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Which Australian Hotel Treats Kim Kardashian Like a Princess?

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  Site Where: 8 Whiteman Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3006
September 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM | by | ()

Here's something you don't hear everyday; Kim Kardashian is just a normal traveler that likes some familiarity when bouncing from hotel to hotel. Well, she's as normal as the next person that can afford a $600+ per night suite overlooking the nightly fire show on the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.

Last week, Kim was gallivanting all over Australia promoting her weight-loss product Quick Trim and landed in Melbourne where she stayed at the super sleek Crown Metropol, the hip brother of Crown Towers. The folks over at Crown knew what to do to make her feel like she was at home and, in true Kardashian fashion, she took to Twitter to brag.

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Even Oprah Gets Excited About Hotel Bathrooms

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  Site Where: 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 3006
April 14, 2011 at 12:46 PM | by | ()

You've heard us rave about fancy Hotel Bathrooms before. But it's not just us, you know. Even with all her millions, Oprah gets excited about hotel loos, too!

We caught the behind the scenes of O's Season 25 on OWN recently, and followed her December trip through Australia. In between pow-wows with her producers in her Crown Towers suite, she led the cameras to her favorite part of her digs ...

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The Downside of Fancy In-Room Technology

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  Site Where: 8 Whiteman St. Southbank , Melbourne, VC, Australia, 3006
June 16, 2010 at 11:55 AM | by | ()

There is a point at which in-room technology goes from being convenient to confusing in a way that makes you feel like you’ve turned into Woody Allen in the movie, "Sleeper." (I.e. you’ve stumbled into the future, totally unequipped to deal with even the most mundane things like turning on a light or wiping your bottom.) We often experience these moments in Asia and Scandinavia, but had one at the Crown Towers Melbourne recently.

The Cisco-designed "smart room" system used in Crown Towers guest rooms doesn't require an advanced degree to master. In fact, the interfaces are touch-screen, both on the plasma television screen and on the high-tech phones. Really, this is Magic Touch for grownups: Push the right pretty picture, and you can order room service, book a flight, get the news in Chinese, or surf the Web.

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Langham Hotel Does Paparazzi Impression in Melbourne

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  Site Where: 1 Southgate Avenue , Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3006
March 27, 2009 at 9:26 AM | by | ()

The Langham Hotel Melbourne knows that not everybody's out of credit during the current financial crisis--and so far Australia's not quite as hard hit--so they're ready to make guests feel particularly special with their Paparazzi Glamour Package.

Feeling famous comes at a price. To stay at the Langham in Melbourne for two nights and be thoroughly spoiled will cost you A$4,200 (at least the favorable US exchange rate brings that down to $2,900). Not cheap, but there are lots of luxuries included.

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Our Latest Reason to Go Down Under

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  Site Where: 8 Whiteman St. | Southbank, Melbourne, Australia, 3006
October 30, 2006 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

We're digging the Crowne Promenade down undah in Melbourne. Located in the Southbank entertainment `hood, it's a top pick for being surrounded by options.

The hotel is picking up great reviews and has our slew of favorites like WiFi, plasma TVs, a sleek design, local art, plus a hip bar and restaurant. As we approach winter and they approach summer, this place sounds all the better:

The room was breathtaking, and that was before we sat on the lounge and looked out the window! The bathroom, and in particular the shower alcove, was huge; the beds were very comfortable; there was no noise from other guests or rooms; the location was fantastic as was the proximity to the Crown Casino.

Almost every review includes high praise for the staff including housekeeping who once cleaned a guest's room at 7pm upon request. Let's just hope they don't clean everyone's room at 7pm.

Image via ThirdTube/Flickr

Related Stories:
· Crowne Promenade Reviews [TripAdvisor]


Maria Sharapova's Favorite Circuit Hotel

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  Site Where: 8 Whiteman St., Melbourne, Australia, 3006
March 29, 2005 at 2:29 PM | by | ()

Travel & Leisure sat down with Russian tennis starlet Maria Sharapova and chatted about tennis, life, and hotels--we only care about the last part.

T&L: Any hotels you would recommend on the circuit?

Russian Tennis Starlet: The Crown in Melbourne is amazing--it's modern but it's also incredibly comfortable. I always stay there during the Australian Open. The hotel has so many shops and restaurants that you hardly need to leave.

Related Stories:
·   Fast Talk: Maria Sharapova [Travel & Leisure]
·   Crown Towers Melbourne Reviews [TripAdvisor]