New Year’s Eve can be a letdown – an overly anticipated evening that fizzles out faster than a bad Tinder date. Make this year the year that changes that. Get in early, book a prime hotel in the heart of Melbourne and make this New Year’s Eve, a Melbourne New Year’s Eve to remember.
New Year’s Eve Melbourne: Hotels with firework views
New Year's Eve at the Docklands
While Docklands was once thought of as an area of Melbourne to be avoided, today, nothing could be less true. The area has undergone significant urban renewal, resulting in an injection of harbourside culture.
Four Points by Sheraton is one of the newest hotels in the Docklands district. Rooms have been decorated in whites and blues, giving off a coastal vibe, which is apt considering the harbourside location.
The toughest choice here will be whether you prefer to look at skyscapers or calm waters as rooms offer have either city or water views. But one thing that is sure for all room is that you’ll have access to free WiFi.
Four Points Docklands offers one of the more affordable New Year’s Eve dining packages at the hotel’s restaurant, Dock 18. Eat here before heading up to the outdoor pool on level seven to get one of the best fireworks views in the area.
Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands
Poolside seats for New Year's Eve fireworks display
Peppers Docklands is a relatively new hotel along Melbourne’s harbourside, and has been fitted out with contemporary European furnishings. Room layout is thoughtful, with large bathrooms and king-sized beds perfect for cozy nights-in.
Downstairs, restaurant Momami plates up modern Australian fare with a focus on using seasonal local produce. Each New Year’s Eve, Momami offers guests a set menu, with the option to add matching wines to enjoy before the midnight fireworks begin. If you’re going to stay at the hotel for the fireworks, head up to the rooftop pool for the best vantage point.
Apartment-style New Year's Eve entertainment
Finding New Year’s Eve accommodation for a group of friends or family can be difficult. The one- and two-bedroom apartments at Seasons Botanic Gardens solve this problem, while offering full kitchen facilities in each of the apartments at the same time. This gives you the option to host your own New Year’s Eve Melbourne dinner party from the hotel.
The self-contained apartments come with balconies which offer views of the city and Kings Domain parklands. If you do end up enjoying dinner on your balcony, settle in there for the fireworks, which occur at 9:30pm, and again at midnight.
Hotel Seasons Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Front row for New Year's Eve fireworks display
If you’ve left it late to book your New Year’s Eve experience, try the Park Hyatt, one of Melbourne’s largest hotels.
Park Hyatt’s Radii restaurant offers a New Year’s Eve Melbourne Gala dinner, with matching wines. After dinner, venture up to your room to view the fireworks or down to Treasury Gardens. This is just one of the locations around Melbourne where fireworks will be set off from, giving you front row tickets.
If you do plan on staying in the hotel when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you’ve booked a Terrace Suite. These rooms are luxe to say the least. Think Italian marble bathrooms, and separate bedroom and living areas, opening out onto a large terrace.
Park Hyatt Melbourne
Park view for New Year's Eve
Pullman Melbourne on the Park offers one of the most notable New Year’s Eve dinner packages in Melbourne. In past years the set menu has included eight hour slow-cooked Tasmanian lamb shoulder and scallop ceviche. After dinner, check out the Atrium Bar and Lounge, which as the name suggests, is located next to the hotel’s atrium. The wine list is big, and the cocktails are tasty.
The hotel is a short walk from the Royal Botanical Gardens and Albert Park. Both of these locations provide great fireworks viewing. If you’re after fireworks views from your room, book a Pullman Deluxe Lakeview Room. These rooms have been decorated in charcoals and splashes of red, along with rain showers and contemporary furnishings.
Pullman Melbourne On The Park
Best views of New Year's Eve fireworks display
Like the name suggests, Radisson on Flagstaff Garden is situated right next to Flagstaff Gardens, overlooking the inner-city pocket of green space. Staying here grants you access to front row seats to one of the best fireworks displays in Melbourne.
If you are planning on enjoying the fireworks from your room, book one of the ‘Park View’ rooms. If these are all booked out, you can still enjoy the fireworks display from the rooftop of the hotel, which is also home to a gym and spa.
In-house restaurant, HQ’s on William sources most of its produce from the nearby Queen Victoria Markets. Enjoy a celebratory New Year’s Eve meal here and then head back up to your room before midnight.
Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
Home-away-from-home for New Year's Eve
If you’re looking to spend your New Year’s eve in the heart of Melbourne, then Oaks on William is ideal. All rooms are home to full kitchen facilities, WiFi and offer gym and coin laundry access.
The ‘Studio Park Deluxe’ rooms overlook Flagstaff Gardens, one of the sites where New Year’s Eve Melbourne fireworks are launched from. Balconies off these rooms are large, and are home to tables and chairs, making them the perfect place to while away your New Year’s Eve, without the crowds.
Although Oaks on William doesn’t have its own restaurant, this is no issue as there are plenty of fine dining options nearby.
Oaks On William
Celebrate the New Year in the midst of history
This boutique hotel sits in a building, formerly home to the Herald’s printing headquarters, and later a billiard centre. In 1999, it opened as a hotel, growing to become one of Melbourne’s most prominent boutique hotels.
Hotel Lindrum’s rooms stay true to the heritage feel of the building. Polished timber floors give way to simple, yet tasteful furnishings, along with mood lighting.
The hotel restaurant, felt, pays tribute to the green felt lining found on top of the hotel’s famous billiards table. The New Year’s Eve package is one of the higher end packages available in Melbourne. As the restaurant seats only 40 people, New Year’s Eve tends to book out early, so get in quick.
Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel
Five-star experience for New Year's Eve
If you’re looking for a five-star hotel and New Year’s Eve experience, look no further than Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The hotel blends French-inspired style and art with Australian taste.
The result is spacious suites and rooms filled with European furnishings and marble bathrooms. Floor to ceiling windows mean you’re guaranteed fireworks views from the comfort of your room (or even your bed!).
No35, Sofitel’s restaurant, on the 35th floor of the hotel, offers two sittings of New Year’s Eve set menu packages. Book early – it’s well known that this restaurant provides one of the best vantage points for New Year’s Eve fireworks. Splurge a little extra for a guaranteed window seat.