22 Best Hotels in Melbourne, Victoria

Arrow on Swanston

$ | 488 Swanston St., Melbourne, VIC, 3053, Australia

Location and great value make up for the limited space in this CBD-edge hotel. All rooms have small kitchens, perfect for cooking up a feast of fresh produce bought at Queen Victoria Market, a 10-minute walk away; restaurant-lined Lygon Street is even closer. There are studio rooms and several configurations of one- and two-bedroom apartments sleeping up to four. Guests have complimentary access to the gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool (closed over winter) in the adjoining long-term student housing building. Secure undercover parking is available for a fee.

Pros

  • Easy walk to eateries and CBD attractions
  • Budget-friendly
  • Amenities suitable for longer stays

Cons

  • Limited space
  • Plain decor
  • Only basic housekeeping
488 Swanston St., Melbourne, VIC, 3053, Australia
03-9225–9000
hotel Details
47 rooms, 38 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Baden Powell Hotel

$ | 61 Victoria Parade, Melbourne, VIC, 3066, Australia

One of the best ways to experience Melbourne's historic pubs is to stay inside one, and the well-appointed Baden Powell Hotel is an ideal fit. Eleven comfortable rooms, all with flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet, are available. The master is the largest with high ceilings, though the smallish budget rooms with shared bathrooms are a good price. Their craft beer list is also a big draw. Its location is excellent, close enough to walk to the MCG, Tennis Centre and Olympic park, and also the hip streets of Collingwood and Fitzroy.

Pros

  • <PRO>good location for sport and nightlife</PRO>
  • <PRO>great value</PRO>
  • <PRO>quality restaurant downstairs</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>strict check-in times</CON>
  • <CON>can be noisy on weekends</CON>
  • <CON>infrequent housekeeping</CON>
61 Victoria Parade, Melbourne, VIC, 3066, Australia
03-9486–0811
hotel Details
11 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Best Western Melbourne City

$ | 16 Spencer St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

This 114-room hotel with a dash of industrial chic (exposed brick walls and black, brown, and red minimalist decor) is just the sort of lodging you'd expect in hip central Melbourne. There's a big choice of rooms, from tiny and affordable "shoebox" singles to doubles triples and a rooftop apartment on the same level as the hotel's shared sundeck. Set opposite Southern Cross station, where the airport bus arrives, it's also convenient to Southbank, Docklands, and the river and is the perfect alternative to big, five-star properties.

Pros

  • Hip, but homey
  • Good value
  • Near Southern Cross Station for intercity arrivals

Cons

  • Industrial design may not be to everyone's liking
  • A little removed from restaurants in the city center
  • Some rooms lack views
16 Spencer St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9621–3333
hotel Details
114 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Crown Metropol

$$$ | 8 Whiteman St., Melbourne, VIC, Australia

There are three five-star hotels in the riverside Crown Casino complex in Southbank, and while the Metropol may be the largest (it has 658 rooms, making it one of the country's biggest), it still retains an elegant boutique-type feel. Rooms range from "luxe king" to "The Apartment" on level 25, which is often reserved for Hollywood royalty. Fantastic panoramic views from the rooms look towards the bay or the city, but for extra special views, we recommend a nightcap at Level 28, the hotel skyline bar, or from the infinity pool at Level 27. A swathe of iconic restaurants, such as Nobu, are located around the corner on the edge.of the Yarra River.

Pros

  • Luxury spa
  • Fabulous pool
  • Extensive dining options

Cons

  • Casino area might not appeal to all
  • Impersonal feel
  • Vertiginous views
8 Whiteman St., Melbourne, VIC, Australia
03-9292–6211
hotel Details
625 rooms, 33 lofts, 1 apartment
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

$$$$ | 18 Little Queen St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Located in the grand 1930s Equity Chambers building and a modern tower behind it, the new Hilton draws upon that golden era of travel for a touch of glamour. Choose the heritage suites to the front of the hotel, or opt for the city-view rooms, with their walls of glass. The hotel restaurant, Luci, serves up Australian-Italian fare while The Douglas Club serves up cocktails, wine and Australian craft beers.

Pros

  • Large-scale mural by local artist collective
  • Fine-dining in-house restaurant
  • 1930s style throughout

Cons

  • Some rooms without views
  • No pool
  • Secretive entrance
18 Little Queen St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9116--8888
hotel Details
244 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hotel Lindrum

$$$ | 26 Flinders St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Housed in the Heritage-listed Lindrum family billiards center, a short walk from Federation Square, this is one of Melbourne's savviest boutique properties. Rooms are spacious, with high ceilings, plush carpets, and original timber floors in the bathrooms; all have pillow, CD, and DVD menus. A smart restaurant, cozy cigar bar, and lounge with an open fireplace are the perfect settings for sipping local wines. Flinders Lane, lined with chic bars and eateries, is a short stroll away.

Pros

  • Warm feel
  • Exceptional service
  • Full in-room entertainment systems

Cons

  • On busy thoroughfare
  • Small restaurant and bar
  • Some may find the traditional decor outdated
26 Flinders St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9668–1111
hotel Details
59 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

$$$ | 495 Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Tucked behind one of Melbourne's most iconic Gothic facades, The Rialto is a five-star luxury hotel designed by William Pitt, the architect behind many Melbourne landmarks. All guest rooms feature luxury finishes throughout as well as ergonomic work stations, flat-screen televisions, minibar, and complimentary tea and coffee. Beneath the soaring glass atrium, Alluvial Restaurant and Bluestone Wine Lounge feature quality seasonal produce and an impressive selection of wines by the glass. Local ingredients come as local as the hotel's own rooftop herb garden and honey producing beehives. Located off the lobby level, the Market Lane Bar is a popular cocktail bar.

Pros

  • <PRO>spectacular, historic facade</PRO>
  • <PRO>great bar and club lounge</PRO>
  • <PRO>convenient location</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>slightly corporate feel</CON>
  • <CON>fee for in-room Wi-Fi</CON>
  • <CON>outdated entertainment system</CON>
495 Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-8627–1400
hotel Details
244 rooms, 9 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Jasper Hotel

$$ | 489 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

A former YWCA, the Jasper has undergone a radical face-lift, redesigned and polished to a shine. Some rooms face onto a stylish courtyard, while others have views over the Queen Victoria Market or the city center. Several rooms are optimized for disabled access. The ambience is angled toward soft lighting and a calming atmosphere, but it's close to transport and the city center. There's also an on-site kitchen and bar, perfect for early breakfasts and people-watching.

Pros

  • Close to the Victoria Markets
  • Lovely courtyard
  • Budget rates

Cons

  • May be noisy in the morning, being near the markets
  • Neutral decor
  • Slightly removed from city center
489 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-8327–2777
hotel Details
80 rooms, 10 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Lancemore Crossley St.

$$$ | 51 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia Fodor's Choice

There's an unexpected sense of space and lots of light in this compact boutique hotel at the top of Melbourne's Chinatown. The newly renovated property is a delightful maze of differently shaped rooms that range from standard rooms to two-bedroom, split-level apartments with terraces, decorated in breezy white tones and usually with a well-placed window to capture views of the glass skyscrapers and 19th-century townhouses that surround it. Set in the theater district, raise a glass at sunset on the rooftop terrace, set with daybeds and open fires. There is a small, sunlit gym and the moody lobby café serves breakfast and offers wine tastings from the Lancemore's vineyards in the Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges---the rose is a stand-out. Foodies will rejoice at the many restaurant options and high-quality bars within steps of the front entrance, many will deliver from their kitchens to your room.

Pros

  • Located in the theater district
  • Playful vibe
  • Rooftop terrace

Cons

  • Unfriendly entertainment system
  • No pool
  • Dark lobby
51 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9639–1639
hotel Details
113 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Next Hotel Melbourne

$$$ | 103 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
Woven into Melbourne's new 80 Collins precinct, the entrance to Next is so discreet, it's almost as though you're slipping into your secret Melbourne home—albeit one with a Clef d'Or concierge. Set amongst the skyscrapers of the "Paris End" of Collins Street, its rooms are thoughtfully designed with luxurious beds and Melbourne-made toiletries, and its in-house restaurant, La Madonna, showcases the skills and the origins of its two head chefs, from Hong Kong and Sicily. Test the hotel's own barrel-aged spirits at the cocktail bar, or take your drink into one of the many deep armchairs hidden around the intimate public areas, with its clubby, members-only feel.

Pros

  • Excellent location
  • Renowned restaurant
  • Innovative cocktails

Cons

  • No pool
  • Mostly city views
  • Not family-friendly
103 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9118--3333
hotel Details
255 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Ovolo Laneways

$$$ | 19 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Much effort has gone into making this 43-room boutique hotel uniquely stylish and comfortable, including its laneway location, which is ideal for those who want to be in the heart of the action. Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, from spacious studios to rooftop penthouse apartments with fantastic decks; all have been fitted and designed by internationally renowned design company Hassell, who have added some nice surprises to coincide with Melbourne's fun and surprising laneways. Things such as oversized tables, a chalkboard-style noticeboard, vintage pinball machine, tailored panel bed heads, and shaving mirrors in the showers are dotted around random rooms. An extra nice touch is that rooms have Apple television.

Pros

  • Latest entertainment technology in the rooms
  • Central location
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Area can be noisy late at night
  • Small lobby
  • No restaurant
19 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-8692–0777
hotel Details
43 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Park Hyatt Melbourne

$$$$ | 1 Parliament Sq., Melbourne, VIC, 3002, Australia

Set right next to Fitzroy Gardens and opposite St. Patrick's Cathedral, this is one of Melbourne's most elegant hotels. Warm colors, rich wood paneling, and art deco–style furnishings adorn the rooms—all of which have walk-in wardrobes, king-size beds, Italian marble bathrooms, Nespresso coffee machines, and roomy, modern work spaces. Suites are even more luxurious, some with fireplaces, terraces, and hot tubs. The seven-level radii restaurant and bar is artsy and chic, and contemporary artworks by international talents are on exhibit throughout the hotel (some are for sale). The day spa features an indoor aquamarine pool, spa, sauna, gym, and private sundeck, which is a popular option.

Pros

  • Lavish appointments
  • World-class service
  • Surrounded by gardens

Cons

  • A little removed from the city center
  • Slightly corporate atmosphere
  • Breakfast buffet is underwhelming
1 Parliament Sq., Melbourne, VIC, 3002, Australia
03-9224–1234
hotel Details
216 rooms, 24 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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Quest Gordon Place

$$ | 24 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

This National Trust–listed 1884 lodging house is one of the most interesting and comfortable apartment hotels in the city. The modern, comfortable, self-contained accommodations have washing machines, dryers, microwaves, and dishwashers. There are studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, and all face a courtyard containing a 60-foot pool and a century-old palm tree. It's just steps from Parliament House and the Princess Theatre, and half a block from Chinatown's restaurants. Reception for the apartments is around the corner at Quest on Lonsdale, 43 Lonsdale Street.

Pros

  • <PRO>modern apartment-style amenities</PRO>
  • <PRO>great location</PRO>
  • <PRO>independent living</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>homey feel</CON>
  • <CON>no carpark</CON>
  • <CON>some may find the furnishings slightly dated</CON>
24 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
1800-334033
hotel Details
54 apartments
Rate Includes: No Meals, Credit cards accepted

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Richmond Hill Hotel

$ | 353 Church St., Melbourne, VIC, 3121, Australia

Just a short ride from the city center (on the No. 70 tram), this inexpensive boutique hotel occupies a garden-fronted 1918 mansion. The neat-as-a-pin lodgings here include single and double rooms with shared bathrooms, doubles with in-room bathrooms, and two- and three-bedroom apartments. There is Wi-Fi, a garden terrace, bar, and cozy guest lounge with newspapers and complimentary tea and coffee.

Pros

  • <PRO>city-fringe location</PRO>
  • <PRO>friendly service</PRO>
  • <PRO>historic charm</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>somewhat spartan digs</CON>
  • <CON>a bit mazelike</CON>
  • <CON>front rooms get peak-hour traffic noise</CON>
353 Church St., Melbourne, VIC, 3121, Australia
03-9428–6501
hotel Details
42 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast, Credit cards accepted

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Space Hotel

$ | 380 Russell St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Located just minutes from bustling Lygon Street, Carlton Gardens, and Queen Victoria Market, this family-run venue targets budget travelers who like a bit more comfort. Spacious rooms come in all sizes including dorm; private double, queen, and family rooms with shared facilities; and queen and family en suite rooms. Self-caterers note there is a shared kitchen. Communal spaces such as the fitness center, cinema, and rooftop deck with swimming pool keep travelers entertained.

Pros

  • Central location
  • Great value
  • Easy to meet other travelers

Cons

  • Can get noisy with lively patrons
  • Shared facilities
  • Slightly outdated rooms
380 Russell St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
0303-9662–3888
hotel Details
128 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Stamford Plaza Melbourne

$$$ | 111 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Diamond-faceted glass elevators carry guests from the marble lobby of this "Paris-end," all-suite hotel to rooms decorated with plush, rich hued velvets and art deco–ish crystal lamps. A $10-million refurbishment has created suites with a touch of Golden Era Hollywood; all have cushion-festooned couches, spa baths, fully equipped kitchens, and separate dining areas. The 16th-floor indoor-outdoor swimming pool sits beneath an arched glass ceiling. It's an easy walk from here to shopping arcades, restaurants, and theaters.

Pros

  • <PRO>lush decor</PRO>
  • <PRO>great restaurant</PRO>
  • <PRO>central location</PRO>

Cons

  • <CON>might not appeal to lovers of contemporary decor</CON>
  • <CON>breakfast not included</CON>
  • <CON>slightly dated in-room entertainment system</CON>
111 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9659–1000
hotel Details
283 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Como Melbourne

$$$ | 630 Chapel St., Melbourne, VIC, 3141, Australia

With its opulent and funky modern furnishings, this luxury hotel is as popular with business travelers as it is with visiting artists and musicians. Gray marble and chrome are prominent throughout the pop art–meets–art deco interior. The suites add modern wall murals, bold lighting, modern furniture, and in many, high-gloss kitchens. Several of the third-floor suites open onto private Japanese gardens and those needing relaxation will find a sundeck, sauna and rooftop pool.

Pros

  • Lavishly appointed rooms
  • Great shopping and restaurants nearby
  • Great service

Cons

  • Outside the city center
  • Breakfast not included
  • Parking not included
630 Chapel St., Melbourne, VIC, 3141, Australia
03-9825–2222
hotel Details
111 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Hotel Windsor

$$$ | 111 Spring St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Built in 1883, this aristocrat of Melbourne hotels combines Victorian-era character with modern comforts, and is a must for history lovers (it also has a terrific can't-miss afternoon tea). Plush rooms have rosewood furnishings, although the marble bathrooms are modest in size. Standard rooms are a reasonable size; if you need space, book one of the vast Victorian suites or a two-room executive suite. The 111 Spring Street Restaurant serves Continental-style dishes in a formal setting. The hotel commands a position opposite Parliament House, close to theaters, parks, and fine shops.

Pros

  • Elegant heritage feel
  • Central location
  • High tea

Cons

  • Heritage rooms decor may be too "old world" for some
  • Some rooms lack views
  • Basic breakfast
111 Spring St., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9633–6000
hotel Details
160 rooms, 20 suites
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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The Lyall Hotel and Spa

$$$$ | 14 Murphy St., Melbourne, VIC, 3141, Australia Fodor's Choice

"Understated elegance" is the catchphrase of The Lyall, located in a quiet, leafy street in one of the city's most prestigious neighborhoods. Following a complete remodeling, the hotel now has 49 enormous one-bedroom suites with floor-to-ceiling windows for fresh air and also individual air conditioners, some with views of the hotel's Japanese maple garden. The in-house spa administers a full range of massages, facials, and body treatments (try the organic green tea exfoliation). You can curl up with a book or play chess in the guest lounge off the lobby; the champagne bar is the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing while the hotel restaurant serves relaxed breakfasts and all-day dining.

Pros

  • An extravagant spa
  • Huge rooms
  • Leafy outlook

Cons

  • Outside city center
  • Some rooms lack views
  • Location may be too quiet for some
14 Murphy St., Melbourne, VIC, 3141, Australia
03-9868–8222
hotel Details
40 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Prince

$$ | 2 Acland St., Melbourne, VIC, 3182, Australia

Cutting-edge design, contemporary artworks and sculptural furniture, and spare yet inviting luxury make this boutique hotel perfect for aficionados of unfussy elegance. Every room has a slightly different plan, determined by the 1937 "seaside" hotel building; the timber cupboards, tables, and beds were made specifically for each space. Some rooms have views of Port Phillip Bay and some look toward the city; all have high-end sound systems and opening windows that let in lots of light.

The art deco hotel is not just for stays—the Prince Bandroom has been hot on the gig lists for 45 years, and take time to explore Little Prince Wine, a quiet European-style wine bar and  bottle shop, which also sells all you need for the perfect antipasto platter.

Meanwhile, the Dining Room is one of the city's acclaimed eateries, with Mediterranean fare served in the light-filled room.

Pros

  • Super comfortable rooms
  • Gallery feel
  • Great location

Cons

  • The modern shapes and neutral hues might not appeal to some
  • The area can get unsavory at night
  • Hotel can be noisy due to functions
2 Acland St., Melbourne, VIC, 3182, Australia
03-9536–1111
hotel Details
39 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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The Sebel Melbourne Flinders Lane

$$$ | 321 Flinders La., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

The smallest of the city's upscale hotels, the Sebel has a central location and a mix of lovely one- and two-bedroom suites, which sleep four to eight people. All rooms except the studios have kitchenettes with microwaves and refrigerators. Guests have use of a small private terrace on the sixth floor, inspired by the Renaissance gardens of Italy.

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Swanky feel
  • Ideal location

Cons

  • Not for the budget-conscious
  • No restaurant
  • Rooms book out quickly
321 Flinders La., Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
03-9629–4088
hotel Details
58 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Tolarno Hotel

$ | 42 Fitzroy St., Melbourne, VIC, 3182, Australia

Set in the heart of St. Kilda's café, bar, and club precinct, Tolarno Hotel was once a restaurant and gallery owned by beloved Melbourne artist Mirka Mora and her husband Georges, and it still has an idiosyncratic artistic bent. Recently refurbished, the rooms and common spaces are decorated with artworks by local artists and the color schemes here are very bold (red, purple, and orange dominate). The furnishings are comfortable rather than luxurious, creating a friendly, funky place to stay. Front balcony rooms give you an uninterrupted view of action on Fitzroy Street; back rooms are quieter. Rooms range from the tiny Piccolo rooms (A$99) up to the two-bedroom Georges studio (A$219).

Pros

  • Great restaurant
  • Cool vibe
  • Heart-of-breezy–St. Kilda location

Cons

  • Area can have a dubious crowd
  • Can be noisy late at night
  • No elevator
42 Fitzroy St., Melbourne, VIC, 3182, Australia
03-9537–0200
hotel Details
32 rooms, 5 suites
Rate Includes: No Meals

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