Melbourne

Melbourne hotels with pools for making a splash in the city

A bewitching melting pot of artisanal café culture, mural-covered laneways, historic sites and passionate sports fans, Melbourne is undeniably trendy.

After a long day spent exploring the sights, sounds and tastes offered up by this vibrant city, there’s nothing more rejuvenating than cooling off in your hotel pool. We’re talking rooftop sun decks where you can soak up the blissful summer sunshine, plus cosy indoor complexes that can be used year-round. Add a little more luxury to your stay with amenities like saunas, fitness centres and onsite restaurants showcasing the best of Melbourne’s famed foodie scene.

You’ll find spectacular hotel pools perched high in the sky and others in palm-filled courtyard oases. If you’re looking for some aquatic time out in what is arguably Australia’s coolest city, this selection of Melbourne hotels with pools is for you. Pack those swimmers and thongs!

Executive apartments in Southbank with a heated infinity pool

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You can relax in home-like vibes at Imagine Marco, where sleek, stylish apartments offer plenty of room for groups and families. After a revitalising sleep in your queen bed, carry your morning coffee onto the gleaming glass balcony and watch the city come to life. To start the day with a splash, swim some invigorating lengths in the open-air lap pool before taking up a spot on the wooden sun terrace to plan your agenda.

You’re in a prime position to take in all of Melbourne’s major attractions here, with Eureka Tower, Federation Square and the Melbourne Arts Centre within walking distance. Jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams from the stop just five minutes away on foot, then soak up the city’s energy on the 14-minute ride to Queen Victoria Markets. After browsing the specialty stalls, stock up on hand-picked local produce to cook in your apartment’s well-appointed kitchen.

If you’d prefer to take it easy, Southbank’s world of dining options are just beyond your door. Local favourites include Circolo, a seven-minute walk away, where you can tuck into mouthwatering king prawn risotto served with a creamy garlic sauce.

Highlights

One- and two-bedroom executive apartments

Chic serviced apartments boast panoramic city views.

Modern fitness centre

Guests can use treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and weights while admiring Melbourne through floor-to-ceiling windows.

Imagine Marco

Top rated
Melbourne, 11.5 km to Airport Essendon
8.9 Excellent (5362 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9 / 10
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Melbourne hotel with an infinity pool for languid laps or living it up

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Located at Southbank, Crown Promenade Melbourne is just a short walk from the city’s central business district and shopping hub. Take a dip in the 25-metre indoor infinity pool and revel in views of the city skyline as you glide through the crystal water. Once you’ve cooled off, retreat to the comfort of a reclining sunlounger and continue your bird’s-eye watch over the bustling city.

In your airy room, you’ll be able to gaze across the city or Port Phillip Bay through floor-to-ceiling windows. Choose a Corner King Room to admire the scenery through a curved pane, or opt for a luxury suite on a top floor so you can sink into your own spacious spa bath. You’ll find the neutral colour palette and modern Australian artworks in your separate living space add a unique touch of local culture. Come dinner, head to onsite restaurant Mesh to savour modern bistro classics like slow-cooked lamb ribs and pan-fried salmon.

Highlights

State-of-the-art fitness centre

The fully-equipped gym features treadmills, Keiser M3 spinning cycles and free weights.

Diverse dining options

Options at the Crown complex range from the high-end and innovative Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to teppanyaki at Koko.

Crown Promenade Melbourne

Top rated
Melbourne, 11.1 km to Airport Essendon
9.1 Excellent (3211 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.2 / 10
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Affordable hotel with an open-air pool in north Melbourne

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On the northern edge of the CBD, Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel provides visitors with affordable accommodation in one of Melbourne’s most popular neighbourhoods. Located within walking distance of the city centre and major attractions, you’ll also be able to explore Melbourne’s Italian precinct and Carlton’s thriving cafés and boutique shops. The hotel’s onsite restaurant might just tempt you to stay in, though, with tastebud-pleasing seasonal dishes like lamb shanks in red wine sauce and pan-fried barramundi.

The hotel’s tranquil outdoor courtyard is an inviting spot for some chill-out time before you take a dip in the heated open-air swimming pool. If you’ve booked a stay in a two-bedroom Family Room or King Spa Suite, you can luxuriate long into the evening in your own private spa bath.

The on-site bar is the ideal spot for a cheeky sundowner before you head out for dinner on famed Lygon Street. Make sure to save room for a scoop (or two) of award-winning artisan gelato from II Dolce Freddo, a seven-minute stroll from the hotel.

Highlights

Cosmopolitan Carlton location

Close to Little Italy and the bars and music venues in neighbouring Fitzroy.

Grattin on Grattan Bar and Restaurant

Onsite restaurant showcasing the seasonal flavours of modern Australian cuisine.

Best Western Plus Travel Inn Hotel

Melbourne, 9.3 km to Airport Essendon
8.3 Very good (2259 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 8.6 / 10
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Luxury meets style at this Melbourne hotel with a sky-high indoor pool

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Much like Melbourne itself, Hotel Crown Metropol Melbourne fuses five-star luxury with contemporary edginess. You’ll be surrounded by cool stylings as soon as you enter the vast lobby, from the imposing curved staircase to eye-catching sculptures and deep-seated sofas on plush carpets. High on the 27th floor is where you’ll find the indoor heated pool, flush against soaring windows for a staggering view. Nab a cushy daybed on the sun-filled pool deck and crack into your holiday reading.

You can easily keep your fitness goals in check at the modern fitness centre, where personal trainers are available for tailored sessions. Visit the spa area after your workout for some indulgent relaxation in the aroma steam room and hot plunge pool.

When the greater city calls, you can walk to the Eureka Skydeck, the highest public viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere, in just 13 minutes. The views continue at the hotel’s own 28 Skybar Lounge, where you can toast the evening with a spiced honey apple whiskey cocktail and a plate of succulent satay skewers.

Highlights

Luxurious apartment option

The New York-inspired Apartment on level 25 offers guests a private lobby entrance, butler kitchen and 190sqm of living space.

28 Skybar Lounge

Melbourne’s highest lounge bar with unrivalled views and a heated outdoor terrace.

Hotel Crown Metropol Melbourne

Top rated
Melbourne, 11.1 km to Airport Essendon
9.1 Excellent (4237 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.4 / 10
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Hotel in Melbourne’s theatre district with a rooftop pool

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In the heart of the city, Rydges on Exhibition Street puts you on the doorstep of Melbourne’s iconic theatre district. You’re a 10-minute walk from the colour and bustle of Chinatown – where you’ll find the city’s tastiest dumplings – and a short stroll from sights like Parliament House and St Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s also an ideal location for sports enthusiasts, being within easy walking distance to the MCG and Rod Laver Arena and a 15-minute tram ride from Marvel Stadium.

After a morning exploring Melbourne, head back to the hotel and dip your feet into the heated rooftop swimming pool, then soak up some sunshine from one of the wooden loungers. Light-filled guest rooms are sleekly decorated and offer views across the city centre. Book into a one- or two-bedroom apartment if you’re here for a longer stay, where your own kitchen and dining area will invite cosy evenings in with a homecooked meal. If you’d rather someone else do the cooking, wander down to the hotel’s own Locanda Restaurant and Public Bar to tuck into roast suckling pork or duck and chorizo ragu.

Highlights

Theatre district location

Nearby theatres include Comedy Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre and Princess Theatre.

Locanda Restaurant and Public Bar

Fine Australian produce is given an Italian twist.

Rydges Melbourne

Melbourne, 10.4 km to Airport Essendon
7.8 Good (4628 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.8 / 10
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Elegant hotel in East Melbourne ideal for sport fans

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Pullman on the Park is a stone’s throw from Melbourne Fitzroy Gardens and an easy walk from energetic sporting hubs. Visiting sports fans will revel being able to see their favourite venues through the large windows in tastefully decorated guest rooms. For extra space, reserve a suite with a separate lounge and oversized soaking bath. Those who spring for an executive room or suite can enjoy exclusive access to the executive lounge – stop by for breakfast, all-day refreshments and pre-dinner drinks and canapés.

Take in the fresh air in the hotel’s outdoor pool, which overlooks the park and city skyline. Grab a selection of sweet and savoury delicacies from the neighbouring Laurent Bakery, then head to the gardens for a leisurely picnic lunch by the historic Cook’s Cottage. Of course, you can always admire the gardens from The Cliveden Bar and Dining back at the hotel. Built on the site of an 1887 mansion, the venue evokes its bygone past of glittering socialite parties. Admire the restored woodwork and original stained glass panelling while you nibble on manchego and corn croquettes with saffron aioli, or just order a gin martini à la Jay Gatsby.

Highlights

Heritage restaurant

Captivating venue overlooking Fitzroy Gardens.

24-hour Fit Lounge

Guests can steam up in the sauna or head straight to the gym.

Pullman Melbourne On The Park

Top rated
Melbourne, 11.4 km to Airport Essendon
8.5 Excellent (3755 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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