Melbourne's best luxury hotels
From the shiny, golden reception to the warm amber hues of the rooms, the Hyatt will likely be a 24-karat experience. Request a room on the twentieth floor or higher and if you’re lucky the view will include a handful of Melbourne’s major landmarks. It’s a cinch to visit those places in person too, with the Hyatt located within walking distance to trains and trams. The rooms themselves feel very private. The walls are thick and there are no awkward noises audible from your neighbours – or from you to them.
The Sofitel has remained at the forefront of luxury accomodation since the '90s thanks to its commitment to understated elegance. It’s fancy, but it doesn’t need to prove itself with the views, service and amenities all speaking for it. The location at the top of Collins Street puts you in the best position to to try out some of Melbourne’s best restaurants like Cumulus Inc and Mamasita.
A favourite among those travelling to Melbourne on business, the Melbourne Marriott has something of an '80s James Bond aesthetic going for it. Between the polished floors, leather accents and stylish no-nonsense furnishings you can see why it attracts discerning corporate travelers. Take advantage of the hotels fully kitted out business facilities or relax on the vast pillowtop beds.
Dripping in old-world charm and the glamour of a bygone era, this grand dame is really something special. The hotel opened its doors in 1883 and has welcomed guests such as Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Gregory Peck, Anthony Hopkins, Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam, Robert Menzies and Metallica. 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. If you really want to splash out, the 122-square-metre Victorian Suite is grand and elegant, with a dining room, separate lounge and second bedroom. Huge windows on both sides make the suite feel more like an upper class 19th-century pied-â-terre than a hotel room. Modern amenities like two LCD televisions, excellent water pressure and luxury bath products don't interfere with the 19th-century vibe, but they will make your stay extremely comfortable. Located in a prime position on Spring Street, the Windsor is in a perfect location to visit state parliament, Melbourne Museum, the Old Treasury Building or the Princess, Comedy or Her Majesty's theatres.
While at this grand Werribee stay be sure to take advantage of their award-winning spa, stroll around the impeccably landscaped gardens and pretend you're a member of the Chirnside family. This wealthy crew owned the mansion in 1877 and were pampered by some 50-odd members of staff. These days you can still get very much pampered, whether that be with a steam in the Turkish hammam chamber, a swim in the sleek indoor pool, or with high tea at Joseph's Restaurant and Bar.
From the grand sweeping staircase in the foyer to the stunning views over the Yarra, everything about the Langham screams (or rather politely declares) luxury. The rooms combine modern convenience with old-school class – there’s lots of dark timber accents and plush furnishings that frankly make staying in almost more appealing than going out. A visit to Melba for Wedgewood afternoon tea is a must during your stay.
Crown Towers’ rooms are undoubtedly the best in the city – and not for their uninterrupted views of the Yarra and the city. This 5-star hotel is equip with 24 hour in-room dining, a tablet-booking system for all spa services and preferential booking with any of the restaurants in Crown. With some of Melbourne's best fashion houses and boutiques just downstairs, you're guaranteed a luxury experience any night of the week.
The Westin's secluded entrance off Collins Street makes it feel a world away from the bustling CBD. Despite being less than 20 years old there's an alluring touch of vintage glamour about the hotel. The Westin is also well-known for the quality of its beds, and when you sink down into the heavenly soft mattress you'll know why.
When the Rialto opened in December 2008 after a huge refurbishment, it was the first hotel in the world to be Green Globe rated. That achievement came without needing to compromise on style – inside the rooms you'll find contemporary, spacious digs with the latest technology and top of the line beds that contrast nicely with the Rialto's ornate gothic facade.
Sleek and modern, the Sheraton Melbourne is everything you want from a contemporary five-star hotel; we're talking shiny marble bathrooms and fluffy robes, for a start. Located five minutes' walk from the Treasury Gardens and Princess Theatre, the Sheraton is ideal for a luxurious getaway in the heart of Melbourne – try the indoor heated pool or rooftop bar if you don’t believe us.
More of Melbourne's best hotels
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.