Search the best hotels in Victoria
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…
All our Victoria Collections:
- The Best Places to Stay in Melbourne
- Yarra Valley wine hotels
- Wine hotels in the Mornington Peninsula
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.
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.
- 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.
For a private apartment or villa
- For those looking for some additional privacy, we recommend visiting our online partner Booking.com.
- 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 Rentalcars.
- 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?
Best Hotels in Victoria
The Prince Melbourne (St Kilda) 40 rooms from £68Free wifiSights nearby - St Kilda Pavilion five minutes walk away, three kilometers to the CBDLively - Hip and happening.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
The Cullen Melbourne (Prahran) 119 rooms from £78Sights nearby - Within walking distance of the city's main sites and shopping districtsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Robinsons in the City Melbourne 6 rooms from £80Sights nearby - Visit Cooks' Cottage - the oldest building in AustraliaLocal markets - The Queen Victoria MarketRestrictions on children - No childrenRecommended by - I Escape
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. See More
The Blackman Melbourne (Mains of Balgavies) 209 rooms from £85Sights nearby - Three kilometers to the CBD, five minute walk to the Botanical Gardens
Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld, Victoria 40 rooms from £86Views - Out to Mt Sturgeon Station, a working merino wool sheep station, and Grampian peaksSights nearby - In Dunkeld, incluing arboretum and art galleriesGreat walks - Good for walkers.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
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. See More
Middle Park Hotel Melbourne (Victoria) 25 rooms from £87Local 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.
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. See More
The Larwill Studio North Melbourne 96 rooms from £98Value 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.
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. See More
Mansion Hotel & Spa Melbourne (Werribee Park) from £112Sights nearby - Free entry into Werribee Mansion, close to Victoria State Rose Garden and Werribee Open Range ZooSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
QT Falls Creek Falls Creek, Victoria 40 rooms from £115Skiing - Also snowmobile tours, tobogganing, snowshoeing, snow tubing, snowsport school and cross country skiingOutstanding location - At foot of Falls Creek ski resortViews - Lovely views over the ski fieldsGreat walks - To waterfallsRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
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. See More
Mollisons Kyneton, Victoria 7 rooms from £118Local markets - Good for local colour.Great walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
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. See More
Frangos & Frangos Daylesford 12 rooms from £131Great walks - Wombat Hill Botanical GardensSights nearby - Hepburn SpringsRestrictions on children - No childrenSpaRecommended by - Tablet
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. See More
Langham Hotel Melbourne Melbourne (Southbank) 387 rooms from £143Spa - Chuan Spa inspired by the principles of Traditional Chinese MedicineSights nearby - Five minute walk to Federation Square, the Arts Centre and the CBDSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Treasury on Collins Melbourne (Victoria) 95 rooms from £146Local exploring - Enjoying a central Melbourne location so ideally located for exploring the city's highlights.Sights nearby - With its superb central location Treasury on Collins is within walking distance of many of the best sights.
Park Hyatt East Melbourne 240 rooms from £153Sights nearby - Opposite St Patrick's Cathedral, five minute walk to the CBD, Carlton and Fitzroy areasLocal markets - Victoria Market a ten minute walk awaySpa - Park Club Health and Day SpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Tablet
Crown Towers Melbourne (Southbank) 482 rooms from £182Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Federation Square and the Art CentreSpaSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Drift House PORT FAIRY, Victoria from £192Sitting RoomSwimming Pool - Outdoor and seasonalRestrictions on children - Not allowedFull of characterRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Chateau Yering Yarra Valley, Victoria 32 rooms from £200Outstanding location - Set on 250 acres, borders Yarra RiverSwimming Pool - 2 Outdoor seasonal poolFour poster beds - In Stable suitesGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - Fodors
The Olsen Melbourne (South Yarra) 229 rooms from £160Sights nearby - Within easy walking distance of many of the city's sites, including Federation Square and Botanic GardensSwimming Pool - Glass-bottomLively area - In the thick of the action.Spa
Ovolo Laneways Melbourne 107 rooms from £162Sights nearby - Within walking distance to Federation Square, city shopping and eating districtLively - Hip and happening.Lively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
Lyall Hotel & Spa Melbourne (South Yarra) from £162Spa - The Lyall Spa offers a range of holisitic treatments including hydrotherapy and relaxationSights nearby - Within walking distance to the Botanic Gardens and The Arts CentreLively area - In the thick of the action.Recommended by - I Escape, Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith
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. See More
Lake House Daylesford 35 rooms from £230Birdwatching - Rosella, parrot, kingfisher and kookaburra on propertyGreat walks - Peace Mile track around the lakeOutstanding location - Mineral springs on doorstepSpaRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
QT Melbourne Melbourne 188 rooms from £185City Style - Immaculately accessorised, this hotel is in the high-end fashion district of Australia’s most creatively charged citySights nearby - The State Library of Victoria is one of Australia's oldest cultural institutionsLively - Hip and happening.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
A fashionable industrial-chic style downtown hotel with a buzzing rooftop bar, with in-house gourmet restaurant. Featuring great views of the city and centrally located within easy distance of sights such as the Regent's Theatre, St Paul's Cathedral and Federation Square. See More
Big Blue Backyard Victoria from £305Rooms with balcony/terraceFull of characterLocal markets - Good for local colour.Hideaway - Tranquil and intimate.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
The Como Melbourne (South Yarra) 107 rooms from £250Swimming Pool - Indoor and outdoor with BBQ facilitiesLively area - In the thick of the action.
The Dudley Daylesford (Hepburn Springs VIC 3461) 7 rooms from £254Total relaxation - A tranquil base set near to Hepburn Bathhouse and Mineral Springs ReserveLocal markets - Local Farmer’s Markets- buy some amazing local produce by visiting one or more of the local Farmer’s Markets on every weekendGreat walks - Stroll around Hepburn Springs, the Botanical Gardens or the local farmland; enjoy a challenging hike across rugged local landSights nearby - Lavender Farm and Sculpture Garden offers a very European experienceRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Jackalope Victoria 44 rooms from £345Back to Nature - With two spectacular coastlines, the region has dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs and national parksArchitectural - Merges a heritage farmhouse with modern structures, all in black, that echo agricultural buildingsSights nearby - The nearby Pt. Leo Estate's Sculpture Park has been built to house an ever-evolving array of Australian and international piecesGreat walks - Breathtaking walks at Point Nepean National Park and Bushranger’s Bay Walking TrackRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Set in its own 12-acre vineyard this is a trendy foodie base in idyllic rolling hills. By no means your run of the mill rural escape, this is a cutting-edge contemporary spot, that has got it all right. Farm-to-fork cuisine, sharply designed interiors and spectacular views. Rural perfection. See More