If you can’t get away, why not stay right where you are and enjoy Melbourne’s winter pleasures? Better yet, take a tiny trip to these luxe hotels where all the fun’s on your doorstep, from winter festivals to high-end shopping.
Explore Melbourne’s laneways – and pretend you live in one at DoubleTree
DoubleTree by Hilton has just opened seven new rooms on the 14th floor, which used to be a private penthouse. So you can experience those postcard-worthy views of Flinders Street Station and Federation Square too, now amid fresh, Melbourne-inspired industrial-chic decor. Think mustard-yellow velvet that echoes the train station’s colour-scheme, and local design mixed with European features. Enjoy Melbourne classics just around the corner, like coffee at Degraves Espresso and locally made gifts from Clementine’s.
See art on the streets, eat art at Adelphi Hotel
With its daring art-and-design focus, this boutique hotel was at the vanguard of Melbourne’s 1990s renaissance. A recent overhaul has brought the Adelphi Hotel back to the cutting edge, so there’s no better base for your cultural tourism getaway. NGV Australia and NGV International – including blockbuster exhibition Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang – are just up the street. As are commercial galleries Flinders Lane and Anna Schwartz. Plus there’s a different kind of sensory pleasure at your hotel: fine dining at Ezard and Om Nom’s dessert indulgence.
Fire up by the water, chill out at Pan Pacific
If you’ve never quite made it to Docklands, get yourself down there for one of these spectacular waterside dining experiences. Stop off for a nightcap on your doorstep at Pan Pacific hotel. Or make this luxury hotel and its Dock 37 Bar & Kitchen your base for a winter weekend of exploration. From warming treats at Igloo Wonderland to The District Makers Market, discoveries await in Docklands.
Shop ’til you drop then recover on the QT Melbourne rooftop
Since it opened in 2016, the QT Melbourne boutique hotel has been a beacon of daring sophistication. From the Euro-bistro-style Pascale Bar & Grill to edgy artworks and interior design, it will put you in the mood for high-end shopping (or at least browsing)! Collins Street’s parade of luxury shops, including Dolce & Gabbana, Tiffany & Co and Henry Bucks, is steps away. Don’t miss the treasures hiding just off this boulevard of dreams in swank malls and arcades like St Collins Lane.
See Melbourne’s history then stay inside it at Hotel Windsor
You only need to step inside Hotel Windsor to experience Melbourne history. Established in 1883, it’s Australia’s last grand Victorian-era hotel, where sumptuous afternoon teas are still very much the done thing. Step back outside and explore the city’s other impressive heritage buildings, including the magnificent state Parliament House opposite. There’s nothing like a winter walk to warm you up, so get some more tips from our guide to historic buildings to explore.
Uncover Carlton and meet their latest residents, Zagame’s House
Been a while since you took a turn around Carlton? Then you’re missing this inner-city suburb’s rebirth, as it moves on from wall-to-wall Italian restaurants. Start with Zagame’s House. This hotel’s just emerged from an $18 million transformation, with locally sourced designer furniture, site-specific artworks and on-trend dining like Lord Lygon’s tapas. More cool new stuff beckons beyond, including King & Godfree’s fab multi-level food-and-wine renaissance, and hipster haven Leonardo’s Pizza Palace.
Explore The Winter Village then thaw out at Hotel Lindrum
This gorgeous boutique hotel on Flinders Street started as a tea merchant’s store, became a newspaper office, then a billiards parlour. Now it’s all about old-meets-new comforts, including the sophisticated Felt Restaurant. The Winter Village at Fed Square is just a short stroll from Hotel Lindrum. Embrace the season’s good times, from ice-skating to caramel apple hot toddies, at this pop-up filled with see-through igloos.