and seasonal flavours. When the weather is fine and sunny, there are lots of places to sit outside. Just another couple of hundred metres and you’ll be at DFO South Wharf, a great spot to refresh your summer wardrobe or pick up some gifts for the family.
If you choose to turn left after crossing the river, you’ll find yourself on Southbank Promenade. Here, you can check out some excellent shopping, take a break in one of the many eateries or catch the latest blockbuster flick at Village Cinemas. If you’re heading to Arts Centre Melbourne for an evening show, this is a beautiful walk to take as the sun goes down — stop at a restaurant like Ludlow Bar & Dining or Saké for dinner on the way.
Heading to Melbourne for a big sporting event or a concert? It’s an easy walk from Crowne Plaza Melbourne to Marvel Stadium — home of Melbourne Victory — and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. If you’re going to the MCG for the cricket, you can walk 100 metres to Flinders Street and jump on tram routes 70 or 75, both of which go to the game. The same trams will also take you to Rod Laver Arena if you’re going to the Shania Twain gig (11–12 December) or taking the kids to The Wiggles’ Wiggle Pop Big Show (1–2 December).
Or perhaps you just need a comfortable, handy base to come back to when you’re doing your Christmas shopping. We can help with that, too, being within an easy tram ride from Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne, Melbourne Central and all the unique stores Melbourne has to offer.
Is it time to spoil that someone special? Book the Weekend Special now for exclusive savings on overnight accommodation, including buffet breakfast for two and late 4pm checkout. Or don’t forget to book your room now if you’re planning on a Melbourne break to take in the New Year’s Eve fireworks – you don’t even need to leave the hotel for some of the best views of the spectacular display.
When you book your next stay at Crowne Plaza Melbourne, don’t forget to join the IHG Rewards Club. It’s free, and offers savings on the standard room rate. Plus, you can collect points that are then redeemable on nights at more than 5,200 hotels around the world. Book and stay before 16 December, and you’ll earn double points