Melbourne is Australia's cultural (and coffee) capital, and what it lacks in sunshine it more than makes up for in bars, restaurants, theatres, galleries, laneways, sport and activities. Millions of travellers visit Melbourne each year for events such as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the AFL Grand Final, or just to soak up the city's culture and food scene. If you are staying in the city, you might want to stay at one of the best hotels in Melbourne. But if you have a late or early flight or a tight connection at Tullamarine Airport, and airport hotel might be the way to go. We’ve rounded up the best airport hotels in Melbourne: take a look, take your pick. And then feel free to get stuck into all those brilliant things to do this awesome city offers.
Melbourne's best airport hotels
Given its corporate vibe, the Parkroyal seems geared for businesspeople coming in and out of Melbourne. It’s certainly a super-convenient choice, just two minutes’ walk from the departures/arrivals lounges, and connected to the terminal by a covered walkway. Each room has free wi-fi and tea, coffee and ironing facilities. There’s also a pool, spa pool, sauna, steam room and fitness centre. Some of the rooms have views of Melbourne’s skyline; others of the wider Macedon Ranges. Just enquire when you book – it can’t help to ask!
Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport
Tullamarine Airport’s branch of the Holiday Inn chain remains a solid mid-range go-to – all rooms come with free wi-fi, tea and coffee-making facilities and 24-hour room service. A free 24/7 shuttle bus will take you on the 800-metre journey to the terminal. Fancy improving your swing? The Keilor Golf Course is just 15 minutes’ drive away.
Ibis Budget Melbourne Airport
This is the budget option at Melbourne Airport. It’s cheerfully decorated, rooms are all air-conditioned – and alongside the continential breakfast, which is included in the room price, there are vending machines filled with snacks. It's a good one for a youngish crowd doing Melbourne on a shoestring. It’s just over a kilometre away from the airport proper.
Ciloms Airport Lodge
Ciloms Airport Lodge is a vaguely quirky little hotel just a few minutes’ drive out of the airport. It’s fairly anonymous from the outside, but the timber-frame decor gives it a homely, roughspun feel inside. Each room contains a refrigerator and an en suite bathroom. Elsewhere, you’ll find a pool with a hot tub, a fitness centre and a bistro. Sweating in that scorching Aussie heat? Take your clothes to the front desk – they’ll arrange dry cleaning for you.
Mantra Tullamarine Hotel
A chic addition to Melbourne Airport’s hotel scene, the Mantra Tullamarine is just under 10 minutes' drive out the airport. We think it’s worth the journey: rooms here are modern and stylishly decorated. There’s also a pool, indoor sauna and a restaurant serving Australian and European dishes. This is another one where it’s worth leaving an enquiry when you book – ask about eserving one of the rooms that come with a spa bath!