Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne review

The location of our accommodation has always been important to us, even more so now that we have kids.

We like to be able to walk to as many things as possible, be close to public transport, and be in a safe neighbourhood.

Melbourne crowne plaza
Melbourne Crowne Plaza right on the Yarra River
Melbourne Crowne Plaza
public transport like these trams right out the front door

We recently stayed as guests of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Melbourne, which ticked all these boxes. It had everything we love from central location, spacious and comfortable rooms, scrumptious buffet breakfasts, and plenty of areas within the hotel to unwind, like the gym, hotel lobby and cafe.

We are fans of Crowne Plaza Hotels and have enjoyed our stays at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal and The Hunter Valley. Melbourne Crowne Plaza was as equally enjoyable.

Unfortunately, on this trip, I was coming off the end of a bad stomach bug (thanks to Kalyra’s pre-school) so I could not really enjoy the buffet breakfast.

I was incredibly grateful that they have the make your own juice stand, which is pretty much all I have for breakfast most days anyway, but my tender stomach particularly welcomed the replenishing nutrients of a carrot, watermelon, orange and pineapple juice.

Craig reported that the hot food was very good! 

Melbourne Crowne Plaza
Hot buffet breakfast
Melbourne Crowne Plaza

On our first evening, we met with a friend for tea in the Crowne’s coffee bar and I retired soon after for some rest before meeting our travel blogging friends for a get-together. That rest did me the world of good and I would not have made the dinner without it.

I left the party early and curled straight up into bed with the remote, my laptop, and a fascinating documentary on the life of escort girls.

Melbourne Crowne Plaza
comfy beds

Let’s just say I am over the moon to be a travel blogger.

I especially loved the location of the Crowne Plaza in Melbourne. It is located on Spencer St right in the Central CBD and on the Yarra River. That meant our sunset and sunrise views were simply stunning.

There were no high rises blocking the view; in front of us stretched the river, parks and the South Bank restaurant strip, where we met our good friend Danny and his family for breakfast.

Melbourne Crowne Plaza
top views from our window
Melbourne Crowne Plaza
180 degree views from our window
Melbourne Crowne Plaza
great views whilst working

We were up early for sunrise to get to the pre-conference networking event. It was only a 10-minute walk from the hotel to Etihad stadium where the Problogger Conference was held.

It was only a 15-minute walk to the Pok Pok restaurant in the Docklands, a 110-minutewalk to Degraves St where we had lunch on the first day, and an easy walk to the Maha restaurant where we had our blogging party event.

I LOVE being able to walk around a city. You have so much more freedom.

Melbourne Crowne Plaza
Crowne was a great place to relax between conference sessions
easy walk to Degraves st

So our short stay in Melbourne was a happy and rewarding one. Our only regret was that we couldn’t stay longer and see Melbourne as a traveller instead of our visit being all about the conference.

Want to read more about the conference? Click here for photos and recap.

Want Melbourne travel tips? Click here for what to do in Melbourne.

The Facts 

Book your stay at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Getting there: From Melbourne Airport take the Tullamarine Freeway, City-bound. Continue along Citylink (toll applies). Take Docklands Highway exit. Turn left at Siddeley Street, follow through roundabout, hotel driveway is on right. Also 500m from Southern Cross Station

We stayed as guests of the Crowne Plaza. All opinions are our own.

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3 thoughts on “Crowne Plaza Hotel, Melbourne review”

  1. We love Crowne Plazas as well. The locations are generally excellent, and the beds are AMAZING! My favorite Crowne Plaza was the one that we stayed at in Prague, in the same complex as the Stahov Monastery built in an ancient building. Glad to see that you had such a wonderful stay!

  2. Hey CAZ, thanks for sharing those pics , they are much useful for me , in terms of the views. Seems like You are enjoying your comfy bed while working on your laptop. I have just one question, What else General public transport can be available there nearby the Crowne Plaza Hotel ? Thanks

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