Review written by Sophie Couard, on April 18, 2016.
Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia, after Sydney. It is located near Port Phillip Bay, in the southeast of Australia, and The Economist considers the city as the most liveable city in the world. It also attracts many tourists, and I must acknowledge that the city has many interesting attractions. There are many sites to visit, such as the Melbourne Museum, the State Library of Victoria, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Victorian Arts Centre and the Eureka Tower.
I would also like to add the huge Crown Casino to this list. It is located at the Yarra River, and is a huge gambling and entertainment resort, which can be compared to one of the casinos in Las Vegas or Macau. It features hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, cinemas and luxury boutiques.
One of the largest casinos in the southern hemisphere
The outside of the building is undeniably very impressive. Once you are inside, you can enjoy a stylish and luxurious design. The marble driveway with fountains leads to the casino that is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. It covers 20,000 m² and is simply one of the largest casinos in the southern hemisphere. The quiet and glamorous atmosphere allows you to enjoy a huge game selection that I will describe in more detail in the next paragraphs.
The slot machines
Fans of slot machines will surely be happy to hear that the casino is equipped with over 2,000 devices. You can find the following games:
- games where you can win a progressive jackpot,
- traditional slot machines with mechanical reels,
- latest generation slot machines with digital screens,
- video poker,
- video bingo,
- video keno,
- multi-game devices,
- electronic roulette,
- electronic baccarat.
The table games
Fans of traditional table games can find over 350 tables and play the following games:
- wheel of fortune,
- Caribbean stud poker,
- casino war,
- mississippi stud,
- pai gow,
- mini dice,
- poker war,
- pontoon pandemonium,
- rapid blackjack,
- rapid roulette,
- sic bo,
- tri card poker,
- two up,
- WSOP bonus texas hold'em.
There is also a very large and active poker room with 50 tables. You can participate in cash games, tournaments or championships, and you can be sure to always find a seat at a table. The room is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and you can play:
- no limit hold'em with a buy-in of $20 - $50 to $300 - $700 and blinds of $1/$1 to $5/$5,
- limit hold'em with a minimum buy-in of 10x the big blind,
- limit omaha with a minimum buy-in of 10x the big blind.
The race & sports betting area is located on the main floor of the casino and features 20 screens where you can follow the most important competitions of the moment. You can bet on the outcome of the games, and enjoy a large selection of drinks and food. The seats are also very comfortable. It is a great place for fans of sports betting!
A huge complex with many different activities
As you can already see by the impressive size of the casino, the Crown Hotel & Casino in Melbourne is not a small European casino. It is a rather gigantic leisure facility inspired by the wild resorts in Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore. This also means that you can enjoy many other activities aside from gambling. Let me now take you on a brief tour, and tell you more about them!
The Melbourne Crown is big... very big! The resort has three hotels, and you are spoilt for choice. You can stay in:
- the Crown Towers, a 5-star luxury hotel with prices starting from $338 per night,
- the Crown Metropol, a 5-star hotel with contemporary design and prices starting from $268 per night,
- the Crown Promenade, a modern 4-star hotel with prices starting from $248 per night.
The choice for dining is incredibly large, and you can find several different types and names:
- gourmet (Bistro Guillaume, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, The Conservatory, Koko, Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar, No.8, Nobu, Oyster Bar & Grill, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Rosetta Ristorante, Silks, Spice Temple, The Atlantic and The Waiting Room),
- for the general public (Cafe Baci, Cervo, Cotta, Degani, Emporio Pizza & Pasta, Fish & Chippery, Gochi, Gradi, Kitchen Workshop Buffet, Lucky Chan, Man Tong Kitchen, Margo's Café, Mesh, San Antone by Bludso's BBQ, The Merrywell and the Sho Noddle Bar),
- snack bars (Calatrava, Cucina, KFC, McDonald's, Moorish Table, Rhumbas, Schnitz, Subway, Tandoor Kitchen, Ten Miles and Think Asia).
Relaxation and entertainment
Nothing is missing in the establishment, and you can enjoy a great variety of entertainment and relaxation:
- two spas (Isika Day Spa and Crown Spa),
- a multiplex cinema (Village Cinemas),
- a theatre, a room with eSports,
- the largest interactive indoor theme park in Australia with video games, arcade games, laser tag and virtual roller coasters (Galactic Circus),
- a dozen bars (28 Skybar Lounge, Atrium, Crown Sports Bar, Double Up Bar, Groove Live Bar & Terrace, Jackpot Bar, Lagerfield Sports Bar & Beer Garden, Las Vegas Bar, Lumia Rouge, Lumia Bar and Tonic),
- three nightclubs (Level 3, Club 23 and Latin Quater),
- a large shopping centre.
In conclusion, I must say that the Crown Hotel & Casino in Melbourne offers a large and diverse game selection and services that should appeal to everyone who loves gambling, nightlife and entertainment altogether. As it is an establishment of the Crown group, you can expect a high level of service as well. It is definitely a first class complex that deserves a visit.
By car : West Gate Freeway M1.
By bus : Lines 234 and 236.
24 hours, 7 days a week.