The Best Hotels to Book in Warrnambool, Victoria

Get a flavour of Warrnambool, Victoria, with a stay at a boutique hotel
Get a flavour of Warrnambool, Victoria, with a stay at a boutique hotel | Courtesy of Lady Bay Resort / Expedia
Nannette Holliday

Vibrant, dynamic and picturesque, Warrnambool, 238km (148mi) west of Melbourne, is the largest town on the Great Ocean Road. Its sheltered, safe beaches and rivers make it a popular surf and fishing spot. From June to September, annually, southern right whales give birth at Logans Beach. There are also numerous nature walks and over 22 historic buildings and sites to discover, some even offering distinctive accommodation. Check out the best hotels in Warrnambool, all bookable with Culture Trip.

1. The Deep Blue Hotel & Hot Springs


A double room at the The Deep Blue Hotel and Hot Springs in Warrnambool
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This hotel is all about pampering, pleasure and peace at the first hot spring hotel in Victoria, immersed in restorative nature. The sanctuary has 15 open-air bathing-spring experiences and Nourish Dome is designed to restore your soul and mind. Indulge in spine-tingling massages and organic spa therapies. Refuel and replenish at the Deep Blue Dining and Bar with sumptuous breakfast and dinner. The chefs passionately and mindfully prepare seasonal menus. Perfectly perched on the peaceful foreshore, you’re surrounded by idyllic beaches, walking and cycling trails – total bliss.

2. Mid City Motel Warrnambool, for a la carte dining


Outside view of the Mid City Motel Warrnambool
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Comfort and convenience come together at this popular check-in slap in the centre of the main shopping and dining district. Perfect for exploratory outings on foot – and just an hour drive along Great Ocean Road brings you to those famous rock stacks, the 12 Apostles. Whether you choose a light, bright, spacious premium or family room or spoil yourself in a spa suite, you’ll be spoilt. Sip your Nespresso, chill out around the tropical gardens poolside or relax in the ambient surrounds of Elements Restaurant and Bar over cocktails and a la carte meals.

3. Central convenience at Quest Warrnambool

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Swimming pool at the Quest Warrnambool
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These superb studios, one, two and three-bedroom serviced apartments have everything, including the kitchen sink. As the only hotel on the main street in Warrnambool, this gives you instant access to the pick of cafes, restaurants and shops right outside your door. You’re also only a short distance from the Warrnambool art gallery, theatre and whale-watching platform. Relax on your private balcony or splash around in the outdoor heated pool. And remember, you qualify for complimentary access to the local Aquatic Centre, where a fully equipped gym attracts the seriously fitness-minded.

4. Lady Bay Resort, for peace and nature

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Swimming pool and sun loungers at the Lady Bay Resort
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Set beside a surf beach, this cool check-in attracts lovers of coastal walks and encounters with local wildlife. It is all there for you outside your fully self-contained luxury studio – or book a one, two or three-bedroom resort room or spa suite surrounded by nature. They’re all spacious and stylish. The views over the Merri River and the Southern Ocean from your private balcony are trance-inducing. Relax in the day spa or laze by the heated outdoor pool. Work out in the gym before enjoying incredible seafood and sensational seasonal aromas at the resort restaurant and lounge to get the circulation racing.

5. Spa pampering at the Gallery Apartments

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A double room at the Gallery Apartments with black and white features
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Welcome to the only boutique luxury apartments and villas in town – dream unwinding territory. Whether you choose a studio, a one or a two-bedroom space, you’ll get pretty French-provincial styling in this two-storey stone building. In a nutshell: a chic home away from home. You’ll find every convenience and mod-com you need to hand, including luscious Mor toiletries. Special occasion? Book the deluxe one-bedroom spa, clad in marble, and summon champagne, chocolates to devour in a cloud of soapy bubbles. If you can drag yourself outside, there is plenty going on in town.

6. Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lodge, for period charms


A double room at the Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lodge
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Surround yourself in the maritime history of the town and play lighthouse keeper for the night in the original Warrnambool harbour master home. Oozing period appeal, the lighthouse has been beautifully renovated for demanding modern travellers. Its space and grace are perfect for families for friends: check out the three luxurious ensuite bedrooms, living area, full kitchen and outdoor deck. Overlooking the State Heritage Lady Bay Lighthouse precinct is a step back in time. Settle in and drift off as you survey the romantic blinking of the still-operational lighthouse.

7. Sustainable living at the Botanic Apartments, Warrnambool


A queen room in the Botanic Apartments, Warrnambool
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These bright, fresh, self-contained apartments are stylish and tastefully furnished – perfectly positioned on a quiet residential street between the main parade and the Botanic Gardens. The emphasis is on sustainability in their studio (plus one and two-bedroom) apartments and they’ve not compromised on comfort. Fully redesigned and renovated, some rooms are adjoining and double-glazed windows add additional warmth. Breathe in the fresh coastal air as you stroll around the nearby Botanic Gardens. The town centre is a seven-minute walk away if you fancy a lively evening.

8. Eight Spence, for Scandi-chic motel stays


A double room at the Eight Spence in Warrnambool
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Off the main highway, on a quiet street a block from the Warrnambool town centre, Eight Spence is a winner, with easy access to shops, restaurants and the entertainment area. If you’d rather stay in, cook up a sizzling steak in the outdoor barbecue area. Soft pillow top beds with crisp, premium bedding mean you’re guaranteed a comfortable night sleep whether you choose rooms with large corner spas or, two-bedroom and king studios, with their pale, Scandi-looks. Everything you need is a short drive away – including the beach, the whale viewing platform, Flagstaff Hill and the breakwater.

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