A cosy city break is essential. Check into one of these quirky spots for the ultimate Melbourne winter staycation.

A women sitting on a bed eating lollies in a hotel room with pink sequin walls.

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 decor, showcasing local design and European features. Or book a glitzy stay in one of the newly converted lolly-themed loft rooms. The Sugar High Stay package is irresistible to sweet tooths. It comes with complimentary cookies, a mini jar of lollies, cute-as-a-button ice-cream socks and a buffet breakfast. Call the hotel on 03 9654 6888 and mention the room by name to book or via their website.

A silver caravan hotel on a rooftop

NOTEL

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, heating and a ready-to-raid minibar, not to mention a pretty spectacular view. Happy glamping.

A hotel lobby with bright coloured dripping paint mural and lounges.

Crown Metropol

It may be one Australia’s biggest hotels, but Crown Metropol has all the character of a boutique hotel. With modern design and playful sculptures, this sleek hotel feels right at home among the theatres and galleries of Southbank. Bring your partner or bestie for a luxe staycation package. Sip complimentary poolside cocktails while enjoying panoramic city views from the 27th floor. You won’t stray far for dinner with a $50 credit to use at Crown restaurants. Will it be pizzas at Gradi, sushi at Nobu or a French affair at Bistro Guillaume?

A hotel lounge with purple velvet couches and Art Deco lighting.

The Westin

Slip into a real-life fairytale with a staycation fit for royalty. The Westin is a little slice of luxury on Collins Street. Modern decor is peppered with vintage flourishes. Think grand sweeping staircases and private Juliet balconies. See the sparkling new production of Cinderella that puts a surprisingly modern spin on the classic tale. Then relive the magic at the hotel's Enchanted High Tea with whimsical sweet and savoury bites.

A hotel room with city views and brightly coloured geometric decor.

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. The high-end luxe hotel is ideally located in Flinders Lane. Head up to The Q Bar for hawker snacks and cocktails by the rooftop pool. Or try the Thai cuisine at Salted Egg. Book the Quincy Winter Escape for 10 per cent off a one night stay or 20 per cent off three nights. Plus a free exclusive bottle of wine, late check-out and $10 to splash on the minibar daily if you book via the website.  

A hotel room with fresh flowers, city views and a blue velvet chair.

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Indulge in a romantic staycation in the Paris-end at the stunning Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. The luxury hotel is imbued with a French flair. Think Parisian-chic styling and creative European cuisine. After a two-year hiatus, in-house restaurant No35's lunch menu is back with a Picasso-themed degustation. Available Thursdays and Fridays and inspired by NGV exhibit The Picasso Century, the menu takes its cues from the artist's life and career. Think blue cheese for Picasso's Blue Period and Basque cheesecake for his Spanish roots.

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 room 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 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.

An empty hotel lobby

Next Hotel

In the 80 Collins precinct, Next Hotel promises a reimagined hotel experience. And it delivers, with eclectic decor, 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. Decor 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 for high tea. Or stop by for cheese platters and extravagant cocktails Wednesday through Sunday.

Four people eating at a restaurant, two are sitting in wheelchairs.

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. Then retreat to the contemporary bar and grill for a steak. There's a theatrical open kitchen so you can watch the chef artfully prepare your meal.

The ornate entrance to a hotel

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. Find more dog-friendly hotels in Melbourne.

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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