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The best Melbourne hotels for a stay in Australia’s culture capital

From hip hotels a stone’s throw from city bars to new Melbourne hotels with rooftop pools, Melbourne has it all when it comes to world-class lodgings.
The exterior and driveway of the Park Hyatt one of the best Melbourne hotels
The Park Hyatt hotel in Melbourne CBD

Whether you’re heading to Melbourne for a big annual event, such as the AFL Grand Final or the Melbourne Cup, or simply planning a long weekend in Australia’s cultural capital, you’ll no doubt want to elevate your city jaunt with a stay at one of the best Melbourne hotels.

From the hip boutique hotels Melbourne has a stone’s throw from city bars and restaurants to recently opened stays offering rooftop pools and panoramic views, these best hotels in Melbourne offer both location and luxury. The Victorian city has dazzling outposts of some of the world’s largest hotel groups, art-filled boutique Melbourne hotels and the hottest new hotel openings that promise New York City and a “hotel for those who don’t like hotels”.

For your CBD and sightseeing-centric events and jaunts, you’ll want to stay in a hotel in the heart of the city, (of which there are many) or even closer in East Melbourne in a hotel such as the Park Hyatt. Of course, these top Melbourne hotels are prized places to stay year-round, too. If you’re looking for glamour, you can’t go past the eye-catching Ritz-Carlton, and fans of swish and shiny will be pleased by the W Melbourne.

Whatever your reason for visit, here are our picks of the best hotels in Melbourne. Choose from this mix of old and new, edgy and stately stays.

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Le Meridien

Chic mid-century design, a rooftop pool terrace with sweeping views of the city and Parliament house, and a carefully sourced and crafted coffee collection served by a master barista – this is the quintessential Melbourne hotel. Located in the heart of the city’s theatre district, the 1950s building originally functioned as a hotel before morphing into a theatre, cinema, nightclub and live performance venue. It’s now come full circle with architecture firm Peddle Thorp reimagining the interiors of 12-storey space behind the historical Art Deco façade. The hotel offers 235 guest rooms and suites, a ground floor café, bar and restaurant.

20 Bourke St, Melbourne

Crown Metropol Melbourne

Crown Metropol is a far cry from clichés of casino hotels. Instead of plush pile and complimentary chips it’s all clean lines, Danish-influenced design and casual, even quirky touches that create a seam of character in one of the country’s largest hotels. A stay here is not complete with a visit to one of the nation’s best hotel pools – an infinity-edge affair with ocean views.

8 Whiteman St, Southbank

The pool at the Crown Metropol

The pool at Crown Metropol

Park Hyatt Melbourne

The cavernous and opulent lobby at Melbourne’s Park Hyatt, a noughties monument in wood and marble, sets the tone for the whole hotel: sizable, proud, and a little dated. The scale and splendour are best expressed in the hotel’s large guestrooms – at 48 square metres, they’re claimed as the city’s biggest – each with a bath set in Italian marble and a walk-in wardrobe.

1 Parliament Sq, East Melbourne

The exterior of the Park Hyatt Melbourne

Park Hyatt, Melbourne

The Cullen

There’s a foosball table in the foyer; Ned Kelly and his gang lurk on level four. Any hotel named in honour of the late “avant-grit” artist Adam Cullen is duty-bound to do things differently and The Cullen lives up to its hype, its walls a retrospective of the Archibald winner’s spirit. It wears its off-Chapel Street location well, leaning on ground-floor tenant HuTong Dumpling Bar as its dining option.

164 Commercial Rd, Prahran

W Melbourne

The W has been delighting lodgers since it defiantly flung open its doors in early 2021; offering the breath of fresh air the city needed. Located in the iconic Flinders Lane, the hotel takes its design cues from the streets; with bold colours and a playful tongue-in-cheek ethos around every corner. The 294 rooms and suites are a fusion of the signature style of the W chain coupled with the grittiness of the city’s culture – a modern take on Art Deco. The hotel isn’t short on amenities either; an Instagram-worthy pool, fully fitted out gym, two bars and three restaurants. Just bring your packed bags and move in.

408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

The Fabulous room in W Melbourne

W Melbourne’s ‘Fabulous’ room

Crown Towers Melbourne

“Think big” is the motto at the jewel in the Crown complex. The curved tower on the banks of the Yarra River looms over the casino and its sister hotels, and inside the scale is similarly king-size. The luxurious rooms have views of the bay or city from full-length windows that verge on vertiginous. Settle at The Waiting Room with a glass from the largely local wine list or just beyond the lobby are restaurants by marquee players – Nobu Matsuhisa among them.

8 Whiteman St, Southbank

Hilton Hotel Melbourne

Old-world charm meets modern convenience at this centrally located landmark, tucked away on little-known laneway Queen Street. Housed in the 1930s Equity Chambers building, the 244-room hotel has been thoughtfully restored by design firm Bates Smart to maintain its sense of grandeur. When it comes to the rooms, choose from light, bright and contemporary in the tower wing, or transport to a bygone era with a wood-panelled suite in the heritage wing. Onsite restaurant Luci – set in the old grand hall, a Gatsby-esque space – serves up locally sourced plates of Italian fare while the Douglas Bar is accommodating of both pre-drinks and nightcaps. With direct access to Bourke Street and a tram stop on the doorstop, the Hilton is a stylish sanctuary right in the heart of the culture capital.

18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne

The Douglas Club cocktail bar at the Hilton Hotel Melbourne

The Douglas Club cocktail bar. Photo: Sean Fennessy.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne

It’s not just the Grand Hyatt’s award-winning buffet breakfast that drives a brisk repeat business; the brass-and-awe lobby impresses without snobbery, as do the discreet and friendly staff. A step in any direction is a choose-your-own adventure, to the gym (a full-blown 24-hour fitness centre), the rooftop tennis court or Ru-Co, the hotel’s destination cocktail bar.

123 Collins St, Melbourne

Grand Hyatt Hotel lobby restaurant

Grand Hyatt lobby restaurant Collins Kitchen

QT Melbourne

Compared with other hotels in QT’s flamboyant stable, the boutique hotel Melbourne outpost is positively minimalist. You may not discern this from the staircase flanked by an installation of stacked paperbacks, which leads to the velvet and leather-clad Pascale Bar & Grill with party soundtrack. But the mood calms noticeably on the way to the guestrooms, which feature high, raw-concrete ceilings, oak floors, large windows and city glimpses.

133 Russell St, Melbourne

QT Melbourne lobby

QT Melbourne lobby

Marriott Hotel

Location, location, location. Centrally positioned in the heart of the CBD and only a short walk from Her Majesty’s Theatre, Bourke Street Mall and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Marriott has been a city staple for 21 years, having hosted many a celebrity. The first of a multi-stage renovation was recently unveiled, the lobby upgrade complete with new M Bar, signalling a new era for the old dame. With all the on-site amenities you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre – swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre – as well as onsite restaurant The Essence serving modern Australian plates, it’s a check in that will always deliver the goods.

Corner Exhibition and Lonsdale St, Melbourne

The Langham Melbourne

The Langham is proudly analogue in a digital age. The secret to its success is simple: know thy customer. Old-fashioned ritual and service prevail – just ask the dressed-to-impress crowd enjoying the daily high tea, the stay-cationers lazing near the riverfront pool, or the genteel throng at Melba Restaurant, where buffet dining is anything but abject.

1 Southgate Ave, Southbank

The marble-clad lobby at The Langham

The marble-clad lobby at The Langham

The Olsen

This South Yarra member of the septet of Art Series Hotels is graced with lyrical original works and prints by John Olsen in public areas and guestrooms alike. Fancy a dip? The 25-metre glass-bottomed pool outside on the first-floor deck comes with views over Chapel Street, or simply kick back poolside, cocktail in hand, and flick through an art book from the range in your room. This could just be the best boutique hotel Melbourne has to offer.

637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra

Ritz-Carlton

Perched high above the CBD skyline, this 80-story hotel is a feat in modern architecture. Offering breathtaking views from every one of its 257 rooms and suites (which occupies no lower than level 65), guests get their first taste of the impressive vistas by ascending the high-speed elevator to the 80th floor to check in at the ‘sky lobby’. It’s the level that is also home to the inhouse restaurant, headed by executive chef Michael Greenlaw (ex-Vue de Monde).

650 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

The rooftop pool and bar at Rydges Melbourne

Rooftop pool at Rydges Melbourne

Rydges Melbourne

Reopening last year after an overhaul, this Rydges is both sleek and welcoming. Located directly across from Her Majesty’s Theatre, the hotel is a hot ticket for those visiting Melbourne for a show. There’s also a chic heated rooftop pool and several rooms offering kitchenettes and spacious lounge rooms.

186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

A marquee name in a top-end city location, the Sofitel prevails because of old-fashioned virtues: service par excellence delivered with Gallic charm. With two types of iced tea offered during check-in, massage chairs in the 36th-floor gym, and in-room tablets to order anything from a taxi to a dental kit, Sofitel leaves the impression that everything has been thoroughly considered.

25 Collins St, Melbourne

The rooftop pool at Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands
Rooftop pool at Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

Marriott’s an exceptional old hat in the hotel game, and their new five-star Docklands location is no snag in that general blanket of excellence. Expect warm greetings from friendly lobby staff and a chilled glass of Champagne on arrival. The sophisticated rooms come in a range of sizes from spacious two-bedroom suites to well-appointed intimate rooms, each furnished with plush, design-led interiors, well-lit workspaces and espresso machines. Enjoy a panoramic view of the harbour-centric side of Melbourne from the rooftop deck, or dine in-house at one of four luxe offerings.

15 Waterfront Way, Docklands

Ovolo South Yarra

Just five kilometres south-east, via the Royal Botanic Gardens, you’ll find a taste of the Melburnian luxe life. Food, design, art and culture all intersect in the lively Chapel Street and Toorak Road – and there you’ll find the Ovolo. In the boutique chain’s true fashion, the hotel dials up the design to 11, with collaborators Luchetti Krelle calling on ’70s rock gods and Studio 54’s disco queens as their muses. In the lobby, this retrofuturistic mood centres around the neon fireplace. Then there’s the bar, which comes alive at “social hour” when guests drink free, and on-site vegan restaurant Lona Misa by local chefs Shannon Martinez from Smith & Daughters and Ian Curley from Kirk’s Wine bar. It’s edgy, it’s fun, it’s everything Melbourne is and then some.

234 Toorak Rd, South Yarra

A suite in Ovolo South Yarra

Ovolo South Yarra

The Royce

Housed in former Rolls Royce showroom, the aptly named hotel has reopened its doors to guests following an extensive two-year renovation. Originally designed in 1928 by renowned Art Deco architect Harry Norris and the leading agent for prestige cars at the time, Kellow Falkiner, the new décor and design pay homage to this history; from the soft leather upholstery to the restored cornices. Comprising 94 rooms and suites, the hotel is located on the border of Melbourne city and leafy South Yarra, just a short walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens and Albert Park. The in-house dining experience will transport guests back to the hey day of hospitality, starting with breakfast in The Terrace followed by classic British fare served up in the all-day dining space, Showroom Bar.

379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The Lyall S. Yarra

Pitched as “the hotel for those who don’t like hotels”, this latest instalment of The Lyall dishes up South Yarra sizzle for those who want to belong. The 49-room boutique hotel in Melbourne, tucked off the main drag of boutiques and bistros, has all the neighbourhood appeal of an upscale townhouse but with 24-hour service and a bar and restaurant on the premises. The hotel reopened in 2024 under the team that brought us Melbourne’s glitzy Royce Hotel with dreamy, updated interiors by DKO dialling up the luxury.

The exterior of the Lyall Hotel

The Lyall S. Yarra

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The StandardX

International hotel brand Standard has landed in Fitzroy as the 125-room hip hotel makes its Australian debut with the introduction of its new offshoot, The StandardX. The opening inducts the inner north ‘burb to a list of hospitality hotspots in New York, Miami and London. From the fireplace-lit lobby to the hotel-guest exclusive rooftop bar, the mood is suitably cool and curated. Add in an all-day Thai diner and Mercado Medellin (where tacos and ceviche can be enjoyed with panoramic views across Fitzroy) and it’s easy to see why the StandardX is poised to make quite the splash when it opens in February.

standardx.com/melbourne

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