Where to stay in Melbourne: a guide to the city’s best hotel experiences

Don't waste time wondering where to stay in Melbourne. We've rounded up the best hotel experiences in the city—from luxury hotels, serviced apartments, spa breaks and NYE hotels.

Melbourne is bustling, but deciding where to stay in between all the hidden laneways and trendy neighbourhoods doesn’t need to be a challenge. Follow the suggestions below, pick which type of hotel suits you best and discover a selection of hotels for that experience. Whether you’re after a luxury hotel with a stunning view or an unashamedly cool boutique hotel, our guide on where to stay in Melbourne has you covered.

Where to stay in Melbourne for a room with a view

From Eureka Tower and the MCG to Docklands and St. Kilda beach, Melbourne sure has some spectacular views and what better way to enjoy it than from the comfort of your hotel room. We’ve rounded up some spectacular hotels with sweeping views of the city skyline and the Yarra River, down to the sea at Port Phillip Bay.

Where to stay in Melbourne for a unique hotel experience

Melbourne and unique hotels go together like salt and pepper. From design hotels to luxurious studios, there are a plethora of standout hotel experiences around the city. Enjoy boutique hotels drawing inspiration from Australian artists or feel like a cool cat at your sleek hotel’s jazz bar.

Or maybe you want to have a hotel experience worth bragging about to your friends when you get home. From a stay in Australia’s only surviving Victorian grand hotel to Australia’s largest indoor hotel swimming pool, here are some of Melbourne’s unique hotels that all offer something extra special.

Where to stay in Melbourne for rest and relaxation

Take a break and relax in one of Melbourne’s luxury spa hotels. This is where you can really put your feet up, take a deep, relaxing soak, and be pampered. Kick back and forget the world. Bliss!

But if you’re keen on venturing a bit further from the city, Victoria offers up some of the best spa spots in the country. From enjoying the steamy goodness of the hot springs to luxury seaside treatments, maybe it’s worth leaving the city centre?

One of our favourite places to stay in Melbourne


Melbourne’s graphic laneways are a perfect representation of the city’s cool and edgy style and where better to stay to soak it all in than at the Ovolo Laneways. All the room take inspiration from, you guessed it, the graphic laneways, but it’s the technicolour Penthouse Suite that is the ultimate spot for a stylish city break.

Why? Well after you’ve spent your days roaming the cool streets of Fitzroy and Carlton, wandered the aisles of Queen Victoria Market or spent the day cheering on your favourite team at the MCG, you can rest and relax on your terrace in the suite’s private Jacuzzi. As you clink your champagne glasses and admire the city skyline, you can start planning your next day’s adventures—a day at St Kilda beach, anyone?

Hotel Ovolo Laneways

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