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About Melbourne

Our Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Melbourne are littered through the chic and shiny Southbank, flashy and sandy St. Kilda, in the 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, as well as 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 smattering of Parisian boutiques and Chapel St. for quirky chic. However, you shouldn't miss out on the Queen Victoria markets either - the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere.

Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with festivals celebrating some, or all, of the above. In fact, people from Melbourne consider the city 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 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 to. The MCG is a cricket Mecca and there's a Formula One race track nearby, as well of course as 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).

What Not To Miss

  • Be sure to wander down Hosier Lane, just a short distance from Federation Square. This colourful spot is filled with vibrant grafitti that truly expresses the city's fun and unique artsy ambiance.
  • The Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne's most iconic landmark, honours the sacrifices made by Australian servicemen and women. Set amongst 13 hectares of parkland, enjoy wonderful views from the balcony of the Shrine. A moving and incredibly informative spot.
  • Take a trip out to Port Campbell National Park, famous for its sculpted rock formations. Head off on a walk along the picturesque Twelve Apostles coastline and walk through the tunnel under the Great Ocean Road to reach an area with breathtaking views.
  • Sports fans will love a visit to the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), Australia's largest, oldest and most renowned sporting venue. This 95,000 capacity stadium is stunning when packed to the rafters, so head along and watch the cricket or take in an AFL game. What's more, it houses a fascinating museum that's an absolute must visit.

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).

For a city break

  • The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a luxury hotel with an unrivalled position right on the Southbank by the Yarra River. As well as offering amazing city views and easy access to many of Melbourne's highlights, The Langham has some impressive decor and a fantastic spa.
  • Crown Towers occupies the other end of the Southbank, closer to the Dockland. You're still perfectly located and the views, from generous sized rooms and the rooftop gardens, are incredible.
  • The Park Hyatt is a Melbourne classic, offering five star luxury, right by St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Victoria Markets.
  • Ovolo Laneways is right in the heart of the central business district, close to some of Melbourne's best bars, cafés, restaurants and a short walk from Federation Square. This hundred room hotel is also great value, with rooms starting at £128 per night including breakfast.
  • Robinsons in the City is a charming six bedroom B&B, perfect for those wanting to see the city without breaking the bank. With unpretentious accommodation right around the corner from all the sights (starting at just £84 per night), and hearty breakfasts served up, it's a super spot.

For families

  • The Lyall Hotel & Spa is right by the Botanical Gardens in South Yarra, and focusses on giving you a happy healthy stay via its luxurious spa and relaxed atmosphere. Each room has its own kitchen and balcony whilst you're also able to hire their bikes for free.
  • The Como, on Chapel St., is a luxurious hotel close to galleries, restaurants and Chapel St.'s shopping! Its family friendly suites include access to the gym, pool and BBQ area, and you're close to the beach too.

For excellent value

  • The Prince, in hip and happening seaside St. Kilda, is a very reasonably priced 40 room hotel, that features tasteful decor and great facilities, including a steam room and sauna.
  • The Olsen in South Yarra is a modern hotel in a great spot, especially for local dining. There are 200+ comfortable rooms and great facilities, including a glass-bottomed swimming pool, spa and gym.
  • Quirky, colourful The Cullen is just opposite Prahran Market and Chapel St., a great value place for lone travellers or those with families - there are family suites with their own kitchenettes plus they offer a free pram hire and babysitting service. They'll also rent you a bike. And the walls are covered in art by Adam Cullen.
  • The Blackman is another hotel with contemporary art adorning its walls and family sized suites with kitchenettes. This 200 room hotel on St. Kilda Road is also well positioned, and has great facilities.
  • Middle Park Hotel is set in a period building in the heart of the city. Featuring stylish rooms decorated in a loft style and starting from just £87 per night, this is a top spot for seeing the city on a budget.
  • The Larwill Studio is an art centric spot, boasting rooms combining soft hues with vibrant modern artworks on the walls. This contemporary stay also provides yoga mats in the rooms and offers tours of the city for the discerning visitor. Bikes available to hire.

For An Apartment

  • If you think a self-catering option would best suit your needs then check out the wide variety available with our partner, booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Melbourne is a popular year-round destination, but if you want the best weather come during the Spring (September-November) or Autumn (March-May). This way you avioid the busy summer crowds and the excessive heat. The winter months should be avoided (June to August) when the climate can be wet and cold!
  • International visitors should fly into Melbourne Airport, 22km north-west of the city centre.
  • From the airport, it's probably easiest to take the 24/7 SkyBus shuttle service that runs from the Coach Terminal at Southern Cross Station (in the centre of town). You can hop onto it either outside the Virgin or the Qantas/Jetstar domestic terminal. Purchase tickets at the T1 and T3 desks, or electronically with the driver. This costs $18 one way, $30 for a return, takes around 20 minutes and leaves every 10 minutes.
  • If you fancy a cheaper alternative then take the public transport route. Buy a Myki Card at the SkyBus terminal then take the 901 bus to Frankston and get off at Broadmeadows Station. From here, switch to a train into the centre of town. In total, this costs $7 on the weekdays and $3.50 over the weekends.
  • Hopping in a cab is undoubtedly the easiest way to get to and from the airport, however it'll cost you between $55-65.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

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Best Hotels in Melbourne

  • The Prince 40 rooms from $89

    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.

    Free wifi
    Sights nearby  -  St Kilda Pavilion five minutes walk away, three kilometers to the CBD
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Cullen 119 rooms from $101

    Melbourne (Prahran)

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of the city's main sites and shopping districts
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Robinsons in the City 6 rooms from $104


    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Cooks' Cottage - the oldest building in Australia
    Local markets  -  The Queen Victoria Market
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • The Blackman 209 rooms from $111

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Three kilometers to the CBD, five minute walk to the Botanical Gardens
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  • Middle Park Hotel 25 rooms from $113

    Melbourne (Victoria)

    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.

    Local markets  -  The largest open air market in the southern hemisphere The Queen Victoria Market houses an impressive array of goods.
    Great walks  -  Home to a variety of exotic flora and fauna take a wander through Melbourne's expansive Botanical Gardens.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • The Larwill Studio 96 rooms from $128

    North Melbourne

    An art centric hotel boasting an excellent central location. Contemporary rooms are clean in design with soft hues and plenty of glass offset by vibrant modern artworks. A health thread runs through the property with designated snacks, meditation and yoga mats offered in room. Modern living defined.

    Value chic  -  Giving chic Scandi-style right next to Royal Park all at a very reasonable rate.
    Great walks  -  Take a stroll around the nearby Royal Park and make a pit stop at Melbourne Zoo.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
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  • Mansion Hotel & Spa from $146

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Free entry into Werribee Mansion, close to Victoria State Rose Garden and Werribee Open Range Zoo
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Langham Hotel Melbourne 387 rooms from $186

    Melbourne (Southbank)

    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.

    Spa  -  Chuan Spa inspired by the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine
    Sights nearby  -  Five minute walk to Federation Square, the Arts Centre and the CBD
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • Park Hyatt 240 rooms from $199

    East Melbourne

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Opposite St Patrick's Cathedral, five minute walk to the CBD, Carlton and Fitzroy areas
    Local markets  -  Victoria Market a ten minute walk away
    Spa  -  Park Club Health and Day Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Crown Towers 482 rooms from $237

    Melbourne (Southbank)

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance of Federation Square and the Art Centre
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • The Olsen 229 rooms from $205

    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Within easy walking distance of many of the city's sites, including Federation Square and Botanic Gardens
    Swimming Pool  -  Glass-bottom
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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  • Ovolo Laneways 107 rooms from $207


    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.

    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance to Federation Square, city shopping and eating district
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Lyall Hotel & Spa from $208

    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.

    Spa  -  The Lyall Spa offers a range of holisitic treatments including hydrotherapy and relaxation
    Sights nearby  -  Within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and The Arts Centre
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Como 107 rooms from $320

    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.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor and outdoor with BBQ facilities
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
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