Crown Tow­ers Mel­bourne

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The chal­lenge for any ho­tel club lounge is to bal­ance the com­pet­ing needs of busi­ness and leisure. Lo­cal hote­liers could learn much from the shin­ing ex­am­ple set by Crown Tow­ers Mel­bourne’s gleam­ing river­side ho­tel, which con­tin­u­ally sets the bench­mark for Aus­tralian hos­pi­tal­ity. The third-floor Crys­tal Club suc­cess­fully splits its per­son­al­ity be­tween smart meet­ing spaces and a concierge desk up-front and a gar­den-party vibe on the al­fresco ter­race out back. It’s in­door-out­door, work and play, night and day, in a so­phis­ti­cated, light­filled set­ting that pro­vides a refuge for the ho­tel’s spe­cial guests. Perks-wise, there’s ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from a first-rate club lounge, in­clud­ing a sep­a­rate check-in desk (for ease of en­try to the 481-room be­he­moth), all-day cater­ing (from break­fast and snacks to predin­ner cock­tails and canapés) and meet­ing rooms for im­promptu pow­wows.

DARREN SIM­MONS

Judge’s take

“I al­ways seek com­fort­able sur­round­ings and I think this is the best club lounge in Aus­tralia – for the food, ser­vice and cen­tral lo­ca­tion.”

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