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Melbourne Hotel Guide: Where to Stay

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Planning a visit to Melbourne and wondering where you should stay? Here’s my guide to the best hotels in Melbourne, divided up by neighbourhood and the closest hotels to key sites across the city.

Whether you’re looking for a downtown Melbourne hotel, a hotel near the Melbourne airport, or a hotel within walking distance to a sports stadium, I’ve got you covered!

The best downtown Melbourne hotels

Melbourne has a large number of downtown hotels, many of which are within walking distance to places like Bourke Street Mall, the Arts Precinct, Olympic (Sports) Precinct, Federation Square, and more. Below are some of the highest-rated and nicest hotels in downtown Melbourne.

Hotel Lindrum (MGallery)26 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – This upscale hotel weaves the charming story of its former years as a pool hall into its luxury makeover as a hotel. Spacious rooms, free WiFi, and within walking distance to the MCG, Federation Square, Chinatown, and Princess Theatre.
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Adelphi Hotel187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 – Set on one of Melbourne’s trendiest laneways, surrounded by some of the cities best restaurants and bars, this trendy hotel is sure to delight. Spacious rooms, with suites adding separate living rooms, and a luxe-contemporary design, you’ll feel right at home. Be sure to enjoy the rooftop pool, chic cocktail bar, and creative dessert bar on-site.
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QT Melbourne133 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – This industrial-chic hotel sews the story of Melbourne as Australia’s fashion capital into the tapestry. Comfortable rooms with mood lighting, exposed concrete ceilings and luxe free-standing tubs. Enjoy one of the cities trendiest rooftop bars or enjoy being centrally located to the best of Melbourne when you stay at the QT Hotel Melbourne. [Read my full review!]
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Ink Hotel Melbourne Southbank167 City Rd, Southbank VIC 3006 – Quirky and artistic, Ink Hotel Melbourne Southbank is well known for its vibrant, contemporary art throughout the hotel and in the rooms. Compact rooms have complimentary WiFi, with upgraded rooms featuring living rooms. The perfect place to be within minutes’ walk of the Melbourne Arts Precinct.
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The best luxury downtown Melbourne hotels

If you want to enjoy a luxury escape, this is the best luxury hotel in Melbourne.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne123 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – This posh luxury hotel in Melbourne is centrally located near the Paris End of Melbourne. Refined rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, free Wifi and access to an on-site pool, spa and gym. For the ultimate luxury experience, upgrade to a suite to have separate living and dining areas, kitchenette or whirlpool tub. The perfect place to spend a long weekend in Melbourne or a few nights in town for business.
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The hotel closest to the Melbourne Cricket Grounds (MCG) & Olympic Precinct

If you’ve got plans to catch the Boxing Day Test Match (cricket), the AFL Grand Final, or near Melbourne’s Sporting Precinct, you might want to stay here:

Pullman Melbourne on the Park192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002 – Located just minutes walk from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and with access to Jolimont Train Station, this modern hotel is the perfect place if you are attending a sporting event or want to be close to the city (you have a view of it from most windows) but not be in the heart of it. With comfortable rooms, free WiFi, access to the on-site spa, sauna and gym, the Pullman Melbourne on the Park will provide a dash of luxury and plenty of comfort for your stay in Melbourne.
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The best hotels in Melbourne Docklands:

Fancy a waterfront view within minutes from the city centre? There are so many beautiful, modern hotels popping up in the Melbourne Docklands. These hotels are not only a tram ride from the city centre, but they are also the closest Melbourne hotels near Marvel Stadium for the AFL and concert enthusiasts!

Peppers Docklands Melbourne679 La Trobe St, Docklands VIC 3008 – This beautiful contemporary hotel is situated next to Marvel Stadium and within easy access of the city centre. Modern rooms feature complimentary WiFi, comfortable beds, and room service available 24/7. For families, consider booking a 2bedroom suite which adds a separate living room. Be sure to enjoy the heated pool and gym during your stay.
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The Sebel Melbourne Docklands18 Aquitania Way, Docklands VIC 3008 – Ideally located along the Docklands waterfront, in close proximity to the Melbourne Star and The Distract Docklands (shopping mall) and a short walk from Marvel Stadium; The Sebel Melbourne Docklands provides contemporary apartments, ranging from studios to 2bedrooms. Many rooms come with balconies. Enjoy free WiFi, an on-site restaurant, indoor pool, spa and sauna.
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Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands443 Docklands Dr, Docklands VIC 3008 – Overlooking the Yarra River, this modern hotel is perfectly positioned among the best tourist attractions in the area and the Docklands Business District. Enjoy comfortable, spacious rooms, free WiFi, and access to a rooftop pool and fitness centre.
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Quest NewQuay, Docklands26 Caravel Ln, Docklands VIC 3008 – This sophisticated apartment hotel offers guests views of the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. With rooms ranging from studios to 3-bedroom apartments, they are perfectly positioned for tourists and business travellers alike. Enjoy free WiFi, balconies in each apartment, and a gym.
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The best hotels near Melbourne Convention Centre:

If you’re coming to Melbourne for a conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre, check out one of these hotels – they’re all within walking distance of the convention centre and downtown Melbourne.

Pan Pacific Melbourne2 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006 – Connecting to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this luxury hotel offers rooms with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay through rooms floor-to-ceiling windows. Large King beds are included in rooms, with Double Queen Beds also available. Club-level rooms include access to a guest lounge. Free WiFi is available throughout and there is a gym on-site.
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Novotel Melbourne South Wharf 7 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006 – This glittering gold high-rise perfectly positioned next to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and the DFO is the perfect place to stay during your visit to Melbourne. Spacious rooms have bay or city views, free WiFi, and smart TVs. For those travelling as a family or group, the top-floor has a 2-bedroom apartment with a kitchenette and balcony.
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Crown Metropol8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006 – Located within the Crown Casino precinct, just a short walk to the Convention Centre, Crown Metropol is the stylish and classy boutique hotel in the area. Comfortable rooms feature plush bed linens, views of the city or Port Phillip Bay, and free WiFi. Lofts include separate living/dining areas, and apartments include a hot tub. Be sure to make use of the hotel’s indoor pool, spa and gym. Or enjoy the huge range of restaurants in the Crown precinct.
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Crowne Plaza Melbourne1/5 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3008 – Not to be confused with the Crown Casino hotels, Crowne Plaza is part of the IHG Group chain. This unmissable building along the banks of the Yarra is just a 4-minute walk from the Convention Centre. Featuring plush, contemporary rooms with river or city views; enjoy the free WiFi, outdoor pool, or gym during your stay. The Crowne Plaza Melbourne is also steps away from Melbourne CBS’s free tram zone, and walking distance of the restaurants of South Wharf and the Crown Precinct.
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The best hotels in St Kilda:

If you want a Melbourne holiday with a more laid-back vibe, consider staying in beachside St Kilda. These are the hotels you’ll want to consider:

Rydges St Kilda35-37 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182 – This Melbourne accommodation features contemporary rooms with all the features and amenities that come with a boutique Melbourne hotel. We are located minutes from St Kilda Beach and the heart of the St Kilda precinct with plenty of things to do around the hotel. Enjoy free WiFi throughout.
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Quest St Kilda Bayside1 Eildon Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182 – The relaxed studios at this apartment hotel features all the mod-cons needed for both short- and long-term guests, including washer/dryers and kitchens, as well as living areas and dining tables. The 1- and 2-bedroom apartments add separate living areas. Enjoy on-site amenities including a gym, outdoor pool and a BBQ area, all tucked away in the leafy backstreets of this beachside suburb.
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Tolarno Hotel42 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182 – Located within a former art gallery, this colourful, boutique hotel in St Kilda is located steps from St Kilda Beach, Fitzroy Street and Acland Street restaurants and cafes, and famed Luna Park. The art-filled rooms feature cosy Queen beds, many with balconies and either street or city views. Complimentary WiFi and parking is provided for guests.
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Cosmopolitan Hotel 6 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182 – Set adjacent to Acland Street – one of the premier shopping and dining strips in Melbourne, the Cosmopolitan Hotel offers relaxed beachside vibes in unfussy, modern rooms. Enjoy the hotels free WiFi and private balconies just steps from St Kilda beach. (PS: If you stay here, be sure to eat at Radio Mexico across the street!)
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The best hotels in South Yarra:

For those who love incredible food, great nightlife, and being amongst the actions, look no further than booking your stay at one of these hip South Yarra hotels –

Lyall Hotel & Spa 16 Murphy St, South Yarra VIC 3141 – This luxury all-suite hotel is located in the quiet side streets of South Yarra, just seconds away from famous Chapel Street. Enjoy refined, elegant 1- and 2-bedroom suites with kitchens, balconies and living/dining areas. All guests have access to complimentary WiFi. Upgraded sites have access to fireplaces, whirlpool baths and private terraces. There is an on-site spa and gym for guests.
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The Como Melbourne (MGallery)630 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141 – One of my favourite hotels in Melbourne due to its location amongst the restaurants, nightlife, and shopping of South Yarra. The Como offers guests spacious contemporary rooms, many with additional living rooms, balconies, saunas or kitchenettes. During your stay, be sure to make use of the sauna, gym or indoor rooftop pool. Free WiFi is available throughout.
Oh, and fun fact: this is the hotel where Channel 10’s guests stay – so be on the lookout for celebrities or sign up to watch the nightly filming of The Project in the studio next door. [Read my full review!]
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The Olsen Melbourne (Art Series)637641 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141 – Art Series hotels are named after prominent Australian artists, and feature the artist’s works throughout. The Olsen takes its name from John Olsen. This boutique hotel features original artwork by Olsen throughout. Many of the rooms are suites, offering all the mod-cons, including kitchenettes, balconies, and some with hot tubs. Guests can use the spa, gym or onsite pool. The hotel also provides guest bikes, scooters or smart car rentals during their stay at an additional cost.
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Moxy South Yarra30-32 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141 – This exciting addition to Melbourne’s hotels is opening 2022. More information coming soon!

The best Melbourne hostels:

Whether you are looking for a budget hotel room in Melbourne or seeking the atmosphere of a great hostel, these are the hostels in Melbourne I recommend:

Space Hotel380 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – Part hostel with shared rooms and part budget hotel for those looking for something more private, Space Hotel blends the best of both worlds into one perfectly positioned hostel near the best the city has to offer. Facilities are basic in the rooms, but some private rooms do come with balconies with picturesque views of the city. Enjoy the many activities on offer, enjoy a film in the movie room, or work out in the fitness room. There’s also an internet cafe, guest lounge, kitchen, rooftop deck and hot tub.
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The Village Melbourne167 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000 – Located a stone’s throw from the city centre and Queen Victoria Market, The Village is a comfortable hostel providing mixed-gender or female-only dorms. Guests have access to WiFi, lockers, and shared bathrooms. There is a small selection of private rooms available with ensuites. Communal facilities include a lounge area with TV and billiards tables, kitchen, and guest laundry.
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The Nunnery Accommodation116 Nicholson St, Fitzroy VIC 3065 – This former 19thcentury convent is now a quirky guesthouse in one of the hippest parts of town! Budget-friendly double and dormitory accommodation comes with paid WiFi and TVs. There are private rooms available with marble fireplaces and stylish decor. Breakfast is included in the cost of your board. There’s also a kitchen available for use. This is family-friendly accommodation.
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Base Backpackers St Kilda17 Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182 – Located in the beachside neighbourhood of St Kilda, this casual hostel is much loved by backpackers (heck, even I’ve stayed there before I moved to Melbourne!) The hostel offers mixed-gender or female-only dorms with lockers and bunk beds. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms. Private rooms are available and include flat-screen TVs and ensuites. The on-site bar is always packed with locals and travellers. There’s also a TV lounge, shared kitchen, pool table, tour booking facilities, and laundry facilities on-site. [Read my full review!]
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The best hotel near Melbourne Airport:

PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Melbourne Airport, Arrival Dr, Tullamarine VIC 3045 – The closest hotel to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport within a few minutes walk from all the terminals, PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport is a fantastic choice for those seeking a place to rest while on a layover in Melbourne or those with an early departure. Modern rooms offer free WiFi and most have airport views. There’s also an indoor pool, sauna, and gym to use during your stay. Day rooms are available to book.
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