The Best Hotels in Melbourne
Collected by AFAR Editors, AFAR Staff
Staid grand dames with marble lobbies, sleek modern towers with views for miles, design-forward boutiques with art in spades: The hotel scene here is as colorful and full of creativity as Melbourne itself. Here’s where to book your next stay.
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
This gleaming glass tower, which takes on a subtle S shape, serves as a beacon of urban chic along Melbourne’s Southbank. Its vast lobby sets the tone with double-height ceilings, a seemingly never-ending black staircase, and curving walls...
1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
The Park Hyatt Melbourne claims the city’s largest rooms and suites. Your first indication: the soaring, two-story atrium lobby. At nearly 2,600 square feet, the Presidential Suite reaches near McMansion territory, comprising a marble...
630 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Travelers seeking spacious accommodations in buzzy South Yarra would be wise to choose this MGallery by Sofitel property on shop-lined Chapel Street. The smallest of its 111 guest rooms start at a roomy 410 square feet and feature plush king beds,...
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
One of Melbourne's first designer hotels, the Adelphi opened in a converted warehouse in the early nineties, but after an overhaul completed by new ownership in 2013, it’s as edgy as ever. The stylish lobby has swinging couches, and 34 rooms...
1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
With its imposing marble staircase, opulent crystal chandeliers, and massive floral displays—there’s a weekly changing centerpiece, plus two-dozen pink roses, standard at every Langham property—the lobby here was designed to...
111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opened in 1883, the Hotel Windsor predates some of the world’s most historic hotels, including The Ritz in Paris, the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and The Savoy in London. As Australia’s only surviving grand hotel from that era, it has...
19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
As the name suggests, this 42-room boutique property takes its design inspiration from the city’s lively laneways, alleys lined with quirky shops and restaurants and often filled with graffiti art. Expect an edgy aesthetic with hallways...
48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
The Art Series Hotel Group has seven chic properties across the continent, each inspired by a namesake Australian artist. Its latest resides in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the city center, and honors the renowned figurative...
133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Check your traditional hotel notions at the door of this Russell Street lodging. At QT Melbourne, guests are greeted on arrival by cheery Directors of Chaos, who sport the same black wigs, heavy makeup, and bold black-and-white outfits, but the...
379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
In the 1920s and 1930s, this heritage-listed property on tree-lined St. Kilda Road was an automobile showroom that sold the ultimate status symbol—the Rolls-Royce. Now it peddles another sort of luxury good: the boutique hotel stay. In the...
637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Considered one of Australia’s best living painters, John Olsen is famous for his squiggly-lined watercolor and oil takes on the antipodean landscape. Fitting, then, that the second property in the Art Series Hotel Group immerses guests in...
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