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11 hotels to know ahead of your next stay in Melbourne

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Between its art galleries, bars and music scene, there's not a whole lot of reasons to sleep in Melbourne. Except of course, for its excellent hotels. There's nothing quite like opening a pristine room at the end of a long commute, throwing your bags on the floor and falling face first on your king-size bed. Throw in some room service, curated local furnishings and well-placed art, and that's a recipe for a good time. Below, we bring you 11 hotels in Melbourne that know how to keep its guests happy and coming back time after time.


W Melbourne


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A newcomer on the hotel scene, yet one that's drawn a loyal rotation of clientele since its opening in February 2021. Tucked away in Flinders Lane in the heart of the CBD, the drawcard of this spot is straightforward: convenience wrapped up in a luxury bow. In every crevice of the W Melbourne, there's a new corner ripe for discovery. An indoor pool, a slick secret bar and enough floors to ensure the view from your room is one to write home about, the W Melbourne is a favourite for good reason. Naturally, it was the RUSSH team's hotel of choice during a trip to Melbourne earlier this year.


Napier Quarter Guesthouse

For a more intimate guest experience, schedule a night or two at the Napier Quarter Guesthouse. Ideal for couples and singles, you'll find the same considered approach woven into your room as can be found in the fare below. It's restrained yet warm, with thoughtful details like Aesop throughout, handmade linens, Japanese cottons and classic architectural pieces. And when you get hungry, just pop downstairs or explore what Fitzroy has to offer.

Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands

If you've got business to attend to in the city, your best placed at the Marriott hotel in Docklands – the first from the hotel chain to open in Australia in 20 years. We could rave on about the bar, which is named after Ada Coleman, or we could point you in the direction of its restaurant and the seasonal menu on offer. But we all know you came here for one thing, and one thing only: that heated infinity pool. With sweeping views of the city and a jacuzzi, why bother even venturing out into Melbourne at all?


QT Hotel


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Another option stationed in the CBD. It's the QT and if you've ever stayed at any of their outposts you'll know what that means. There's 188 rooms and they all manage to sustain a boutique hotel feel. Enjoy meals at its Pascale Bar & Grill or venture our further to neighbouring restaurant Embla, and Melbourne institutions Gin Palace and Heartbreaker.


The Cullen Melbourne - Art Series


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Each Melbourne Art Series hotel is a love letter to Australian artists like David Larwill, John Olsen and in this case, Adam Cullen. Conveniently situated in Prahran for those who prefer to stick close to Chapel Street, the beds are squishy, the service is top tier and it's all kept very casual and cool.


Mövenpick Hotel

It's seems extremely on brand that this Swiss hotel would have a 'chocolate hour' every day from 4:30pm, with churros, ice cream sandwiches and chocolate petit fours on offer. For this reason alone, the Mövenpick is worth the visit. But its fitness centre, hot tub and pool, on-site restaurant and location across from Southern Cross station are also perks to consider.


Hilton Melbourne

The building alone warrants a visit to the Hilton in Melbourne. Taking up residence in the heritage-listed Equity Chambers, the hotel certainly has a European feel, with its wood-panelled walls, columns and marble floors. If nothing else, there's something comforting about moving through its halls and quietly thinking about our lord and saviour, Paris Hilton.




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For a luxury boutique experience, look no further than Coppersmith. With monochromatic design features and set amongst the leafy streets of South Melbourne, this hotel is for those who wish to explore the city through the languid pace of a local.


Hotel Windsor


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If the sight of glass and polished surfaces triggers your flight or fight, opt for Hotel Windsor instead. First established in 1883, the institution predates iconic establishments like The Plaza in New York and The Ritz in Paris. Layered in old world charm from the decor to the staff's dispositions, it's become a hotspot for weddings and the place to be for afternoon tea.


The Langham

Perched on the edge of the Yarra River, The Langham is another option for those who prefer their quarters lived in and cosy. Arrive through the elegant (and photogenic) lobby with its Waterford chandelier and grand staircase. Inside you can unwind at its Chuan Spa and 15 metre indoor pool or lap up its beloved Melba buffet, with more than 40 international dishes to round out the menu.

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