Melbourne Conference venues – our site inspections (and reviews)

For part two of our site inspection review, we take you to Melbourne to explore a few of the options that this vibrant city has to offer your business events.

Here are a few highlights from the properties Susan visited on her recent trip to Melbourne.

Crown Aviary

A spectacular city venue for that ultra-special celebration.  Easy access through the Crown entrance off Spencer Street, the Crown Aviary rooftop marquee lets in the superb riverside city views with its clear ceiling and walls.  Light and airy with plenty of space to host a large group (400 banquet) plus oodles of gorgeous outdoor deck area for your guests to mingle.  There are so many styling options for this amazing space so get creative and make your next gala function truly memorable.


Crowne Plaza Melbourne 

This 1980’s iconic hotel has had a full refurb giving a fresh look to a well-located venue for accommodation and conferencing.  Sitting a short walk away from the Melbourne Convention Centre, it is perfect for guests attending an exhibition or you can choose to use one of the hotel’s 10 meeting rooms for your conferencing needs.  There are 4 beautiful light-filled Atrium rooms and 6 riverside Studio rooms (3 can be combined for a larger area) with views over the water and plenty of comfortably furnished pre-function space for a hard-working group to relax during breaks.

The Crowne Plaza’s 432 accommodation rooms are fresh and functional with large bathrooms and tamper-proof refillable Antipodes toiletries throughout.  There is also a rooftop pool for guest use giving city views while you take a dip or guests can keep up their fitness regime in the gym.  Breakfast in Yogo’s restaurant or grab a bite to eat in the Pow Wow café which can also be hired for small group functions and meetings.


Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

This newly built 5-star Marriott has stunning interiors and a luxurious feel, conveniently located in Melbourne’s Dockland precinct giving your guests easy access to the Convention and Exhibition Centre, shopping or Marvel Stadium.  The minimal-look reception area hints at elements from the sea while Archer’s all-day dining restaurant pulls inspiration from Melbourne’s historic bridges and train stations.

The Promenade conference rooms are sleek and efficient with views over the Yarra and an outdoor terrace to take in a breath of fresh air at break time.  The 189 guestrooms have an urban chicness to them with clean lines and minimal fuss, equally functional for the business person or holiday couple.  But the jewel in this Marriott crown is the rooftop infinity pool #marriottdocklands perched next to the Sunset House cocktail bar which can be hired exclusively for special functions and launches.  Grab a cocktail and enjoy!


Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Catch the tram right outside the front entry or walk to many of Melbourne’s attractions from this historic, classic Melbourne city hotel.  Dating from 1913, the Rendezvous transports you back to a time of elegance and craftsmanship with the intricate ceiling cornices, stained-glass windows, warm woodwork, and the original mosaic floor tiles.  But history is by no means stuffy and dull with all 340 accommodation rooms refurbished and designed in a contemporary style to complement the old-world charm of the era.

There are 11 function rooms ranging from 300 capacity to intimate spaces for small board meetings.  The unique Atrium area is a beautiful place to host drinks and canapes while the cosy Travellers Bar invites you to come in and sit down.  Coming soon will be a basement restaurant worthy of a Melbourne address, the culinary city extraordinaire.


Vibe Hotel Melbourne

The Vibe Melbourne has a special little secret room for hire that has the most stunning views of the Yarra and city skyline.  Perched on the top level is a wrap-around glass terrace perfect for small parties and functions.  A real ‘wow’ spot to make your guests feel special. The function space can accommodate up to 100 guests and larger conference groups can be catered for at the nearby Convention and Exhibition Centre which is within walking distance or a short tram ride away.

The 206 accommodation rooms are reliably clean and comfortable with spacious modern bathrooms.  Guests can dine in the lobby St Marks Road Co café or easily explore the countless Melbourne eateries nearby.  The Queen St location makes it easy to get anywhere in the city or surrounds you would like to be.


The Savoy Hotel Melbourne 

The Savoy is a grand Art Deco property tucked away on Little Collins Street, the unassuming entry opens into opulence and luxury.  You don’t have to travel far to access all Melbourne has to offer and business groups can conference in house or stroll to the very near Convention and Exhibition Centre.  With a suite of 5 rooms boasting sweeping high ceilings and natural light, meeting spaces include the Plaza Ballroom which can cater for up to 100 guests in a banquet set up.

The hotel has 163 elegant accommodation rooms furnished crisply in a grey and white pallet with subtle blues for a calming influence to create a relaxing personal space.  Guests can breakfast in The Alexander Bar on the ground floor or order a pre-dinner cocktail in this stylish space.  Delegate lunch and special group dinners are catered for on the conference level.  Or perhaps impress your guests with an off-site event in one of the many sensational nearby Melbourne restaurants.


Quincy Melbourne

Located in the heart of Melbourne this quirky city hotel is the first of the Quincy southeast Asia brand in Australia.  The finish is fun and play full with splashes of colour and a nod to Melbourne laneway street art. The purpose-built 29-level tower has a sophisticated club lounge, Q, with a rooftop terrace and views of the city skyline.  On the 1st floor you will find Salted Egg, a deliciously different southeast Asian cuisine restaurant.  Within walking distance of the Convention and Exhibition Centre, the accommodation rooms are perfect to host your conference delegates allowing them to experience the best of work and play while in Melbourne.  The club lounge is available for private hire as well as portions of the Salted Egg where you can host small gatherings or parties.

The Quincy has 241 playful rooms full of colour and vibrancy.  The bathrooms are not your typical hotel fit out with texture and colour front and centre, accented by nuanced lighting and decanters of Kevin Murphy amenities. Guests also receive a mini-bar credit when they book deluxe/club rooms and if you forget your favourite fragrance for that special night out – fear not!  The Quincey have a perfume bar of top fragrances you can call on for that favourite, signature scent!


Would you like to know more?

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