Spending a night in a luxurious hotel is a treat that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Thankfully, you don't need to leave Melbourne to find world-class accommodation in the heart of the city. While you're planning your high rolling retreat, consider booking a table at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants, and heading out to discover all the great shopping that the city has to offer.
Melbourne's best luxury hotels
Crown Towers’ rooms are undoubtedly the best in the city – and not for their uninterrupted views of the Yarra and the city. You name it – everything was upgraded in the recent $70 million renovation that’s taken the hotel to well beyond 5-star. With heaps of restaurants only a two minute stroll away, Crown Towers has a gourmet weekend away well covered.
The QT’s 188 rooms are coveted, so if you’ve got your heart set on staying book in advance. The hotel’s schmick 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. For an extra swanky stay, book yourself into a suite where you could find yourself in a freestanding bathtub, set on an enclosed pavilion overlooking one of Melbourne’s hipper rooftop bars.
Located at the Paris end of Collins Street, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne’s central location is ideal for the bar hopper, shopper and urban adventurer alike. The hotel is looking the finest it has ever been following an extensive refurbishment (check out those Italian marble bathrooms) and its club lounge is up there with the best in town.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’re going to pretend you’re living in Downtown Abbey then there’s only one place to do so: Hotel Windsor. The amenities might have been updated but the style and service of Hotel Windsor is firmly grounded in the late Victorian era. That is to say, it’s phenomenal. If you really want to party like it’s 1880 then spoil yourself with their Victorian Suite.
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.
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.
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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.