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The Best Accommodation in Melbourne CBD You Need to Book ASAP

Whether you are a local or visiting for the first time, fall in love with the city by booking in an urban staycation in the best accommodation in Melbourne CBD.

Stay in the heart of Melbourne city to enjoy its food, culture and nightlife round the clock. That means waking up to a brew from esteemed laneway cafés and rolling straight to bed from cocktail bar rendezvous – no taxi necessary. From quirky boutique lodgings to five-star hotels and stunning Airbnbs, here’s a roundup of the best accommodation in Melbourne CBD.

W, Melbourne

Known for its glitz and glamour, The W Melbourne is not a place you want to leave in a hurry. Make no mistake, this hotel is extra – and unapologetically so, with a picture-perfect spot on Flinders Lane, and 294 designer rooms decked out with deep baths and in-suite cocktail stations. Bold, bright, and beautiful, while you’re there be sure to indulge in the sophisticated Indian-Italian dishes at Lollo. Serving up elevated reimaginings of classic flavours, its menu from Executive Chef Adam D’Sylva should not be missed.

408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

The Jazz Corner Hotel

If you’re a lover of jazz music, then a stay at The Jazz Corner Hotel is a must. As the name may suggest, there’s a musical theme at the heart of this accommodation, featuring hung vinyl covers of iconic musicians on walls and books adorning coffee tables — even the ‘do not disturb’ sign you’re given to hang on the door is shaped like a trumpet. Not only is this hotel rather unique, but it’s also affordable whilst still having all the trimmings of a luxe, boutique hotel.

352 William Street, Melbourne

INK Hotel

On the doorstep of Melbourne’s top spots to see and be seen, Southbank’s funky new boutique hotel strikes the perfect balance of cool and convenience. Rocking some seriously ink-redible interiors, each of the well-equipped rooms has been designed with the end of the day in mind – think plush bedding, white robes, and huge flat-screen TVs. Breakfast and beers are offered downstairs where the in-house restaurant and bar will keep you fed and watered throughout your stay.

167 City Road, Southbank 

Ovolo Laneways

Set among the trendy back streets of Melbourne’s CBD sits Ovolo Laneways, a slick hotel directly inspired by Melbourne’s laneway culture. Whilst this design den features rooms that allow you to splurge – oh, hello penthouse – there are also a number of cosy studios on offer that are more budget-friendly. The rooms may not be as large, but you’ll still get the full experience that the Ovolo chain is known for — free in-room snacks, a mini bar, and even daily Happy Hour drinks.  

19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

The Langham
The Langham
The Langham

For old-world opulence and the full luxury experience, it’s hard to go past The Langham, a five-star hotel that harks to the grand hotels of London and New York. Here you’ll find marble bathrooms and sumptuous bedding, plus rooms with terraces and balconies to enjoy Melbourne’s skyline. Located by the Yarra River, there’s plenty to see and do outside but just as much inside, from their famed Wedgewood high tea with Wedgwood to traditional Chinese massages and facial treatments at Chuan Spa.

1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank

NOTEL Melbourne

What better way to experience Melbourne’s famed rooftops than by sleeping on one? This truly unique hotel comprises six vintage 1970s Airstream trailers, refurbished into modern boutique suites and lifted on top of a CBD car park. Surprisingly roomy, they fit two people comfortably and come with your own bathroom, complimentary minibar and iPads with Netflix. Book the ‘Airstream with Benefits’ and you’ll even get a private deck and outdoor spa overlooking Flinders Lane.

388 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 

Adelphi Hotel

This boutique hotel on Flinders Lane blends luxury with zaniness, making it a favourite with creatives and food lovers. The Adelphi neighbours some of Melbourne’s hippest restaurants (including Supernormal and Kisumé) but they also boast their very own dining destination in Om Nom, a dessert bar that Willy Wonka himself would be proud of. Book in for spellbinding sweet creations and killer cocktails, or simply spend the day by their lush rooftop pool. 

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

A favourite with business travellers and the well-heeled, The Sofitel’s five-star hotel on the ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street spares no expense. Luxurious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows with breathtaking views of Port Phillip or the Dandenong Ranges. At night, you can ascend 35 storeys for dinner and cocktails with a side of the skyline. Next morning, sweat it all off at their A-grade fitness centre that comes complete with gym-grade equipment, sauna and massage chairs.

25 Collins Street, Melbourne

Zagame’s House

A massive refurb has turned what was once a nondescript motel into a flashy boutique hotel perched on the boundary of the CBD and Carlton’s Little Italy. Sleek rooms feature marble, brass and dark woods for that upmarket feel, plus all the creature comforts that make your stay a joy. Downstairs is Lord Lygon, an elegant wine shop and bar offering a 280-strong list and food from an ex-Vue de Monde chef.

66 Lygon Street, Carlton 

QT Melbourne

It’s worth staying at the QT for easy access to their rooftop alone, where a swanky bar offers city views, prime people watching and stellar cocktails. The rest of the hotel is equally impressive – eclectically designed rooms are decked out with art, high tech furnishings and nice touches like free movies, Nespresso machines and Kevin Murphy toiletries. Also, once you sink into the heavenly gel-topped beds you’ll never want to go back.

133 Russell Street, Melbourne 

Hotel Lindrum

From within a charming red brick Romanesque building, Lindrum combines modern amenities with golden-age elegance. The five-star hotel sports Melbourne’s busy sports precinct on one side and the sophisticated bars and restaurants of Flinders Lane on the other. Stroll over to a match at the MCG, drink at Eau de Vie, or simply relax in the hotel’s own Back Bar for a quiet wine in front of the fireplace. 

26 Flinders Street, Melbourne  

Penthouse Apartment with Panoramic Views

This spacious penthouse treats guests to unobstructed views of the Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay. With a generous living room and an outdoor patio, there’s plenty of space to stretch out and relax, while the open-space kitchen and dining area lend themselves to intimate dinner parties. The apartment is perfect for longer stays too thanks to the provision of on-premise parking, a dishwasher, washer-dryer unit and gym access.

Airy Minimalist Flat
Airy Minimalist Flat
Airy Minimalist Flat

Located in the Little Collins Street fashion and culture hub, this light-filled contemporary apartment embodies the best of city living. You’ll love the high ceilings, sleek furnishings and ample sunshine at this chic apartment for two, while the countless boutiques, cafés and hip bars will keep you busy during your stay.

Central Warehouse Apartment
Central Warehouse Apartment
Central Warehouse Apartment

This one-of-a-kind warehouse conversion brims with character. Stunning arched windows flood the apartment with natural light, looking out across to Bourke Street Mall and the old GPO Tower. Inside the airy open-plan apartment, you’ll find artwork, plants and even a child’s swing, while a spacious mezzanine bedroom hovers above over 100 square metres of space. Meanwhile, its CBD laneway location offers a perfect vantage point to explore Melbourne’s countless cafés, galleries and street art. 

Now that you’ve sorted out your accommodation in Melbourne CBD, stack your itinerary with must-book restaurants, cool underground bars and edgy street art. And remember, you can always check out our comprehensive things-to-do guide for even more inspiration.