After the 2020 we all had, a city break is essential. Check into one of these quirky spots for the ultimate Melbourne staycation.

A city building lit up at night with a large statue in the shape of a W

W Melbourne

The city’s first ‘luxury lifestyle hotel’ has taken up residence in Collins Arch at W Melbourne. Behind the Flinders Lane entry, bold pops of colour reflect the city’s laneway culture. And your pug or poodle is welcome to share your Cozy, Wonderful or Fabulous guestroom or suite for the night. Those signature king-size beds and in-room cocktail minibars are totally splurge-worthy. With three restaurants and two bars on-site, you can leave the lanes for later. Try innovative dining at Adam D’Sylva’s Lollo, basement spot Curious or poolside drinks with views on level 14.

A silver caravan hotel on a rooftop

NOTEL Melbourne

NOTEL takes glamping to the next level. Check-in with your smartphone to one of six luxury Airstream caravans. Perched atop a car-park rooftop, the sleek vans have everything you’d wish for. Fitted out with a queen bed and ready-to-raid minibar, not to mention a pretty spectacular view. There’s no room service, concierge or staff members on-site. But what NOTEL lacks in traditional offerings, it makes up for in wow factor. Happy glamping.

A rooftop courtyard

Lancemore Crossley St

The grit and glamour of concrete and velvet come together at the Lancemore. In the lobby, dramatic lighting hints at the surrounding theatre district. Upstairs, the 113 spacious art-filled rooms offer a luxurious retreat. And the guest-only rooftop terrace with fire pit and daybeds promises privacy. This boutique newcomer is impeccably located, poised between Chinatown and the top of Bourke Street. Special packages combining accommodation, dinner and theatre tickets offer the quintessential Melbourne experience.

A hotel balcony view

DoubleTree by Hilton

It’s all about the location at DoubleTree by Hilton. Opposite Flinders Street Station and moments from Fed Square, there’s a choice of river or city skyline views. Lounge in the Melbourne-inspired industrial-chic décor, showcasing local design and European features. Then enjoy local classics just around the corner. Like coffee at Degraves Espresso and locally made gifts from Clementine’s.

An empty hotel lobby

Next Hotel

In the 80 Collins precinct, Next Hotel promises a reimagined hotel experience. And it delivers, with eclectic décor, intriguing artworks and sophisticated understated design. Minibar treats include house-aged spirits and cocktails. Dining is another indulgence, with Sicilian and Hong Kong heritages merging at La Madonna restaurant and bar. Book a Club Room, and you’ll have exclusive access to the Club – a work, relax and workout space.

A couple sitting in a hotel room

Adelphi Hotel

Famous for its glass-bottomed pool above Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel has found a sweet spot as the ‘world’s premier dessert hotel’. The fit-out is glam with an elegant Art Deco touch and meticulous attention to detail. Décor has a dessert-themed vibe, and there are lolly jars in every room. If it’s a weekend, be sure to head downstairs to Om Nom kitchen for dessert high tea. Or stop by for cheese and salumi on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Outdoor seating of the Rooftop at QT bar at night.

QT Melbourne

With geometric patterns, sharp colours and luxe, industrial finishes, QT Melbourne oozes sophistication. Expect baths surrounded by curtains, black tiled walls and neon lights. Kick back with a G&T in the glamorous rooftop bar or new urban oasis, the Secret Garden Bar. Plus there’s a contemporary bar and grill and boutique cake shop on-site. Just in case you’re planning on spending the weekend in.

A mural on a tall city building

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street

Melbourne’s new Hilton has revamped the 1931 Equity Chambers building. You’ll notice the crafty mix of heritage and contemporary the moment you enter. The vibrant entrance mural by Juddy Roller graffiti artist Kitt Bennett sets the tone. Inside, public spaces like the opulent Douglas Club lounge bar make the most of the Art Deco drama. More local flair takes over in the guestrooms. Coffee is curated by Dukes Coffee Roasters and bath products are by local maker Hunter Lab.

An old-fashioned hotel room with a chandelier

Hotel Windsor

You only need to step inside the Windsor to experience Melbourne history. Established in 1883, it’s Australia’s last grand Victorian-era hotel. Sumptuous afternoon teas are still very much the done thing. Step back outside and explore the city’s other impressive heritage buildings. The magnificent state Parliament House is opposite.

A city skyline at night next to a river

The Langham

The luxury is five-star at the Langham, a Southbank byword for the high life since 1992. Each room has a Yarra or city skyline view, framed by traditional plush fabrics. Bathrooms come with a generous marble bath, bathrobes, slippers and toiletries. Afternoon tea is a must-do at Aria, followed by chilled-out pampering at Chuan Spa. And who can resist the views from that 15-metre indoor-outdoor pool.

Zagame’s House

Your four-legged pooch pal can join your staycation at Carlton’s glam  Zagame’s House. Pups receive a fur-baby treat bag of goodies, and there’s even an in-room doggy dining menu. Oh, and accommodation for humans is top-notch too. No expense has been spared in this slick $18 million refurb. Mod-cons include selfie mirrors with three different settings and a very well-stocked minibar. Paws down, we think you’ll love it.

Ovolo Laneways

Melbourne’s iconic laneways are filled with hidden treasures, as is Ovolo Laneways. Filled with bespoke art, Ovolo’s rooms are sleek and spacious. And like our quirky laneways, this hotel is small but big on personality. For those who book directly, there are freebies galore. Think free breakfast, sundowner social drinks, in-room minibar, all-day snacks and more. Plus for the young (or young at heart), the penthouse comes with a pinball machine. Seriously. 

Jazz Corner Hotel

Melbourne is the world’s live-music capital. Naturally, we also have our very own music-themed boutique hotel: the Jazz Corner. Each spacious room features classic jazz album artwork. Plus private balconies and a fully equipped kitchen. Spend your day strolling through the city, then dive into the buzzing music scene come nightfall.

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