Hotel Causeway Melbourne elegance in the heart of downtown
Elegant and sophisticated, the Hotel Causeway Melbourne is one of the citys finest intimate boutique hotels. Situated on Little Collins Street by Bourke and Elizabeth, the contemporary faade melts into the more traditional cityscape of surrounding buildings, but is all the more arresting because of its steely curves.
Inside, the lobby of the Causeway is small and private, subtle in its classic sophistication. With only 45 rooms in six stories, a rooftop terrace crowns the building. Three duplex rooms include an upstairs loft with extra space to luxuriate. The bathrooms are open with a large oval tub for a contemporary feel. Beds are luxurious with duvets and over-sized pillows. A gym and steam room provide pampering breaks for the body. A laundry service takes care of the clothes. Shopping, food, entertainment and culture are all within easy reach in a city vibrant with activity
Surrounded by the Commercial Business District, the Hotel Causeway Melbourne creates a smart environment for the traveler with work to do. The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center is close by, along with a wealth of corporate headquarters and branch offices. Internet access is available in every room and a small business center is located off the lobby to stay in touch with the office back home.
To break away from business or to begin the weekend of romance, the Crown Casino Complex boasts a great selection of live entertainment options, shops, restaurants, movie theaters and interactive games like laser skirmishes and bowling, not to mention the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere. The Queen Victoria Market within walking distance is an ornate complex of 19th century architecture hosting countless shops and restaurants to satisfy the palate of any taste and urge for gifts to family and friends left behind.
Sporting events at the Olympic Park stadiums and the Etihad Stadium (formerly the Telstra Dome) are short distances away. The Rod Laver or Vodafone arenas are close enough to the Pensione Hotel to rest between tennis matches.
Considered the cultural center of the Continent, Melbourne supports the arts with the Flinders Gallery just down the street, featuring works of Australias finest contemporary artists, and the Victorian Art Centre. Federation Square, housing significant cultural exhibitions, lies close to the hotel doors. To refresh the eyes, the Yarra River floats serenely nearby and the Royal Botanical and Flagstaff Gardens present exotic plants. The Old Melbourne Observatory invites sights of the heavens and the Melbourne Aquarium educates about life in the nearby sea.
Chinatown, dating back to the 1850s is the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World. The Eureka Sky Deck, with 360 degree views of Melbourne, and the Luna Park amusement rides offer thrills for the adventurous of speed and height.
Outside of the city, the Great Ocean Road along the coastline provides magnificent views of the Mornington Penninsula. Turning inland, the broad expanse of the Yarra Valley supports vineyards for a variety of tastes or the diversity and tranquility of Gippsland and Grampians National Park inspires gratitude and inspires the urge to return for a longer visit.
Everything in Melbourne is easily accessible from the Hotel Causeway Melbourne by taking the free city circle tram that picks up guests at the door. The staff is happy to make recommendations to their favorite restaurants or recommend a particular over-look along the ocean for a picnic.