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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.