Crown hotel opens in Australia

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    The Crown Metropol has opened in Australia. The hotel has 658 rooms and cost A$300m to build. The Crown Metropol has an urban and metropolitan design, which was influenced by the hotel’s location in the centre of Melbourne.

    It took more than 5,000 people 27 months to complete the build and will feature Australia’s first two Gordon Ramsay restaurants.

    The hotel also features a spa on its 27th floor, a sky bar and terrace on level 28, four meeting rooms and a retail precinct. The shopping area is to showcase brands that were previously unavailable in Australia.

    Local businesses and artists, such as Melbourne-based artist David Band and lighting designer, Steven Hennessy, were commissioned to create unique, custom-made elements throughout the hotel. Specially commissioned Australian artwork and Victorian materials feature prominently throughout Crown Metropol.

    The hotel’s 658 rooms is inclusive of 579 hotel rooms, 34 studios, 12 spa accommodation rooms, 32 lofts and one apartment-style residence. Lofts boast city views while studios feature views of Port Phillip Bay.

    In the lobby, a mirrored space encloses the extensive storage area while a specially commissioned light fitting, sculpture and large-scale painting completes the expansive, modern lobby.

    Overall, the hotel’s rooms, studios and lofts have a dramatic, Manhattan, boutique-style feel teamed with all of the service and amenities expected of a Crown hotel.

    Crown, CEO, David Courtney said: “The new hotel is a demonstration of the confidence Crown has in the future of Melbourne as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations. When the Bates Smart-designed hotel opens, it will employ 500 people and provide accommodation for approximately 250 000 guests in its first year of operation including 100 000 visitors from overseas.”

    Daniel Fountain / 23.04.2010

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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