Best hotels in Australia: trivago Awards 2019

The trivago Awards brings you the country's best hotels and independent accommodations, as decided by travellers.

From the friendly faces at reception, the eggs benny you devoured at the drool-worthy breakfast buffet and let’s not forget the kind housekeeping that didn’t judge how messy you made your room, these are the Australian hotels and independent accommodations that guests raved about over the past year and are worthy winners of the trivago Awards 2019.

We’ve crunched the numbers and compiled a list of the country’s best accommodations in the categories: five-star, four-star, three-star and alternative accommodation, that you should check out next time you’re planning an Aussie getaway.

Best five-star hotel in Australia


Mayfair Hotel

Set in the heritage-listed and renovated Colonial Mutual Life building in Adelaide’s Central Business District, this boutique hotel is made up of 170 elegant rooms. Each room at the Mayfair Hotel showcases products from local manufacturers and creators, from the luxurious beds, handcrafted wardrobes to the marble desks tops.

Alongside the on-site Mayflower Restaurant and Bar which serves up the best of South Australian produce (and offers a scrumptious afternoon high tea on weekends), guests and visitors alike can sip on premium champagne and house cocktails from the hotel’s rooftop bar, Hennessy, named after the father-son architectural firm that built the historic building.

Mayfair Hotel

Top rated
9.6 Excellent (2018 reviews)

Top 10 five-star hotels in Australia

1. Mayfair Hotel – Adelaide
2. Islington Hotel – Hobart
3. Crown Metropol – Melbourne
4. Crown Towers – Melbourne
5. Spicers Vineyard Estate – Pokolbin
6. The Langham – Sydney
7. The Valley – Brisbane
8. Avenue Hotel – Canberra
9. QT – Sydney
10. Mona, Museum of Old and New Art – Hobart

Best four-star hotel in Australia


Cavvanbah Beach House

Surrounded by lush tropical greenery, this guesthouse offers guests a sense of privacy with only two available rooms, both with private patios and direct access to the pool. You will feel right at home with all the typical home comforts, such as flat-screen television, free wifi, mini-fridge and a hair dryer and complimentary toiletries in your ensuite bathroom.

A popular getaway destination, Cavvanbah Beach House is only a short stroll to Belongil Beach, as well as Byron Bay town centre. For a day out, a five-minute drive will get you to Arakwal National Park or hop on over to Cape Byron Lighthouse for stunning sea views.

Cavvanbah Beach House

Top rated
Byron Bay
9.5 Excellent (442 reviews)

Top 10 four-star hotels in Australia

1. Cavvanbah Beach House – Byron Bay
2. The Provincial – Ballarat
3. The Dudley Boutique – Hepburn Springs
4. Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour – Sydney
5. Majestic Roof Garden Hotel – Adelaide
6. The Atlantic – Byron Bay
7. Alex Hotel – Perth
8. Potters Boutique Hotel – Toowoomba
9. The Glen Hotel & Suites – Brisbane
10. Celestine Retreat – Denmark (WA)

Best three-star hotel in Australia

Medusa Hotel

Set in an early 1900s grand heritage mansion, Medusa Hotel offers guests a boutique hotel experience with all 17 of its guest rooms taking into consideration the importance of privacy, design and comfort. Fitted with either a king or queen size bed, guests can enjoy complimentary use of luxurious Aesop bathroom amenities, and many of the rooms also overlook the dramatic sculpture fountain and reflection pool located in the courtyard.

A hub for artists, designers and filmmakers, take a stroll around the neighbourhood of Darlinghurst and admire one of Sydney’s oldest churches – St Johns, or window shop the unique fashion boutiques, design and bookshops in the area.

Medusa Hotel Sydney

Top rated
9.6 Excellent (759 reviews)

Top 10 three-star hotels in Australia

1. Medusa Hotel – Sydney
2. King Street Motel – Gloucester
3. Cousins Motor Inn – Inverell
4. Comfort Inn Coach & Bushmans – Seymour
5. Allamar Motel – Mount Beauty
6. Daintree Wilderness Lodge – Cape Tribulation
7. McLaren Hotel – Sydney
8. The Commercial Boutique Hotel – Tenterfield
9. Walkers Arms – Adelaide
10. Comfort Inn Coober Pedy Experience – Coober Pedy

Best alternative accommodation in Australia


Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach

A mere 11-minute drive from the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach is perfect for guests looking for home comforts whilst on holiday. All apartments offer one or two bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchens, private laundry facilities and wifi.

If having the sand between your toes isn’t your cup of tea, make use of the apartments two saltwater pools or ask knowledgeable staff members for local tips to plan a perfect day out. While there is no on-site restaurant, guests have access to a barbecue and picnic area.

Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach

Top rated
9.8 Excellent (1604 reviews)

Top 10 alternative accommodations in Australia

1. Beachfront Apartments on Trinity Beach – Cairns
2. Docklands Executive Apartments – Melbourne
3. Adge Hotel – Sydney
4. Debbies Place – Rainbow Beach (QLD)
5. Roydon Beachfront Apartments – Cairns
6. Wagners Cottages – Swansea (TAS)
7. Points South By The Sea – Apollo Bay (VIC)
8. Albacore Apartments – Merimbula (NSW)
9. Countrywide Cottages – Lorne (VIC)
10. Sea Change Beachfront Apartments – Cairns

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