Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, and with its palpable creativity, vibrant dining scene and charming historical buildings, it’s easy to see why. Make the most of any stay in Australia’s culture capital by splashing out on a room at one of the city’s spectacular luxury hotels, featuring rooftop pools, contemporary art and in-house fine-dining destinations – there’s something here to suit all tastes. Let’s find out the best hotels in Melbourne with bestechz!
The Sofitel has remained at the forefront of luxury accommodation since the ’90s, thanks to its commitment to understated elegance and French-inspired decor. It’s fancy, but it doesn’t need to prove itself; the views, service and amenities all say quite enough. Oh, and it’s great news if you’re a foodie, because the hotel’s location at the top of Collins Street puts you in the best position to try out some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, like Cumulus Inc and Mamasita. Fancy staying in? Head down to the hotel restaurant (NO35) for gourmet edibles, or bar, Sofi’s Lounge, for high tea and cocktails.
Melbourne Marriott Hotel
A favourite among those travelling to the city on business, the Melbourne Marriott has something of an ’80s James Bond aesthetic going for it. And between the smooth, polished floors, leather accents and stylish no-nonsense furnishings you can see why it attracts discerning corporate travellers. Take advantage of the hotels fully kitted out business facilities or relax on the vast pillowtop beds. No fuss = no problem.
Dripping in old-world charm, this grand dame is really something special. The hotel opened its doors in 1883 and has welcomed guests such as Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Gregory Peck, Anthony Hopkins, Malcolm Fraser, Gough Whitlam, Robert Menzies and Metallica. The décor here is understated and refined, soaring ceilings and pretty leadlight accents. If you really want to splash out, the 122-square-metre Victorian Suite is grand and elegant, with a dining room, separate lounge and second bedroom. Huge windows on both sides make the suite feel more like an upper-class 19th-century pied-â-terre than a hotel room. Located in a prime position on Spring Street, the Windsor is in a perfect location to visit state parliament, Melbourne Museum, the Old Treasury Building or the Princess, Comedy or Her Majesty’s theatres.
Hotel Chadstone Melbourne – MGallery by Sofitel
Located about 10 miles from Melbourne’s CBD, Chadstone is the largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere. The new-build Chadstone Hotel—part of Sofitel’s MGallery collection—is advertised as an ideal choice for Australian shopaholics, but overseas visitors will also be tempted by the property’s luxe trimmings. The vaguely Art Deco rooms lull guests into a post-shopping stupor; think, plush Sofitel MyBeds, dusty-pink headboards, extra-deep soaking tubs, and near-uncanny soundproofing.
The late, great artist Adam Cullen courted controversy and wasn’t afraid to splash bold colors. Fitting, then, that the Art Series hotel named in his honor is one of the funkiest in the collection. It’s located in cosmopolitan Prahran, about 20 minutes from the city center. Black carpets and white walls in the guest rooms put the focus squarely on the arresting Cullen wall prints, while large mirrors create a sense of spaciousness. All rooms include kitchenettes—useful if you’re planning to visit Prahran Market across the road. Mind-boggling art, two fun restaurants, and an un-touristy location give The Cullen an undeniable cool factor.
Not only is the QT Melbourne home to one of the city’s best rooftop bars, Rooftop at QT, it also offers 188 stylish rooms decorated with a playful touch. The design is modern and eclectic with a focus on industrial fittings and colourful furnishings, but the hotel doesn’t skimp on luxury. Rooms are kitted out with gel foam mattresses and Kevin Murphy amenities, and even come with free in-house movies and gym access. There is also a restaurant, Pascale Bar and Grill, and an upmarket Japanese knife shop, Tanto, on-site.
Luxury-level design with a dash of kitsch defines the Adelphi, a 34-room boutique hotel in the heart of Melbourne. Candy jars and stools that look like liquorice are just some of the quirkier features incorporated into its playful interior, and each room has a personal coffee station to make getting up in the morning easier. The Adelphi is located on Flinders Lane, dangerously close to some of Melbourne’s best restaurants and bars. Also worthy of a mention is dessert haven, the Om Nom Kitchen, located inside the building. If it all gets too much, you can always retreat to the cantilevered rooftop pool.