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Mel­bourne’s Crown Prom­e­nade pulls off a neat trick. The seven-year-old 4.5 star ho­tel with 465 rooms over 23 floors is lo­cated in the heart of Mel­bourne’s South­bank, a 200m walk from the Crown Casino com­plex and its lux­ury Crown Tow­ers. But to en­ter its light-filled lobby, with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, is to feel re­moved from the fre­netic pace of the en­ter­tain­ment, din­ing and gam­bling be­he­moth across the road. Gue­strooms, in re­laxed tones of muted greys and of­fwhites, are less os­ten­ta­tious than neigh­bour­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion at Crown Tow­ers and Crown Metropol. Con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralian art graces the walls in stan­dard rooms and stu­dio suites, and there’s an ot­toman win­dow seat to en­joy views of the Yarra River, Port Phillip Bay and, of course, the Crown com­plex. The well­ness cen­tre in­cludes a 25m in­fin­ity pool and a gym. Mesh restau­rant of­fers a bistro menu, as well as break­fast buf­fet and, on week­ends, there’s a seafood smor­gas­bord lunch. A walk­way links the sis­ter prop­er­ties so you could ex­plore the Crown precinct with­out re­ally set­ting foot in Mel­bourne. More: crown­ho­tels.com.au.

STEPHEN BROOK

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