Melbourne’s busy centre is based around a lattice of streets known as the Hoddle Grid. This is the oldest part of Melbourne and was laid out in 1837 by the surveyor Robert Hoddle. The CBD features the city’s iconic laneways and arcades, and is famous for its distinctive blend of contemporary and Victorian architecture. Five of the six tallest buildings in Australia are located in Melbourne’s CBD and among the luxury hotels, cafes, shops and bustling street life are some of the world’s best graffiti art precincts. Spreading out from the iconic Flinders Street Station, with its row of clocks on its Edwardian facade, the blocks of Melbourne’s CBD are crammed with luxury hotels, excellent restaurants, and some of Australia’s best shopping. Also within the bounds of the CBD are a number of the city’s most significant public buildings, art galleries and theatres. Melbourne’s iconic yellow and green trams ply the streets of the CBD and make getting around a breeze. Cafes and bars along the Yarra River offer an almost limitless choice of places to sit and enjoy the sublime Melbourne climate: well known for producing four seasons in one day.
408 Flinders Lane, 3000 Melbourne, Australia
Rating: 8.8 Fabulous
Located in the vibrant heart of the CBD, the W Melbourne was one of the first lifestyle brands of luxury hotel to open in the city. Owned by Marriott, it is a great place to base yourself near Federation Square, Crown Casino, the Eureka Skydeck and the MCG.
Offering 29 suites, four ‘WOW’ suites and the ultra-luxe ‘Extreme WOW’ penthouse suite, as well as a number of luxury hotel rooms, the smoke-free accommodation at the W Melbourne personifies style and elegance. Luxe amenities include the W MixBar and the Signature W Bed with 300 thread count linen.
To tempt your taste buds the hotel offers 24 hour room service as well as 5 restaurants and bars that between them are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its main dining options offer exceptional Japanese food at Warabi and the creative culinary vision of renowned local chef, Adam D’Sylva, at Lollo.
A major destination for weddings and events, the hotel has 6 event rooms including the ‘Great Room’ which can fit up to 500 people for your special day. It also has meeting rooms for business, a playground for children, a state of the art gym and an indoor swimming pool.
8 Whiteman Street, Southbank, 3006 Melbourne, Australia
Rating: 8.4 Very Good
The Crown Metropol Melbourne is a fantastic luxury 5-star hotel situated in the heart of Southbank. Adjacent to the Crown Entertainment Complex, and directly opposite the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this deluxe hotel enjoys an excellent location, just a 10-minute walk away from the Docklands and Southern Cross Station.
Comfortable and spacious, their comely rooms and suites combine contemporary chic décor with bold design. All non-smoking, they showcase specially commissioned works of art, customised fittings, and designer furniture that fully compliments mod cons like air conditioning and the LCD TV. They also serve up spectacular views of the city.
In keeping with its luxurious ambiance, the Crown Metropol Melbourne has an excellent range of onsite dining options. These include The Pub which offers classic pub meals. Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar, which serves a world class selection of cocktails, snacks, and shared platters. And a fabulous French restaurant called Bistro Guillaume.
The hotel also features 2 swimming pools, an indoor sun-deck relaxation lounge and a world-class fitness centre. In addition it boasts, onsite, a range of shops, crazy golf, a cinema, bowling alley, video arcade and theatre shows as well as Skin, Face and Body treatments at Mr & Mrs By Dr. Tass.
111 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Rating: 7.5 Good
Guests looking for the classic luxury hotel experience in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD need look no further than the Stamford Plaza. Less than 5 minutes’ walk from the front door you could be watching a show in the theatre district, dining in Chinatown, or catching a tram to Melbourne’s most famous sporting venues. The Collins Street boutique shopping area is right on the doorstep.
As a luxury all-suite hotel, Stamford Plaza offers a wide range of room options to suite any traveller, from the Studio Queen Suite with galley style kitchenette right up to the Three-Bedroom suite with separate kitchen and living areas. For the ultimate luxury, try the Presidential Two-Bedroom Suite with its New York-style loft. The suites boast all the amenities you would expect from a luxe hotel, along with separate living areas and desk facilities for business travellers.
Harry’s Restaurant & Bar provides dining and drinks for hotel guests and visitors alike. Harry’s specialises in regional cuisine with Asian and European influences. Their Melbourne High Tea is a particular highlight, while the bar is the perfect spot for a pre-theatre cocktail or nightcap. Room service is also available.
Stamford Plaza’s onsite facilities provide everything that business or personal travellers could want. The wellness centre offers an extensive range of services, along with a barber and beauty shop. The indoor swimming pool welcomes all ages, and babysitting services can be arranged. A business centre is available to supplement the in-room executive facilities.