The charm of Melbourne is undeniable to anyone who sets foot here. It is cosmopolitan and artsy and boasts world-class dining, galleries, fun festivals, and a plethora of cafes. It oozes charm, wide boulevards, lush parks, Victorian architecture, and a youthful energy that makes it one of Australia’s most popular destinations. It also follows that Melbourne offers some of the best accommodation in the country. So, to make your selection easier, we’ve handpicked a collection of the best luxury hotels in the city that are perfect for a business trip or a holiday with family and friends.

Ovolo Laneways

9. Ovolo Laneways, Melbourne CBD

Ovolo Laneways couldn’t put you in a better spot — right in the heart of Melbourne’s famous laneways. Here, you’ll have convenient access to the top landmarks and places of interest in the city, including shops, world-class restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and sports arenas. It’s the perfect accommodation for those visiting Melbourne for business or leisure. Inside, you’ll revel in spacious suites and rooms furnished with playful design touches, luxurious bathrooms, modern amenities that allow you to work or play, and for some, stunning city views. As with all Ovolo hotels, you’ll enjoy an array of inclusions with your stay: drinks and midnight treats from the mini-bar, complimentary breakfast, gym access, and Wi-Fi.

Element Melbourne Richmond

8. Element Melbourne Richmond, Burnley

Bridging the best of Melbourne’s vibrant centre and inner-city neighbourhoods, Element Melbourne Richmond enjoys a prime spot surrounded by parks and just minutes by tram from the CBD. It is only a short trip to many popular destinations in the city, such as SEA LIFE Melbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Bourke Street Mall. Easily explore the restaurants, shops, and entertainment along Chapel Street nearby the hotel. Located near the Yarra River, this modern, pet-friendly hotel features 168 light-filled rooms with kitchenettes, Egyptian cotton linen, and spectacular views. Standouts include almost 3,000 square feet of event space, a 24-hour fitness centre, and fresh Australian cuisine from Element’s in-house restaurant.

Next Hotel Melbourne

7. Next Hotel Melbourne, Melbourne CBD

Set amid Melbourne’s hip 80 Collins area, Next Hotel Melbourne places you close to designer stores, private clubs, exclusive jewellers, and amazing architecture. Explore the city’s famous laneways filled with hole-in-the-wall bars and cafes, boutiques, and restaurants. Work, play, and unwind within the cool and sophisticated interiors of this urban escape, designed to reflect Melbourne’s artsy vibe. Then retreat to elegant rooms and suites with luxurious furnishings and textiles, including a plush bed with premium boutique French linens. Or savour innovative cuisine from the duo of chefs Daniel Natoli and Adrian Li at the La Madonna. Then end the day with cocktails and wood-aged liqueurs in The Barrel Room.

Adina Apartment Hotel West Melbourne

6. Adina Apartment Hotel, West Melbourne

Specifically designed to feel like a home rather than a hotel, Adina Apartment Hotel West Melbourne has 99 exceptional rooms — an oasis in the middle of the city. Each apartment-style accommodation comes with a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and all the conveniences you’ll find at home. It is not a typical hotel but it boasts a list of amenities you’d find in one: outdoor heated spa pool, lap pool, full-service spa, and concierge services. When you’re ready to explore the city, head to nearby Queen Victoria Market for fresh produce and specialty shopping. Or conquer your fear of heights at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

5. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street, Melbourne CBD

Grand and historic, yet modern and contemporary. Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is a homage to the glamour of a bygone era. Occupying an early 1930s building that was once the Equity Chambers, this luxury hotel offers guests contemporary comforts in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. A stay here means being able to walk to some of the city’s most popular spots such as the National Art Gallery of Victoria, Bourke Street Mall, Collins Street, and Flinders Lane. Back at the hotel, enjoy Australian-Italian fusion cuisine at Luci or a nightcap at their Art Deco bar, The Douglas Club. You can also sweat it out at the fitness centre or rejuvenate at the spa. Come bedtime, make yourself comfy in rooms that feature 30s-inspired details, plush beds, and all the modern amenities.

Zagame’s House

4. Zagame’s House, Carlton

When it comes to a true city break in Melbourne, Zagame’s House offers the best combination of relaxation and adventure. It’s just moments from the city’s famous sights, including the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Museum, Federation Square, and Bourke Street Mall, yet every inch of this city retreat spells serenity. Within this 97-room hotel, you’ll find ultra-modern interiors, sound-proofed accommodation for uninterrupted sleep, and a street-side cafe that serves a creative seasonal menu. Linger over coffee or savour a selection of fine Australian wines in the comfort of your room. Zagame’s House promises a hotel experience that will leave a lasting impression on you.

Adelphi Hotel

3. Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne CBD

A luxurious bolthole with a touch of whimsy, Adelphi Hotel puts you in one of the most enviable spots in Melbourne. Outside, you’ll find yourself on Flinders Lane just moments from cultural institutions such as the National Gallery of Victoria, major shopping malls, and popular restaurants and cafes. Meanwhile, behind the doors of the hotel, you’ll find everything you need to relax, rejuvenate, and replenish. Each of the 34 guestrooms is wonderfully spacious, with all the essential mod cons, stylish black-white-cream palette, and thoughtfully curated pieces in pastel colours that channel a refined Art Deco vibe. Enjoy international cuisine at Om Nom, a renowned restaurant that also features a bar/lounge, or cool down at the outdoor pool while enjoying the views.

W Melbourne

2. W Melbourne, Melbourne CBD

Take time to live it up in Australia’s cultural capital at W Melbourne, a lifestyle hotel that boasts a prime location on Flinders Lane. A stay here means revelling in the hip, cool, and enriching spots of Melbourne from sun-up to sundown. Explore the famous Laneways, Federation Square, and SEA LIFE Melbourne just minutes from the hotel. And after exploring the city, come back to spacious rooms that reflect the city’s creative vibe with bold decor, superlative amenities, and the signature W bed to unwind and put your feet up. Later you can detox in the gym, cool down at the pool, or dine at Warabi or Lollo — the perfect way to end a memorable day.

QT Melbourne

1. QT Melbourne, Melbourne CBD

Industrial chic meets high-fashion and contemporary interiors at QT Melbourne where every space is artsy and fitted with designer furnishings that give it an edgy-cool ambiance. Set in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD, QT is only a 5-minute walk from the Regent Theatre and Bourke Street Mall, a vibrant hive of commerce that shopaholics are sure to enjoy. You’ll find the hotel is the best spot to unwind in between doing business, dining, trips to the theatre, and shopping. Rooms are slick and stylish, featuring concrete ceilings, timber floors, and brushed-slate bathrooms that are a welcome cool break from the hubbub outside. The Rooftop at QT is a magnet for the post-work crowd for its amazing bar menu, expansive alfresco terrace, and spectacular skyline views.

Wherever you choose to stay in Melbourne, you’ll enjoy world-class accommodation, food and sightseeing. Looking for more accommodation options? Discover all luxury hotels in Melbourne.

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Stoewie loves (like, really LOVES) to travel. Originally from the Netherlands, he has spent much of his life living & working around the world. Always on the hunt for the very best places to stay, he co-founded View Retreats to bring the world's most incredible accommodation together in one place.