Crown Towers Perth – Premier Twin with Crystal Club Access | 6 star

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After much anticipation, 3 years and $645 million dollars worth of construction, the Crown Towers in Perth has opened its doors. Expect the very best Perth has to offer with a massive extravagant pool area, an opulent spa and large well appointed spacious rooms, prepare to be wowed.

Being a massive investment and the ‘jewel’ of the crown portfolio, The 500 rooms are spread across 23 storeys. The two-level porte-cochère that channels guests into separate pick-up and drop-off points works extremely well and the integration with the existing casino floor is seamless.

Even the entry-level guestrooms (premier rooms) are a spacious 47 square metres, with floor to ceiling windows and rich furnishings.

Crown Towers Perth – from the Pool Area
The amazing pool and cabana area with the swan river in the backdrop
premier twin room (45 square metres)

We were given access to the amazing Crystal Club located on the 23rd floor of the towers which included breakfast each morning, snacks throughout the day and a light dinner (canapés) with a selection of juices, sodas, coffees, teas & alcoholic beverages. (spirits, beers, wines and aperitifs)  This is also where you access the Salons.  More to come on the salons in my next review of crown towers.

Outdoor area of the Crystal Club
Hors Douvres in the crystal club

 

Bravo to the brilliant staff at the crystal club lounge

 

Crown Towers is definitely in the same class as St. Regis, Ritz Carlton & Park Hyatt, with its own sense of opulence & style.  All staff are genuinely friendly and over-the-top helpful, and spend the time talking and getting to know you, thank you very much Karen, for taking the time to entertain my Grandma Fay . (Karen was the wonderful host in the crystal club who truly went out of her way to make sure our stay was amazing)

The food service around the pool however needs to be looked at.  They only had a limited choice on the menu (a few things where not available) and it was particularly hard to get the servers attention.  Basics like serviettes, cutlery and plates where not given to us – only after numerous requests (and we were given 1 plate which was dirty and 2 serviettes?) The service was aloof.  They had not prepared sufficiently for the masses of people coming down to the pool area for lunch.

Room service was much better.  With a fantastic selection of modern cuisine, everyone is well catered for.  The food arrived when specified (20 mins) and was delicious & steaming hot.  Nailed it.

Being part of a casino group, they have a smoking area in the main foyer leading to the lobby (outdoor) overlooking the Metropol’s pool area.

If you have kids, they are well catered for.  Not only are they allowed throughout the wet areas of the Towers, they also have a direct link to the water slides and full wet areas located next door at the Crown Metropol.  Big bonus.  Hours of fun and entertainment to keep them occupied, giving parents some respite.

Parking was a bit of an issue.  If you want to arrive at the front door and not carry your bags from the free carpark, they are going to slog you $50 per day for valet parking which is the only other option.  I thought that was bit hard to take considering I didn’t really feel like carting all the luggage from the carpark to the lobby.

the lobby | reception area

We dined at epicurean which was definitely a delight for the senses.  With a huge selection of deli inspired sections, the food was plentiful and very well presented.  Seafood selection was excellent with prawns, crabs and scallops with a variety of sauces and condiments.

Massive meat selection of different style briskets, pastramis, sirloins and bone in cuts for the avid meat consumer.

The desserts where definitely a stand out with everything individual, from creme brûlée tartlets, lemon meringues, fruit tarts, a chocolate fountain with many different dip ins to choose from and so much more…

The beauty about staying at the Crown is that you have a plethora of venue’s to choose from for meals and drinks.  There really is something for everyone.  Rockpool, Nobu, Silks, Modo Mio, Bistro Guillame, The Atrium (the house buffet), Epicurean, Carvers, Junction Grill, Market & Co., The Merrywell, Poolside Bar & Grill and 88 noodle bar.  Fast food is also available – Mcdonalds, Subway, Cotta Cafe, Snax & Wok In a Box.

The Waiting Room in the lobby is a fine and sophisticated place, for those who like a pre dinner drink or if you are ‘waiting’ for your guests to arrive, then this is the place to be!  Great selection of cocktails and mixes with a tapas style food menu.

the bottom line

My stay at Crown Towers was absolutely superb!  It lived up to all my expectations and more.

My rating for Crown Towers Perth is 5.8 stars out of a possible 6 stars.

 

Villa Bedroom will be reviewed next stay
The well appointed Gym
Private Cabana Area
Crystal Club Opening Hours
Crystal Club
The Spa’s Relaxation Room
The Waiting Room
Room Service Food

 

Epicurean
Epicurean Desserts
Epicurean Proscuitto
Epicurean Desserts
Epicurian Choc Fountain

Qantas Business Class, Perth – Santiago from $4,478* return

Qantas has just released new fares in economy, premium economy and business class from Perth to Santiago at a very reasonable price.  I’d say this is probably the best route to South America (from Perth) and most comfortable flying on the 747’s.  (my favourite aircraft) (request bulkhead if your in economy)

Qantas offers three return services a week on the Sydney-Santiago route (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday), operated by a Boeing 747 that has been refurbished with award-winning A380-style cabins, seats and inflight entertainment.

LAN Airlines will codeshare on the Qantas services while the Australian airline will continue to codeshare on LAN’s daily services between Sydney and Santiago via Auckland. As fellow oneworld™ members, Qantas and LAN will continue to work together to promote travel between Australia, Chile and the broader South American region.

Considered as just a stopover point: Santiago, is the capital and largest city in Chile. Located in a country filled to the brim with stunning landscapes, historic beauty, local charm and delectable foods, it is fast-becoming more of a destination than a stopover.

The Business Class return fare

Just a reminder.. In my own opinion, Qantas has one of the best business class products in the world – after all, they did introduce “business class” to the skies in 1979.

More on Qantas to come (one of my favourite airlines), with an in-depth review coming up on their new Boeing 787 dreamliner fleet (when more of the information is released)

This is the latest Qantas International Business Seat – note the privacy screen in the middle can be lowered

 

The economy class return fare

Qantas celebrates its centenary in 2020.  What do you think of Qantas?

 

Visit qantas.com for more details

Batik Air Business Class Perth to Denpasar (PER-DPS) Airbus A320 with Sharklets

Being the airline geek that I am, it is imperative that I give every airline a try.  Batik Air are not aligned with any frequent flyer or loyalty partners, apart from their own, Batik Miles which is a very basic product.

I would normally travel with Jetstar to Bali, as most of you know, I am a loyal Qantas supporter.  Economy with Jetstar was more expensive than business class with Batik, so it really was a no brainer.

Check in at the Perth airport was quick and easy.

Batik Air does not allow you to check in online yet (this was the inaugural flight), so everyone including business class had to join the queue at the PER international airport for check in.

Batik Air is part of the Lion Group of Companies, (I gasped when I found out they also own Malindo Air) however with their business promo sale for only AUD$150 return more than the economy fare, I booked straight away.

The cabin was completely separated by a wall and the configuration was 2:2 with 3 rows of seats.  In total, there where 3 of us sitting in business.

Seats are not lie flat with a pitch similar to domestic at 45 inches.

My first impressions where “This is actually really roomy, modern and comfortable for the extra money”.  I was pretty stoked.  I mean it’s very standard for international business class, however for a 3.5 hour flight, it was just perfect.

I was greeted by my surname and offered a glass of water or juice as soon as I was seated, which I took. (green juice)  I was also given roasted cashews and a hot towel.

Inflight entertainment is provided via fold-up screens at each business class seat, with AC and USB charging ports at-hand just below the drinks tray.

The system was basic with an offering of 3 or 4 english movies (fairly newish like JOY and THE REVENANT) and then another 4 or so in other languages (mostly Indonesian).  Chess, backgammon and puzzles where available also.  Just enough to keep you occupied during the flight.

At meal time, approximately 1 hour into the flight, we where given the choice of having chicken penne napoli or chicken and rice.  Here is a photo of the chicken and rice from their website.

I ordered the chicken penne with napoli sauce which was quite sweet, but overall not too bad.  I was also offered a drink (not alcoholic) and asked for cola with ice. (Pepsi)  Again, I thought the meal service was satisfactory for the price I paid and the length of the flight.  The overall cabin service was fine, no problems with language or any requests, which made for an enjoyable trip.

I would definitely fly with Batik Air again.

Mr rating for Batik Air Business Class service onboard their A320 from Perth – Denpasar is: 4.5 out of a maximum 6 points.