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I spent the weekend in Melbourne with my partner at the Reed Gift Fair, Home & Giving and Life Instyle. It is such a great event to find some inspiration, meet new and existing suppliers and I find it very motivating. The Reed Gift Fair's main location is at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. Because of this I wanted to stay somewhere close - who wants to walk a mile when it's freezing cold? So I jumped on Hotel Club and found the "Crowne Plaza" at a fairly good rate (so I thought) we have always wanted to stay at the Crown.. images-4 I am a new member to www.hotelclub.com and so far I have found it to be very useful and great for saving money. I have previously used Booking.com, Stayz and Wotif but I am a new fan of Hotel Club. It's member rewards are highly beneficial and i find the site a lot easier to navigate.

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After a long 4 hour train ride we finally arrived in Melbourne. Taxi to the motel and it wasn't until we were in the room that I realised "Crowne Plaza" was totally different to the "Crown" but we were still close enough to the exhibition centre. A little disappointed though with the room. The staff were nice, room was average, bed was okay, view was awesome, bath was old and cracked, tv was small and the price was WAY too much for what the room was. I did approve of the "Snack Bar" though with some of our favourites including Jelly Belly :-D [caption id="attachment_107" align="aligncenter" width="300"]10525597_10154504137575226_6017445231202003598_n Snack Bar in the motel[/caption] Reed Gift Fair was soooo much fun! We walked a massive 20,000 steps (we had a pedometer, I didn't just pull that from thin air) and it was a big 2 days but I gained inspiration and a couple of new suppliers! Life Instyle was definitely not my style. I felt like a female walking into a men's rest room. So out of place and being stares at the entire time - won't be going there again! I ordered some new novelty items including Bacon Toothpaste, Cupcake Toothpaste, Bacon Candle, On Tap (Beer) Candle, Gummy Bear Lamp and more! [caption id="attachment_104" align="aligncenter" width="300"]bacon_toothpaste Coming soon to Joy's De'Lights[/caption] We topped off the weekend with a fun night at the Crown Casino (Crown not Crowne - now I know the difference). We had a lovely dinner, some awesome cocktails including a "Turkish Delight" and we had our first proper Roulette experience - that didn't last long and the dealer said we looked out of our element. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="299"]20140806-093420-34460272.jpg Me and my partner (Daniel) before heading to the Crown Casino[/caption] I probably would only recommend the Crowne Plaza as a last minute hotel or for the convenience of being close to the exhibition centre or if all other motels are booked out around that area. We did have a fun weekend but for the price we paid for the motel I would not stay there again.   [caption id="attachment_99" align="aligncenter" width="300"]20140806-102201-37321749.jpg View from our room. We did score the very top floor[/caption]

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