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Considered Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne is home to some of the most diverse culinary neighborhoods that delight visitors' taste buds from cheap street food to fine dining. It also has a thriving art scene, a laid-back bohemian vibe (especially around Brunswick Street), numerous rooftop bars and an enthusiastic sports scene. After a day of sightseeing and stopping at eclectic boutiques and coffee houses rest up in one of these top Melbourne hotels.
Best Overall: QT Melbourne
The QT hotel is located just steps away from Melbourne's Chinatown. Here grown-up glamor and plush surroundings combine to create a hotel rated by recent guests as “The coolest place in Melbourne.” The rooms' concrete walls and timber floors are best described as industrial chic and amenities include HDTVs, free in-room movies and high-speed Internet.
For supper, dine at the hotel’s own Pascale bar and grill before enjoying a nightcap at the rooftop bar with views of Melbourne's cityscape. No stay would be complete without a visit to The Cake Shop to try out some of Pascale’s patisserie creations.
Best Budget: The Como Melbourne - MGallery by Sofitel
Melbourne is in the top 15 most expensive cities in the world, which means it can sometimes be difficult to find budget accommodation, however, not only does The Como offer 111 suites and apartments at a more affordable rate than many of the hotels in the city, but it's also a self-contained apartment, so you’ll save money on eating out, too. The rooms are modern and inviting, featuring sleek design, full kitchens, and black marble bathrooms. The rooftop pool and sundeck provide the perfect place to relax before dining at the Brasserie and enjoying a cocktail at Sobar, or take a walk through the trendy South Yarra neighborhood.
Best Boutique: Adelphi Hotel
The stylish Adelphi hotel features one-of-a-kind lobby artwork and eclectic modern furnishings. Each of the 34 rooms here come with signature “marshmallow” beds that envelop you in comfort and also include unlimited movies and snacks, 40-inch flat-screen LED Smart TVs, Espresso coffee machines and walk-in showers.
Book a table at Om Nom, an innovative dessert restaurant which also features savory dishes, but is best known for inventive sweet treats such as the Sticks and Stones plate, which includes chocolate bark, passion fruit pebbles and crunchy chocolate twigs.
Best for Families: Quest Southbank Melbourne
Apartments are an excellent option for families as they typically provide more rooms for parents and kids to spread out, and usually have full kitchens to allow you to whip up a quick family meal and save on restaurant costs. At this Southbank accommodation, you’ll be close to galleries, museums and the aquarium. Expect to find comfy sofas, LED TVs, and fully equipped kitchens with fridges, cooktops and a dining table. The well-equipped bathrooms even include laundry services, so with all these amenities you’ll feel like you're right at home except that is, for the added luxury of the daily housekeeping service. If you fancy the night off from preparing and cooking the family meal you’ll find plenty of family-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood including Hopscotch, where you can grab some burgers and visit the nitro ice cream bar.
Best Romance: Crown Metropol Melbourne
The stunning heated swimming pool on the 27th level provides unparalleled views over Melbourne and sets the scene for a romantic city break with your love. Large daybeds provide the perfect spot to rest, chat and plan your stay.There is also a spa and steam room to recharge and relax. The rooms and suites here feature sumptuous luxe bedding, oversized showers, fluffy bathrobes and movies on demand. Snuggle up with your honey and order in-room dining from Mr. Hive for a taste of crispy Otway pork belly and jumbo prawns or head downstairs for dinner at Bistro Guillaume with its iconic bottle green bar.
Don't check out before you see the hotel’s very own luxury cinema with butler service for an upscale date night experience.
Best Luxury: The Langham, Melbourne
This luxury hotel has beautiful views of the Yarra River on the famous Southbank promenade.
Each of the 388 rooms features stunning views of the Melbourne skyline. Choose the exclusive Chairman's suite for an unforgettable upgrade, featuring living and dining areas, a second bedroom and a magnificent master suite with a full media hub, in-room Wi-Fi, a private bar, and a dual spa and shower. Expect to access the Langham club with pre-dinner h'orderves and drinks, and full butler service as well as the health and wellness center, including an indoor 15-meter swimming pool. For supper book a table at the Melba restaurant and enjoy the bounty of the Tasman sea, including green lip mussels and house-made sushi.
Best Nightlife/Best for Singles: Ovolo Laneways
The Ovolo Laneways hotel is the epitome of chic city living, right in the heart of the hidden laneways. Located close to restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, The Ovolo is a sexy, modern building with corridors which are painted black with colorful pops around each door frame. Artsy and unique, this place feels young, vibrant and hip. Enjoy a range of branded freebies from an in-room mini bar, to lollipops and snacks. Don’t forget to collect the included grab ‘n' go breakfast each morning before you head off to explore the city. Rooms include comfy queen beds, flat-screen TV’s, walk-in showers, DVD’s and iPad’s, free high-speed Wi-Fi and free self-laundry facilities for guests. There isn't a restaurant on site, so be sure to enjoy the free happy hour before taking a short stroll where you can choose from a huge range of eateries.
Best Business: InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto
A stunning Venetian Gothic façade welcomes you to this modern hotel. Located on Collins Street in the heart of the Central Business District, the InterContinental is in the perfect location to meet the corporate traveler's needs. A mix of classic and executive rooms and suites feature a pillow menu, Wi-Fi and an iPod docking station, and a very spacious working station to catch up on the day's business and communicate with the office back home. The 24-hour business center will keep you connected and organized for a day of meetings and the available private limousine service will ensure you arrive on time and in style to close that big deal. Invite colleagues back to the hotel’s BlueStone wine lounge to sample over 30 different Australian wines and then head into one of the two on-site restaurants, Alluvial, for a taste of multicultural Melbourne, like Coffin Bay Oysters and an aromatic Asian fish broth.
Best Hostel: Habitat HQ
Located in St. Kilda, a beachside suburb of Melbourne, Habitat HQ allows guests to choose either a shared dorm or a private room. The rooms feature whimsical full wall photo murals of football stadiums or leafy rainforests and the rate includes a free breakfast each morning. Sit out in the courtyard or mingle in the social lounge with a pool table, fireplace, DVD and TV. Small touches like the shoe lockers help to keep rooms smelling sweet and make sharing your personal space with strangers a little more appealing. A weekly schedule of social events keeps everyone entertained and amused including a BBQ, movie night, trivia and live music.