After the year we've had, a city break is essential. Check into one of these luxurious new staycation spots for the ultimate Melbourne holiday. Be sure to book ahead and score your $5 weeknight and weekend parking.
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% off GoBoat Melbourne and VIP access to the hotel's candy bar!
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.
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. Reopening for stays and bookings from 5 November.
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 Bar 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. All reopening from 5 November, book now.
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. Reopening from 5 November, book online.
Five-star resort – Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands
The Marriott Hotel Docklands promises luxury resort style for your next staycation. Launching in July, 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. Reopening soon, check their website and socials for details.
Last updated on Tue 30 Nov 2021
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