14 Top-Rated Places to Stay in Melbourne, Australia

Written by Carri Wilbanks
Updated May 20, 2021
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This city, known for its gardens, music scene, and overall livability, makes a great family escape or a romantic couples getaway. There is no shortage of places to stay in all budgets. The two main tourist areas to stay are the central business district (city center) and along the Yarra River in trendy Southbank, and most of the hotels listed here are found in these areas.

If you're looking for a luxury stay in Southbank with river views, spots like The Langham and the Crown Towers Melbourne are good choices. Melbourne is also known for its design-forward and arts-focused hotels, and these properties come in both mid-range and luxury varieties. The Adelphi Hotel, QT Melbourne, and Ovolo Laneways are excellent examples in this hotel genre, featuring unique rooms and art, and all are located in the city center.

Find a great hotel for your next visit with our list of the best places to stay in Melbourne, Australia.

1. The Langham, Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne
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The luxe Langham occupies a fantastic location in trendy Southbank right on the Yarra River. This five-star luxury property offers understated elegant rooms with handmade furnishings, comfortable beds, and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either the city or the river. There are also a number of suites with kitchens that are a great pick for families.

On-site amenities include an upscale buffet restaurant with Yarra River views, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and gym. If you are traveling with a car, parking is available for a fee.

Accommodation: The Langham, Melbourne

2. Park Hyatt Melbourne

Park Hyatt Melbourne
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Just about a mile from the city center, the Park Hyatt Melbourne is another excellent luxury pick, only a five-minute walk to the Parliament railway station. Popular with couples, the Art-Deco-styled rooms are quite luxe and come with marble bathrooms and, in some cases, iPod docks and Bose sound systems. The suites are opulent and come with fireplaces and balconies.

On-site amenities include two restaurants, a spa, sauna, two swimming pools, a tennis court, and fitness center. Parking is available for a fee.

Accommodation: Park Hyatt Melbourne

3. Crown Towers Melbourne

Crown Towers Melbourne
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This five-star property is in Melbourne's buzzy Southbank neighborhood on the Yarra River. The rooms and suites are spacious, clean, and stylishly decorated, but not overdone, and come with marble bathrooms and, in many cases, impressive city and bay views.

Away from the rooms, amenities include a luxury spa with hydrotherapy, a giant indoor swimming pool, and two tennis courts. There are also a number of on-site restaurants, including one by famed British chef Heston Blumenthal.

Accommodation: Crown Towers Melbourne

4. Adelphi Hotel

Adelphi Hotel
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In a great location on stylish Flinders Lane in the heart of the city center, the Adelphi Hotel is a luxury boutique design hotel with just 34 rooms and a dessert motif throughout. In the rooms, expect licorice-shaped stools and jars filled with candy, along with an Art Deco style in the zigzag carpets and pastel accents.

Away from the rooms, you'll find a dessert-themed restaurant in the lobby, which is a hit with kids and adults alike, and a small rooftop pool area.

Accommodation: Adelphi Hotel

5. QT Melbourne

QT Melbourne
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Right in the heart of downtown Melbourne, the QT has an ideal location on buzzy Russell Street. The decor is Parisian movie-house themed, with parquet floors and neon lights and a little extra glitz in the form of art installations in public spaces.

Even the most basic rooms here are spacious, but couples will want to book higher level rooms for better views, or the QT Lofts, which have high ceilings and fun design elements like hanging lamps and boldly colored cushions.

This luxury hotel is family friendly, welcoming kids of all ages, and babysitting can be arranged with advance notice. On-site amenities include two restaurants and valet parking.

Accommodation: QT Melbourne

6. The Westin Melbourne

The Westin Melbourne
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The Westin Melbourne is right on the Swanston Street pedestrian precinct in the heart of the city center. This sleek, luxury property offers contemporary rooms and suites, which are stylish, clean, and comfortable with amenities like flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and mini-fridges, as well as luxe bathrooms. Some also come with wellness amenities like in-room fitness equipment and jetted tubs. The suites feature plenty of space to move around.

On-site amenities include a restaurant serving modern Asian fare and a wellness center with a 50-foot-long lap pool, sauna, and steam room. There are also plenty of other restaurants and shops within walking distance of the Westin.

Accommodation: The Westin Melbourne

7. Art Series - The Larwill Studio

Art Series - The Larwill Studio
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Art Series - The Larwill Studio is just north of the city center on Flemington Road and under a five-minute walk to a tram station with downtown access. Dedicated to Australian artist David Larwill and filled with his original work, it features modern decor throughout. There are 96-rooms, which are boldly colored and stylish, with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and comfortable beds.

There is an on-site restaurant serving three meals a day, as well as a fitness center with free classes. There are also free art supplies for guests to use on-site. It is a good match for couples looking for something different in a hotel.

Accommodation: Art Series - The Larwill Studio

8. Treasury On Collins

Treasury On Collins
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In a stately 19th-century building in south Melbourne, Treasury on Collins is a good-value hotel but it is not directly in the city center. It features 65 rooms that are clean and comfortable with a casual, elegant style and city views. Rooms also come with an electric kettle, toaster, and a dishwasher - helpful if you're traveling with a small child.

There is an included continental breakfast served in the house restaurant, car rental is available on-site, and kids are catered to with everything from playpens to board games on loan. There is also a fitness center on-site.

Accommodation: Treasury On Collins

9. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens

Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens
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The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens is a good-value property, which is convenient to, but still slightly removed from, the main downtown attractions. It offers casually elegant rooms, which are spacious and comfortable and, in some cases, come with views of the leafy park nearby.

Away from the rooms is a respected restaurant with a focus on local produce, as well as a fitness center with an indoor swimming pool and steam room. The property is a good bet for anyone in search of a luxury hotel at more of a mid-range price and this includes young couples or parents traveling with kids.

Accommodation: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens

10. Quay West Suites Melbourne

Quay West Suites Melbourne
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Right on the Yarra River with fantastic city views, Quay West Suites Melbourne is another good-value hotel, which is popular with families because it offers apartment-style suites. These are all spacious, and even the most entry level space has a kitchenette, while the most expensive suites are positively palatial.

Away from the rooms there is a restaurant serving fresh, seasonal fare, with a lovely outdoor terrace and an indoor lap pool. Parking is available for a fee.

Accommodation: Quay West Suites Melbourne

11. Ovolo Laneways

Ovolo Laneways
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Ovolo Laneways is a modern design hotel in a quiet neighborhood within walking distance of the city center. This upscale property features 43 spacious rooms and suites done up with funky decor, like subway tile bathrooms, bespoke street art, and chalk boards.

In the Penthouse Suite, there is even a pinball machine and an open-air whirlpool bath. Rooms are also stocked with free snacks, deluxe bath products, and Apple TV. Breakfast is included, but there is no full-service restaurant.

Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways

12. Alto Hotel on Bourke

Alto Hotel on Bourke
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The eco-friendly Alto Hotel on buzzy Bourke Street is located inside a 19th-century building in the heart of downtown. It's a great option if you want good-value and environmentally friendly accommodations, as the Alto was the first carbon-neutral hotel to open in Australia.

Tourists can choose from several categories of accommodation here, including rooms, studios, and multi-bedroom apartments. All are clean and comfortable, and studios feature kitchenettes, while apartments have full kitchens, making them a good choice if you're traveling with kids. On-site amenities are limited, but you are walking distance from plenty of dining choices.

Accommodation: Alto Hotel on Bourke

13. View Melbourne Hotel

Melbourne Parkview Hotel
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On a leafy boulevard across from Albert Park, the View Melbourne Hotel is a good mid-range option popular with families, as children 15 and younger stay for free. It offers elegant rooms and suites, which are clean and comfortable, and many come with city skyline or park views. Suites also feature Jacuzzi tubs and more space to move around.

On-site amenities include a restaurant with a terrace, a café, indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness center. There is also a rooftop spa. Parking is available if you are traveling with a car.

Accommodation: View Melbourne

14. Miami Hotel Melbourne

Miami Hotel Melbourne
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If you're looking for a budget sleep in Melbourne, check out the Miami Hotel, which is located near restaurants and shops on Errol Street. It offers clean and comfortable, but basic, rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, as well as mini-fridges. Some also have kitchens. Breakfast is available for a fee, and there is an on-site restaurant. Other amenities include a guest kitchen, dining space, and coin-operated laundry.

Accommodation: Miami Hotel Melbourne

15. Zagame's House

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In a central location at the corner of Lygon and Queensberry Streets, surrounded by restaurants and attractions, Zagame's House is a contemporary design-forward hotel choice. The rooms and suites here come with city views, bespoke art, and cool tech features like Marshall speakers. Bathrooms feature premium toiletries from Everleigh & Co, and walk-in showers.

The house restaurant, 1851 Coffee + Kitchen, serves delicious locally roasted coffee and breakfast in the mornings. At night, it features a locally sourced menu. Other amenities include fitness classes, access to a personal trainer, and the opportunity to hire a Fiat for day trip explorations.

Accommodation: Zagame's House

16. Quest St Kilda Road

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In the beach suburb of St. Kilda (but not on the ocean itself), this new hotel has a prime locale between Commercial Road and Toorak Road. Quest St Kilda Road is a contemporary property that caters to business and leisure travelers with its apartment-style rooms.

All feature floor-to-ceiling windows, blackout curtains, and walk-in showers among other amenities. If you are traveling with kids, there are interconnecting rooms available. There is also a fitness center on-site, and breakfast can be arranged. The hotel is also close to a hospital, and many people stay here when receiving treatment or visiting loved ones.

Accommodation: Quest St Kilda Road

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