This gleaming glass tower, which takes on a subtle S shape, serves as a beacon of contemporary glamour along Melbourne’s Southbank. Its vast lobby sets the tone with double-height ceilings, a seemingly never-ending black staircase, and curving walls lined with gigantic wooden ball sculptures by Korean artist Lee Jae-Hyo. Each of the Crown Metropol’s 658 rooms features floor-to-ceiling windows, specially commissioned works of art, and in most, bold design accents that include sexy striped black-paneled walls and smart, sliding doors that lead into oversize bathrooms. Its sprawling rooftop spa and leisure facilities include luxe La Prairie treatments, indoor tennis courts, and one of the city’s finest pools, lined with an infinity edge overlooking prime city views. To top it all off, a foodie extravaganza awaits with three restaurants by top Aussie chef Neil Perry, along with outposts of some of the world’s most renowned restaurants, including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Nobu.