The capital city of Victoria is defined by its culture. Food, coffee, the arts, entertainment and design reach their apotheosis in this most visitor-friendly of Australian cities. Built along the serpentine bends and reaches of the Yarra River, Melbourne seamlessly blends heritage architecture – epitomised by the balustraded Victorian bungalows of Fitzroy and the Edwardian Flinders Street Railway Station – with cutting edge construction that has created 52 skyscrapers in the city centre: the most of any Southern Hemisphere city. Filled with 5-star hotels and ornate apartments, these superb steel and glass towers take opulent living into the stratosphere. Just a few minutes away from the door of your luxury hotel you will find a plethora of dining and entertainment options. In Melbourne’s famous Laneways you will discover a café culture steeped in tradition and brimming with modern vitality. When you step through the giant red gates of Australia’s oldest Chinatown, you enter a whole new world of sumptuous Asian delights. Up on Lygon Street you can sample the finest Italian food imaginable and, indeed, wherever you go in multicultural Melbourne you will find cuisine and entertainment from every corner of the world.
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.
111 Spring Street, 3000 Melbourne, Australia
Rating: 7.9 Good
The Windsor is Australia’s most loved and renowned grand hotel, pre-dating The Savoy in London, The Plaza and The Waldorf Astoria in New York, The Ritz in Paris, and Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Established in 1883, it combines the classic beauty and architecture of the Victorian age with the graciousness of that bygone era.
Located across the stately Parliament House and next to the famous Princess Theatre, The Windsor is only steps away from Melbourne’s luxury boutiques, theatres, laneways and Chinatown, with the picturesque Treasury, Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens a short walk from our doorstep.
On 3 June 1923, with renovations complete, the hotel hosted a luncheon attended by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. In honour of this occasion, the hotel was appropriately renamed The Windsor.
The Windsor has been a home away from home for many famous Australians during their stay in Melbourne. Former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies kept Suite 306 at The Windsor for many years; it is now known as the Sir Robert Menzies Suite in his honour. Notable international guests included members of the English cricket team, who were frequent guests at the hotel, despite patriotic local factory workers’ efforts to disrupt their sleep by ‘accidentally’ knocking over the empty milk churns in the laneway.
Welcome to Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest metropolis well known for its diverse range of tourist attractions. Get outside of your luxury hotel in Melbourne to explore world-renowned museums, impressive galleries, beautiful gardens, and tree-lined promenades. To help you decide where to go, we’ve put together a list of the best things to do in Melbourne.
The oldest art gallery in Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria is home to an incredible collection of works of art. Known to locals as NGV, this fabulous gallery boasts works by masters such as Rembrandt, Picasso, and Cezanne. You can also look forward to seeing works by celebrated Australian artists. For those who don’t know the National Gallery of Victoria is actually made up of two parts. At the Ian Potter Centre, expect to see works by contemporary Australian artists. Art from the US, Asia, and Europe can be found at NGV International in St. Kilda. In addition to the permanent collection, the gallery hosts nearly 50 exhibitions a year, kid’s programs, and special events.
If you think that the view from your luxury hotel in Melbourne offers fabulous views, you’re in for a big surprise. For breathtaking 360-degree views of the city, head out to the 91-story Eureka Tower in Southbank. This third highest building in Australia is home to the tallest observation deck in Melbourne. The elevator will take you to the building’s 88th floor in less than 40 seconds. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the thrills of the Edge, a glass square that slides out 3 meters from the building and offers unparalleled views from every single angle.
Located just opposite Flinders Street Station, Federation Square is one of the must-visit places in Melbourne. “Fed Square” is a popular place to meet with friends and a great spot for tourists to start their sightseeing in Melbourne. With over 2,000 events annually ranging from performances to festivals, home to some of the best restaurants in Melbourne, there is always something going on at Melbourne’s only official town square. Looking for attractions to visit? Federation Square is home to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the Australian section of the National Gallery of Victoria, and the Koorie Heritage Trust.
Establishes in the 19th century, Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are a haven for nature lovers! These picturesque gardens in the neighbourhood of South Yara cover an area of 30 hectares and house over 10,000 plant species from around the world. Travellers can explore the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden, admire the beauty of a colourful array of blooms in the Rose Collection, and see live theatre performances and moonlight cinema projections. You can also hop on a boat on Ornamental Lake and see the gardens from a unique perspective. After all the sightseeing, unwind with a traditional high tea at the popular Terrace Café.
If you wish to learn more about the history of the Yarra River and see some of Melbourne’s finest tourist attractions from a different angle, we recommend hopping on a riverboat cruise on the Yarra River. You will find a bunch of cruise companies along Southbank that offer these river cruises. During the boat tour, you will have an opportunity to see attractions such as Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Birrarung Marr, Como House, the posh Toorak Mansions, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Foodies on vacation in Melbourne will definitely want to pay a visit to Queen Victoria Market. Over 140 years old, this huge open-air market is best experienced on foot. The Vic Market (as the locals call it) is packed with local vendors selling everything from meat and fresh farm veggies to local food delicacies. Make sure to try the gözleme and enjoy artisan coffee from the Market Lane Coffee. You will also find stalls that sell handmade jewellery and clothing at Queen Victoria Market. The Vic also hosts food tours, so get ready to sample all the local dishes and learn more about Australian cuisine.
Culture vultures visiting Melbourne should head out to Southbank. Located right on the banks of the beautiful Yarra River, this picturesque precinct is full of alfresco cafes, cultural attractions, and shops. You’ll find some of the city’s best nightlife in the South Wharf area where heritage sheds are nowadays popular nightclubs and entertainment venues. Shopaholics will be pleased to hear that South Bank hosts a cool arts and crafts market on Sundays.