Lives in Brisbane, Australia
Since May 2009
35-49 year old female
I am unashamedly a 5 star hotel lover, however if it means the difference between travelling or not, i will lower my standards!
Points of Interest & Landmarks
I have 3 favorite hotels in Melbourne and Crown Towers would be the pick of the 3. It ticks all my boxes and then some. Firstly the cons, it would be the most expensive of the 3, the lounge doesn't have a view and it is a 10 min walk across the river into the heart of the city. However, the pros. It has the best service of any 5 star hotel I have stayed in, they have a way of making you feel like a special member of the family and you are at home. This is a huge and palatial hotel and yet there are no pretenses with any of the staff. The standard rooms are huge, still have a big bath with tv and walk in robe and a good view, so there is no need to pay for a better room (although if you can afford it they are amazing). There is a great spa area (one of the best hotel massages I have ever had) and beautiful big swimming pool and gym. There are plenty of restaurants downstairs in the complex so you do not need to go out on the street at all. Good for a solo woman traveller.
The Langham would be my third favorite hotel in Melbourne. The cons, the service isn't the best but they all try very hard. This hotel seems to employ young people who lack experience. The lounge is not a great space, although it has a good view, it isn't set up with this in mind and it is a bit of a rabbit warren. The food and wines are of poorer quality than the other 2 hotels. The pros, good views across the Yarra from most rooms, a good spa area with great facilities and a good location. Again choose a room better than standard.
If you are looking to impress your guest take them to Stokehouse City. The decor is beautiful, the service great and the food is imaginative and stops you in your tracks.
If you like Malaysian food as I do, Mamak is a must. I make a trip here every time I come to Melbourne. It is cheap, noisy and fast and the food is authentic and delicious.
This would be my second favorite hotel of the 3 and would be the most economical so you can afford the junior or premier suites. I would avoid the small standard rooms. The cons, it is a walk uphill from the main part of the city, there is no pool or spa and the bathrooms are small and not as luxurious as the other 2 hotels. The pros, the service is good and they greet you with "Bonjour" (the francophiles will understand!). The lounge is the best I have been in, it has an amazing view, a fireplace, good French wines and enough food to not need dinner. I could sit there every night for the rest of my life with that ambiance.
I often take a walk through the gardens when I am in Melbourne. They are calming and restorative and simply beautiful. Sometimes it is good to move out of the concrete for a while.
Rockpool would have to be my favorite restaurant in Melbourne as it ticks all the boxes. I have dined here alone and with others and the service is always good. The kitchen can be seen from the dining room so you are kept entertained. The best thing about Rockpool though is the sides! I order a number of them and find them exquisite.
This wine shop is right up the Paris end of the city on Spring St but worth the hike. It reminds me of a bistro in Paris. They have really good food and excellent wine by the glass. Spend some time soaking in the lights over Parliament while sipping on a choice wine.
After a busy day of shopping this is the perfect place for a relaxing glass of good wine and something to nibble on while you watch Melbourne go by. Situated in the small square on Swanston St, you could miss it if you weren't careful. There is always something different by the glass and they have good wine knowledge here. There is often something to watch going on in the square too, like at Christmas time they have a tree and Santa clauses house. I have also spent a sunny afternoon sipping wine while watching trapeze artists practice.
I always walk through here and the adjoining lane ways. Each cafe has excellent coffee so it does not matter which one you choose. I will come for breakfast or lunch as the choices are endless. this area reminds me of Europe and especially Italy.