The Best Hotels in Melbourne
Collected by Ratha Tep, AFAR Local Expert
Grand hotels with staid marble lobbies, sleek modern towers with guest-room views for miles, design-forward boutique options, and even a hotel inspired by an artist: The hotel scene here is as colorful and full of creativity as Melbourne itself.
8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
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...
1 Parliament Pl, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia
The soaring, two-story atrium lobby here gives a hint of what’s to come: space, space, and more space. The Park Hyatt Melbourne boasts the largest rooms and suites in the city. At nearly 2,600 square feet, the Presidential Suite reaches near...
630 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Guests 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 back in the early nineties. After new ownership and an overhaul completed in 2013, it's as edgy and modern as ever. Its stylish lobby has swinging couches, and...
1 Southgate Ave, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
With its imposing marble staircase, opulent crystal chandeliers, and massive floral displays—which include a weekly changing centerpiece, plus two-dozen pink roses, standard with every Langham property—the lobby here was designed...
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. Through the years, Australia’s only surviving grand hotel from...
19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This 42-room boutique property takes its design inspiration from the city’s lively laneways, lined with quirky shops and restaurants and often filled with street art. Expect an edgy aesthetic with funky hallways decorated with...
48 Flemington Rd, Parkville VIC 3052, Australia
The Art Series Hotel Group has seven chic properties across Australia, each inspired by a namesake Australian artist. Its latest, the Larwill Studio, which opened in 2014 in Parkville, an inner suburb just north of the city center, honors the...
133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Traditional hotel notions are banished at this “experience hotel” on Russell Street, apparent as soon as guests are greeted by cheery Directors of Chaos, all sporting the same black wigs, heavy makeup, and bold black-and-white outfits....
379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
In the 1920s and 1930s, this heritage-listed property on tree-lined St. Kilda Road was a glamorous automobile showroom that sold the ultimate of luxury symbols, the Rolls-Royce. Now it peddles another sort of luxury good: the boutique hotel stay....
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 renditions of the antipodean landscape, often marked by a big hot sun or a central body of water. The second property in the...
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