Lazing in the pool area on the 27th floor of the Crown Metropol, you'd hardly know you were in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Melbourne's Southbank. From this quiet and tranquil glass-tower haven, you can gaze out over the city as you relax on a lounger or glide through the infinity pool.
The luxurious interior of the five-star Metropol is ultra modern with a sophisticated arty feel. The lobby features beautiful chestnut sculptures by Korean artist, Lee Jae Hyo, and the striking grey-based colour scheme is carried throughout the hotel.
You can choose from a range of spacious air-conditioned rooms or apartments. All come with an LCD TV and a bathroom with an oversized shower, large vanity and a privacy screen.
As well as the 25-metre infinity pool, the hotel boasts a bubbling spa, a well-equipped gym and a health and beauty retreat that offers massages, facials and body treatments.
Mr Hive Kitchen & Bar is the hotel's excellent restaurant, led by executive chef John Lawson and pastry chef Dalmaine Blignaut. Guests also have access to 28 Skybar Lounge, an exclusive lounge and bar with panoramic city views.
If you feel like exploring, there is plenty of fine dining on the Metropol's doorstep. In the surrounding Crown Entertainment Complex, you'll find some impressive nosh at Bistro Guillaume, Nobu, Rosetta and The Merrywell.
The hotel is a short distance to South Wharf where you'll see the Polly Woodside, the ship built in Belfast in 1885. If bargain hunting is your thing, the DFO outlet there might be worth exploring. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Southern Cross Station are also a short walk from the hotel.