The Hotel Windsor
Pre-dating the Savoy in London, The Plaza in New York and The Ritz in Paris is Melbourne’s The Hotel Windsor which has hosted guests including Sir Laurence Oliver, Vivien Leigh, Meryl Streep, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Gregory Peck and Muhammad Ali. Dating back to 1883 this opulent Victorian age hotel sits on Spring Street opposite Parliament House and Treasury Gardens. Each of the 180 spacious rooms exude luxury from a bygone era, featuring a marble bathroom, luxurious Argan bath products by Coté Bastide, an extensive pillow ‘menu’, WIFI and 24-hour room service. Their most well-appointed room is the 122 square metre Victorian Suite with separate sleeping, dining and lounge areas. Since 1883 The Hotel Windsor has been serving indulgent afternoon tea in their One Eleven Spring Street restaurant, and it has since become a quintessential Melbourne experience with finger sandwiches, French pastries, scones, sparkling wine and tea.
Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia +61 03 9633 6000
Located amidst Melbourne’s arts and leisure precinct on the Southbank promenade is The Langham hotel. Each of the 388 elegantly understated rooms features magnificent views of the Yarra River or Melbourne’s city skyline. Choose between their Grand Langham/ Club Rooms, Balcony/Terrace Rooms, Club Spa Suites or treat yourself and stay at The Apartment or the 161 square metre Presidential Suite. If its relaxation you seek then visit one of the world’s best holistic wellness sanctuaries, Chuan Spa, or escape the hustle and bustle and join the comfortably private Langham Club. To curb your appetite graze at the Melba restaurant buffet or enjoy afternoon tea or a nightcap at Aria Bar & Lounge. The Langham Hotel also offers guests an open invitation to use their pool and fitness studio.
The Lyall Hotel and Spa
Mirroring its stylish address, The Lyall Hotel and Spa offers all the amenities you’d expect from a grand hotel in an intimate, boutique setting. Melbourne’s only privately owned five-star hotel includes 40 suites, all with their own private terrace, pillow menu and complimentary WIFI, ranging from Deluxe suites to the Grand Suite and Platinum Suites. Each room is styled with contemporary oriental décor and on each floor, there is an art gallery displaying original artworks by local French artist Thierry B. The hotel also includes a three-level spa where guests can book exotic, paraben-free treatments, a multicultural restaurant called Bistro Lyall and The Lyall Champagne Bar. Only a stone’s throw away from Toorak Road and Chapel Street, The Lyall Hotel and Spa offers guests an Exclusive Privilege Shopping Card to use in more than 20 stores.
Located on the Paris end of Collins Street, Sofitel Melbourne has 363 contemporary rooms which frame breathtaking views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Choose between classic, superior and luxury rooms – the junior, prestige or level 50 suites – or stay in the luxuriously refined Level 50 Opera or Imperial Suites which feature a butler’s pantry, marble bathroom, pillow menu and Aquavision bathroom television. Take advantage of the views at one of Sofitel Melbourne’s bars and restaurants including No35, The Atrium Bar and Sofi’s Lounge and keep active with a view at So FIT on level 36. Want to book a show or table at Melbourne’s finest restaurants? Ask after Sofitel Melbourne’s concierge team, who have ‘Golden keys’ to the city.
Sofitel Melbourne, 25 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC, Australia +61 03 9653 0000
Featuring upper and lower lobbies, the Grand Hyatt is one of Melbourne’s most renowned five star hotels with an extensive list of services and facilities including 24-hour room service, a florist, concierge desk, baby-sitting and Australia’s largest hotel gym. Designed by Joseph Pang, the guest rooms exude grandeur with a custom-made king size bed and marble bathroom with deep soaking tub. Hotel guests can dine all day at Collins Kitchen, enjoy the cocktail list at Ru-Co and Grand Club guests can soak in Melbourne’s panoramic views from the Grand Club Lounge on level 31. The Grand Hyatt now also offers High Tea In Style By Cristina Re.
Grand Hyatt, 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia +61 03 9657 1234
The jewel in Melbourne’s luxury hotel scene is the lavishly appointed Crown Towers which houses 481 guest rooms and Villas from ranging from 46 to 130 square metres. The most extravagant room – the Deluxe Villa – includes all the luxury features of a penthouse including an entry hall, a spacious living and dining area, 24-hour butler service, separate dressing room, spa bath and panoramic views. Guests can take a dip in the 25-metre heated pool and play a game of tennis on the rooftop court or dine at one of the many restaurants within the Crown complex including Nobu, Rockpool Bar & Grill and Spice Temple. Crown often hosts notable guests and among the many famous names to stay at the hotel are Kim Kardashian, One Direction and Roger Federer.
Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, VIC, Australia +61 03 9292 6868