The Best Staycations in Melbourne For Every Occasion
Escape it all without ever leaving the city with our pick of the best staycations in Melbourne.
Sometimes all we need to recharge is a little city staycation. It’s the perfect chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, without having to travel far from home.
Perhaps it’s for a romantic occasion or a weekend with the gals? Or perhaps you’re keen to experience that exciting new hotel you’ve heard whispers about in the city. Whatever your reason, you can trust in Melbourne to have a staycation for every occasion. Here are our favourites…
Wine & dine at the W Melbourne
There’s nothing we love more than eating and drinking our way through the weekend. Known for its glitz and glamour, this is not a hotel you want to leave in a hurry. Luckily the hotel restaurant is top notch. We've come to expect great things from hospo heavyweight Adam D'Sylva (Coda, Tonka) and Lollo is no exception. Serving up elevated reimaginings of classic flavours, its sophisticated menu is a nod to D’Sylva’s Indian-Italian roots. The cocktails are equally as exciting with curious creations that taste even better than they look...if that's even possible.
Rates from $379 per night
408 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
For cocktails in the sky, QT Melbourne
In a city that’s known for its skyline, no staycation in Melbourne would be complete without a lavish rooftop and the boutique QT hotel has one of the city’s best. Boasting uninterrupted views, plush couches, and an impressive cocktail list that will keep you hydrated on balmy nights, there's no better place to kick back after a long week. The rooms follow suit with sleek contemporary fit-outs that are designed for late mornings. In the heart of the action on Russell St, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to activities too. From galleries and shopping to dancing and dining, QT has everything on its doorstep.
Rates from $311 per night
133 Russell St, Melbourne
For a weekend away with your pooch, Zagame's House
Enjoying a getaway with your fur baby doesn't have to be limited to the country - or without luxury. If you're looking to treat your pup to a luxurious weekend pamper, Zagame's House in the heart of iconic Carlton is the place for you. The 97-room boutique hotel is not only fur-friendly but pulls out all the stops to ensure that guests (no matter how small) receive 5-star treatment. Your partner in crime can feast on their in-room dining menu for pets and relax with the 'Furry Movie of the Month'. We all know the best part of staying in a hotel is the amenities and their “Treat Yo Fur-baby” bag of goodies is the gift we didn't know we needed.
Rates from $229 per night
66 Lygon Street, Carlton
For a romantic staycay, Hotel Windsor
When you think of a grand hotel, the first thought that springs to mind is old school opulence when travel was reserved for the mega-wealthy. But thanks to stunningly preserved establishments like the Hotel Windsor, we can still experience the finer things in life today. The 130-year-old hotel is perfect for a romantic city stay, with an impeccable level of service and unique charm that will have you spellbound. This place will have you convinced that romance and old-world charm is well and truly alive and kicking.
From $454 per night
For a girls weekend, Adelphi Hotel
When it comes to choosing a staycation with your girlfriends, there are a few essentials: it needs to be comfortable, stylish, Gram-worthy, and preferably have a cute rooftop bar. Well, it just so happens that the Adelphi Hotel has all of this and more. From its feminine design, like the hotel’s signature zig-zagged floors, to the rooftop deck with a pool – perfect for lounging with a cocktail or two – this hotel has #galsgetaway written all over it.
From $365 per night
187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
For the love of a theme, Forest-and-Heaven Themed Apartment
There’s no need for a tree change when staying at this heavenly forest-themed apartment, which is located in Melbourne and listed on Airbnb. When here, you can have the best of both worlds – you can relax in a magical nature-like setting, all while being close to the heart of the CBD. Every room in this apartment has a forest feel, consisting of climbing vines and woodland wallpaper. Then come bedtime, you can retreat to the heaven-like bedroom, with cloud-painted walls and twinkling lights. Just don’t forget to pack your imagination with you.
From $199 per night
For the ultimate luxury stay, The Langham
If you’re after five-star service, award-winning restaurants, and sparkling skyline views, The Langham is your luxury go-to. It’s perfectly situated on Melbourne’s Southbank Promenade and offers sweeping vistas of the Yarra from almost any room. And if you want to go all out, book yourself an Executive Terrace Room which will afford you your very own private terrace, where you can pop a bottle of Moët, all whilst enjoying those shimmering city views.
From $350 per night
1 Southgate Ave, Southbank
For glamping in the city, Notel
On the other side of the luxe spectrum, here lies a glamping experience smack-bang in the middle of the city. Notel is as uniquely Melbourne as they come, with six classic American Airstream caravans perched on top of a carpark. The ‘silver bullets’ have been repurposed as a pared-back room with a queen bed, all the creature comforts, and a well-stocked mini bar. Each site even has its own deck for some up-close city star gazing. Our advice: try and grab the one and only ‘Airstream With Benefits’, which comes with your own private hot tub overlooking Flinders Lane. Bliss.
From $395 per night
388 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Our round-up of the best staycations in Melbourne will be sure to have you booking your next weekend getaway, pronto. But, if you're after more inspiration on some of the most beautiful and unique places to stay around Victoria, then head to Victoria's best tiny cabins, stunning winery stays and romantic retreats in Melbourne for some inspo.
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