The best boutique hotels in Melbourne

Think outside the square and treat yourself to somewhere just a little (or a lot) luxe
Adelphi Hotel rooftop Dec 2017
Photograph: Meagan Harding
By Time Out editors |
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For some people luxury is all they want from a hotel, the more stars the better. For others it's the bottom line that interests them, or maybe all they care about is the location. But there's also the group of hotel hunters that want somewhere just a little bit different, somewhere with a story or unique selling point – somewhere boutique. Sound like you? Fortunately Melbourne's boutique hotel scene is heaving with interesting stays available across the city. Once you're checked in hit the town to discover Melbourne's best street art and cocktail bars

Boutique hotels in Melbourne

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The Como
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The Como

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For over two the Como decades it’s been the grande dame of Chapel Street, with stylish rooms and an effortless, undeniable charm. It’s also a haunt for celebrities (Channel Ten is next door, so it’s the obvious place for the network to plonk visiting VIPs) – especially since it boasts the jacuzzi’n’grand piano’n’private terrace Como Suite. Now that is fancy.

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Adelphi Hotel
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Adelphi Hotel

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Close to the action and about as stylish as it gets the Adelphi Hotel is high on our list of boutique stays. In the heart of the city on Flinders Lane Adelphi is a little bit 60s but without the kitsch factor. Do yourself a favour and try the dessert degustation at Om Nom after a dip in the hotel's rooftop pool. 

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Jasper Hotel
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Jasper Hotel

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Light, bright and filled with pops of colour the Jasper Hotel makes simplicity its greatest stength. From the rooms to sunlit internal courtyard the Jasper puts on an effortless display of minimalist chic without losing any warmth. Staying mid week? Forgo dinner at a local restaurant in favour for street eats at the Queen Victoria Night Market next door. 

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The Crossley Hotel

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There's something nostalgic about the Crossley Hotel. Tucked away on Little Bourke Street the hotel sits squarely on the budget end of the boutique hotel spectrum, but it doesn't compromise on comfort. If you've got time to burn check out the hotel's mini library and reading nook, and under no circumstances leave without spending a night at Bodega Underground next door. 

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Ovolo Laneways
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Ovolo Laneways

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We’re not going to make assumptions about the sorts of people who read Time Out – other than that they’re urbane, sophisticated and incredibly good-looking, obviously – but we feel we’d remiss in not mentioning that the Ovolo has a free minibar in every one of its sleek, contemporary rooms. Yep, you read that correctly. Free. Mini. Bar.

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The Cullen Art Series
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The Cullen

icon-location-pin Prahran

Adam Cullen is no longer with us, but his legacy lives on in this designer hotel built around 450-odd pieces of his work. It’s in Prahran, right in the market district, with restaurants, bars and cafés left and right – and there are two important bits of advice to offer. One is that you should request a balcony room, since they don’t all have them and they’re pretty damn awesome, and two is that the food downstairs at HuTong is superb (do not miss their dumplings).

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The Olsen Art Series
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The Olsen

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The Olsen is not just a hotel: it’s a living showcase of its titular artist. John Olsen’s work adorns every room, which explains why the decorations are otherwise on the clean, stylish and white side – they’re never going to compete with the works on display. The rooms are large and beautiful and the South Yarra location oh-so-chic. If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a luxury art gallery, this is as close as the dream gets.

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The Blackman
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The Blackman

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Like the abovementioned Cullen and the Olsen, this South Kilda Road gem is part of the Art Series Hotel Group, this time based around the work of Charles Blackman. The rooms are lovely, sure, but the bar downstairs is amazing and it even has its own very swanky bakery. But the art’s the focus, and rightly so.

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Hotel Lindrum
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Hotel Lindrum

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Though Hotel Lindrum is less than 20 years old, the building itself dates back to the early 1900s when it was owned by a family of billiard champions. Throughout the hotel old school meets new as the building's original architecture and fittings clash wonderfully with recent refurbishments. After a long day exploring the Melbourne CBD relax with new smart TVs, bedheads, mattresses and bedding. 

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The Prince Hotel
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The Prince Hotel

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It’s a pub! It’s a venue! It’s a hotel! It’s a bar! It’s a restaurant! It’s basically the most versatile building in St Kilda, given that it encompasses most of the block and contains the Prince of Wales Hotel, Circa, the Aurora Spa Retreat and the Prince Bandroom. See, developers, we can all get along. It also manages to straddle that cool, inner-city vibe with luxury suites – and the Deck has gorgeous views across Port Phillip Bay.

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Lyall Hotel and Spa
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Lyall Hotel and Spa

icon-location-pin South Yarra

OK, let’s be clear: the Lyall is pricy. It’s also gorgeous, and conveniently close to the exquisite shopping of Toorak Road and Chapel Street (and if you’re popping over to do some South Yarra shopping, you can probably afford to spoil yourself a bit on digs). The Champagne Bar is intimate and charming, and they boast an award-winning day spa as well, if you’re really in a pampering mood. 

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Royce Hotel
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Royce Hotel

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There’s a sweeping staircase in the lobby and a quiet, understated elegance to this hotel on the outskirts of the CBD. Colours are muted, marble is shiny and the mezzanine rooms especially nicely appointed. It’s a perfect morning stroll to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and its in-house restaurant Dish has become quite the destination in its own right. 

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A shot of the rooftop jacuzzi at The Langham
Photograph: The Langham
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