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With wineries and top-notch foodie fare in spades, spectacular Victoria is a superb Australian destination for couples, families and groups of friends. There is a tremendous array of accommodation available across the region, from low-key guesthouses to luxurious hotels fit for a range of budgets. Many of the best places to stay in Victoria are in trendy Melbourne, the state capital, but there are some absolute gems tucked amidst the vineyards of the Mornington Peninsula or set in pretty towns by the coast.
Stylish Melbourne, Victoria’s largest city, has a well-deserved reputation for fabulous food, heaps of culture and a classic European vibe. Built on the back of the gold rush, the city is home to grand old hotels and galleries, as well as a host of new rooftop bars and alleyway eateries in quirkily converted industrial buildings. Try Collins St. for Parisian boutiques, Chapel St. for funky chic, and don’t missing a stroll through the Queen Victoria markets — the largest open-air market in the southern hemisphere. Come for the sporting events and world-class festivals — including the annual Melbourne Cup — and stay for the cool coffee culture, food, wine and buzzy social scene.
Beyond Melbourne are Victoria’s historic gold mining towns, many of which have survived and make charming bases for a holiday, as well as the lovely Murray River towns, famed for their riverboat culture. The region is known for its natural beauty: from the majestic Great Ocean Road, where the Twelve Apostles jut out like knives, to the tranquility of the Yarra Valley, home to many of Australia’s oldest wineries and some brilliant food hotels.
Venture north to the outback, dotted with national parks, including the lush Grampians and the bare Mallee — which are a real favourite with outdoorsy adventurers — or to the east for the Dandenong Ranges. Just 35 kilometres from Melbourne is the Snowy River, boasting a huge forest of gums, and there are parades of penguins to admire at Philip Island, too.
Whether you’re dreaming of swish Melbourne cafes and beautiful art hotels, boutique beach spots, or elegant country house escapes in the heart of the wine region, Victoria has it all. The best places to stay in Victoria offer visitors a taste of the region’s great food and wine in beautifully-presented surroundings suffused with classic Aussie character.
The best places to stay in Victoria
For grand Melbourne luxury
- The Langham Hotel Melbourne offers luxurious indulgence, right on the Southbank, overlooking the Yarra River and the city. Suites are sumptuously furnished, there is a fabulous spa, and many of Melbourne’s highlights are within easy reach. A real standout.
- Crown Towers occupies one end of the Southbank, with swish, generously proportioned suites, fantastic facilities (including tennis courts) and beautiful rooftop gardens. A glamorous choice, offering seriously impressive city views.
- The Park Hyatt is a grand Melbourne classic, offering traditional five star luxury, including marble bathrooms, spacious suites and a gorgeous indoor pool. Stay here for the location — right by St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Victoria Markets — and the old-school opulence.
For Melbourne City Chic
- The Olsen in South Yarra is a modern art hotel celebrating the exuberant work of artist John Olsen. Rooms are elegant and spacious, and there are stacks of facilities, including a spa, a gym, a glass-bottomed swimming pool and a great restaurant. The South Yarra location is ideal for local eateries, and the hotel is family-friendly. Don’t miss the art tours!
- Ovolo Laneways is in the heart of the central business district, close to some of Melbourne's best bars, cafes and restaurants. Rooms are modern and many have small private balconies. Enjoy complimentary breakfasts and very reasonable prices A city bolthole, especially ideal for business travellers.
- The Prince is a minimalist 40-room property in hip and happening seaside St Kilda. Facilities include a steam room and sauna, ideal for unwinding. An excellent choice for trendy city living by the sea.
- The Cullen promises quirky, ultra-modern design, just opposite Prahran Market and Chapel St. Adorned with art by Adam Cullen, rooms are good value for solo travellers, whilst family suites have private kitchenettes. With free pram hire, babysitting services and bike rental, this is a top spot for the whole family. Perfect for exploring Melbourne!
- The Lyall Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous South Yarra spot. Elegant contemporary interiors are paired with opulent textiles, and the indulgent spa is a real treat. A grown-up urban oasis.
- The Larwill Studio is a design-centred Melbourne hotel, set alongside Royal Park. Think smart, contemporary rooms with Scandinavian-style simplicity and bright pops of colour from Australian artist David Larwill. There’s a focus on wellness, with a gym, yoga mats & iPads pre-loaded with a meditation app, as well as an onsite eatery. Fun, trendy and reasonably priced.
For Food & Wine in the Countryside
- Jackalope is a seriously swish modern hotel set in its own 12-acre vineyard on the striking Mornington Peninsula. Pick this place for cutting-edge design, farm-to-fork cuisine, wine tastings and amazing countryside views. A foodie favourite.
- Chateau Yering promises 32 luxurious suites in a Victorian manor on the Yarra Valley’s first known winery. Stay here for antique opulence, marble bathrooms and grand evenings in Eleonore’s restaurant. Perfect for rural relaxation and to explore the region’s 70+ wineries!
- Frangos & Frangos is a 12-room boutique hotel in the heart of Daylesford. Think trendy, art-centred design, easy access to the town’s attractions, and fantastic food at Koukla Daylesford, the onsite restaurant. The laid-back bar has a brilliant list of Daylesford and Macedon region wines to try, and there are vineyards aplenty to explore.
- Lake House is a lovely 35-room country house set on six acres around serene Daylesford Lake. Book a room here for birdwatching and walking, as well as to savour the award-winning restaurant. Child-friendly games and activities make this a relaxing family favourite.
- Royal Mail Hotel is a foodie and wine lovers’ dream, with a fabulous kitchen garden, fine dining restaurant and award-winning, 25,000 bottle wine cellar. With well-appointed rooms, self-catering apartments and houses available, this is a great pick for groups or families keen to explore the Grampians National Park.
- Mollisons is a charming boutique retreat in Kyneton, a country town just an hour from Melbourne. The two self-catering apartments and six deluxe bedrooms are ideal for visitors with an eye for design — especially as all the pieces in the hotel are for sale! A chic, calming choice in gorgeous surroundings, within easy reach of regional wineries and the gourmet eateries of Kyneton’s Piper Street.
For the ocean
- Drift House in Port Fairy is a contemporary, adults-only boutique beach hotel with six luxurious suites. Expect free-standing baths, artisan breakfasts and striking views over the Moyne River from some of the beautiful rooms. Gourmet dinners can also be arranged, making this a top-notch stop on the Great Ocean Road.
- Big Blue Backyard is a collection of three hand-made hideaways near St. Andrew's Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. Crafted by the owners using natural materials, the cabins are characterful and cosy, with private decks and spa baths. Fabulous breakfasts are included, and the owners can rustle up delicious meals using produce from a nearby farm. A romantic coastal escape!
- QT Falls Creek is a luxurious collection of one, two and three-bedroom self-catering apartments nestled at the foot of the ski resort in Falls Creek. Many of the apartments boast views over the slopes, whilst some have private hot tubs. The vibe is smart and modern, and the onsite restaurant is a wonderful place to unwind. Also a lovely area for walking and hiking in the summer!
For a private apartment or villa
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.
- Fly to Melbourne International Airport, and hop aboard a bus or taxi to the city centre. Most city hotels will also be happy to arrange an airport pick up.
- Victoria is an excellent region for a road trip, and it's wonderful to have your own means of transport as you explore. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
- Whilst Victoria is a year-round destination, the best time to visit is during the autumn (March to May), when temperatures are pleasant, the wine is in season, and the countryside is at its finest.
Still not sure?
- Explore our list of all the best places to stay in Melbourne.
- Alternatively, see our pick of the best places to stay on the Mornington Peninsula.
- Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
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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 CBDSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Lively - Hip and happening.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 galleriesBack to NatureSwimming 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 ZooSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSpa
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.BoutiqueGreat 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 Spa5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Recommended by - Tablet
Crown Towers Melbourne (Southbank) 482 rooms from £182Sights nearby - Within walking distance of Federation Square and the Art CentreSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSpa
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 suites5* Luxury - Very high service standards.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.Private Hot Tub
Ovolo Laneways Melbourne 107 rooms from £162Sights nearby - Within walking distance to Federation Square, city shopping and eating districtLively area - In the thick of the action.Lively - Hip and happening.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 doorstepLakeside - On lake DaylesfordRecommended 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.Lively area - In the thick of the action.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/terraceLocal markets - Good for local colour.Full of characterHideaway - 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