From the street, Crown Metropol’s architectural S-shape resembles a giant black wave washing over the business end of town. Inside we find a voluptuously curved ribbon staircase, an eclectic million-dollar art collection, witty sculptures and subtle mood lighting that mysteriously guides me, like Alice, down organically constructed corridors.
Welcome to the glossy world of the uber-chic boutique hotel where on the 27th floor, guests recline poolside on Miami-bright sun lounges or cozy-up on rattan daybeds while others appear to float over Melbourne in a dazzling turquoise 25m waterfall-edge pool.
Accommodation styles include Manhattan-style loft rooms, studios, spa suites, hotel rooms and an apartment-style residence that all boast city views and bay glimpses, the floor to ceiling windows adding dimension and space. Soji-inspired privacy screens slide between bathrooms and bedrooms, in-room tech toys include I-pod docking stations, high definition LCD televisions with 53 free-to-air channels and wireless internet.
Energy levels get a boost from a refrigerated supply of fruit smoothies and it’s definitely worth paying an additional AUD$65 per person per night to enjoy member privileges at “28”, an intimate sky-high lounge where an excellent breakfast and complimentary cocktail hour neatly bookend the day.
Is there a spa do I hear you ask? You’d better believe it! Whether it’s a 15 minute express manicure, one hour treatment or 4-day wellness retreat, the luxuriously soulful Isika day spa center delivers big time.Adjacent to the pool deck and high tech gymnasium, ten serene treatment rooms with steam showers, rose petal-strewn baths and massage tables meet guests’ health and wellness needs. Diagnosis and diet, holistic treatments and personal enrichment, Isika will have you de-toxed, toned and back in charge before check out.
What’s the damage?
Luxe king rooms are available from around AUD$361 per night.
Crown Metropol, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria. +61 3 9292 8888 www.crownmetropol.com.au
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