Forget what you know about hotels for a moment and repeat this word with us: Cool.
It takes a little more than room service and a half decent view of your neighbour to earn a spot in the coolest hotels list of Melbourne. We’re talking about character and charm, traits that aren’t bought but cultivated from the minds of savvy interior designers.
If you’re looking for a cool place to stay when dropping by one of the world’s most liveable cities, look no further than these cool hotels.
Let’s get the facts straight. Notel is not a hotel. What it is is six chrome airstream trailers that have been completely refurbished as designer urban accommodation spaces on the rooftop of a of a nondescript Melbourne car park. The cool factor comes from the team of architects, painters and designers who all teamed up to give the space a truly unique feeling of stay without feeling like a hotel. The trailers range from the standard to the completely decked out with more creature comforts than you can poke a stick at. And yes, there is a bar.
388 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
For those in search of the quintessential example of luxury in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, look no further than Crown Metropol. The modern and stylish fit out is fit for any man and his wolfpack to frolic around in. There are various rooms to suit different needs from a large luxe king with two rooms through to a loft style suite for short stays. Don’t forget to also head to the pool which boasts some seriously stunning views of the Melbourne skyline.
8 Whiteman St, Southbank
The Cullen Art Hotel
Get in touch with your inner creative and hit up a stay at Prahran’s The Cullen. The trendy boutique hotel is is a bold take on the hotel industry with the vibrancy and interior fit out like no other. With art work borrowed from Australian contemporary artist Adam Cullen, you can rest assure that every room is unique and quirky with just the right amount of charm. All the facilities are there including gym, adjoining restaurants and easy access to the heart of the CBD.
164 Commercial Rd, Prahran
Joining the art-inspired hotel scene is Melbourne’s slicker offering known as Adelphi. There’s up to 34 different rooms to choose from which each boast world-class amenities along with striking decor and art that wouldn’t be out of place in a contemporary gallery. Rooms vary from the Palatial Suite to the comfy to suit any stayer. When you’re done engaging your senses out on the streets of Melbourne’s CBD, simply step back into Adelphi and do it all over again.
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Ovolo Laneways follows the same proven formula as its other chains around the world albeit with a heavy dose of character to reflect the soul of Melbourne’s burgeoning art scene. What visitors can expect in a stay at the Ovolo Laneways is beautiful and original artworks, luxurious bathrooms, quality furnishings and free high-speed wireless internet. It’s also a stone’s throw from the Melbourne CBD and for those wondering, yes, each room also comes with complimentary minibar and free local phone calls.
19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Prestige is everything at this particular Chapel Street hotel. Boasting some of the best views, facilities and interior design in the one building, The Olsen offers up to 224 suites to suit any need whether guests be going for large and luxurious or small and intimate. The art itself is by Australian landscape artist Dr John Olsen which can be experienced upon entering The Olsen via a large mural and sculpture. Day spa, two restaurants, jacuzzi deck area and more are all on offer at The Olsen.
637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra
Step within the finely appointed designer elements of QT Melbourne and you’ll soon understand the concept of accommodation with a high-end fashion twist. Boasting industrial chic elements, QT offers a perfectly groomed experience through their range of rooms adorned with timber floorboards, gel-topped beds, glamorous en suite, and all of the high end services the modern traveller demands. Think of it as a creative playground which you can also sleep in.
133 Russell St, Melbourne
For a touch of history without the boring bits head over to The Westin which sits directly opposite the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral and Melbourne Town Hall. Luxury is the underlying formula at The Westin and this extends from their signature Heavenly® Beds to the spacious bathrooms with separate bathtub and Heavenly shower. There’s even a wellness centre and 24-hour gym within their facilities. A retreat in the CBD never sounded this promising.
205 Collins St, Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Holding a five star rating and receiving multiple awards in the hotel industry means that the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne is an easy contender when it comes to cool hotels. Besides the stunning rooms with views, visitors are also treated to some of the most distinguished array of food from their signature restaurants. There’s even a 24-hour gym for those who feel guilty about that late night snack.
123 Collins St, Melbourne