Abundant public-transport options mean visitors can make a base anywhere in Melbourne’s neat grid of CBD streets and breeze around the inner-city's busy blocks on foot or riding the trams that dart along the roads. When it comes to accommodation styles there’s ample tradition – the Hotel Windsor opened in 1883 and the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is set inside two 19th-century structures – and luxurious new builds with the Park Hyatt Melbourne, Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Hilton Melbourne South Wharf leading the charge.
There are boutique properties sampling Melbourne style, with the Hotel Lindrum and Adelphi Hotel in the south-east corner, and budget-friendly options like Travelodge Docklands and ibis Styles Melbourne. Those keen to avoid the big-city bustle and stay in a trendy neighbourhood should look at the Art Series Hotels – boutique properties heavy on art and design – with The Cullen in Prahran, The Olsen in South Yarra, The Blackman in Albert Park, and The Larwill Studio in Park
Our top picks
1 Southgate Avenue
Boasting an enviable Southbank Promenade location, this hotel is the epitome of opulence, luxury and style, with its legendary service, lavish and grand interiors, exquisite dining and a sublime day spa.
Crown Promenade Melbourne
1 Whiteman Street
Revel in contemporary sophistication at this luxury hotel, linked via an airbridge to the Crown Entertainment Complex, and showcasing an indoor pool, two terrace areas and chic bistro and bar.
Causeway 353 Hotel
353 Little Collins Street
Set among an array of quirky eateries and fashionable boutiques on Little Collins Street, the hotel offers stylish modern rooms, an on-site fitness centre and restaurant serving modern international cuisine.
Great Southern Hotel
44 Spencer Street
Perfectly positioned opposite Southern Cross Station and minutes from the aquarium and Crown Casino, this affordable hotel is the ideal base for exploring Melbourne’s cosmopolitan heart and hidden laneways.
Ibis Melbouren Little Bourke Street
600 Little Bourke Street
With a sunny rooftop terrace and Yarra River views, this central modern budget-friendly hotel, next to Southern Cross Station, offers simple yet comfortable rooms with large windows plus a gym.ille.