Top 20 hotels in Australia

By Tegan Reeves,

We live in the lucky country; we’re spoilt for scenery, diverse cultural offerings, an abundance of quality produce and most importantly, a wide choice of hotels.

Choosing a hotel can be a difficult task when there’s so much on the table. To make things easier for you, trivago has gathered a huge amount of data to determine the top-20 hotels in Australia.

So without further ado, we reveal the top-rated hotels in Australia for the trivago Awards 2017.


1. Baudins of Busselton

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A quick drive form Perth, and an ideal base for exploring the Margaret River region, is Baudins of Busselton. The hotel came in from second place last year to take out the trivago Awards 2017.

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The four guest rooms are spacious and the pillow-top beds ensure a solid night’s sleep. Breakfast, which is served in the common kitchen, is hearty – think a full cooked English, alongside fresh fruits and cereals. Hosts Linda and Greg are a bible of knowledge when it comes to the local area, and they will be more than happy to advise you on the best way to make the most out of your time in Busselton.

“One of the best places I have stayed at…better than any 5-star hotel.” Russell from NSW

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2. Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach

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Literally across the road from Trinity Beach, and only a 15-minute drive from Cairns, you’ll find a dose of affordable luxury.

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Giant self-contained rooms open out onto private balconies, giving you all the independence you need. One- or two-bedroom options are available, offering pool or sea views. Must-do activities include relaxing by the pool and barbecuing up a storm for dinner. Wake up to the sun rising over the ocean, and swim out for a paddle board on the Coral Sea.

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3. Lurline House

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Competition for the best rated hotel in the Blue Mountains is fierce, which means that Katoomba’s Lurline House third-place-ranking is well deserved.

All rooms feature four-poster beds and furniture that will take you back to your grandparent’s era. Chesterfield sofas? You bet. Federation rooms open out onto private verandahs where you can enjoy a cup of tea in the sunshine.

Breakfast choices are above par; chipolata sausages, bacon, pancakes, and French toast, just to name a few items on the menu. After breakfast walk to the Three Sisters, which is just a ten-minute walk down the road.

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4. Grand Mercure Basildene Manor

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Built in 1912, and located on the outskirts of Margaret River, the Grand Mercure Basildene Manor is a slice of old school luxury.

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Arrive and take in the tennis courts, pool, and lake before settling into the luxurious suites. Enjoy the private courtyards, balconies, fireplaces and bathrooms complete with rain showers. Breakfast is included in room rates and is served with a view – enjoy the fruit buffet and à la carte breakfast from the conservatory which overlooks the valley, lake, and surrounding forest.

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5. Sea Change Beachfront Apartments

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The name Beachfront Apartments says it all – walk across the road from your accommodation and your toes will be on the white sands of the Coral Sea. The self-contained suites range from one to four bedrooms, making Sea Change ideal for larger groups.

Splurge on a Swim Out Apartment which gives you direct access to the pool from the spacious rooms and patios. Kitchens are fully equipped with everything you might need to make full use of the outdoor dining spaces, including espresso machines, juicers and blenders (frozen margarita anyone?).

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6. Windradyne Boutique Bed & Breakfast

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Depending on the strength of your throw, this bed and breakfast is literally a stone’s throw from the Blue Mountain’s iconic Three Sisters. Each suite is individually decorated and named after one of the Three Sisters; Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo. Take a step back in time, and dive into your traditional four-poster bed and claw foot bath tub.

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7. Potters Oceanside Motel

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A newcomer to the Mackay accommodation scene, Potters Oceanside has been designed with clean, crisp detail, evident in the whitewashed walls and minimalist décor.

Grab a bike from reception and take a short ride into town for a refreshing beverage, and take a dip in the ocean.

One feature that will suit those of us who tend to go too hard on a Saturday night is ‘Snoozin’ Sunday’ – a seriously late 5pm checkout which allows you to sleep-in and detox all Sunday.

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8. Ballarat Premier Apartments

“Such a lovely grand old home, with all the mod cons you could wish for” – Mo from Adelaide.

Located in the picturesque gold mining town of Ballarat, these apartments are everything you would expect from the gold rush era. Think suites with high ceilings, crystal chandeliers, stained glass windows, and fireplaces all set within a heritage listed building.

Spend the day exploring Sovereign Hill or browsing the city’s renowned art gallery.

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9. Adge Apartment Hotel

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As soon as you walk into the Adge Apartment Hotel you’re greeted by the vivid carpets and graffiti-covered walls. Somehow it all works, melding together to create a vibrant space fit for kicking back after a day in Sydney.

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Located in bustling Surry Hills, step out the front door and take your pick from some of the city’s best cafes, restaurants and bars – the infamous Oxford Street is literally just around the corner. Hotel guests get a special rate in Baccomatto Osteria, the Italian restaurant downstairs – you can’t beat the saffron gnocchi.

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10. Grande Vue Private

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There’s a reason why this hotel has the word ‘grande’ in its title. Built in 1906, the mansion was recently refurbished to reflect its stately origins – stained glass windows, fireplaces and antique furniture fit outs. Situated on historic Battery Point, the hotel’s rooms boast scenic views of the River Derwent.

Take a walk into Hobart’s historic CBD and be sure to spend a Saturday morning weaving your way through Salamanca Market.

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11. Debbie’s Place

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Drive two and a half hours North of Brisbane and you’ll find yourself in Rainbow Beach. This relaxed town is home to self-contained accommodation Debbie’s Place – a perfect base for exploring the local area, which is well known for its pristine beaches and rainforests.

Accommodation owner, Debbie, is more than happy to assist you with organising things to do around the area – 4WD adventures, Fraser Island trips, kayak tours, surfing, hiking or skydiving. And that’s not all!

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12. Bundanoon Lodge

“Graham (the owner) went out of his way to make our stay comfortable. The room was well-appointed and a good size, with a separate bathroom across the hall. The point of difference is the warm hospitality, and excellent full breakfast cooked by our host.” – Ian from Kiama

Bundanoon is best known for three things – its annual Brigadoon festival; being the first town in the world to outlaw bottled water; and its picturesque accommodation options including Bundanoon Lodge.

Each room is themed around a different country – book the Australiana Spa room for that homely feel, or go Nordic with the Swedish Spa room.

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13. Southern Grampians Cottages

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The Grampians is the kind of place you visit to unwind and relax. Kick back and take in the natural surrounds, or test your endurance on a walk in the nearby Grampians National Park.

The spacious cottages are perfect for family getaways, and the expansive grounds mean that you’ll have room to breathe. Spa cottages are ideal for couples, and come with a private patio. Make sure you opt for the breakfast basket, which comes with free range eggs and enough food for a decent fry up!

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14. Mayfair Hotel

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The Mayfair is at the top of the game when it comes to luxury accommodation in Adelaide. Its rooms are tastefully decorated and feature rain showers and hand selected artworks.

Local is at the heart of the Mayfair; with all the furniture made and sourced locally. Food and beverage options are primarily South Australian – so you know the wine list is going to be good.

Make sure you take the elevator up to the thirteenth floor. Here you’ll find Hennessy, the hotel’s rooftop bar and lounge. Browse the extensive cocktail menu while admiring the skyline.

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15. Roydon Beachfront Apartments

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Although only a 15-minute drive from the Cairns CBD, these apartments feel like they could be much further away. Uncrowded beaches and a slower pace of life characterise Trinity Beach, and Roydon Beachfront Apartments fits in perfectly.

Apartments are spacious and available in two- and three-bedroom configurations. To cool off, take your pick between the two hotel pools, or walk across the road to the beach.

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16. Aabis at Byron

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Byron Bay is a haven of relaxation, and Aabis at Byron is no exception to this. The adults-only guesthouse feature a range of suites where you can spend the day lounging by the pool, relaxing in the spa, or treating yourself to an in-room massage.

Take the short walk into town and pick from the plethora of coffee shops, bars and cafes. If it’s a Thursday morning, head down to Butler Street Reserve and check out the local farmers’ markets.

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17. Cavvanbah Beach

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As authentic an Aussie beach house as it gets, Cavvanbah Beach is another front runner in Bryon Bay’s thriving accommodation scene.

Rooms have private entrances and direct access to the hotel pool and gardens. To kick start your day, tuck into the complimentary breakfast which includes homemade muesli, organic yoghurt and fruits.

Take the hour walk up to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse, and if it’s the right time of year you might be able to spot some whales.

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18. Inn The Tuarts Guest Lodge

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A guest lodge in a forest? Yes please! Situated seven kilometres out of Busselton, Inn The Tuarts combines good old-fashioned hospitality with some exceptional scenery.

Rooms are spacious and guest areas are plentiful. Facilities include both indoor and outdoor pools, a Jacuzzi, in-room massages and an expansive grass area where a game of bocce is a must. Breakfast isn’t your usual soggy cereal and cold toast affair – we’re talking scrambled eggs with smoked salmon or banoffee pancakes, all prepared by chef Tammy Hannakampf. Sign us up!

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19. Cape Beach House

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Yet another entrant from Byron, Cape Beach House could almost be the archetype of everything Byron. Its interior and exterior scream relaxation – from the open plan lounge room to the poolside digs.

In terms of the suites, clean white interiors, plush beds and timber floors open out onto sunny verandahs. These verandahs are the perfect place to enjoy the continental breakfast which includes host Katie’s homemade muesli.

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20. One Thornbury Boutique

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One Thornbury Boutique is Brisbane in a nutshell. The bed and breakfast is situated in the kind of federation era building you fantasise about living in if the housing market crashed or you won the lottery.

A number of room types are available for groups of varying sizes. Kick back in the tropical garden and let owner Geof brew you a cuppa. Come night, the location makes it easy to walk into the Brisbane CBD where you can find a number of top quality restaurants and bars.

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