Our Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Melbourne are littered through the chic and shiny Southbank, found in flashy and sandy St. Kilda, in lush, green, foodie South Yarra, on chic Chapel St. and in the heart of town.
Melbourne is perfectly summed up by its most famous annual event: The Melbourne Cup, a day of hedonistic appreciation for the finer things, blended with an easy, classy charm. Its reputation for quality and finish, and its weather, culture and atmosphere are more stylishly European than you'll find elsewhere in Australia. But don't expect stuffy suits and silver service, Melbourne is more about cool cats, foodie haunts and people with a nose for their coffee.
Close to the wine region of the Yarra Valley, Melbourne takes its wine, and food seriously. The centre of town has recently sprouted a collection of new rooftop bars and the "Laneways" are full of alleyway eateries, converted from once industrial buildings.
But as well as wine and food, Melbourne also takes coffee, The Arts, and shopping seriously. Shopping fans should try Collins Street for the Parisian boutiques and Chapel St. for quirky chic. But you shouldn't miss out on the Queen Victoria markets either - the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere. And Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with festivals celebrating some, or all, of the above.
In fact people from Melbourne consider Melbourne to be Australia's Cultural Capital. Locals from other centres don't really agree, but most would begrudgingly admit that Melbourne is 'pretty arty', with with its tens of galleries and museums, hundreds of live music venues and a myriad of colourful street artists.
Melbourne is also keen on its sport, and it's not just the gee-gees and the Tennis Open that people flock too, the MCG is a cricket Mecca and there's a Formula One race track nearby, and of course the footy - both the AFL and the Rugby.
Don't forget there's a myriad of great beaches too - Melbourne is situated on the horseshoe shaped Port Phillip Bay. So take time to check out Brighton with its colourful beach huts or further out of town Altona is a popular beach for swimmers (it's got a no boat zone), and sailors alike (there are yachting facilities close by).
Our pick of the best places to stay in Melbourne has something for all tastes and budgets, whether you want sheer luxury (book The Como) or your prefer things a bit more low key (The Prince is a great option).
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Melbourne, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Victoria.
Melbourne (St Kilda)
A hard to beat location in the seaside suburb of St Kilda, offering the best of city living by the sea. This clean hotel boasts tasteful decor and great amenities, including a sauna and steam room to unwind in after a hard day at the beach.
Located opposite the bustling Prahran Market and Chapel St, this quirky looking hotel doesn't disappoint with lashings of artwork by Adam Cullen. Large suites come with a fully equipped kitchenette. Babysitting services, free pram hire and family suites available.
This charming, six bedroom B&B offers friendly and personal service in a fantastic location. Homely, unpretentious bedrooms and rustic red brick walls - perfect for those looking for a restful and sociable environment to explore this great city. Hearty breakfasts and lots of local knowledge.
Melbourne (Mains of Balgavies)
With funky contemporary art adorning the walls, this boutique hotel on St Kilda road has fantastic amenities, including luxurious suites with fully equipped kitchen facilities. The perfect pairing of practicality, comfort and style.
A period building opposite the Albert Park Australian Grand Prix - a must for racing fans! Guests can enjoy meals in the Brasserie restaurant with a side of Ozzie charm. Rooms are decorated in a fuss free 'loft' style in greys and accent reds. Dramatic, dark tiled bathrooms feature roll top baths.
Melbourne (Werribee Park)
Escape to the country with a stay in this luxurious hotel and spa surrounded by ten acres of extensive parkland only thirty minutes from Melbourne's CBD. Tasteful decor matches the stunning 1870s Italianate Werribee Mansion setting.
This luxury hotel offers unrivalled views of the city from its location on the Yarra river. The decor inside is impressive, with a marble staircase, waterfall features and chandeliers dripping from the roof. The perfect place to mix business and pleasure.
This grand five star hotel offers contemporary luxury in the heart of Melbourne. Spacious rooms complete with Italian marble bathrooms and views to the historic St Patrick's Cathedral ensure a lavish stay.
Sleek and smart contemporary hotel situated on the banks of the Yarra. Fantastic facilities, including luxurious large rooms and two tennis courts on the rooftop garden, combine glamour and wellbeing.
Melbourne (South Yarra)
Contemporary hotel with a central location in South Yarra offering good amenities and comfortable rooms. Boasts a glass-bottom swimming pool, spa and gym, and all within easy reach of nearby restaurants.
Tucked away on one of Melbourne's famous laneways, this hotel is situated in the heart of the bustling CBD close to the city's best bars, cafes and restaurants. Complimentary breakfast is also included.
Melbourne (South Yarra)
Each room in this stunning hotel comes with a fully equipped kitchen and balcony. Contemporary oriental design with opulent fabrics. Centrally located near the Botanic Gardens, there is also the offer of free bicycle hire to get around the cycle-friendly city. Make use of the luxurious spa too.
Melbourne (South Yarra)
Luxury hotel at the heart of Melbourne's bustling Chapel St. Near to all the attractions, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques. Family friendly suites available, with top-notch facilities including a gym, swimming pool and BBQ area.