Melbourne is a city you definitely need to add to your list of must-see places if you haven’t been already. With a bountiful nightlife populated by a number of cool bars, pubs and restaurants, it’s no wonder so many flock to Melbourne to experience all it has to offer.
But with all that eating, drinking and shopping – Melbourne has an excellent selection of clothes and sneaker stores – you’re going to need somewhere equally cool to stay, right? Fortunately, Melbourne has you covered there too, with a generous selection of cool boutique and designer hotels.
Forget searching for the ‘best’, these are the downright coolest, and to be honest, still some of the best. All offer luxurious stays with all the facilities and amenities you could ever want or need.
They’re so good in fact, that we reckon you’ll be hard pushed to check out on time. If, for whatever reason, these cool hotels don’t take your fancy, you could always check out this list of coolest Melbourne Airbnb stays for something a little out of the ordinary.
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. T
here 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.
Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, 3006
Phone: 03 9292 6211
The Cullen Art Hotel
Get in touch with your inner creative and hit up a stay at The Cullen in Prahran. The trendy boutique hotel is a bold take on the hotel industry with the vibrancy and interior fit-out like no other. With artwork 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.
Address: 164 Commerical Road, Prahran, South Yarra, 3181
Phone: 03 9098 1555
Joining the art-inspired hotel scene is Melbourne’s slicker offering known as the Adelphi. There are 34 different rooms to choose from and each one boasts world-class amenities alongside 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 anyone in need of a good night’s rest. 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.
Address: 164 Commercial Road, Prahran, 3181
Phone: 03 9098 155
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 a complimentary minibar and free local phone calls.
Address: 19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Prestige is everything at this particular Chapel Street hotel. Boasting some of the best views, facilities and interior design in 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.
Address: 637-641 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141
Phone: 03 9040 1222
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.
Address: 133 Russell Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 8636 8800
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. A wellness centre and 24-hour gym can also be found on-site. A retreat in the CBD never sounded this promising.
Address: 205 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9635 2222
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.
Address: 123 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000
Phone: 03 9657 1234
One of Melbourne’s true hidden gems is the architecturally designed Coppersmith Hotel. Located in the cultural hub of South Melbourne, the Coppersmith offers 15 boutique rooms. The exterior ensures the hotel is tastefully hidden away, in keeping with the area’s tradition.
The Coppersmith is surrounded by some of the best international and local boutiques, restaurants and galleries. The fabulous South Melbourne Market is also just a few minutes walk away.
Address: 435 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, 3025
Phone: 03 8696 7777
The Como MGallery
Having undergone a stylish refurbishment in 2012, The Como continues to be one of the best hotels in Melbourne’s ultra-trendy South Yarra area. Located on Chapel St, The Como offers suites and rooms and is particularly great for a couple of hit celebrities visiting Channel 10, which is located in the same building.
Address: 630 Chapel Street, South Yarra, 3141
Phone: 03 9825 2222