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Victoria knows about food and wine. It also knows how to host events with the Victorian 'season' having world class festivals, sporting and cultural events. Cosmopolitan Victoria also has its share of Australia's natural beauty - from the majesty of the Great Ocean Road with the Twelve Apostles jutting out like knives from nowhere, to the lush tranquility of the Yarra Valley, or the colourful haze of the Grampians National Park. There are the old gold mining towns and the penguin parades at Philip Island. Not to mention the sport…

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Our Guru's recommendations for the best places to stay in Victoria are dotted all over the state, from the heart of Melbourne to the middle of nowhere.

Things not to miss:

  • State capital and unmissably cool city, Melbourne is a hub for visitors. It is perfectly summed up by its most famous annual event: The Melbourne Cup, a day of hedonistic appreciation for the finer things, all done with an easy, classy charm.
  • Melbourne's 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 folk with a nose for their coffee.
  • Close to the wine region of the Yarra Valley, Melbourne takes wine and food seriously. The centre of town has recently sprouted a collection of new rooftop bars and alleyway eateries converted from once industrial buildings.
  • As well as wine and food, Melbourne also takes coffee, The Arts and shopping seriously. For shopping try Collins Street for Parisian boutiques and Chapel St. for quirky chic. You shouldn't miss out on the Queen Victoria markets though - the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere. Melbourne's cultural calendar is packed with festivals celebrating some, or all, of the above.
  • Melbourne's architecture was built on the back of the gold rush, as were many of the country towns surrounding the city, so there's quite a bit of grandeur around. Many of these lovely buildings have been turned into luxurious hotels or galleries. The largest gold towns have survived, along with some of the Murray River charmers famous for riverboat culture, and these towns are awash with interesting history.
  • Outside the cities and towns you'll find the wonders of the Great Ocean Road to the south, to the east are the Dandenong Ranges, just 35kms from Melbourne, then there's the Snowy River with its huge forest of gums, then the High Country.
  • Northwards is the outback dotted with national parks, like the Grampians and the bare Mallee.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Victoria range from hip, boutique city offerings in Melbourne (some of which are excellent value for money too), to five star luxury in the heart of the winelands.

The best places to stay in Victoria

For a chic Melbourne city break

  • The Langham Hotel Melbourne is a luxury hotel in 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 Docklands, but 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 traditional 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, cafes and restaurants and a short walk from Federation Square. This hundred room hotel is also great value, with rooms, and complimentary breakfasts, starting at £128 per night.
  • The Prince, in hip and happening, seaside St. Kilda, is a very reasonably priced 40 room property with 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. It boasts 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 and 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.

For rural relaxation

  • Lake House is a 35 room country house hotel set on six acres around serene Daylesford Lake. This is a great spot for birdwatching and walking, and you're close to the mineral springs. There's also an award winning restaurant.
  • The Royal Mail Hotel offers a range of accommodation just two kilometres out from Dunkeld, a charming little country town well located for the Grampians National Park. As well as rooms and self catering apartments, the hotel has a house which sleeps up to 11.
  • Mollisons is a charming, seven room, boutique hotel in Kyneton, a country town about an hour from Melbourne. This is a great place for those with an eye for design - especially seeing as every item in the hotel is for sale.

For the ocean

  • Drift House in Port Fairy is a boutique hotel right on the beach. Its four suites are all uniquely done and some have stunning views over the Moyne River. A tasteful stop on the Great Ocean Road.
  • Big Blue Backyard is a collection of three, hand made cabin hideaways just by St. Andrew's Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Each has its own private deck and spa bath and each has been loving crafted with local materials. There's no restaurant but the owner/operators will happily do the cooking for you.

For skiing

  • QT Falls Creek in Falls Creek, is a luxurious collection of one, two and three bedroom self catering apartments right at the foot of the ski resort. A number of the apartments have views over the ski fields and some have private hot tubs too. In summer this is a great area for walkers.

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Travel Information

  • The main airport hub in Victoria is Melbourne.
  • Victoria is a great region for a road trip, so why not look at our online car hire partner Holiday Autos.
  • Visit Victoria in the autumn (March to May) when the temperatures are pleasant, wine is in season and countryside is at its finest.

Still not sure?

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  • 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
    Check prices
  • 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
    Check prices

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  • Lake House 35 rooms from $300

    Victoria

    Waterfront rooms and suites set on six acres around Daylesford Lake. Great walks and birdwatching on property, and close proximity to world famous mineral springs. Award winning restaurant serving regional cuisine. Family friendly.

    Birdwatching  -  Rosella, parrot, kingfisher and kookaburra on property
    Great walks  -  Peace Mile track around the lake
    Outstanding location  -  Mineral springs on doorstep
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
    Check prices
  • Drift House from $250

    PORT FAIRY, Victoria

    A boutique hotel on the beach of Port Fairy. Tastefully slick individual suites with marble bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas. Some have views over the Moyne river. Explore the stunning Great Ocean Road from here, or just relax by the pool.

    Sitting Room
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and seasonal
    Restrictions on children  -  Not allowed
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Big Blue Backyard from $397

    Victoria

    Three family owned unique hideaways by St Andrews Beach. Star studded night sky, pure escapism. Each cabin comes with private deck, delicious crisp white cotton and spa bath. Fresh local food, home cooking and attentive service. Perfect for couples and romantic getaways.

    Rooms with balcony/terrace
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Royal Mail Hotel 40 rooms from $112

    Dunkeld, Victoria

    A range of accommodation available 2 km from the picturesque country town of Dunkeld, including rooms, self-catering apartments, an outdoor pool and a house sleeping up to 11 people. Perfect for groups, families and those wishing to explore the stunning Grampian National Park.

    Views  -  Out to Mt Sturgeon Station, a working merino wool sheep station, and Grampian peaks
    Sights nearby  -  In Dunkeld, incluing arboretum and art galleries
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
    Check prices
  • Mollisons 7 rooms from $154

    Kyneton, Victoria

    This boutique hotel in country town Kyneton, an hour from Melbourne, is an interior designer's heaven, with elegant rooms and tasteful fittings. Every item in the hotel is for sale in the boutique downstairs. Minutes walk from Piper Street's lively cafes, restaurants and bars.

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • QT Falls Creek 40 rooms from $150

    Falls Creek, Victoria

    Luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering apartments located at the foot of Falls Creek ski resort. Some have private hot tubs with views out over the balcony to the white ski fields beyond. Much needed sauna, steam room, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Fabulous trekking and walks in the summer.

    Skiing  -  Also snowmobile tours, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowsport school and cross country skiing
    Outstanding location  -  At foot of Falls Creek ski resort
    Views  -  Lovely views over the ski fields
    Great walks  -  To waterfalls
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Chateau Yering 32 rooms from $261

    Yarra Valley, Victoria

    Five star luxury in heritage listed Victorian manor in the heart of wine region the Yarra Valley only one hour from Melbourne. Original features and antiques in rooms, extensive gardens and 24 hour room service.

    Outstanding location  -  Set on 250 acres, borders Yarra River
    Swimming Pool  -  2 Outdoor seasonal pool
    Four poster beds  -  In Stable suites
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices
  • Frangos & Frangos 12 rooms from $171

    Daylesford, Victoria

    Set in the heart of Daylesford, this hotel has a lot to offer. Fabulously designed bedrooms, a choice of two lively restaurants and the Endota Day Spa. The owners have poured their passions into Frangos to make it truly welcoming and completely unique. Unwind in this stylish hotel.

    Great walks  -  Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Hepburn Springs
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices

See all » 14 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
    Check prices
  • 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
    Check prices

See all » Other hotels in Victoria

  • Lake House 35 rooms from $300

    Victoria

    Waterfront rooms and suites set on six acres around Daylesford Lake. Great walks and birdwatching on property, and close proximity to world famous mineral springs. Award winning restaurant serving regional cuisine. Family friendly.

    Birdwatching  -  Rosella, parrot, kingfisher and kookaburra on property
    Great walks  -  Peace Mile track around the lake
    Outstanding location  -  Mineral springs on doorstep
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
    Check prices
  • Drift House from $250

    PORT FAIRY, Victoria

    A boutique hotel on the beach of Port Fairy. Tastefully slick individual suites with marble bathrooms, kitchens and dining areas. Some have views over the Moyne river. Explore the stunning Great Ocean Road from here, or just relax by the pool.

    Sitting Room
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor and seasonal
    Restrictions on children  -  Not allowed
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Big Blue Backyard from $397

    Victoria

    Three family owned unique hideaways by St Andrews Beach. Star studded night sky, pure escapism. Each cabin comes with private deck, delicious crisp white cotton and spa bath. Fresh local food, home cooking and attentive service. Perfect for couples and romantic getaways.

    Rooms with balcony/terrace
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Royal Mail Hotel 40 rooms from $112

    Dunkeld, Victoria

    A range of accommodation available 2 km from the picturesque country town of Dunkeld, including rooms, self-catering apartments, an outdoor pool and a house sleeping up to 11 people. Perfect for groups, families and those wishing to explore the stunning Grampian National Park.

    Views  -  Out to Mt Sturgeon Station, a working merino wool sheep station, and Grampian peaks
    Sights nearby  -  In Dunkeld, incluing arboretum and art galleries
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
    Check prices
  • Mollisons 7 rooms from $154

    Kyneton, Victoria

    This boutique hotel in country town Kyneton, an hour from Melbourne, is an interior designer's heaven, with elegant rooms and tasteful fittings. Every item in the hotel is for sale in the boutique downstairs. Minutes walk from Piper Street's lively cafes, restaurants and bars.

    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • QT Falls Creek 40 rooms from $150

    Falls Creek, Victoria

    Luxury 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-catering apartments located at the foot of Falls Creek ski resort. Some have private hot tubs with views out over the balcony to the white ski fields beyond. Much needed sauna, steam room, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Fabulous trekking and walks in the summer.

    Skiing  -  Also snowmobile tours, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowsport school and cross country skiing
    Outstanding location  -  At foot of Falls Creek ski resort
    Views  -  Lovely views over the ski fields
    Great walks  -  To waterfalls
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
    Check prices
  • Chateau Yering 32 rooms from $261

    Yarra Valley, Victoria

    Five star luxury in heritage listed Victorian manor in the heart of wine region the Yarra Valley only one hour from Melbourne. Original features and antiques in rooms, extensive gardens and 24 hour room service.

    Outstanding location  -  Set on 250 acres, borders Yarra River
    Swimming Pool  -  2 Outdoor seasonal pool
    Four poster beds  -  In Stable suites
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
    Check prices
  • Frangos & Frangos 12 rooms from $171

    Daylesford, Victoria

    Set in the heart of Daylesford, this hotel has a lot to offer. Fabulously designed bedrooms, a choice of two lively restaurants and the Endota Day Spa. The owners have poured their passions into Frangos to make it truly welcoming and completely unique. Unwind in this stylish hotel.

    Great walks  -  Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens
    Sights nearby  -  Hepburn Springs
    Restrictions on children  -  No children
    Spa
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
    Check prices