Aaaah Melbourne! You got us at our first visit! We loved you so much we decided to make you home for two years. We loved your cafe scene, your coffee, your international cuisine and your vibe. Do we miss you? Yes, of course! So now when we return we have to book hotel accommodation. So where to stay in Melbourne in 2023?
Are you ready to have your best staycation in Melbourne? Australia’s best coffee, Melbourne’s laneways, street art, markets, its diverse food scene and the Royal Botanic Gardens all makes Melbourne a popular destination for your next staycation.
We spent two years living in Melbourne with our young family. For a family staycation, there are many things to do in Melbourne. If you are looking for a romantic getaway head to the CBD and if you are a group of friends having a few nights’ getaways you will have one of the best shopping and dining out experiences in Australia.
We share with you our top picks for accommodation in the best areas to stay in Melbourne. The only thing you need to do is work out where to stay in Melbourne from our chosen areas.
- Melbourne’s CBD
- South Yarra
- St Kilda
Hotel’s in Melbourne CBD
Why stay in Melbourne’s CBD?
Melbourne’s CBD is a popular destination for visitors due to its close proximity to Melbourne’s top attractions e.g Queen Victoria Markets, National Gallery of Victoria, St Paul’s Cathedral, Old Melbourne Gaol and more.
The most popular street for shopping is Bourke Street with the Bourke Street Mall and its large range of shops, boutiques and cafes.
Bourke Street is also pedestrian-friendly – only allowing trams, bicycles and pedestrians. In the CBD trams are free!
Melbourne’s two department stores Myer and David Jones are located in Bourke Street.
Little Bourke Street is home to Melbourne’s Chinatown.
5 Star Luxury at its best!
Address: 408 Flinders Lane
The W Melbourne was one of the first luxury lifestyle hotels located in Melbourne, and a great place to base yourself to see all that Melbourne has to offer. It is one of Melbourne’s funky hotels – we just adore the decor!
Latest Guest Review
“Staying at the W hotel was just lux! My partner and I really enjoyed our getaway. The pool was lovely and not too busy and the hotel room was clean, cosy beds and the bidet was an extra touch! We dined at Lollo and drank cocktails at Curious bar, every staff member treated us so kindly and were very accomodating. If it wasn’t so expensive we would stay more often! Worth the price for a luxury stay.”
Accommodation: 294 guest rooms, 29 suites, 4 WOW suites and 1 extreme WOW suite spread over 15 floors with city or river views, pet friendly
Room Facilities: Floor to ceiling windows, a cocktail bar (one step up from a mini-bar), signature W bed, luxury linen, plush W robes, Davine’s bath amenities, 55″ LED TV, high-speed internet
Hotel Facilities: state of the art FIT gym, swimming pool on level 14
Lollo – all-day dining
Curious Bar – great cocktails, you must try the Curious Ristretto
Warabi – Japanese Restaurant
Culprit – grab and go coffee and wine bar
Wet Deck – level 14 with poolside bar
The Lancemore Crossly Street is located in the heart of Melbourne, perfect for sightseeing and enjoying Melbourne’s restaurants and bars.
Latest Guest Review:
“The hotel is located in a great part of Melbourne. Close to public transport, theatres, Roof Top Bars and some of the best restaurants in Melbourne. The hotel has a lovely cosy rooftop area itself. Rooms are small but all you need – clean and great comfortable beds with comfy pillows and very clean quality linen. Well stocked mini-bar and all essentials provided.”
Address: 51 Little Bourke Street Melbourne (nestled between Chinatown and the Theatre district of Melbourne)
Accommodation: 113 art filled rooms
- William Room – 24 sq m
- Henry Room – 32 sq m
- Juliet 1 Bedroom Suite
- Romeo 2 Bedroom Suite
All rooms contain:
- LM Signature Beds
- Ensuite bathrooms with rain showers
- Hunter Lab amenities
- 55″ TVs
- Bose Sound Dock
- Bespoke artwork
Why stay at Southbank?
Southbank and South Wharf offer visitors an array of restaurants, waterfront bars, cafes and the Crown Entertainment Complex. Southbank is located on the south side of Yarra River opposite the CBD.
You can wander along the Yarra River and the South Wharf Promenade. Take a Melbourne River Cruise or head to Ponyfish Island for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Visit the Arts Centre for the latest musical and theatre performances. Head to the Skydeck for 360 degrees views of Melbourne, it is Melbourne’s tallest building.
The Langham Melbourne was our choice of accommodation whenever we revisited Melbourne after we left. We loved its location in Southbank. The staff were very welcoming, it was like returning home to family every time we visited. We are a fan of Langham’s bedroom decor and their extremely comfy beds! It is relaxing sitting out on the balcony with its views over the city and Yarra River.
Latest Guest Review
“Amazing stay in an incredible hotel. Can’t fault any part of it from accommodating our late check in, the buffet breakfast, the amenities and the location. Lovely place to enjoy Melbourne.”
Address: 1 Southgate Avenue Southbank
Accommodation: 363 Superior/Deluxe/Executive Rooms, 12 Balcony/terrace rooms, 11 1 bedroom suites, 1 Residence Suite, 1 Chairman’s Suite
- Signature Langham Blissful Bed
- Marble baths
- Tea & coffee making facilities
- Soft Langham bathrobes, slippers and toiletries
- Views of either Melbourne’s skyline or the Yarra River
- Mediahub to connect your laptop to the TV
- Club Lounge
- Butler Service
- Health Club
- Wellness Centre
- Swimming Pool
- Chuan Spa
- Melba Restaurant
- Aria Bar & Lounge
- Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood
- Langham Supper Club
Why stay in Docklands?
Docklands is a waterfront development close to Melbourne with an abundance of high-rise accommodation, shopping, dining, sporting events, arts and culture and parks spread over 200 hectares.
It is home to the Marvel Stadium, Southern Cross Station, banks and other multinational companies.
A great location Peppers Docklands will tick all your boxes for that perfect staycation in Melbourne. You know you are staying in a luxury property with excellent service when you are staying in one of the Peppers group of hotels.
Latest Guest Review
“The beds were super comfy and the shower was amazing. Parking was super easy and the view unreal ”
Address: 679 LaTrobe Street Docklands. Located on the concourse of Marvel Stadium. There are complimentary trams on the doorstep as well 2 council bike stations close by.
- Peppers Petite
- Peppers King
- Peppers King with Balcony
- Peppers Queen Queen
- Peppers Deluxe King Suite
- Peppers 2 bedroom hotel rooms
- Peppers 2 bedroom balcony
- Peppers 2 bedroom suites
- Contemporary furnishings and design
- Free wifi
- Complimentary movies
- CD player
- Nespresso Coffee Machine
- Outdoor heated pool
- Fully equipped gym
- Internet Lounge
Momami Restaurant and Bar
St Kilda Hotels
Why stay in St Kilda?
St Kilda is Melbourne’s favourite beachside suburb located 7 km from Melbourne’s CBD. The Esplanade is home to walkers, joggers and rollerbladers. On the water, you will find kite surfers, and windsurfers and the beach is popular with families.
Take the #96 Tram from Bourke Street and head to Luna Park for a fun day out. Enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and bars along Ackland Street and Barkly Street or take a picnic and enjoy St Kilda’s Botanical Garden.
The Prince Hotel St Kilda – A Boutique Art Deco Hotel
Latest Guest Review
“Location was fabulous, close to everything. The whole complex had a great feel about it, the rooms were homely and extremely cute & cosy, loved the music bar in the room as well and the little extra notes on your bed as you enter, staff very friendly & well presented, the bed also very comfortable.”
Address: 2 Acland Street St Kilda – 5 minutes from St Kilda beach.
Accommodation: 39 rooms
- Boutique room
- Deluxe room
- Deluxe with bath
- Corner suite
- Premier suite
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Bose speaker
- Aspar products
Prince Dining Room – open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Prince Public Bar – open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Little Prince Wine Bar -open for Lunch and Dinner
South Yarra Hotel
Why stay in South Yarra?
South Yarra is 4 km southeast of Melbourne’s CBD. Toorak Road and Chapel Street are home to high-end boutiques, wine bars, bistros and galleries. If you love a good market head to Prahan Market for fresh produce, pasta, cheeses, bread, coffee and more.
Another favourite hotel of ours in Melbourne for its location for shopping and local restaurants.
Latest Guest Review
“Friendly helpful staff made us feel very welcome. We had our seven-month-old son with us (first time travelling with him) and they were extremely accommodating – it didn’t feel like it was a bit deal at all. We will happily come back to stay.”
Address: 630 Chapel Street, South Yarra (close to South Yarra’s best restaurants, cafes and bars)
Accommodation: 111 rooms, stylish and chic decor
- Superior rooms – King bed
- Superior rooms – 2 single beds
- Junior Suite
- Loft Penthouse
- Gold Penthouse
- 1 Bedroom Apartment
- 2 Bedroom Apartment
- High speed internet
- Appelles Apothecary toiletries
- Work desk
Rooftop pool and sundeck
The Brasserie – international cuisine
Getting to and From Melbourne
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is 23 km from the CBD. The average journey time is between 20 – 35 minutes.
You can pre-book your airport transfers:
Tullamarine Airport to City Transfers with Skybus – book here
City to Tullamarine Airport with Skybus – book here
Tullamarine Airport to Southbank or Docklands – book here
Southbank or Docklands to Tullamarine Airport – book here
Tullamarine Airport to St Kilda with Skybus – book here
St Kilda to Tullamarine Airport with Skybus – book here
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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Melbourne
When is the best time to visit Melbourne?
After living in Melbourne we would recommend visiting during Spring and Autumn. The weather is pleasant during these months. The busy tourist time is summer and prices are higher during the three months from December to February.
Should I rent a car to visit Melbourne?
Melbourne is a very walkable city and you won’t need a rental car. Melbourne has a very efficient and reliable public transport system.
If you are considering doing day trips from Melbourne we would recommend renting a car. You can rent a car from Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport or from a city location.
If you have any questions or would like some advice we would love to hear from you about your next Staycation in Victoria.
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We hope you have enjoyed our article on Melbourne’s top hotels. It is a fun city to visit and we know you will return time and time again. Whether you are on a romantic getaway in Melbourne or a family vacation enjoy your time here.
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