The Best Romantic Hotels to Book in Melbourne

Melbourne is a fantastic couple's retreat, especially in a romantic hotel like this
Melbourne is a fantastic couple's retreat, especially in a romantic hotel like this | Courtesy of QT Melbourne / Expedia
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8 December 2021
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Melbourne, in the south-eastern state of Victoria, is well known – and lauded – for being one of the most livable cities in the world. That accolade can be put down to its laneways – Victorian-era paths and alleys – as well as excellent coffee and diverse cultural vibrancy. It’s a romantic city in every sense of the word: with hotels, cafes and restaurants just made for idling in. Check out the lively and walkable downtown, linger in the parks, admire the historical buildings and mingle with the upbeat crowds in public places. Ready to lay your hat? Here are the best romantic hotels in Melbourne – bookable on Culture Trip.

High teas at the Windsor Melbourne

The front entrance to the Hotel Windsor
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The five-Star Windsor Hotel is a time-honoured check-in: it’s all about classic elegance and architecture typical of the Victorian age. There are eight types of rooms and suites – with warm, light-coloured palettes and tall windows with magnificent views of the city all around. There’s also a grand ballroom where lovebirds take afternoon tea – it has been served daily in the extravagant dining room since 1883 and highlights include eclairs and rum baba. Step out and sightseeing is all-around – head for nearby Parliament House, Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens and Chinatown.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne, for respite from the busy city

The indoor pool at Grand Hyatt Melbourne
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City views from the iconic Grand Hyatt Melbourne are superb – it’s in the heart of things surrounded by high fashion outlets and fine dining. Rooms and suites induce amour – soothingly toned, with floor-to-ceiling windows and Italian marble bathrooms. For romantic dining, there’s Collins Kitchen – an intimate escape. Or canoodle at the Grand Club Lounge on the 31st floor, with panoramic skyline sweeps to photograph. Nearby, you can explore the art houses and shopping centres, as well as Asian and Italian restaurants.

Fine dining at Hotel Lindrum Melbourne

The lobby and dining area at Hotel Lindrum Melbourne
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In the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Hotel Lindrum is a romantic cocoon – a red-brick, boutique-hotel beauty. Feel the love in the classically styled, spacious rooms – where rich wood furnishings, polished floors and heavy woven carpets set the mood. Couples in love dot the restaurant, Felt, eating breakfasts of bacon waffles and bacon butties. Since romance is in the air, catch a play or show in the nearby East End Theatre District in the evening – before returning to the hotel’s Back Bar for wine or whiskey on a comfy sofa by the fireplace.

Cool decor at the Westin Melbourne

A city-view room at the Westin Melbourne
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On Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD, the idyllic Westin Melbourne provides an upscale experience. Clean blue-and-white colours run through the rooms, which range from city-view kings to the top-floor Regent Suites – with wide-screen views of jumbled buildings all around. You’ll get something similar from the balconies of the luxury rooms. For a lovey-dovey dinner, get down to the Allegro Restaurant – take a table on the expansive terrace. Or tuck into high tea in the Lobby Lounge: here, they’re seasonal, so expect irresistible cinnamon scones around Christmas time, for example.

Rendezvous Hotel, for past meets present

Aerial view of Rendezvous Hotel
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On Flinders Street, overlooking the Yarra River stands a historic masterpiece – dating from 1913. It’s an imposing affair, with its soaring facade and looming domes. Inside, it’s not quite so yesteryear – although the comfy rooms have quilted headboards and elegant mirrors, which boost the romance factor. Step out and the two of you can wander the laneways, going from cafes to trendy boutiques and funky bars. When you’re in the mood for food – and drink – back at the hotel, there’s the Travellers Bar (open Thursday to Saturday), or indulge in the Rendezvous’ famous High Tea service, served at the weekend.

Peace and space at Treasury on Collins

Reading area at Treasury on Collins
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What draws the regulars back time and again to this independent boutique hotel is the level of privacy and independence are its suites and apartments – all self-contained, with kitchenettes, dining tables and chairs and irons with boards. The look in each is suave yet upbeat: think kingfisher-blue cushions and bright-white walls. Stretch to the one-bedroom heritage loft if you can. On the corner where Collins meets Queens Street, the hotel stands out like a huge cake – with its grand Italianate architectural gestures. Instagram it generously as you head out to explore the surrounding CBD and Yarra River.

The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne, for jazz-age glamour

The front entrance to the Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
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Here’s an elegant space in the heart of Melbourne – one glimpse of its art-deco facade and silvery main doors and you’ll know it has pizzazz. First stop, the lobby: all warm timbers, mirrors and dashes of brass. Next, your room: a distinctly retro space, with neutral furnishings against jazzy monochrome carpets – while the bathrooms are pure glamour with gleaming subway tiles. Feeling the love? Top up the ambience with a “Hollywood Glamour” cocktail – laced with cherry liqueur – at the fabulous-dahling Alexander Bar, with its grand marble counter. And for sustenance? Crispy pork-belly bites are among the delicious small plates served here.

Funky fun at QT Melbourne

QT Melbourne's candlelit lounge area with dark leather furniture
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It’s luxury to infinity at QT Melbourne – an original, unique landscape of industrial chic. The rooms are designed with lofty ceilings and windows that give great views of the city and its buzz. And lovers long-weekending need never leave the hotel – hit Pascale Bar & Grill for open plan dining or Rooftop at QT up on the top floor, for drinks and mingling against Melbourne’s skyline. And if you want to pop that question? We’d recommend the Secret Garden – a lush and leafy garden oasis behind the rooftop – and the Cake Shop, where Melbourne’s confectionery couture gets hearts all aflutter.

On a budget? Check out our guide to the best cheap hotels in Melbourne, bookable on Culture Trip. For a unique stay, check out our guide to beautiful hotels in Melbourne that guarantee an amazing holiday, bookable on Culture Trip.

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