For years, Melbourne has been considered the best place to call home in the world—that’s according to pretty much everyone. All right, the official designation is “most liveable city”, and it was given by the Economist Intelligence Unit, but that doesn’t sound as cool. Anyway, from the unbeatable views of Port Phillip Bay to boutique-lined streets and gourmet eats, it’s always a great place to be.
We know, we know: You’re looking for places to stay in Melbourne while you’re on holiday, not hunting for a new home. But take a few cues from the locals and plan your trip around quirky neighbourhoods, nonstop nightlife and some of the country’s most important history.
Where to stay in Melbourne
Where to stay in Melbourne with family?
Carlton: Adults will love a stay near Melbourne’s famous Little Italy and Carlton Gardens. And the Melbourne Museum, located in Carlton Gardens, is home to the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery and an IMAX theatre.
Kilda: The suburb of St. Kilda is home to whole-family amusements like Luna Park, a 100-year-old theme park at the edge of Port Phillip Bay. It’s also a great place to watch boats in the marina, as well as browse shops.
What are the best Melbourne hotels in the CBD?
QT Melbourne is a luxe, artsy hotel with modernist vibes in Melbourne’s CBD. Not only is it conveniently close to Her Majesty’s Theatre and Bourke Street Mall, it also offers top-notch relaxation with rainfall showerheads, in-room espresso makers, and 24-hour room service.
The classic elegance of The Hotel Windsor, a short walk from Queen Victoria Market and the City Museum of Old Treasury, matches its 19th-century exterior. Though the hotel’s styling is timeless, its comforts are ultramodern, from luxury bedding to the on-site restaurant and bar.
What are the best Melbourne hotels for couples?
Art Series – The Olsen is an artfully decorated boutique hotel in South Yarra. Soundproofed rooms featuring kitchenettes and rainfall showerheads might make you want to spend the evening in with your sweetheart. But if you decide to go out, grab dinner and drinks at the groovy and retro Leonard’s House of Love.
At The Como Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel, bathrobes, slippers, and pillowtop beds invite you to get comfy, while the rooftop terrace and onsite garden are special spots to steal kisses. If you’re up for a drink, try the SO Local Smoked Negroni at SOBar, the hotel’s tapas bar.
How much is a hotel room in Melbourne?
Hotels in Melbourne start at AU$71 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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