The second largest city in the country down under that we all love so much, Australia, meets all the expectations you’d want from a modern and forward-thinking metropolis. Melbourne, set on the banks of River Yarra, exudes a truly unique vibe that combines elements from various cities across the world – European capitals and New York in particular. Just like everything in Australia, Melbourne has heaps of character that sets this destination apart from its neighbors – historic charm meets ultra-modern and forward-thinking appeal. One of the best ways to experience it first-hand is by simply looking at some of the finest hotels in the city. Each uniquely different than the other boasts a particular appeal but there is no denying that luxury is something that all of these five hotels share in common.
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
What do you get when you combine local flair with French art de vivre? The answer to that lies in each carefully put together Sofitel property and their Melbourne 5-star hotel is no exception, creating a one of a kind luxury experience at the heart of Australia’s second largest city. The rather spacious 363-room hotel is located on the premier Collins Street, dotted with a rich blend of global brands like Tiffany & Co., Zadig & Voltaire, and Coach among others. Occupying the upper floors of a 50-story building, the internationally-minded hotel offers elegant design and sophistication in luxuriously-appointed spaces. While staying here, you can enjoy spectacular elevated views of Melbourne, as even the most basic rooms are located between floors 36 and 47, while the luxury rooms enjoy corner views – well worth the upgrade. While most rooms deliver a sophisticated color palette of cream and darker wooden elements, the Opera and Imperial suites take it to the next level with mostly white interiors and added design touches. Where some of the more basic rooms would have patterns and textures in furnishings, the luxury suites feature glamorous jewel-tone velvet in some of the statement pieces. All rooms have a full-size bathtub in the well-appointed bathrooms.
Dazzling and modern, QT Melbourne doesn’t shy away from the industrial chic vibe that perfectly fits with its luxury boutique hotel feel. Located within the high-end fashion district, this hugely popular property attracts confidence, creativity, and appreciation for all things elevated. This really is the perfect place to celebrate eccentricity and innovation, however, it is worth noting that at no point this visual appeal overshadows functionality. The expectations of a modern and demanding traveler are met here at the highest standards. There are 188 rooms altogether and the design is in-line with the rest of the hotel: brushed concrete elements are softened with a touch of timber floorboards, dark slate, and leather. If you are after the best city views and a truly spacious feel with high ceilings, opt for the Loft rooms. The rooftop bar opens up to the Melbourne city skyline, where you can quench your thirst with some of the most amazing cocktails in the city.
Where the previous properties shine with a forward-thinking approach, The Langham serves timeless class through and through. A grandiose lobby with marble and chandeliers welcomes you upon arrival and there is no doubt that The Langham really is the grand dame of Melbourne hospitality scene. The hotel’s almost old-world opulence feels in-line with the best hotels in London, New York, and Paris. As expected, it comes, of course, with sweeping vistas of the Yarra River and Melbourne skyline, and the location is excellent too – at the very heart of the arts and leisure district on the famous Southbank Promenade. The hotel is grand in every aspect and it’s also clear from the impressive number of rooms – 388 in total, but it never feels overwhelming. While the rooms and suites don’t surprise with unexpected design innovations, it is rather pleasing to see classic 5-star excellence that truly is faultless. The interiors are smart and elegant. Certainly worth mentioning is the The Chuan Spa, which is renowned for its traditional Chinese massages – we wouldn’t miss one for the world.
Part of the Art Series Hotels group, The Olsen is an ode to the famous Australian painter John Olsen and this can be admired throughout the boutique hotel. With is highly desirable South Yarra location, despite what you’d think, this boutique hotel boasts an impressive number of 224 guest rooms in total and attracts guests who appreciate art and a slightly more relaxed vibe than that of the downtown. Nevertheless, The Olsen has a few tricks up its sleeve: a glass-bottomed rooftop pool, which overhangs the street as well as the Norbu spa offering infra-red treatments. The rooms are tasteful, elegant, and with the signature art-infused look. Premium furnishings complete the luxurious look, and all rooms are beautifully light-filled and airy. The hotel’s in-house restaurant Spoonbill features amazing Mediterranean-inspired dishes and it is one of the most renowned restaurants in South Yarra.
Steeped in history, InterContinental Melbourne is one of the most significant hotels in the city with its impressive neo-gothic architecture dating back to the late 19th century. Nevertheless, this stunning property is known for its ultra-luxe interiors and modern appeal, satisfying the needs of modern travelers while still staying true to its charming and inviting timeless roots. With 253 guest rooms, the hotel ticks all the boxes. What sets InterContinental Melbourne apart from many other 5-star rivals set within historic buildings is that it actually has a spectacular heated indoor pool, sauna, and a spa set on the 10th level of the hotel, offering not just the perfect treat for the senses but also wonderful cityscape views. The real surprise, however, comes once you step inside one of the rooms – while you might expect quaint luxury, it couldn’t be further from it. Modern and well-appointed luxurious rooms with beautiful design accents really are the cherry on top – beautifully neutral and warm color palette feels both rich and inviting, and the balance between elegance and modernity couldn’t be better.