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The best hotels in Melbourne

From well-priced arty hotels to dazzling five-star rooms, these are the best hotels in Melbourne

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Time Out editors
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Coming to Melbourne for a visit? Taking a fun staycation in the city? Whether you're a first-time visitor to Melbourne or a frequent visitor, these hotels will surely help you have the best time ever in this city. You'll find luxury hotels, budget hotels and boutique hotels in this list, so you can unpack, unwind and enjoy your stay in Melbourne. 

The best hotels in Melbourne cover locations across the CBD, with an option for every type of traveller. From slipping into a private spa in a palatial penthouse to being surrounded by modern art in an intimate design hotel, bunking down in a beautiful room near the top Melbourne attractions is easily done. You'll even find some of the best restaurants and bars right outside their lobbies – talk about convenience!

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For a taste of inner-city luxury, you can’t go past W Melbourne. The hotel, which opened in February of 2021, packs 294 guest rooms, 29 suites, a secret bar, a premium restaurant and a sexy top-floor pool into its Flinders Lane digs – and still manages to feel boutique rather than behemoth.  

Time Out tip: Head to the indoor pool before 7am for a solo swim, and you might even see hot air balloons pass by the windows.

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Opened in 2016, the QT Melbourne has made quite a splash in the city – its 188 rooms can be hard to come by, so if you’ve got your heart set on staying, book in advance. The brand new building has a grand entrance – all soaring ceilings, wood panels and marble. You’ll find a large selection of mostly digital art flickering throughout the hotel, and rooms have an orient-meets-Wall Street vibe, with timber floorboards, glamorous en suites and QT’s “please-don’t-make-me-get-up-I-don’t-want-to-get-up” gel-topped beds.

Time Out tip: The QT is directly opposite one of Time Out’s favourite restaurants and wine bars, Embla. Don’t leave town without nabbing a table.

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Whether you’re staying in the cosy studio or splurging on a penthouse suite, fun is front and centre at this hip hotel inspired by Melbourne’s laneway culture. With interesting touches like chalkboards, pinball machines and colourful murals throughout the property, there is nothing generic about this hotel, which is well-suited to travellers who want to make the most of the enviable location right in the thick of it on Little Bourke Street. Of all the extras on offer, the free minibar is the obvious winner.

Time Out tip: You’re staying in the middle of Chinatown, so why not treat yourself to a dumpling feast? Veer off the main strip and visit HuTong, where you’ll find the best xiao long bao in town.

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The Art Series Hotel Group’s South Yarra offering has 224 luxurious rooms ideal for short and long term stays. Stepping to the lobby feels more like entering an art gallery than a hotel; a striking frog sculpture (by veteran Australian artist John Olsen, of course) sets the scene, and a curated collection of Olsen’s bright and beautiful paintings are dotted throughout the property. 

Time Out tip: Feel like watching a movie? Resist the urge to stay in and head across the road to Palace Cinema Como. This plush cinema complex screens big new releases as well as arthouse films from all over the world.

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Dripping in old-world charm and the glamour of a bygone era, this grand dame is really something special. The décor here is understated and refined, with tasteful furnishings, soaring ceilings and pretty leadlight accents rather than the cold and tacky flashiness of some 'luxury' hotels. The staff are warm and attentive, happy to help with everything from nearby bar recommendations to forgotten toothbrushes. The rooms themselves are elegant, with marble bathrooms and soft linens and towels. 

Time Out tip: Even if you don't want to stay at the Windsor, do make sure you drop in for afternoon tea, which is served every day of the week. 

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This Southbank mainstay has all the essential ingredients needed to conjure up an extraordinary hotel experience. There are incredible city skyline and Yarra River views from the Deluxe River Corner Room, the polished interiors of the sprawling Chairman Suite and the indoor 15-metre pool inside the Langham’s blissful Chuan Spa. Cap that off with a visit to the award-winning buffet at the Melba fine dining restaurant and it’s easy to see how the Langham earned every single one of its five stars.

Time Out tip: Tea sommeliers are most definitely a thing – and you’ll meet them at the Langham’s elegant high tea, where house-made pastries are served on Wedgewood teaware.

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Located within a hulking 1938 building on the busy CBD hotspot that is Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel is a nice landing spot for those who value edgy design, location and first-rate service. The Adelphi is a uniquely styled boutique hotel, from its signature zig-zagged floor right down to the ubiquitous lolly jars in every room. With only 34 rooms, the Adelphi can afford to be a little playful in design. Kitschy lamps, furry rugs and not-very-functional-but-still-cute couches line the corners of rooms, with the centrepiece king-sized bed a comfy standout. 

Time Out tip: The Adelphi’s rooftop pool is probably one of the most photographed pools in Melbourne, thanks to its cantilevering, glass-bottom, which juts out over Flinders Lane. It's open from 6am most days if you're one for an early-morning swim. 

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As Australia’s first carbon neutral hotel, the inner-city Alto Hotel is the ideal place for a low-impact city stay. Not only is 100 per cent of all electricity used throughout the property generated from renewable sources, but guests can access complimentary recharging stations for electric vehicles and there’s even a rooftop beehive supplying honey for breakfast. With simple yet stylish rooms and all the mod-cons you’d expect from a four-star boutique hotel, the Alto Hotel proves that going green doesn’t mean sacrificing on quality.

Time Out tip: Take advantage of Alto’s relaxation room, which features automated massage chairs that are free to use.

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Everything about Ovolo’s South Yarra outpost is perfectly suited to its Chapel Street adjacent location. No detail has been overlooked in accomplishing the hotel’s groovy, 1960s-70s aesthetic. Make note of restaurant Lona Misa on your way to check in, as it’s here you can grab a plant-based breakfast, lunch or dinner while staying at the hotel.

Time Out tip: Have a canine friend in the family? Ovolo is completely pet-friendly and will even provide a bed, dog bowls and treats for your dog.

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Thanks to a 2017 renovation, the Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne is now home to some of the largest apartments in the city – and yes, we’re including the apartments Melburnians actually live in this unscientific survey, too. These three-bedroom apartments, on the hotel’s upper floors, are perfect for families or group travel, and they’re surprisingly affordable. If you’re not rolling with a crew, you’ll be just as at home in the one-bedroom suites, which feature large, comfy couches, full-size dining tables, separate bedrooms and full kitchens – all decked with fresh, modern furniture. 

Time Out tip: The Adina Apartment Hotel is 18 storeys high, which means the upper levels get some truly killer views. If you want to really look out over Melbourne, request a room with altitude on the building’s southeast corner.

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This Flinders Street Station-adjacent hotel is a short walk to some of Melbourne’s most notable laneways and best bars, restaurants and boutiques. That said, make sure you save some time to experience everything DoubleTree has to offer, including cocktails in the Lobby Bar and grass-fed steak at the in-house eatery Platform 270. There’s also a fitness room for those virtuous types who can’t bear the thought of missing a day of exercise. After a long day of making merry, sink into the hotel’s specially designed Sweet Dreams bed for a perfect night’s sleep.

Time Out tip: Take the underpass under Flinders Street Station and grab a seat at Arbory Bar and Eatery, which stretches 120 metres along the riverbank. 

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Design aficionados will love the muted tones and sleek monochrome lines at this South Melbourne boutique bolthole that is equal parts hotel, bar and bistro. Only a quick tram ride from the city centre, Coppersmith – located in the leafy streets of South Melbourne – is the perfect choice for visitors who prefer a neighbourhood setting to be in the middle of the city. The rooms feature incredibly soft beds, heavenly pillows, flat-screen televisions and recordable cable TV. Enjoying a cool beer on the rooftop is a must.

Time Out tip: Coppersmith is a five-minute walk to Albert Park Lake, an expansive blue lake flanked with a five-kilometre walking track. Take a stroll as the sun sets over the city and spot the black swans sitting on the banks. Just don’t swim in it.

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Merging old-world elegance with modern amenities and service, Hotel Lindrum is a slice of Melbourne heritage wrapped up in a seriously luxurious hotel stay. Once a former billiard centre, Hotel Lindrum’s 59 rooms feature original windows, wool carpet and Samsung Smart LCD televisions. Enjoying a prime location on Flinders Street, Hotel Lindrum is surrounded by Melbourne’s best food and wine hotspots, yet the hotel’s own Back Bar has everything a discerning hotel guest could ever need with leather armchairs, a fireplace and a full-size billiard table.

Time Out tip: Hotel Lindrum is located a short walk from Melbourne’s sports precinct, making it the perfect choice for visitors keen on catching an AFL game at the MCG or a tennis match at Rod Laver Arena.

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With beautiful rooms and intuitive service delivered by attentive staff, this five-star hotel has all the high-end trappings you’d expect from digs sandwiched between Wolford, Armani and Prada.  Here you’re literally on top of the high-end shopping and fine dining restaurants at the “Paris end” of Collins Street. Guests can expect panoramic city views from floor-to-ceiling windows, modern furnishings and king-sized beds. Cap off your experience by lording over the city with a Martini in the Atrium Bar on the 35th floor.

Time Out tip: Spend an afternoon snacking on delicate éclairs in Sofi’s Lounge.

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It's an apartment hotel, so you'll have a lot more space than in a normal hotel. Apartments range from the 40-square-metre Plaza queen suite all the way up to the 85-square-metre Heritage two-bedroom apartment. All of the suites have kitchenettes and living areas, and they also include washing machines and dryers, making them ideal for longer stays. 

Time out tip: Netflix is included, and every apartment has a living area and kitchen if you feel like a great night in.

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We all have different preferences when it comes to hotels – perhaps you're a fan of staying right in the middle of the action; maybe you're happy to chill out in a boutique hotel in a cute neighbourhood. Whatever kind of vacation (or staycation) you're after, we've got you covered.

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