Grand Chancellor has always been the hotel I use most on business travels to Melbourne (occassionally The Pullman at Albert Park if GC was booked out).
Used to use the upstairs rooms for Product Showings\Road Shows and didn't mind the restaurant downstairs.
A short stroll...
Which hotel was that?
I've generally got a few 'go to' hotels in every major city courtesy of work travels, so often can snag a cheaper deal or some upgrades based on past bookings.
Crown's been really good with multiple bookings that we haven't been able to use over the past year and a half...
I don't use Expedia, wotif, bookings.com, etc
I will search them to find the best deal but then ring (well, I get the Mrs to) the hotel direct and state the package she is looking at and she does not like booking online.
Deals always matched and sometimes even bettered