To those who say that cheeky staycations aren't a good use of money – you're doing romance wrong. Booking a night in a luxe hotel is a rare and wonderful treat. Here are a few ideas on where to splash out for the night – now it's up to you to decide on where to go for dinner and where to enjoy a nightcap before bed.
The most romantic hotels in Melbourne
Best for: when you want the restaurant to come to you.
The room service at Crown Metropol comes courtesy of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant and is hard to beat. Crown’s newest property also houses one of Melbourne’s best hotel pools and day spa. There’s also a club lounge for a glass of bubbles before (or after) rolling in bed. For that special touch (that you forgot to plan for) the super–efficient concierge team will source the city’s freshest flowers at little notice or anything else you might need.
Best for: when you want to stay in bed.
With plush rooms, decked out with all the bells and whistles you’d expect, there's no real reason to leave the hotel. InterContinental’s concierge team are the best in the business - they’ll go the extra distance to satisfy your every whim, so test them out. Want your bed adorned with rose petals? Done. Want sold-out theatre tickets? No problem. Think of these guys as your personal Aladdin – just don’t ask to rub their lamp.
Best for: when you want a room with it all.
When you bunk down at South Yarra’s Lyall Hotel, you could be mistaken for thinking you’re staying at a friend’s place, albeit a posh one complete with a private bar and day spa. The rooms and suites are spacious, comfy and depending on the size, feature everything from mini-bars stocked with gourmet treats to outdoor terraces and fire places.
Haven't found what you're looking for?
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.