Melbourne can lay claim to the title of cultural capital of Australia. Communities of diverse ethnicities contribute to a vibrant choice of tucked-away cafes and restaurants – half the fun is finding these places. People come, too, for the buzzing arts scene, with everything on the menu from comedy shows to theatre and live music – not to mention Instagrammable street art lining Melbourne’s laneways. And if you’re too lazy to leave your room? We know the best hotels with balconied rooms from which to observe the Melbourne action – book with Culture Trip.
This is a fine five-star luxury find in a good central Melbourne location with exquisite views over St Patrick’s Cathedral, Fitzroy Gardens and the CBD. Of the 245 guest rooms, the special-occasion terrace suite really pushes the boat out with 65sqm (700sqft) of luxury and an enviable outdoor terrace – throw back the covers of your king bed each morning, step outside and stretch – you won’t be short of space. Should the Melbourne weather turn a little chilly, keep warm in front of the fireplace – it’s gas-operated but looks like the real thing. If you’re keen to venture forth, the designer stores on Collins Street are just a short walk from the hotel.
Laid-back multicultural Brunswick is a vibrant suburb in Melbourne’s north, home to a whirring art and music scene. Sound like your thing? Check in at Artel Apartments, on Sydney Road, the main drag that’s lined with galleries, hip cafes and vintage stores. No pressing need to mingle down below when you can watch the street life unfold below from your private balcony. You might head out to pick up some ingredients from local grocery stores – then cook up a storm in your fully equipped kitchenette. Close to both train and tram stations, this is a winner, with the city on your doorstep. There’s even secure on-site parking for those with a car.
Tranquillity reigns at this spot on the banks of the Yarra River in Richmond. Here, you’ll find Amora Hotel Riverwalk: modern accommodation ranging from suites to two-bedroom apartments. Our favourites are the courtyard queen rooms with balconies and the two-bathroom townhouse apartment, also balconied. They’re perfect perches to idle about on, planning which factory outlets to visit on nearby Bridge Road – your balcony overlooks the main shopping precinct. Spending not your thing? Head for a wander on the nearby walking trail, following the river. Or go further afield – the Bridge Road tram stop is just out front.
Here’s a sophisticated Melbourne hotel with balcony lounging en-suite, conveniently enough right on William Street. Staying here, you’re within walking distance of Melbourne’s popular Queen Victoria Market, Flagstaff Gardens, the Casino and many bars and restaurants. On the corner are tram stops to both east/west and north/south destinations, so you’ve got the city as good as in the palm of your hand. One- and two-bedroom apartments have fully equipped kitchens and spacious balconies to kick back on, entertaining family and friends. Or take them up to the heated rooftop pool and throw a barbecue.
For our money, this is one of the best hotels in Melbourne with balcony options. It’s in the CBD, adjacent to Queen Victoria Market, with courtyard-access and balconied rooms that make for a tranquil escape after you’ve been busy sightseeing – CBD attractions include the Bourke Street Mall, just a tram ride down Elizabeth Street. (There’s a stop right outside the hotel.) Back at the ranch, sip your coffee outside on your balcony, overlooking Elizabeth Street below. For larger groups, book a family suite, which sleeps up to five and has an enclosed courtyard as well as views over Elizabeth Street.
The grand 19th-century classical architecture exterior of this centrally located boutique hotel conceals a cool, contemporary interior – expect queen rooms, king rooms and apartments including a spa-centric number, all with snazzy fern-print bedding and smart monochrome wall photography. The Alto Hotel is resource-smart, priding itself on its eco-friendly, carbon-neutral status powered by 100% renewable energy. Fancy a balcony or terrace? Request a one- or two-bedroom apartment. And when you’re ready for a gargle and a natter, venture up to the Terrace Bar, with its commanding city views. Southern Cross Station is less than a five-minute walk, and there’s free parking for guests in hybrid or electric vehicles.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.