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An insider’s guide to the Melbourne’s boutique hotels – from the city centre to beach side St Kilda and elegant South Melbourne.
The hotel scene is booming in Melbourne thanks to high profile art and sporting events. So where should you stay to enjoy the best Melbourne restaurants, nightlife and art scene.
If your idea of luxury is personalised service and attention to detail then look no further than these luxury hotels for your trip to Melbourne or well deserved city staycation.
Best boutique hotels in Melbourne
Boutique hotels are our favourite accommodation no matter where we are in the world.
We love the intimacy, design and personality of small hotels. You are more likely to get personalised service and the best insider tips for a truly memorable stay.
Here are our favourite boutique hotels in Melbourne.
Adelphi Hotel – City Centre
Possibly the first boutique hotel in Melbourne, the Adelphi is one of my favourites for its central location and updated art deco styling. Each of the 34 rooms is comfortably luxurious and includes a pod coffee machine for that all important morning caffeine hit.
The hotel is famous for its rooftop pool that juts over iconic Flinders Lane - people below can watch you do your laps! Note - the pool is closed for refurbishment until Summer 2017
But it is the friendly and knowledgeable staff and little touches like welcome drinks and luxury chocolates that ensure your stay is truly memorable at the Adelphi.
Best for: Luxe in the city
Don't miss: The decadent afternoon tea at acclaimed in house dessert restaurant Om Nom
QT Melbourne - City Centre
Located in the heart of the city centre, the QT Melbourne is a newcomer to the city's hotel scene. This once a fairly average cinema centre has been transformed into a colourful and dramatic boutique hotel. Suspended neon lights and a wall of no less than 6,000 books are features in the lobby.
With industrial styling and quirky touches, the rooms at QT Melbourne also benefit from natural sunlight and impressive city views. Bath lovers should book an Executive King room and enjoy the standalone tub.
Best for: City centre late night fun
Don't miss: The views and vibe on the rooftop bar
Hotel Lindrum - City Centre
Part of the Sofitel Group's MGallery collection, the Lindrum has a unique history. The building was a tea showroom, billiards hall and printing press in former lives. The hotel retains elements of its historic past while ensuring all modern comforts are available to guests.
The Lindrum is on Flinders Street - a great spot for enjoying Melbourne's sporting and cultural activities. And after a long day exploring you can relax back in your comfortable room and watch the twinkling lights of the city below.
Best for: Classic European style sophistication
Don't miss: Sitting by the roaring open fire in the lobby in winter
Ovolo Laneways - City Centre
Melbourne's famous laneways provide the inspiration for this fresh and funky boutique hotel at the Parliament end of the city. With great bars, restaurants and the Princess Theatre nearby it makes the perfect base for weekend frolics.
The Ovolo only has 43 rooms but they all pack a punch with modern colourful styling, Apple TV and my favourite hotel bathroom design element - a walk in rain shower
Best for: Fun weekends on the town with friends
Don't miss: Munching on the free in room snacks
The Lyall - South Yarra
The Lyall Hotel and Spa is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's where I chose to spend the night before my wedding as I love the quiet but central location, refined service and attention to detail.
Throughout the hotel there are several fireplaces and cosy armchairs to relax in and enjoy a drink. Or you could try their champagne bar.
Each of the hotel's 40 rooms and suites are decorated with modern oriental style and feature gourmet mini bars and a pillow menu. The Lyall's two bedroom suites are perfect for those travelling as a family.
Best for: Quiet sophistication near Chapel Street
Don't miss: Pampering yourself at the Lyall's luxury spa
The Blackman - St Kilda Road
In a wonderful position between the cosmopolitan fun of beachside St Kilda, shopping in Prahran and the city centre, The Blackman is one of the original Art Series Hotels. Showcasing the colourful work of artist Charles Blackman throughout the hotel, The Blackman also offers views over Albert Park to Port Phillip Bay.
Guest rooms are elegant and cosy with the luxurious and quirky touches like Evo amenities in the bathroom that you expect from the Art Series chain. All rooms feature balconies and a small kitchenette so once you arrive and settle in, it becomes quite difficult to leave.
The Blackman is one of my favourite luxury Melbourne boutique hotels
Best for: Arty luxe near beachside St Kilda and shopping in Prahran
Don't miss: The delicious pastries from in house patisserie Fleur Depot de Pain
Coppersmith - South Melbourne
Just steps from Albert Park in historic South Melbourne, The Coppersmith is a small luxury hotel that puts their guests comfort first.
The hotel won the best designed category at the World Luxury Hotel awards in 2016 and each of the 15 rooms reflects a minimal style without compromising on those all important touches that make a stay memorable. There's a coffee machine and Appelles Black Label amenities in each room.
You won't have far to go for dinner either. The hotel's popular restaurant and bar offer modern bistrot classics sourced from local producers.
Best for: Experiencing the relaxed Melbourne inner city vibe
Don't miss: The relaxing rooftop bar and a stroll around Albert Park
Larwill Studio - North Melbourne
The latest offering from the fabulous Art Series Hotels, Larwill Sudio is north of the CBD in the inner suburb of Parkville. Like the other hotels in the series, the Larwill takes its design inspiration from the artist of the same name. Throughout the hotel's common spaces and in each of the 96 rooms Larwills colourful paintings adorn the walls.
Guest rooms are decorated with a cosy Scandinavian feel and the hotel prides itself on having extremely comfortable beds. They were designed by sleep specialists A.H. Beard for the
Lawrill Studios is located an east 10 minute tram ride from the city centre close to Royal Park and classic Melbourne suburb Carlton.
Best for: Exploring Melbourne's arty inner north
Don't miss: Hiring Lekker bikes and riding into town or around nearby Carlton and Fitzroy
Melbourne is experiencing a boom in tourism and new hotels. We will be sure to keep you updated on the latest new hotel finds in the city so check back often.
First on our list to investigate is the new apartment hotel Jazz Corner located close to the Queen Victoria Market.
Do check the city's major event page too. There are so many fantastic activities planned for 2018 in Melb
If you are venturing further afield I also compiled a list of my favourite activities on the Great Ocean Road.
Enjoy your time in my beautiful home town. I would love it if you'd drop me a line or comment below with your favourite places to stay in Melbourne.
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