Stay in style during your Melbourne vacation at one of these swank hotels, which cost a fraction of comparable stays in other major cities.
When it comes to finding a place to hang your hat, Melbourne hotels are sure to please. With the exchange rate at roughly US$0.65 to AUD$1, boutique-style luxury and five-star opulence can seem downright affordable to some visitors. Melbourne accommodation options also vary, so you can set up camp in one of many central locations or a beachside escape.
Beginning in the Central Business District (CBD), the range of luxury accommodations stretch as far as your budget will take you.
Located above the Crown Casino complex on the Yarra River at Southbank is Crown Towers Hotel. Deluxe rooms begin at AUD$395 (US$270) per night, and offer floor-to-ceiling views of the city, spa baths and the latest in-room entertainment. At the top end, spoil yourself in the award-winning villas, beginning at AUD$1,250 (US$854) per night. From private elevators to 24-hour butler service and access to a private club, this is high-roller heaven. 8 Whiteman St., Southbank; tel. +61-3-9292-6868. www.crowntowers.com.au
Also in the Southbank precinct and equally lavish is The Langham Melbourne. Renowned for luxury and unsurpassed service, the Melbourne Langham outpost is no different. The views of Melbourne from Southbank are magnificent, and the restaurants and bars alongside the river mean you won’t have to stray too far if you don’t want to. The Arts Centre right next door hosts all kinds of performances. Classic rooms begin at AUD$345 (US$236) per night. 1 Southgate Ave., Southbank; tel. +61-3-8696-8888. melbourne.langhamhotels.com.au
At the Park Hyatt Melbourne, you’ll be treated to the best of everything in one of Melbourne’s more historic districts. Located at the top end of Collins Street, neighboring the magnificent St. Patrick’s cathedral and close to the Fitzroy Gardens (which is great for early morning exercise and picnics), this elegant hotel is in a prime location. Park king rooms begin at AUD$355 (US$243) per night. 1 Parliament Square (off Parliament Place), tel. +61-3-9224-1234. melbourne.park.hyatt.com
A few blocks away is the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, which has recently undergone a AUD$45 million (US$30.7 million) renovation. Located toward the top end of Collins Street, this hotel makes it easy to take advantage of Melbourne’s best shopping, dining and theater. Luxurious grand king rooms begin at AUD$290 (US$190) per night. If you stay during the Australian Open tennis championship, don’t be surprised if you breakfast with the stars. 123 Collins St., tel. +61-3-9657-1234. melbourne.grand.hyatt.com
The grand dame of Melbourne hotels is undoubtedly The Hotel Windsor. Built in 1883, the hotel’s architecture reflects the most extravagant Victorian-era design. Grand sweeping staircases, high ceilings and marble everything sets the tone. Guests can select one of 10 different pillows from a pillow menu. Afternoon tea in the dining room is not to be missed. Traditional rooms begin at AUD$350 (US$239) per night. 111 Spring St., tel. +61-3-9633-6000. www.thewindsor.com.au
Located above Melbourne’s old City Square location and a few steps from Melbourne’s new heart, Federation Square, is The Westin Melbourne. Perhaps the most central hotel in town, this chic, modern property has been showered with awards since opening in early 2000. A range of packages will help you make the most of the spa and dining facilities on offer. Queen rooms begin at AUD$271 (US$184) per night. 205 Collins St., tel. +61-3-9635-2222. www.westin.com.au
Overlooking Melbourne’s sports precinct is Hotel Lindrum. Inside this classic building, former home to the famous billiard player of the same name, are 59 warm and luxurious rooms. The full-size billiard table in the bar is the best spot for a game in Melbourne. Standard rooms begin at AUD$450 (US$305) per night. 26 Flinders St., tel. +61-3-9668-1111. www.hotellindrum.com.au
If Melbourne’s laneways look like your kind of thing—and with great food, bars and shopping they probably will be—stay at the Adelphi Hotel. This is not your average hotel, and the architects obviously enjoyed great design freedom, so expect the unexpected. The clear-bottomed rooftop pool that extends out over bustling Flinders Lane is a highlight. Premier rooms begin at AUD$560 (US$379) per night. 187 Flinders Lane, tel. +61-3-8080-8888. www.adelphi.com.au
The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is not only a comfortably swanky hotel, it boasts magnificent views of Melbourne from its rooms and public areas. The Atrium Bar located on the 35th floor is one of Melbourne’s best-kept secrets, and enjoying a beverage and the view is not restricted to hotel guests. Classic rooms start at AUD$255 (US$173) per night. 25 Collins St., tel. +61-3-9653-0000. www.sofitelmelbourne.com.au
Fancy waking up at the beach every day but still within easy reach of the city? Stay at The Prince Hotel in lively St Kilda. This is one of Melbourne’s most uniquely styled hotels, and is part of The Prince of Wales complex, which includes Mink Bar (read about Mink in the Guide to Melbourne’s Best Bars) and Circa. Boutique in every sense, no two rooms are the same. Offering "Single Rooms" that happily accommodate two is mildly eccentric to begin with. From AUD$190 (US$129) per night. 2 Acland St., tel. +61-3-9536-1111. www.theprince.com.au