Melbourne: the culture, art, shopping and food hub of Australia. Conveniently, this city is also home to some of the country’s most eye-catching hotels. So whether it’s a girls’ weekend strolling Chapel Street, a culinary getaway, or a cheeky night out on the town, we’ve put together a list of 10 stunning hotels to complement your Melbourne visit.
Urban and different – this laneway gem is cooler than your older brother back in high school (or at least, as cool as he thought he was). Step out directly from Ovolo onto the Melbourne streets, famed for their graffiti art, underground bars and thrift shops. Then, relive it all over again in your hotel room. Featuring an old-school pinball machine, vibrant cushions, cocktail menu art and Ikea-esque bar stools, the Penthouse Suite is the ultimate room that every student dorm tried to be, but could never achieve. Grab your mates and enjoy.
1. Ovolo Laneways
2. Aldelphi Hotel
The Aldephi belongs on the front cover of Vogue Living magazine – it is that stylish. In fact, even a day’s worth of shopping at the “Paris end” of Collins Street would not live up to the sheer trendiness of this hotel.
From the black and white zigzag flooring to the Liquorice All-Sorts stools adding a pop of colour, local designer Hachem has transformed this hotel into an interior’s masterpiece. But it’s not all about the inside – a nine story high, glass-bottomed pool that protrudes two metres over the building’s edge catches the attention of passers-by on Flinders Lane every time. It’s very likely that any multifaceted fashionista/architect/designer will set up permanent living quarters here.
3. Park Hyatt Melbourne
Need to up the ante and prove to your significant other that they really are the one? Only problem is, that special someone is a high-flying, corporate success that won’t say yes to anything less than five-star? Well look no further than the Park Hyatt. With sophisticated decor, plush furnishings and a spacious Italian marble bathroom, this hotel will win anyone’s heart. Be sure to book a table for Afternoon Tea to indulge in house-made scones, petit savouries and Champagne. And once you love birds finally decide to leave your hotel room, you’re right in the midst of Melbourne’s CBD.
4. Oaks on William
Looking for something not too glitzy or glamourous? Oaks on William is both chic and classy in an understated way. Unlike other city-based accommodation, the rooms are serviced apartments with fully fitted kitchens – so you can recreate that amazing Cypriot grain salad you ate at Hellenic Republic or those authentic croquetes at MoVida Bar de Tapas.
The apartments overlook a slice of greenery, the Flagstaff Gardens, and are within a ten-minute walk from the Queen Victoria Market. That way, you can experience the best of inner city life: lunch in the park and afterwards, bargain hunting at the markets.
5. The Como – MGallery Collection
“Utter sophistication” is the best way to describe The Como. Situated in South Yarra amongst restaurants, cafes and boutique stores, this hotel is the ultimate stay for a girls’ shopping weekend. Book a Memorable Moment and let a personal stylist guide you on Chapel Street to unleash your fashion potential, whilst being chauffeured from shop to shop via a limo. Once you’ve returned to the hotel, take your glass of sparkling wine and head to the black marble-tiled bathroom to unwind in a Japanese-style tub. Sound tempting?
6. Crown Towers
You’ve stayed in the Sofitel, the Adelphi and many other lavish hotels on this list. Now it is time for the ultimate experience – Crown Towers will not disappoint. Rising above the South Bank district, the Towers sure know how to put on a show with luxurious furniture, deep soaking baths, and exquisite decor fit for a king. Splurge at the high-end shops, drool over the menus of world-class restaurants like Rockpool Bar & Grill, and try your luck at the Casino. If you’re going to live it up in Melbourne, this is the place.
The Art Series Hotels
The essence of Melbourne lifestyle, the Art Series Hotels are anything but ordinary. Highly recommended for lovers of Australian art or something different in general.
7. The Cullen
Inspired by contemporary Australian artist Adam Cullen, this hotel is true blue and artsy at the same time. Bold and daring décor with flashes of Southland tones – earthy oranges, sunburnt reds and field greens – the style is reminiscent of Cullen’s powerful work. Located just outside the CBD on Commercial Street in the Prahran area, The Cullen is surrounded by boutique-style cafes, bookstores and shops without that commercial flair (ironically).
8. The Blackman
Based in St Kilda, The Blackman stands as a tribute to the emotional and unique art of Melbourne local, Charles Blackman. Hotel rooms are modern but maintain their warmth through deep reds, maroons and purples appearing on bed heads and cushions. If you’re seeking a cross between contemporary fittings and home-style comfort, then this is it.
9. The Olsen
This hotel has a classic case of “don’t judge a book by its cover”. It may appear corporate on the outside, with office building-like blue windows, but its interior is anything but. The rooms are decorated in an elegant mix of pale whites, muted browns and subtle silvers to contrast with the colourful, landscape works of Australian artist John Olsen. The Olsen is situated on Chapel Street in South Yarra, the perfect spot to get your fix of boutique shopping and gallery visiting.
10. The Larwill Studio
Like artist, like the hotel, The Larwill Studio, is funky and playful. Beds are adorned with bright and abstract throws, and inspiring messages like “Put your heart in it” appear on the cushions. Extra touches make this hotel feel more homely than most, including a cute message board with metallic bull clips, where you too can celebrate the joyful art of Ballarat born, David Larwill. The Studio is suitably set in the historical suburb of Flemington where neighbouring streets house rows of charming cottages and two-storey terraces.
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