I'm heading to Melbourne for a few days next month for the main reason of running the City2Sea on Sunday 13 November. Given everything is quite expensive around that weekend and/or booked out already I want to use reward points I have to stay at either the Holiday Inn or Crowne Plaza. It seems their rankings on here are virtually the same, I was wondering if either has a slightly better location for trams etc? They seem only about a five minute walk apart from what I can tell so there's probably no difference, but as I will be travelling alone, hopeless with direction and am not familiar with Melbourne so if one is slightly closer to a tram stop on more of a main route this would sway me.
I was thinking the Holiday Inn might be slightly more central so far as there seems like there might be more right around it than Crowne Plaza being a bit more isolated? I won't be going to the casino either. So far the plan is to get to the Arts Centre for the race start, perhaps go to Rippon Lea Estate, and The Local Taphouse pub on Carlisle Street St Kilda. No other firm plans, just general wandering around or getting the free trams to hop on and off.
Thanks a lot.