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The Best Hotels in Melbourne, Australia

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Melbourne is widely considered to be Australia’s culture capital, and therefore has many international and interstate visitors throughout the year for its many events. To round out the Melbourne experience, which is rich with great restaurants and quirky bars, Melbourne also has excellent hotels. Read on to discover the best hotels in Australia’s second largest city.

The Hotel Windsor

Across from the iconic Melbourne Parliament House on the eastern edge of Melbourne’s CBD is The Hotel Windsor. Built in 1884, and operating and trading at the time as The Grand Hotel, this hotel is notable for being the only surviving 19th century city hotel in Australia, and it is considered one of Melbourne’s grandest hotels with a five-star rating. One of the landmarks of Melbourne, it is an exhibit of Victorian era architecture, which was a result of the extensive wealth gained during the century, this hotel has welcomed many notable figures throughout history, including celebrities, international and local high-ranking politicians and sporting figures.

The Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC, Australia, +61 3 9633 6000

The Langham

An iconic feature of the Melbourne city skyline is The Langham. Located in Southbank with views over the Yarra River and the CBD, this hotel offers classic, top quality service to round off the elegant experience and tasteful classy rooms with a contemporary twist. The Langham’s 400 immaculate rooms are a luxurious sanctuary in Melbourne’s Arts district. You can dine in style at the Melba restaurant, named after the world famous opera singer born and raised in Melbourne, Dame Nellie Melba, a tribute to her art and Melbourne’s vibrant art scene.

The Langham, Southbank VIC, Australia, +61 3 8696 8888

The Cullen

The first of Melbourne’s hotels that are part of the Art Series Hotels is The Cullen. Located in Prahran, on Commercial Road, what’s known as Melbourne’s gay district, this hotel is close to the Prahran Market, which is known for providing Melbourne locals with great quality, fresh organic produce. The Art Series Hotels offer boutique suites that are inspired by the work of local Australian artists. The Cullen features original artwork and prints by Australian contemporary artist Adam Cullen.

The Cullen, 164 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC, Australia, +61 3 9098 1555

The Blackman

The Blackman, another hotel from the Art Series Hotels, and is based on the work of the contemporary romantic artist and co-founder of the Melbourne Contemporary Art Society Charles Blackman. Your imagination will be inspired at this hotel, located just south of Melbourne’s CBD, between the gorgeous Melbourne Botanic Gardens and the iconic Albert Park Lake. The Blackman offers over 200 spacious suites that are perfect for those travelling to Melbourne for both leisure and business, with an impressive style and designer furniture, which are sure to leave your creative juices flowing.

The Blackman, 452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC, Australia, +61 3 9039 1444

The Olsen

The third, and last, hotel from the Art Series Hotels is The Olsen, located in the inner-city suburb of South Yarra. The décor and style of this hotel is based on the art and work of Newcastle-born artist John Olsen, who worked with a variety of mediums during his career, and is known for capturing on canvas the subtle tones of Australian wildlife and the Australian outback. This modern boutique hotel offers a premium level of comfort in a Melbourne suburb that is known for its sense of style, which can be seen in the surrounding cafés, bars and restaurants.

The Olsen, 637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC, Australia,+61 3 9040 1222

The Swanston Hotel

The Swanston Hotel is located in the heart of Melbourne, and is named after the street on which it resides, Swanston Street. The Swanston has 200 rooms, and you will struggle to find a hotel more centrally located than this one – it is a short walk from anything you need in Melbourne, from great restaurants to the main shopping districts like Bourke Street Mall and Emporium, as well as entertainment venues like the Melbourne Town Hall, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and just down the road from the Arts Centre Melbourne precinct.

The Swanston Hotel, 195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC,Australia, +61 3 9663 4711

The Prince

The Prince is a boutique hotel in St. Kilda, just a short tram ride or drive from the centre of Melbourne, where you can find a variety of different bars and restaurants that are sure to make your stay memorable. On top of the modern décor and furniture, that make the rooms and suites feel light and spacious, The Prince is also home to The Aurora Spa, the award-winning Circa restaurant and The Deck, a welcoming timber terrace and celebration space.

The Prince, 2 Acland St, St Kilda VIC, Australia, +61 3 9536 1111

Circa © Rick Liston | Image courtesy of Circa Melbourne
Circa © Rick Liston | Image courtesy of Circa Melbourne

Crown Towers Melbourne

As arguably the most luxurious hotel in the city, Crown Towers Melbourne sets the benchmark for luxury and extravagance in Melbourne. Located in the Crown Casino complex, perched on the southern bank of the Yarra River, with views over the entire city, this hotel offers a first class experience in a prime location near some of Melbourne’s best restaurants. As well as the fantastic, relaxing interior decoration in all of the rooms and unparalleled service, Crown Towers Melbourne offers many incredible facilities, like rooftop tennis courts, and one of Australia’s most luxurious and largest indoor swimming pools.

Crown Towers Melbourne, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC,Australia, +61 3 9292 6868