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Crown Metropol Perth 4.0

Burswood, Perth, Greater Perth

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Pros

  • In Burswood, near the large Optus Stadium
  • Steps from the Crown Casino and Crown Theatre
  • Spacious, handsome rooms with minibars and flat-screen TVs
  • Bathrooms have showers and separate soaker tubs 
  • Upper-tier options add living rooms and balconies
  • Six dining options, including a buffet eatery and French bistro
  • Large outdoor pool area and a smaller indoor one
  • Waterslides and seasonal activities for children
  • Modern and well-equipped fitness center
  • Business center with meeting rooms and work stations 

Cons

  • Not within walking distance of downtown
  • Some complaints of noise issues
  • Fee for parking

Bottom Line

This upscale hotel overlooking the Swan River in suburban Burswood is part of the buzzing Crown Perth complex, which includes a trio of lodging options plus a casino, theater, and convention center, as well as an ample supply of restaurants and bars. The Crown Metropol has ample on-site facilities as well, consisting of attractive outdoor and indoor pool areas, a well-equipped fitness center, kids' club, and dining options such as an all-day buffet restaurant and French bistro. The 405 rooms are both spacious and sleek, boasting flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi, and separate tubs and showers. However, some past guests have complained of noise issues, and the location is a 10-minute drive from downtown. For a luxury property near the city center, consider COMO The Treasury, though rates are higher.

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Scene

Swish property in amenity-packed complex, but removed from downtown

You only have to take a quick look at the cavernous atrium-style lobby to tell that the Crown Metropol Perth was built for crowds. Business travelers, tourists and locals taking staycations all come here, as do theater-goers drawn by the offerings at the adjacent Crown Theatre, which stages Broadway musicals and other big productions. Then there are the gamblers lured by the glitzy Crown Casino, a sister property that can be accessed directly through the lobby. Numbers swell further when folks are attending concerts or sporting events nearby at the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium. Not surprisingly, the hotel can be noisy as a result, though outdoor and indoor pools, a kids' club, and multiple dining venues allow guests to spread out. The design is modern and sleek, if a bit corporate-like. Overall, this is a suitable pick for travelers who don't mind being removed from downtown sights, though it's worth comparing rates with the more luxe sister property Crown Towers Perth

Location

Part of Burswood’s huge hotel-and-entertainment complex 

This hotel is situated in the southeastern suburb of Burswood, directly across the Swan River from Perth's Central Business District. The removed location means most major tourist sights are not within walking distance and require a 10- to 15-minute car ride. The hotel's proximity to Burswood Station (an 11-minute walk away) makes them accessible by public transit, too. Rental bikes, available on-site, provide an alternate means of transport. However, for many of the guests who stay here, the Crown complex -- with a casino, theater, nightclub, and ample restaurants and bars, feels like a self-contained universe, and they feel little need to leave it.

  • 11-minute walk to Burswood Station 
  • Seven-minute drive to Belmont Park Racecourse
  • Eight-minute drive to Optus Stadium (aka Perth Stadium)
  • 10-minute drive to Elizabeth Quay
  • 10-minute drive to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • 10-minute drive to the Perth Zoo
  • 11-minute drive to Perth Town Hall
  • 12-minute drive to the Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • 13-minute drive to Kings Park and Botanic Garden
  • 13-minute drive to Hay Street Mall
  • 13-minute drive Perth Arena
  • 15-minute drive to Perth Airport

Rooms

Big rooms decorated in a slick, contemporary style

The spacious digs here -- starting with the standard 452-square-foot Luxe Rooms -- have a contemporary decor that's sleek, albeit a bit characterless. Expect neutral-tone decor, clean-lined furniture, and highly-polished surfaces, but little in the way of decorative accents. Separated by sliding opaque screens, the black-and-white bathrooms are a highlight, with deep soaker tubs and separate walk-in showers. Pairing comfort with style, all accommodations feature air-conditioning, minibars, tea- and coffee-making supplies, desks, digital safes, flat-screen satellite TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. Loft and Infinity Suites add extra square footage (they’re a whopping 1,615 and 4,484 square feet, respectively), which leaves more than enough space for their separate living rooms with dining tables and wet bars, upgraded bathrooms with jetted tubs, and expansive furnished balconies that provides panoramic views of Perth’s skyline. These categories come with higher-end amenities as well, including Nespresso machines and, in the case of suites, iPads and 70-inch TVs with Bose surround sound systems.

On the downside, some past guests have complained of noise issues.

Features

A comprehensive line-up of resort-type amenities

Classy accommodations aside, it’s the features that really set this hotel apart. The long list includes several in-house dining options: the most notable are Neil Perry’s Rockpool, French-inspired Bistro Guillaume, and the upscale buffet-style Atrium Restaurant, but there are many more choices elsewhere in the complex (a Nobu outpost among them). Lighter fare and the expected beverages are served in the elegant lobby lounge and at the al fresco poolside bar and grill. Lined with free loungers and rentable daybeds, the main pool area itself is large, attractive, and divided into several sections. Kids will particularly appreciate the family zone complete with waterslides, plus there's an indoor kids’ club with add-on seasonal activities. For inclement weather days, an indoor pool with a hot tub also awaits nearby. For evening entertainment, La Vie (the hotel’s champagne bar) appeals to cultivated tastes; however, flashier sister venues like the Crown Theatre, EVE Nightclub, and sprawling Crown Casino are bigger draws for night owls.

Note that guests combining work with leisure can take advantage of small meeting rooms and internet workstations in the hotel’s ground-level business center, which also offers equipment rental and assorted related services. Gatherings of up to 1200 people can be hosted at the complex’s convention center. Other features include a 24-hour fitness center with ample modern equipment, a “medispa” office offering injectables and laser treatments, a full-service hair salon, a selection of posh shops, and laundry service. Parking is available for a daily fee.

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Address

Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Perth 6100, Australia

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