Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex is a unit of Crown Limited, based in Melbourne, Australia. Renowned architects such as Daryl Jackson helped design this entertainment complex. It is set in the idyllic location of the city’s Southbank.
The whole complex is spread over an area of 510,000m² and includes three hotels. The complex’s newest hotel, Crown Metropol, opened in April 2010.
Gaming at Crown Casino
Crown Casino has a large gaming facility and includes a number of small themed rooms.
The casino houses over 350 table games including blackjack, roulette, craps, pai gow and sic bo.
The casino has over 2,500 poker machines and a VIP gaming arena with high stakes gaming on baccarat, blackjack, roulette and pai gow tables.
Crown Casino’s activities are monitored and regulated by the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation (VCGR). VCGR ensures that the Crown conforms to Victorian Gambling laws.
In the past, the casino has been charged and fined for breaches under the Casino Control Act 1991.
Hotels at Crown
Crown Towers is a luxury hotel with 481 guestrooms. Bedecked with a spa, this hotel also has facilities like the 25m heated indoor swimming pool, high-tech gymnasium and two championship tennis courts. The hotel won the Victorian Tourism Awards three times.
Crown Promenade has 465 guestrooms, including 18 studios and three suites across 23 floors. Each standard room offers 34m² of well appointed space. The Deck leisure centre at the hotel has a 25m infinity pool, spa, gymnasium, sauna, two outdoor terraces and a lounge area.
The hotel’s business centre has special facilities to accommodate large and small delegations. Crown Conference Centre – located at Crown Promenade – can hold small meetings and large conferences, accommodating up to 600 delegates. A $65m upgrade created more facilities at Crown Towers and Crown Promenade.
Crown Metropol is the Crown Entertainment Complex’s newest hotel. This five-star property has 658 rooms across 28 floors. The $300m hotel opened in April 2010. Designed by internationally renowned Bates Smart, the building is connected to various entertainment spots within the complex. It has a day spa on level 27 and a lounge and sky bar located at level 28.
There are more than 40 restaurants at the Crown Entertainment Complex. These popular establishmemts include Koko, Silks, Conservatory, JJ’s Bar and Lounge, Number 8 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Breezes and the Brasserie by Philippe Mouchel.
These restaurants can meet the dining requirements of nearly 2,000 people at any one time. Renowned chefs are associated with each restaurant – France’s Thierry Marx and Jean-Paul Jeunet, Germany’s Dieter Müller, Italy’s Luisa Valazza, and Holland’s Alain Alders, all have a presence.
Australian dishes are available at the Number 8 Restaurant & Wine Bar. French cuisine in all its variety comes from French chef Philippe Mouchel. Guests can also experience traditional Japanese delicacies at Koko and the authentic Cantonese cuisine at Silks.
Entertainment and shopping
The Palms of Crown is the hot seat of continuous entertainment. The richly decorated Palladium at Crown has the latest lighting and sound systems. Palladium witnessed grand shows by international headline artists including Elton John, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jerry Lewis, Tom Jones, Andrea Bocelli and Dionne Warwick.
With the internationally renowned crystal ceiling, the black marbled Atrium has special lighting effects and music.
Australia’s largest Galactic Circus, offers a variety of interactive games. The M9 Laser Skirmish provides adults and children a pulsating experience of fun and adventure. Equipped with the cosiest reclining seats and state of art cinema technology, the Village Cinemas at Crown Entertainment Complex enthral the viewers with ultimate cinema experience.
Crown is also a shopper’s paradise. All the international designer brands are available including Burberry, Prada, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Montblanc.
Crown follows proven water, waste and energy conservation methods. It has launched the environmentally sustainable water projects and reduced its water consumption by 20%. Crown turns more than 20t of food waste into compost each month. It was certified as a Waste Wise business by Ecorecycle in 2003, and recertified as Waste Wise business by Sustainability Victoria in 2007. The gas fired trigeneration plant on site powers the main-complex and also serves as an emergency power back up facility. The plant saves 25,000t of greenhouse emissions every year.