Melbourne hotels with spectacular city views

By Cathy Magnus,

When you think of Melbourne, what comes to mind? The MCG, perhaps, or boutique shops and laneways, bursting with street art and hipster cafes? Full of arts and culture, sporting events and a thriving music scene, Melbourne has enough to keep you busy for days. But in between all the shopping, dining and sightseeing, take a break and watch the city come alive from the comfort of your own hotel room.

We’ve rounded up a selection of the most popular Melbourne hotels offering sweeping views of the city, stretching from Melbourne’s city skyline and the Yarra River down to Port Phillip Bay. All that’s left to do it sit back, relax and soak up the views from these spectacular Melbourne hotels.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne

Perched on the banks of the Yarra River at the western end of Melbourne’s CBD, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is perfectly positioned to offer extensive views of the CBD, Southbank and South Wharf. For the best views, opt for a River View Room so you can watch the sunrise over Melbourne and the Yarra River from your bed. Now that’s how to start the day!

Melbourne Hotel View: Melboune skyline, Yarra River, Southbank, South Wharf

Located close to Melbourne Aquarium and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and just a few minutes walk to the free City Circle tram line and Southern Cross train station, the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Hotel is conveniently located for both business and leisure trips.

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Crown Promenade Melbourne

Located at the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank, the Crown Entertainment Complex has everything you need for a stay in Melbourne. Not to be confused with the above hotel, the luxury Crown Hotels brand offers a choice of not one, but three, Melbourne hotels as part of the huge casino and entertainment complex featuring a range of shopping and dining options.

Melbourne Hotel View: Melbourne skyline, Yarra River

Crown Promenade Melbourne offers a variety of stylish, modern accommodation, from standard rooms to studios and suites. All of the contemporary rooms feature art by local artists and have amazing views looking out across the river to Melbourne’s city skyline. Watch the city light up before you head down for dinner and drinks at one of the complex’s 18 restaurants or 6 bars and nightclubs.

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The Langham

To experience one of the best Melbourne hotels, head to The Langham on the Southbank promenade. With sweeping views across the Yarra River to the CBD, every window at The Langham frames a postcard-perfect view of Melbourne city centre. The city skyline will be your backdrop whether you’re dining, taking a dip in the rooftop swimming pool or working out in the fitness studio.

Melbourne Hotel View: Melbourne skyline, Flinders St Station, Yarra River

The rooms at The Langham are spacious and elegant, and of course the focus is on the view. Whilst you will happily kick your feet up in any of the stylish rooms, the Executive Terrace Room can’t be beaten. Featuring a 45 sqm private terrace looking down to Fed Square, Flinders Street Station and the CBD, this is the place to lounge and soak up the city vibe.

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Pan Pacific Melbourne

Perfectly positioned to be just far enough outside the CBD so as to offer stunning city views, but close enough that you’re still near to all the action, is the Pan Pacific Melbourne. Located in Melbourne’s newest dining and business district at South Wharf, you’ll be spoilt for dining options at this riverside location, where restored heritage-sheds now house waterside cafes, bars and restaurants.

Melbourne Hotel View: Melbourne skyline, Yarra River, Port Phillip Bay

Pan Pacific Melbourne offers five star, spacious Family and King size rooms as well as ultra-luxurious two bedroom, two bathroom Suites featuring a separate lounge and kitchenette. With floor to ceiling windows looking out to either the whole Melbourne city skyline and Yarra River or Port Phillip Bay, you may never want to leave your room!

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Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Views don’t get much more panoramic than at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Perched high above the city on trendy Collins Street, rooms are located on floors 36 to 50, offering breathtaking views of the whole of greater Melbourne, down to the sea at Port Phillip Bay.

Melbourne Hotel View: All of Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay

The Sofitel Melbourne prides itself on combining modern Australian style with French elegance. Don’t miss out on dining above the city at the hotel’s restaurant, No. 35, on the 35th floor, with modern French inspired cuisine. When you’ve had enough of the city lights twinkling down below, flick on the mood lighting, close the blackout shutters in your room and drift off to sleep.

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Sheraton Melbourne Hotel

Why go to France when you can stay in Melbourne? The Sheraton Melbourne is located at the ‘Paris End’ of Little Collins Street, surrounded by heritage buildings, theatres, restaurants and the designer stores of Collins Street.

Melbourne Hotel View: Melbourne city, Treasury Gardens

Traditional and Superior rooms offer a range of city views, from neighbouring city streets to Melbourne’s city skyline, whilst Deluxe rooms and Terrace Suites offer a tranquil setting overlooking the Treasury Gardens. Relax at the Terrace bar with a glass of champagne before heading out for dinner and a show.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flinders Street

Right in the heart of all the action is DoubleTree by Hilton. Located on Flinders Street opposite the iconic Flinders Street train station and Federation Square, DoubleTree by Hilton is an ideal base for exploring Melbourne, being smack bang in the middle of everything. So when you’re ready, you can just hop across the road and meet under the clocks!

Melbourne Hotel View: Flinders St Station, Yarra River, Melbourne City

There are three options when it comes to choosing your preferred view: take your pick between Flinders Street station, the city centre or the Yarra River. Higher rooms include the option of a balcony, and all rooms feature the brand’s specially designed ‘SweetDreams by DoubleTree’ bed for a luxurious night’s sleep.

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