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Melbourne, Australia: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find the perfect hotel in Melbourne using our hotel guide provided below. Search for cheap and discounted hotel and motel rates in or close to Melbourne, Australia for your upcoming personal or group trip. We provide the best Melbourne hotel rooms. Review the Melbourne hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the Melbourne hotels. Coordinating a group? Get Melbourne Group Hotel Deals or See the best Melbourne meeting hotels

The Melbourne center point is approximately the area of Melbourne Town Hall and the area of Collins Street.

Melbourne is an eclectic tourist destination with something for every type of traveler, from the Aboriginal Heritage Walk and historic Abbotsford Convent to the modern Centre for Contemporary Photography. The Melbourne Zoo offers a wild escape with animals from around the world, while the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park focuses on native species such as wallabies, emu, kookaburra, and pythons. Whatever you're in the mood for, you'll find it in Melbourne. More from this guide...

Melbourne Hotels/Accommodations

Causeway 353 Hotel - Melbourne
+1-888-389-4121
353 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Location was amazing
  • Almost all guests found the grounds to be nice
From$86
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Hotel Causeway in Melbourne
+1-888-675-2083
275 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 5 floors
  • Almost all guests liked the proximity to shopping
  • Comfortable beds
From$83
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Pullman Melbourne on Swanston in Melbourne
+1-800-716-8490
195 Swanston St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury Five Star property
From$54
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Novotel Melbourne on Collins - Melbourne
+1-800-805-5223
270 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4-star property
  • Parking is rare
  • Average view
From$142
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Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne in Melbourne
+1-888-965-1860
189 Queen St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 155 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$145
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Metro Apartments on Bank Place in Melbourne
+1-888-788-5576
18 Bank Place, Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • 9 floors in hotel
  • Clean linen
  • Not very comfortable
From$67
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The Victoria Hotel Melbourne - Melbourne
+1-888-897-9207
215 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Three Star hotel
  • Most guests were happy with the shuttle service
  • Most guests thought the bathroom was big enough
From$80
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Mantra on Little Bourke : 471 Little Bourke St.
+1-888-311-4278
471 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • High end Downtown hotel
  • 150 rooms in hotel
  • Fantastic restaurants nearby
  • Acceptable breakfast prices
From$89
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The Westin Melbourne - Melbourne
+1-888-469-4795
205 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown hotel
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • Rather comfortable
  • Most guests said rooms were clean
From$236
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Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel in Melbourne
+1-888-734-9421
60 Market St., Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
  • Four star property
From$125
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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Melbourne - Flinders Street in Melbourne
+1-888-841-5292
270 Flinders St., Melbourne, 3000 Australia
  • Four star property
  • 180 rooms in hotel
  • Excellent continental breakfast
  • Average wifi quality
From$54
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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne : 328 Flinders St.
+1-888-455-5160
328 Flinders St., Melbourne, VC 3001 Australia
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
From$114
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Wyndham Hotel Melbourne
+1-888-965-8297
199 William St., Melbourne, 3000 Australia
  • Expensive hotel
From$125
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Adelphi Hotel
+1-888-906-6358
187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Relatively modern hotel
  • Light breakfast
From$125
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Ultiqa Little Collins : 140 Little Collins St.
+1-888-749-6785
140 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4 star hotel
  • Good value
  • Shower can be a problem
From$100
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Brady Hotel Central Melbourne
+1-888-878-9982
30 Little La Trobe St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • 146 rooms in property
From$167
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Grand Hyatt Melbourne - Melbourne
+1-888-389-4485
123 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Gym / Fitness Center Available
From$201
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Stamford Plaza Melbourne
+1-888-389-4121
111 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown property
  • 16 floors in property
  • Hotel and staff were wonderful
  • Management was excellent, said 92%
From$149
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Clarion Suites Gateway in Melbourne
+1-888-675-2083
1 William St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • High end Downtown property
  • 17 floors in property
From$142
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Avani Melbourne Central Residences
+1-800-716-8490
60 A'beckett St., Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
  • High end hotel
From$125
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InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, an IHG Hotel : 495 Collins St.
+1-800-805-5223
495 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown property
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • Most guests said the wifi quality was bad
  • Excellent boutique hotel
From$173
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Oaks Melbourne on William Suites : 350 William St.
+1-888-965-1860
350 William St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four-star hotel
From$125
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The Langham, Melbourne
+1-888-788-5576
1 Southgate Ave. Southbank, Melbourne, VC 3006 Australia
  • Luxurious Five Star Downtown hotel
  • 388 rooms in property
From$148
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Rydges Melbourne Hotel
+1-888-897-9207
186 Exhibition St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • Hotel has 58 suites
  • Not very comfortable
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
From$67
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Melbourne Marriott Hotel : Exhibition & Lonsdale St.
+1-888-311-4278
Exhibition & Lonsdale St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury Five Star Downtown property
  • 7 meeting rooms in hotel
  • Most guests said rooms were clean
  • Hotel staff and service was impeccable
From$180
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Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne
+1-888-469-4795
380 William St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne is situated in the heart of Melbourne's business district. This luxury hotel is close to the City Circle Tram, and the Flagstaff train station is nearby for easy transport to nearby attractions. Melbourne is home to St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Melbourne Zoo, the Eureka Skydeck, and the National Sports Museum. On site, you can enjoy the rooftop fitness center, steam room, spa, work station, HQ's on William Restaurant, meeting rooms, and a business center. In the guest rooms themselves, you will discover such amenities as a minibar, refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, television with Foxtel, and a direct dial telephone.
  • High-end Downtown hotel
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Close to Victoria Market
  • Cleanliness of the bathroom was average, said 63%
From$135
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YEHS Hotel Melbourne CBD in Melbourne
+1-888-734-9421
600 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Mid-scale Convention Center hotel
  • 3 meeting rooms in hotel
  • Bathroom could be bigger
  • Great location
From$92
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Alto Hotel on Bourke
+1-888-841-5292
636 Bourke St., Melbourne, 3000 Australia
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Check in: 14:00
From$125
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Quay West Suites Melbourne : 26 Southgate Ave. Southbank
+1-888-455-5160
26 Southgate Ave. Southbank, Melbourne, VC 3006 Australia
  • Luxurious 5-star Downtown hotel
  • Check in: 1400
  • For only 50%, the facilities were new enough
  • Easily accessible by car, said 100%
From$173
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Riverside Apartments Melbourne
+1-888-965-8297
474 Flinders St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Check in time: 02:00
  • Rooms are ok
  • Comfortable
From$125
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Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank : Cnr Southgate Ave. / Riverside Quay
+1-888-906-6358
Cnr Southgate Ave. / Riverside Quay, Southbank, VC 3006 Australia ~0.49 miles south of Melbourne
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
From$72
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Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne on Flinders
+1-888-749-6785
88 Flinders St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four star Downtown hotel
  • 63 rooms in hotel
From$55
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Crossley Hotel Melbourne
+1-888-878-9982
51 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • 7 floors in hotel
From$75
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Jasper Boutique Hotel - Melbourne
+1-888-389-4485
489 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 10 suites in property
  • Good management
  • Breakfast deal can't beat
From$75
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Southbank Apartments - 28 Southgate : 28 Southgate Ave.
+1-888-389-4121
28 Southgate Ave., Southbank, VC 3006 Australia ~0.51 miles southeast of Melbourne
  • 4 star Downtown property
  • Access to gym on-site
From$109
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ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments : 15 21 Therry St.
+1-888-675-2083
15 21 Therry St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 90 suites
From$48
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Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
+1-800-716-8490
25 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxury 5-star Downtown property
  • Check-in time: 3:00pm
  • Most guests thought the view was good
  • Most guests didn't like the management
From$180
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Sheraton Melbourne Hotel : 27 Little Collins St.
+1-800-805-5223
27 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Luxurious 5-star Downtown property
  • 4 meeting rooms in property
From$170
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Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments - Melbourne
+1-888-965-1860
707 / 534 Flinders St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • High-end hotel
  • 20 suites in hotel
From$73
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The Savoy Hotel on Little Collins Melbourne
+1-888-788-5576
630 Little Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • 11 floors in property
From$125
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Oaks Melbourne Southbank Suites : 57 61 City Rd.
+1-888-897-9207
57 61 City Rd., Southbank, VC 3006 Australia ~0.57 miles south of Melbourne
  • Expensive Downtown property
  • 37 floors in hotel
From$125
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Causeway Inn on the Mall
+1-888-311-4278
327 Bourke St. Mall, Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 3-star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 8 floors
  • Standard parking prices
  • Wonderful housekeeping
From$58
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Oaks Hotels & Resorts - Melbourne
+1-888-469-4795
480 Collins St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Expensive hotel
  • 272 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$163
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Mercure Welcome Melbourne
+1-888-734-9421
265 Little Bourke St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • The Mercure Welcome Melbourne Hotel in Australia is perfect for the budget conscious traveler. Affordable and comfortable are the two words that best describe this hotel, which is close to such attractions as the Royal Melbourne Zoo, Federation Square, Eureka Skydeck, Queen Victoria Markets, and the Campari House Restaurant. Guests can choose from three room types: the standard room, superior room, and the privilege room. Each of these rooms includes a mini-refrigerator, wireless Internet, and a television with 8 Foxtel. Also within the hotel is the Louden Kitchen and Grill, Cocoon Bar, and the Soul Cafe for casual dining and nightly cocktails.
  • Mid-scale Downtown hotel
  • 330 rooms in property
  • AC needs updating
  • Cleanliness of the bathroom was average, said 58%
From$65
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Quest on William - Melbourne
+1-888-841-5292
172 William St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4-star Downtown property
  • 8 suites in property
From$75
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Melbourne Cbd Central Apartment Hotel
+1-888-455-5160
155 Bourke St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Has environment-friendly policy See more
From$125
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Hotel Grand Chancellor Melbourne
+1-888-965-8297
131 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4-star Downtown hotel
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Most guests found the restaurant service to be one of the best
  • Bathroom could be optimized
From$120
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Milano Serviced Apartments
+1-888-906-6358
8 Franklin St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • 4-star hotel
  • Kitchenette is acceptable
  • Easily accessible by car, said 100%
From$135
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Mercure Melbourne Therry Street in Melbourne
+1-888-749-6785
43 Therry St., Melbourne, VC 3000 Australia
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • 79 sleeping rooms in hotel
From$73
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Oaks Melbourne on Lonsdale Suites
+1-888-878-9982
23 33 Lonsdale St., Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
  • Four star property
From$125
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Graph: Next 20 Days of Melbourne Hotel Prices

Rates shown are nightly rates before taxes and do not necessarily reflect all Melbourne, Australia discounts available. The chart reflects the cheapest Melbourne hotel for each day and each star rating category.

When to Visit Melbourne, Australia

When you're planning your visit to Melbourne, it's important to remember that the seasons are the opposite of what you'll experience in the states. Summer in Melbourne is from December to February with typical highs in the mid to upper 70s. Crowds swell during these months, and hotel prices soar.

Melbourne experiences a quieter shoulder season from March to May, which serves as the city's autumn. Daytime highs are in the mid-60s to mid-70s. In March the city plays host to the Melbourne Fashion Festival and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

June through August is winter, with cold temperatures and small crowds. However, if you don't mind highs in the upper 50s and lows in the mid-40s, you'll find plenty to do. The Melbourne International Film Festival takes place from July to August. Taste of Melbourne happens in August, and the Melbourne Writers' Festival runs in August and September.

September through November is another smart shoulder season for budget-minded travelers. Temperatures rise into the 60s and 70s again, but a notable lack of tourists lends to low hotel prices.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Melbourne, Australia:

seasonality of hotel rates in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in Melbourne, Australia. Browse these illustrations to calculate the best seasons to book a room in Melbourne for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in Melbourne, Australia

4 Star Average Prices: $105.60

If you're after a luxury stay, the guest rooms and suites at the Park Hyatt Melbourne are the largest in the city. Rooms feature elegant marble baths, deep soaking tubs, and walk-in showers. A minibar and coffee maker keep your favorite beverages at hand. Venture beyond your room for high tea at the Lounge and Garden, or enjoy the distinctive global sharing style menu at radii restaurant and bar. The Park Club Health and Day Spa offers added indulgences such as massage, facial, body, and salon services.

The Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is an ideal choice for business travelers who want a touch of opulence during their stay. The hotel connects to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre so you can easily reach major events. The spacious executive lounge offers its own terrace, and six meeting rooms provide added options for business events.

Minifridges and minibars make it easy to enjoy snacks and beverages right in your room at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf, but you'll want to venture downstairs to check out the on-site dining options, as well. Caffe Cino serves fresh local produce, steaming espressos, and hot bakery treats. Dock 37 Bar and Kitchen explores where sea meets land with a menu featuring delicacies such as air-dried wagyu beef, King George whiting, grass-fed Victoria beef, and New Zealand king salmon.

Enjoy all the conveniences of a central location at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne, situated right in the center of the city. Fifteen event spaces provide the ideal setting for any occasion, whether you're looking for a wedding venue or a conference location. Standard rooms include Egyptian linens, complimentary bottles of mineral water, a minibar, iPod docking station, bathrobes, slippers, and June Jacobs bath amenities. When you're not lounging with an icy drink in your room, you can head down to the Ru-Co bar, Bistro Bar, Lobby Lounge, Grand Club Lounge, or Collins Kitchen.

The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is an elegant pick housed in a Venetian Gothic-style building. Classic rooms offer rain showers, Agraria bath amenities, robes, and slippers for a spa-like experience. The hotel spa offers added pampering in the form of massages, facials, and beauty treatments. The Rialto extends its perks to everyone in the family. Children's activities are available to entertain even the youngest guests, while baby-sitting services allow parents to enjoy a well-deserved night out.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Melbourne

Affordable Hotel Options in Melbourne, Australia

Affordable accommodations abound in Melbourne. If you're looking for the lowest prices in the city, you'll invariably find them in the form of the many local hostels. If you're not quite up for the chummy accommodations and laid-back style of hostel life, you can find more traditional hotels in Melbourne offering private rooms that won't drain your wallet.

The City Centre Budget Hotel is ideal for budget travelers who are hoping to get around the city at minimal cost. The City Circle Tram, Tourist Bus, and Parliament train station are all at your doorstep. All rooms include a refrigerator, 32-inch LCD television, and free wireless internet. Studio rooms feature en suite bathrooms, while other rooms have access to shared bathrooms. Public kitchen and laundry facilities offer added convenience.

Hotel Sophia is an affordable pick that helps you pad your budget with its complimentary breakfast buffet. The City Circle tram picks up just a block from the hotel, so convenient transportation is always close at hand. Rooms feature on-demand videos and broadband access for easy entertainment, and most have spacious king-size beds.

If picturesque views are high on your hotel wish list, Bayview on the Park is a prime choice for your visit, located by Albert Park Lake and Albert Park Golf Course. The hotel's outdoor pool and poolside cocktail bar offer a relaxing option for sunny afternoons. Breakfast and dinner are available on-site at Sails Brasserie, while the Atrium offers a glass-ceilinged dining area for private parties and special events.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Melbourne

Best Discounts in Melbourne, Australia

If you're shopping for convenient hotel deals, start with your favorite chains. If you have loyalty points accumulated with a particular brand, you'll find nearly every major chain has a presence in Melbourne. If you're a member of Hilton's HHonors Points club, you can earn double points and other special bonuses staying at participating Hilton locations in Melbourne. This chain also offers discounts for AAA and AARP members.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne and Grand Hyatt Melbourne offer 10 percent discounts for loyalty club members. Special packages offer carefully curated experiences, such as the Pamper at the Park package with a full breakfast, spa credit, and late checkout.

If you're looking for special packages built around your travel needs, check out the offerings at the Stamford Plaza Melbourne Hotel. Enjoy a relaxing stay centered around your plush room with the Lazy Daze package featuring a massage, movies, popcorn, and beverages. The Romance and Seduction package comes with thoughtful perks such as chilled Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a luxurious bath, and rose petals on the bed, all awaiting your arrival.

Best Value Options in Melbourne, Australia

You'll find great hotel value in destinations that feature mid-range prices and outstanding amenities. Your dollar will go far at these hotels.

Hotel Lindrum is a chic boutique hotel with refined accommodations. Refurbished rooms feature sleek contemporary lines and soothing neutral color palettes. Amenities in each guest room include a minibar, bathrobes, slippers, and Appelles Apothecary bath products. Guests have a DVD player in their room, as well, and access to the hotel's DVD library for a relaxing movie night in.

The Royce Hotel Melbourne is a designer boutique hotel that's brimming with style. Located on St. Kilda Road, this destination puts you just steps from top shopping and dining districts such as Toorak Road and Chapel Street. Rooms offer designer furnishings, Italian marble bathrooms, and 42-inch plasma televisions. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at Dish, where you'll find a continuously evolving menu that always reflects the latest Australian culinary trends. Additional on-site perks include the Amberoom bar, gymnasium, lobby book library, and convenient bike hire.

At the Hotel Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, you can book a room overlooking Albert Park. Entertainment options include Bose docking stations and high-definition televisions in every room. Your minibar offers a handy nightcap, while blackout curtains and comfortable platform beds provide a restful night's sleep. Wake to a rainfall shower with C.O. Bigelow bath amenities.

Getting Around Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne has several public transportation options. The first thing you should do on arrival is buy a Myki smartcard, which will serve as your ticket to trams, buses, and trains. You can load the card with money at machines throughout the city. The Visitor Value Pack is ideal for tourists, as it comes with a protective souvenir wallet, discount offers at top regional attractions, and enough preloaded fares for a day's travels in Zones 1 and 2.

The City Circle Tram is a tourist favorite, as it offers free daily transportation to the city's most popular visitor destinations. The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a hop-on, hop-off option that visits the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and Docklands, Queen Victoria Market, and more. You can use the shuttle an unlimited number of times for $10 a day.

Whether you're looking for a small boutique hotel or a luxury behemoth, Melbourne has something to help you create the perfect vacation down under.

A visit to Melbourne Recapped

Melbourne may perhaps be the most European among the cities of Australia, and while it lacks the mammoth ventures like the Sydney Opera or a stunning natural setting, the city's subtle charms just grows on you. Dwelling in the city may make you forget you're actually in the Land Down Under, as trams drive past bookshops and cozy cafes, with people strutting through the promenade as if it were a Parisian winter. Melbourne houses the third largest Greek concentration in the world, along with postwar immigrants from Turkey, Lebanon, and Vietnam. The blend of immigrants make Melbourne's cuisine a hybrid of countercultures. Guests love the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and the more upbeat Fringe Festival. Small town wonders easily make up for the lack of big attractions, with Melbourne's streets surrounded with gardens and shops. Visit the Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square, immigration Museum, the Old Melbourne Gaol, and the rest of the developments by the Yarra River, and agree that subtle charms like these pass as tourist attractions on their own.

'People who put themselves on the line and sacrifice their own safety for the greater good and for others, and anyone in any profession whose concern is the welfare for other people instead of the individual, are inspiring and important.
Chris Hemsworth, actor best known for his portrayal of Nordic God Thor in Marvel Movies, is one among hundreds of celebrities and influential people who were born in or call Melbourne their home. This quote from Mr Hemsworth is well worth pondering over, and allows us a sneak peek into the selfless nature that Melbourne, and indeed all of Australia, was built through by hardworking people who, more often than not, had to live all their lives away from their true homeland. 

Melbourne is often voted to be the best city in the world to grow up in, to retire in and in general, to live in. It has a very high standard of living and is often called as the New York of the East. However, the similarities between Melbourne and NYC are limited to skyscrapers and party points. At its heart, Melbourne is a city that loves calm more than it cherishes the commotion. True Melbournians are known to be averse to much hassle in life, and one can easily notice this from the quiet way in which the city moves through day and night, without any worry in the world. 

If you are traveling to Melbourne, finding accommodation should be your first concern, as hotels in Melbourne, tend to be overflowing with guests from around the world pretty much all year round. 

Stay in Melbourne for a Bargain

Being one of the most expensive cities in the world as well, it will be a real task for first time travelers to find really cheap hotels in or around Melbourne. The fact of the matter is, there are no cheap hotels here in Melbourne, in the strictest sense of the word, as even the most affordable ones stand out head and shoulders above mean prices in the rest of the world. 

That said, it is not entirely reasonable, given the high standard of living and impeccable infrastructure available in the city. 

Getting The Most Out of Your Stay

Looking at the other end of the chart, it won't come as a surprise that Melbourne is littered with luxury and high end establishments that can, at times, charge their guests north of $900 per night! 

Crown Tower, Park Hyatt and the Westin are three of the costliest luxury Melbourne hotels that, if you decided to stay at them, can set you back by thousands of dollars. However, it is not entirely undue because these are often shortlisted among the best establishments in the entire world, and not without due, justifiable reasons. 

A typical suite in a luxury hotel like the ones mentioned above will get you your own kitchenette, mini bar, enviable views of Melbourne skyline at night and free private car rides with chauffeurs. After all, if you are paying high cash, you deserve all these amenities. 

Melbourne in The Eyes of a Tourist

There are umpteen number of things to do, places to visit and sights to see in Melbourne. The only thing you need to be sure of, before embarking on Melbourne trip, is to have enough time on your hands. If you don't plan things accordingly, you might not be able to cover all the things that Melbourne has to offer you. 

The very first venue on your itinerary should be the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The MCG is the largest cricket ground and stadium in the world, and can host over 120,000 people at its full capacity. It has a special significance in the cricketing history of the world, as many memorable games of cricket have been played here, cheered on by knowledgeable crowds. If you happen to be in Melbourne for Christmas, do make it a point to attend the Boxing Day Test Match that starts on the 26th of December every year at the MCG, marking the beginning of the season of cricket in Australia. 

The Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne is also a crowd puller. Housing hundreds of plant species that are native to Australia and Oceania, the Garden attracts over 500,000 tourists every year, and is definitely not a place you would want to give a miss when in Melbourne. 

For art and culture lovers, the National Gallery of Victoria holds many great artworks and pieces that you are likely to find interesting. The section that covers Australian native art history is especially worth investing time in. 

Lastly, Melbourne Museum that houses some impressive fossils, animal species, interesting artefacts and items important in Australian history should be visited with at least a day in hand, as it's a pretty extensive museum, requiring you to devote time to it, in order to truly enjoy it. 

What Should I Know Before Sightseeing in Melbourne

Before sightseeing in Melbourne, you should be aware of the fact that private transport is very costly in Melbourne. If you want to get from one place to another, you are best advised to either hire a car with a driver for a period of time, or just use public transport. The good news is, public transport in Melbourne is really easy and convenient. Their tram service “ reminders of the years gone by “ is something that is both convenient in use and nostalgic in outlook. 

Best Time to Travel to Melbourne

The best time to travel to Melbourne is the summer time “ from December to April. During these months, you might find that most Melbourne hotels are overflowing with tourists. Quite predictably, summer time also becomes more expensive to travel to Melbourne. 

During winter months, the rush of tourists wane down to a certain degree. However, cold weather means that you won't be able to enjoy your trip to the fullest “ especially as the Royal Botanic Garden and Melbourne Zoo are closed to tourists when it snows. On the plus side, however, hotels in Melbourne drop their prices down during these months.  

FAQs about hotels in Melbourne

What are the top reviewed hotels in Melbourne?

Causeway 353 Hotel, Hotel Causeway and Pullman Melbourne on Swanston are the best rated hotels based on customer reviews in the last 365 days.

What are the most high-end hotels in Melbourne?

Pullman Melbourne on Swanston, Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne and The Westin Melbourne are the top 3 luxury hotels near Melbourne city center.

What hotels are closest to the city center of Melbourne?

Causeway 353 Hotel, Hotel Causeway, and Pullman Melbourne on Swanston are the properties closest to Melbourne city center.

What are the most popular independent hotels in Melbourne?

Causeway 353 Hotel, Hotel Causeway and Pullman Melbourne on Swanston are the best rated independent hotels (not part of a big brand).

What are the most popular Marriott hotels in Melbourne?

The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne Marriott Hotel and Sheraton Melbourne Hotel are the best rated Marriott/Starwood branded hotels (based on customer reviews score).

Recent traveler reviews of Melbourne, Australia

Below are reviews of the city of Melbourne, Australia from an actual visitor's perspective.

"The VIBE!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The vibe! It was nice to see so many smiling people.

George P., from 27-Jul-2022
"Nice Vibe!"
Score 4.0 / 5

The vibe! Nice to see so many smiling people!

George P., from 24-Jul-2022
"Easy to get around; the free inner city trams are great!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Easy to get around; the free inner city trams are great! Found staff everywhere friendly and helpful.

Glenda R., from 26-Apr-2022
"Love Melbourne!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Love the feel in the air, Melbourne is very romantic.

Sonia E., from 11-Jan-2022
"Melbourne is a great walking town"
Score 5.0 / 5

Made great use of our weekly tram passes. Recommend them.

Jim F., from 01-Nov-2018
"Love the Feel of the City"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great places to eat and shop. Loved the art gallery!

Diana F., from 18-Jul-2015
"Australian Football League (AFL)"
Score 4.0 / 5

I love the cafes, my husband loves the football.

Denise E., from 30-Apr-2014
The average traveler rating of the city of Melbourne, Australia shown above is 4.3 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
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