Melbourne accommodation update
Crown Metropol opens
Crown Metropol, the third hotel in the Crown Entertainment complex, was officially opened by Crown Limited’s Executive Chairman, James Packer, and the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable John Brumby on April 21.
The wave-shaped 658 room hotel is the result of three years of detailed planning and development in collaboration with Crown's appointed design firm, Bates Smart, and boasts a stunning design, thoughtful details, dramatic ambience and sweeping views.
Guests can choose from a range of accommodation choices, from spacious and modern luxe rooms, to corner studios and lofts that feature additional living and dining areas. Twelve spa rooms including two studios provide an additional option for guests looking for complete in-room pampering.
Other features include a lavish day spa, ISIKA; a skybar and terrace on level 28 offering panoramic views of Melbourne; and Gordon Ramsay’s new restaurants maze and maze Grill.
It is estimated that Crown Metropol will provide accommodation for approximately 225,000 interstate and overseas guests in its first year of operation.
Final phase of Grand Hyatt transformation underway
Following the spectacular redevelopment of its public spaces and ground floor, Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt hotel is transforming its 547 guest rooms, with the hotel's new premium suites, Grand Club lounge and Club floors now complete and available for guests to experience.
The complete interior redesign of the guest rooms includes an update of the carpets, drapery and furniture with the project isolated floor by floor, ensuring that there is minimal disruption to guests. New custom-made beds face the floor-to-ceiling windows and the work area comprises an L-shaped sofa, round table and leather upholstered armchair in a departure from the conventional work desk and chair.
As part of the redesign, all rooms will be fitted with PIR sensors to determine when guests have vacated the room and the room control system will then shut off all lighting and air-conditioning until they return. Energy-efficient lighting will be used in all rooms, and water-saving devices will be fitted to the basin and shower.
Westin gives guests a ‘Green Choice’
The Westin Melbourne is giving guests the chance to offset their carbon emissions as part of its new Make a Green Choice initiative.
Developed in association with the hotel’s green partner, Climate Friendly, the program gives guests the option of paying a tailored offset fee that is then invested in projects to reduce greenhouse gases.
Hotel guests can consult a custom-designed Offset Calculator via the hotel’s website to identify how their choice of accommodation, room type and length of stay impacts on the environment. They may then choose to offset their stay when they book.
The Westin Melbourne also offers a ‘Make a Green Choice’ accommodation package, which incorporates the carbon-offset charge with luxurious overnight accommodation and gourmet buffet breakfast for two. This offer is valid until 23 September 2010.
As part of the Green Choice program, the hotel has taken significant steps to reduce its carbon footprint, cutting its water and electricity consumption, increasing recycling and the use of locally sourced product to reduce its carbon footprint by 285 tonnes in the past three years.
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