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The Best Hotels In Melbourne

Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the best hotels in Melbourne will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and even pillow menus.
By Andrew Zuccala
October 02, 2022
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By Andrew Zuccala
October 02, 2022
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THE BEST HOTELS IN MELBOURNE

Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the best hotels in Melbourne will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and even pillow menus.

One of the top ways to treat yourself, is to check into a lavish accommodation for a few nights. At these joints, you get a little bit of everything (or even a whole lot of everything). You get fresh plush sheets (this may seem basic but god we all know how good this feels), room service that you can eat in bed, pampering packages at spas, pools with epic views and just about anything else your luxurious self desires.

And Melbourne is packed full of 5-star hotels and brilliant boutique stays that will help you live your best life. So check out our guide to the most impressive hotels in Melbourne, perfect for those after a luxury staycation or out of town visitors in need of a base for exploring the city.

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    This rooftop hotel in Melbourne offers a luxurious alternative to the cramped family camper you would have piled into as a kid. Sitting atop a Flinders Lane carpark in the CBD, Notel Melbourne venture consists of six vintage airstream caravans transported from the U.S. and completely refitted as “designer urban accommodation”, complete with queen size bed, split-system heating and cooling, and a fridge full of complimentary craft beer and wine.

    Throw in a little laneway graffiti art and this couldn’t get any more Melbourne if it tried. There’s also an ‘Airstream with benefits’ ultra-luxe option, which includes access to a goddamn spa outside your trailer. The rooftop itself, meanwhile, has recently gotten a new lick of paint courtesy of local artist Ash Keating.

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    If you’re looking for Melbourne’s best pool with a view, then it has to be The Langham’s. From up here, you have uninterrupted views across the Yarra Rover, over at Flinders Street Station and the rest of Melbourne’s cityscape. Swim a few laps up here, laze on the balcony and have the staff attend to your every need. It’s pure cosmopolitan luxury.

    The Langham is also home to one of Melbourne’s best spas. The massage menu heroes traditional Chinese techniques, while multi-treatment options combine things like body wraps, plumping facials and mud masks. But it isn’t all about the pool and spa. Each of the 387 rooms are old school opulent and offer up a range of views – our faves being over the river, of course.

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    Located near the corner of Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra, the hotel brings plenty of 70s glam to the area with a retro design by Luchetti Krelle alongside bold furnishings and pop-art installations.

    Expect graphic wallpapers, patterned couches and lots of chrome accents, plus four Rockstar suites named after iconic musicians. It also includes heaps of freebies, such as a free mini bar (including a free loot bag), free breakfast with every stay, free wi-fi, free self-service laundry and a free happy hour drink each day. Ovolo Laneways is also set to get an upgrade soon, so keep an eye out for that Melbourne hotel too.

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    The Sofitel Melbourne has had a lengthy lifespan but after a 2022 renovation has transformed each of the 360 rooms into luxe, uniquely designed accommodations. The end product is a thoroughly modern luxury hotel in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

    Each room has that classic Sofitel French flair paired with all the latest tech. They’ve even got tablets in each room, making it so much easier to order room service, request any newspaper you like or reach out to their concierge who can help you explore the city. But you can’t talk about the Sofitel without mentioning the views. You see all of Melbourne’s main landmarks from here — from the Arts Centre Spire and the NGV to Flinders Street Station and Fed Square.

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    United Places‘ remit was to create a home away from home. Its success is immediately apparent, with the greenery from the Royal Botanic Gardens across the road extending right into the 12 luxury suites, creating a space you won’t want to leave.

    Each suite offers hardwood floors and polished kitchens, while terraces with sweeping city and parkland views complement the cosy living zones. While you’re at United Places, you’ll have to eat at chef Scott Pickett’s hatted restaurant, Matilda. The kitchen’s contemporary Australian cuisine is produced entirely over open flames and hot coals — and you won’t even have to leave your room to enjoy it, with the high-end meals delivered directly to your suite.

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    With its sky-high pool adorned in gold, elaborate laneway cocktail bar and slick designer finishes throughout, W Melbourne is a study in contemporary opulence right across its 265 guest rooms and 29 suites.

    There’s even an especially indulgent ‘Extreme Wow Suite’, boasting a jukebox, cocktail bar and private 40-square-metre balcony with river views. The lavish heated indoor pool with sweeping vistas and gold-trimmed surrounds offers even fancier vibes. And hidden bar Curious is just one of four primo onsite hospitality venues, featuring innovative cocktails in a stunning cocoon-like space.

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    Want to be beside the sea in the heart of St Kilda? Pick The Prince Hotel, which happily sits just a short tram ride away from the Melbourne CBD and a quick stroll from the sand.

    Here, you’ll find comfortable, polished and modern rooms that look to be pulled straight out of a design magazine, with the hotel rocking an upscale beachy vibe while also highlighting the building’s art deco architecture. There are six different suite styles available at The Prince, decked out with elegant pops of colour and specially commissioned photography works by Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis. Onsite wining and dining options are in strong supply, between the Mediterranean-accented Prince Dining Room, the recently-revamped Prince Public Bar and boutique wine bar Little Prince Wine.

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    The new 80 Collins precinct isn’t just home to a growing number of top-notch restaurants, bars and cafes — it’s also the address of Next Hotel Melbourne. Launched in March 2021, this opulent 225-room escape is a design-lover’s dream, fitted out with an abundance of marble, plus art by the likes of Jonny Niesche and Julia Gorman.

    All the luxe suites boast features like Hunter Lab toiletries and Dyson hairdryers, as well as handy in-room cocktail-mixing stations. Next Hotel is also one of the few places in Melbourne that has a proper Aperitivo experience. Head to The Club to order a cheeky pre-dinner cocktail that comes with some complimentary snacks.  Expect charcuterie, artisan cheeses, olives and freshly shucked oysters alongside warm treats including grilled seafood and arancini.

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    The Grand Hyatt is a Melbourne institution. It originally opened in 1986 and has since undergone several renovations to keep it at the top of the city’s luxury accommodation scene. The 5-star hotel, located on Collins Street, is out-and-out luxury.

    Wake up and take full advantage of their epic buffet breakfast at the Collins Kitchen before spending the rest of the day getting pampered. Live in a plush towel robe for the day, as you jump from the spa to the pool – either by yourself, with your special someone or within a group of mates. Enjoy a few cocktails at the Grand Hyatt’s Ru-Co Bar before jumping right back into the towel robe to enjoy room service in bed.

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    Opened in mid 2021, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands is the suburb’s only five-star hotel, featuring a whole swag of onsite hospitality venues, including a swanky rooftop bar and pool. The site boasts 189 luxury rooms kitted out with features like ‘retail-inspired wardrobes’ and 55-inch LCD TVs. The whole design aesthetic of the petal-shaped building is inspired by the contours of a yacht, so expect sleek curves aplenty, backed by plenty of curated art installations and sculptured statement pieces.

    Then, there’s the hefty collection of food and drink offerings presented in collaboration with the Peter Rowland Group, including one adjacent to the hotel’s crowning glory — the stunning infinity pool, complemented by sweeping views to the west. You don’t even need to be a hotel guest to take advantage of this, with reasonably-priced day passes available. That’s a big win.

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    QT Melbourne is a multi-faceted playground for its guests. The lobby and common areas are filled with lots of colourful lighting, mountains of modern furniture and elaborate wallpaper. Then, in the stunning guest rooms, you’ll find timber flooring, state-of-the-art technology and designer furniture that’s at once quirky and tasteful.

    In addition to this luxe accommodation, the hotel also has some serious eats: Parisian-style dinners at Pascale Bar and Grill, pastries in The Cake Shop, laneway bar feels and Korean food at Hot Sauce, and a glamorous rooftop bar, too. The ‘secret’ rooftop garden is also open to the public, showcasing bespoke Four Pillars cocktails.

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    Located in the heart of Melbourne on the iconic Flinders Lane, Quincy Melbourne’s 241 rooms reflect the colour and vibrance of the city. Each room is full of bright and bold patterned soft furnishings — aimed at bringing the essence of South-East Asia to Melbourne.

    Offering standard, deluxe and club rooms, all boast inclusions such as free wifi, espresso coffee, premium tea selection, pillow menu (yes, that’s a thing), Kevin Murphy bathroom amenities and free on-demand movies at no extra cost. The Quincy Hotel also offers up three separate dining venues catering to any and all of your dining and drinking whims.

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Top image: W Melbourne.

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