Christmas is coming, and a festive city break is essential. Check into one of these luxurious new staycation spots for the ultimate Melbourne holiday.

Chocolate lover's delight - Movenpick

Stay at the Movenpick and indulge in Melbourne's only 'chocolate hour': a complimentary cocoa feast featuring ice cream parfait, chocolate cocktails and a rotating roster of special menu items. After-hours, don't skip a dip in the neon-lit pool. Sink into a poolside chaise lounge with a good book, or robe up and recharge in the dry cedar sauna room.

Hidden laneway – Lancemore Crossley St

Stay at the Lancemore and walk the city from your comfortable digs. Chinatown restaurants (like Longrain) are down the lane, and Crossley Street’s boutiques are mere steps away. Admire the lobby chandelier, which is an original hanging piece from '60s shopping sensation Georges Melbourne. Don't skip a post-dinner drink upstairs on the rooftop terrace among stunning city views. Families can book a full city experience package, with buffet breakfast, 20 per cent off GoBoat Melbourne and an hour of free play at Ballers Clubhouse.

A woman sitting in a hotel bar
Lancemore Crossley St

Luxury lifestyle – W Melbourne

The new hotel on everyone’s must-stay list is W Melbourne on Flinders Lane. From the lobby to the indulgent suites, the vibe is boldly design-conscious. Sip drinks at the poolside bar under a sparkling gold roof. Savour Adam D’Sylva’s celebrated east-meets-west dishes at in-house restaurant Lollo. Before retiring for the night, settle in for a nightcap at the W’s hidden cocktail bar, Curious.

A pool in a hotel
The W's top floor pool

Vintage reinvention – Hilton Little Queen Street

Melbourne’s Art Deco architecture has been respected at Hilton Little Queen Street. But with a contemporary twist. Like the vibrant murals commissioned by street art collaborative Juddy Roller. The former grand hall is now home to Italian restaurant Luci. Come here for all-day dining from breakfast to supper. Next door, the intimate Douglas Club cocktail bar is pure 1930s glamour. The hotel is ideally located, a short stroll from Hardware Lane and Bourke Street Mall.

A woman sitting in a dark hotel bar with a projection on the roof.
Dine at The Douglas Club

Southeast Asian style – Quincy Hotel Melbourne

The first Australian outpost of Singapore’s Quincy Hotel chain opened its doors in May, adding a dash of colour and zest to Melbourne. Up on Level 28, The Q Melbourne offers hawker snacks and cocktails next to the rooftop pool. Down on the ground floor, SingSong serves bubble tea and banh mi. On Level 1, Salted Egg specialises in Thai cuisine. The Quincy is in Flinders Lane, two minutes’ walk from the aquarium and a bridge away from Crown.

A pool in a city hotel.
The Quincy Hotel

Sophisticated sanctuary – Next Hotel Melbourne

The Next Hotel is a linchpin in the 80 Collins hospitality precinct. It’s tailor-made for a luxury escape. The hotel’s elegantly understated design morphs Melbourne with Manhattan. Here, your in-room martini is made from Next’s own in-house aged spirits. Then there’s La Madonna, the hotel’s must-visit dining venue, serving Sicilian and Asian-inspired food. Outside your door are Nick & Nora’s cocktail bar and farm-to-table dining at Farmer’s Daughters.

A woman sitting in a high end hotel lobby
Next Hotel Melbourne

Five-star resort – Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

The Marriott Hotel Docklands promises luxury resort style for your next staycation. It’s the first five-star hotel in New Quay, so you can expect deluxe amenities all the way. Think French Riviera ambience. From the rooftop infinity pool and bar, there are panoramic views across the waterfront. In a perfect match, the hotel’s fluid architecture takes its cues from the yachts bobbing in the harbour.

A rooftop infinity pool with day beds overlooking the city.
Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

Old-world romance – Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Rekindle your love for travel and luxury with a stay at the grand Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne. Built in 1913 and newly refurbished, this is one of Australia’s most historic hotels. Inside the ornate Edwardian Baroque building the charm continues. The heritage-style rooms have all the modern comforts while maintaining an air of old-world glamour. Linger over a cocktail in the Traveller's Bar or sip Champagne at high tea in the Heritage Lounge.

A hotel lobby with high ceilings, columns and a chandelier.
Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne

Leafy park-side location - Marriott Courtyard

Inspired by neighbouring Flagstaff Gardens, the new Marriott Courtyard is barely six months old. Perfectly positioned near the Queen Vic Market and the glorious Carlton Gardens, it's the ideal launch-pad for all your Melbourne adventures. Recharge in chic Scandi-style rooms before heading to on-site cafe, Level Grounds, for a foodie boost.

City vistas – Vibe Hotel Melbourne

With views this good, you might never leave the room. A contemporary glass tower rising 24 storeys above a heritage facade, Vibe Hotel Melbourne has prime position on the corner of Queen and Flinders Street. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms boast stunning views of the Melbourne skyline, all the way to Port Phillip Bay. Wake up to the sun rising over the Yarra River before taking a dip in the indoor pool. Then fuel your adventures with coffee or a meal from the modern Australian menu at St Marks Road Co.

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