FROM a cute laneway in the central CBD to a graffiti drenched alleyway, Melbourne’s boutique hotels are all about providing something different from the regular hotel experience.
This difference could be impeccable service, a superb location, contemporary rooms filled with local art, or simply a free minibar, but they are guaranteed to please and make your travel that much more memorable.
Here are our favourites.
Located in Melbourne’s restaurant and theatre district, the super central Ovolo Laneways features funky street art similar to what you’ll find in the famed alleyways nearby, a free mini bar in every room and plenty of easy living qualities such as free laundry, free WiFi, free breakfast to go and free Apple TV.
The Ovolo’s six rooms are spacious and designed for both business and holiday travellers with work spaces but also places to sit and relax. Some also have a rooftop terrace or city view.
Guests that stay at the Ovolo can also enjoy the easy access to cafes, restaurants and one of Melbourne’s most iconic districts right outside the front door. Read our full review…
Located in Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel is another superb central choice for those wanting to enjoy some of Melbourne’s best inner-city luxury.
The 34 rooms at the Adelphi are a combination of grand palatial suites and comfy king and twin rooms to cater for all budgets and needs. These may feature anything from swinging couches and powder rooms but all have coffee machines, WiFi, snacks and refreshments plus access to a rooftop pool.
While Flinders Lane provides excellent access to Melbourne’s many restaurants, the Adelphi is also renowned for its Om Nom Dessert Restaurant and Bar.
Located near the Prahran Market tram stop in zone 1 of the transport system, The Cullen serves up a level of edginess. The Cullen matches the bohemian neighbourhood around it with décor inspired by the iridescent work of contemporary Australian artist Adam Cullen.
From twin rooms to suites and penthouses, The Cullen rooms all have their own individual stamp but feature open plan living, 450 pieces of Cullen’s original artwork, designer furniture, kitchenettes with mini fridges and microwaves. Some also have balconies with skyline views of Melbourne and separate living areas with sofas.
Other amenities include a bistro, dumpling bar, exercise room, business centre and conference rooms. Prahran itself is renowned for its restaurants, bars and cafes and the foodie haven of Prahran Market.
The Olsen on Chapel Street in chic South Yarra features the vivid landscapes of Australian artist Dr John Olsen.
The hotel is something of a living showcase to Olsen’s works with stylish but clean rooms that have been designed so the artist’s works take titular honours. This makes it something like sleeping in an art gallery.
The various contemporary suites and penthouse offer everything from separate living rooms to hot tubs, balconies, terraces or full kitchens with 24/7 room service.
It’s capped off with a day spa and two restaurants, a gym, pool and spa.
One of St. Kilda’s stalwarts, The Prince Hotel features 39 vibrant, airy rooms and suites overlooking Port Philip Bay in one of Melbourne’s most colourful suburbs.
Located on Acland Street it’s not only minutes from other attractions like St Kilda Pier and St Kilda Beach but the same block also encompasses the Prince of Wales Hotel, Circa restaurant, Aurora Spa Retreat and the Prince Bandroom. This means food, wine, local colour, good views and culture all happen within and around the hotel.
The rooms and suites at the Prince feature modern décor, free WiFi, designer toiletries, minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. Some rooms include a complimentary breakfast and offer balconies.
Another Melbourne institution in South Yarra, The Como is located on Chapel Street and has long been the haunt of visiting celebrities and artists.
The 107 airy suites here feature anything from Japanese style baths to full kitchens, black marble bathrooms and walk in showers.
Part of the charm here is the impeccable service and extra touches like free newspapers, free bottled waters, bathrobes and slippers.
Other facilities include meeting rooms, fitness centre, indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, cocktail bar and breakfast restaurant.