Melbourne is Australia’s capital of coffee and culture; a city brimming with architectural wonder, effortlessly cool neighbourhoods, and a thrilling events calendar which rarely allows a moment’s rest. Repeat visits are also essential.
Whether sipping aromatic blends in a hip Collingwood or Fitzroy cafe, seeing a Broadway show at Her Majesty’s Theatre, or enjoying the back and forth ballet of the Australian Open, the Victorian capital can always be relied on to dazzle, delight and surprise.
Thankfully, there’s no shortage of luxury Melbourne hotels, with properties from the avant garde to those breathing new life into heritage icons. There are more on the way too, including Shangri-La Melbourne next year, and Four Seasons Hotel Melbourne in 2027.
Ready to find your next favourite address? In no particular order and by no means a complete list, these are some of the best hotels Melbourne has to offer.
Crown Towers Melbourne
Claiming pride of place on the Yarra River’s glorious Southbank promenade, Crown Melbourne is all about great food and fabulous entertainment. It’s home to some pretty stellar hotels too, of which Crown Towers is its shining star.
Within the 43-storey hotel are 482 chic rooms and suites, each styled in a soothing palette of cream, sand, gold and grey. As you’d expect, views are to die for, as are the tantalising array of dining options on offer throughout the wider complex.
Conservatory Buffet will fuel you up to explore Melbourne’s famous laneways and galleries, while the lavish TWR Bar will get you into the mood to kick in into the wee hours. Alternatively, you can indulge at one of Crown’s other restaurants, like Rockpool or Bistro Guillame.
Executive and Premier Club Suite guests enjoy access to the Crystal Club – an exclusive haven with wing-backed chairs and a sunny open-air terrace. Complimentary breakfast and evening canapes round out the experience.
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne
Hearing a hotel described as ‘Australia’s tallest’ sets an expectation. More than just a sky-reaching building, interiors within should be equally high end, right? In the case of The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne, which holds that lofty honour, they certainly are.
Rather than checking in at a meagre ground floor lobby, are first whisked up to the Sky Lobby on the 80th floor, where lavish decor and views of the Yarra and city skyline set the tone for what awaits during a stay in its 257 rooms and suites.
Among the Marriott Bonvoy hotel’s delights are signature restaurant Atria – helmed by Executive Chef Michael Greenlaw in partnership with Chef Mark Best (of former Sydney restaurant ‘Marque’ fame) – and bar Cameo, in addition to Ritz-Carlton Club and a chic day spa.
The location is stellar too – inside one of four towers in the West Side Place precinct adjacent to Southern Cross Station, ideal for direct rail and tram connections to all corners of the city, and a 10-minute stroll to Southbank and the Convention Centre.
InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
Back in the CBD and if the walls of InterContinental Melbourne could talk, they'd speak of over 130 years of growth and change. Because though the hotel has only been around since 2008, the two historic buildings it occupies have long played pivotal roles in Melbourne’s lineage.
Behind the neo-gothic facade and 9-storey glass-topped atrium – a fitting showcase for the grand old brickwork and windows – lies 253 contemporary rooms and suites, in addition to a light-filled gym, indoor pool and the fabulous Botanic Wellness Spa.
Alluvial Restaurant, Bluestone Bar, Market Lane Cocktail Bar and Ronnie’s eatery are at hand to sate the appetite and thirst of guests, while Club InterContinental also offers breakfast, evening drinks and more for those staying in Club level rooms.
As an IHG hotel, members of the IHG One Rewards loyalty program can earn points and unlock exclusive perks from complimentary room upgrades to reward nights at discounted rates.
Read our in-depth review here.
The Royce Hotel Melbourne
One of the newer additions to the city’s hotelscape, The Royce Melbourne is unlike any other in town. For starters, the premises was never intended to be a hotel – it was a Rolls Royce car dealership, but the Spanish Mission meets Art Deco styling had potential.
Fast forward more than 90 years and that potential has been fully realised, with a two-year restoration and refurbishment reinventing it as a luxury escape evoking the golden age of hospitality. You’d think it had always been this way.
From the grand lobby, swathed in plush navy blue, royal purple and tan leather lounges – not to mention a sweeping curved staircase – to its 94 rooms, every inch of the hotel is carefully considered, and beckons you to explore further.
Beyond the rooms, The Royce keeps guests sated with a chic French restaurant and adjacent conservatory, in addition to a nine-metre Showroom Bar where guests can partake in British bites and clandestine drinks well into the night.
Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street
Built in 1931 and imbued with a mix of architectural styles from Gothic to Italian Romanesque, the Equity Chambers stands out amid Melbourne’s sea of historic buildings. After a major refurbishment, it’s now also home to one of the city’s most lavish hotels: Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street.
Accessed via a discrete laneway adorned in street art, the high-end address retains much of its 1930s charm – coffered ceilings and ornate plasterwork – while also enjoying a sheen of modern convenience, notably in its 244 guestrooms.
Right on the tram line and a short walk from Bourke Street Mall, the hotel provides a central base to explore Melbourne, whether that’s visiting Fed Square, the Queen Victoria market, or exploring the trendy inner suburbs.
Of course, there’s plenty onsite as well.
On top of a well-equipped gym, the Hilton has two great dining options: The Douglas Club cocktail bar, and Luci Restaurant, which transports diners to a golden era of Art Deco style as it plates up Australian cuisine with a liberal splash of Italian flair.
Hilton Honors Diamond members and guests in higher-category rooms also enjoy access to an executive lounge, otherwise known as The Queen Adelaide Lounge.
Le Méridien Melbourne
Playing on the artistic heritage of the site – once home to a cinema, theatre and live music hub – Le Méridien Melbourne boasts 235 rooms furnished in a mid-century modern style with artworks echoing its past, in addition to eye-catching lighting and chic marble bathrooms.
Ground floor restaurant and bar ‘Dolly’ is adorned with intimate velvet booths and deep, leather armchairs (a fantastic stop before seeing a show), while lobby cafe ‘Intermission’ is on hand to satisfy guests’ sweet tooths and caffeination needs.
However, the star of the show is the rooftop pool and terrace, home to an open-air bar serving cocktails and snacks, and then there’s the view, overlooking Parliament House and stretching towards Fitzroy Gardens. Spectacular.
All guest rooms feature Malin + Goetz bath amenities, signature bottled cocktails by The Everleigh Bottling Co.,and a coffee machine, along with a dedicated work desk, Marshall Speakers and 55-inch LCD TV.
The Langham, Melbourne
A local outpost from one of Asia’s leading luxury brands, The Langham Melbourne is all about old-world elegance. Though every one of its 388 rooms is divine, the suites perhaps best embody this ethos with deep armchairs, rich drapery and fresh floral arrangements.
Pastel pink abounds in the private apartment ‘The Residence by Kerrie Hess’, made in collaboration with the Australian artist and illustrator, but the hotel’s true hero is the Chairman’s Suite: a serene sanctuary with majestic views and multiple sitting areas.
No Langham stay is complete without some RnR and Chuan Spa is ready to soothe and restore. Alternatively, you can work up a shine in the fitness studio, or soak some rays in the 15-metre outdoor pool (if the city's infamous weather is on your side, that is).
Those craving sweet or savoury bites would also be wise to book in for Afternoon Tea – a staple of all Langhams and plated to perfection here in Melbourne. If you still have room, Melba Restaurant and Aria Bar & Lounge are well worth a visit.
Though its full name may be a bit of a mouthful, Hotel Chadstone Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel is a particularly charming addition to the city’s hotel-scape. Its location is unrivalled for those seeking to indulge in a little retail therapy too.
Located outside the CBD in the thriving inner-city suburbs, Hotel Chadstone is linked to the Chadstone shopping complex, where you’ll find the likes of Montblanc and Chanel.
The hotel boasts 250 beautiful rooms and suites, not to mention the Altus rooftop bar and Italian restaurant Pastore, plus an inviting swimming pool and day spa: Holism Retreat. The latter offers restorative spa treatments, together with yoga and meditation.
For something a little different, Hotel Chadstone invites guests to glow-up their wardrobe with its Style This Way package. Complete with a night’s accommodation and breakfast for two, guests can enjoy a personalised consultation and shopping experience with a stylist.
Pan Pacific Melbourne
Commanding impressive views of the Yarra and perched right next door to both the convention and exhibition centres in South Wharf, Pan Pacific Melbourne is a perfect combination of luxury and convenience. It’s not just for business travellers either.
Each of its 396 rooms and suites feels warm and inviting; natural timber finishes, textured wallpaper and sheer curtains parting to reveal floor-to-ceiling windows are just a taste. Elegant bathrooms and included perks like free wifi complete the package.
As a member hotel of the GHA Discovery loyalty program, which unites 35 global brands under one banner, Pan Pacific guests can earn ‘Discovery Dollars’ on each dollar spent, as well as enjoy perks like double room upgrades once they reach the (very accessible) higher tiers.
Guests checked into Pacific Club rooms and suites enjoy access to the hotel’s executive lounge: Pacific Club. Buffet breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening canapes are just a handful of the privileges.
Theatricality runs to the very heart of Melbourne. Bewitching stage shows, thought-provoking festivals… there’s never a dull moment to be had. QT Melbourne plays up to this with aplomb, stealing the scene with dramatic decor that revels in the excess.
Concrete ceilings and oak parquetry floors, brushed-slate bathrooms and tan leather lounge chairs create an inviting, industrial-chic aesthetic in each of its 188 rooms – be sure to check out the QT Corner King – but it’s the public areas where the hotel really shines.
Under the steady hand of Executive Chef Paul Griffiths, Pascale Bar & Grill plates up delicate entrees and grand mains in a setting best described as ‘over-the-top’.
A sleek red marble counter and mint stools, velvet lounges with lips and eyes… it’s ridiculous, but it works.
Alongside Pascale is the moody yet unpretentious Bar 133, while the hotel summit offers the appropriately named Rooftop at QT – tailor-made for seductive soirees in the moonlight.
Entering any W Hotel is like a trip down the rabbit hole into Wonderland: modern, vibrant and always just the right level of outrageous. That’s W Melbourne to a tee, from its technicolour lobby to guest rooms with walls that look like a zipper coming undone.
Inspired by the street art of iconic Flinders Lane, the hotel features 294 bold rooms and suites with names like Cozy, Wonderful and Fabulous. The best in the house? That would be the Extreme Wow Suite: a 127 sqm penthouse engrained with nightclub-esque style.
As expected from a Melbourne hotel, dining, cocktails and coffee are all top-notch. Standouts are ‘Curious’, shaking up sensational cocktails and music (its cascading timber ceiling also needs to be seen to be believed), and Lollo from Chef Adam D’Sylva.
When it’s time to detox, make your way into the state-of-the-art FIT gym, or float your ails away in the WET pool. The latter is conveniently home to a bar too, just in case you find yourself getting dehydrated...