Need a break from the everyday but don’t have time off? Why not take a weekend staycation in Melbourne! With its vibrant events, culture and food at your doorstep, the city is the perfect place for a spot of rest and relaxation. Check into one of these quirky spots for the ultimate staycation.
With geometric patterns, sharp colours and luxe, industrial finishes, QT Melbourne oozes sophistication. Expect baths surrounded by curtains, black tiled walls and neon lights. There’s also a glamorous rooftop bar, boutique cake shop and Asian-inspired tapas on-site, in case you’re planning on spending the weekend in.
Notel takes glamping to the next level. Check-in (with your phone) to one of six luxury Airstream caravans perched atop a carpark rooftop. Fitted out with a queen bed and ready-to-raid minibar, these sleek vans have everything you wish for. Not to mention a pretty spectacular view. There’s no room service, concierge or staff members on-site, but what Notel lacks in traditional offerings, it makes up in wow factor. Happy glamping.
Melbourne’s iconic laneways are filled with hidden treasures, and the same can be said for Ovolo Laneways. Filled with bespoke art, Ovolo’s rooms are sleek and spacious. And like our quirky laneways, this hotel is small but big on personality. For those who book directly, there are freebies galore. Think free breakfast, wi-fi, happy hour and in-room minibar, all-day snacks and 24-hour gym access. And for the young (or young at heart), some rooms even come complete with a Nintendo Wii.
Famous for its glass-bottomed pool above Flinders Lane, the Adelphi Hotel has found a sweet spot as the ‘world’s premier dessert hotel.’ The fit-out is glam with an elegant Art Deco touch and meticulous attention to detail. Decor has a dessert-themed vibe, and there are lolly jars in every room. Yep, really. Head downstairs to Om Nom kitchen for whimsical dishes, and leave on a sugar high.
Jazz Corner Hotel
More money is spent on live music in Melbourne than anywhere else in the world. Naturally, we also have our very own music-themed boutique hotel that hits all the right notes: the Jazz Corner Hotel. Each spacious room features classic jazz album artwork, private balconies and a fully equipped kitchen. It’s also located above the world-class Bird’s Basement. Spend your day strolling through the city, and come nightfall, dive into the buzzing music scene.
United Places boasts striking architecture and a minimalist aesthetic. And it doesn’t hurt being located opposite the lush Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s no reception desk, but a butler is on call around the clock. Located above Scott Pickett’s Matilda, guests receive a complimentary breakfast every morning, priority bookings and in-room dining.
Finally, your four-legged pooch pal can join your staycation at Carlton’s glam Zagame House. Pups can enjoy walking, training, grooming – and there’s even an in-house doggy dining menu. Oh, and accommodation for humans is top-notch too. No expense has been spared in this slick $18 million refurb. Mod-cons include a 24-hour gym, selfie mirrors with three different settings and a very well-stocked minibar. Paws down, we think you’ll love it.
Southbank’s brand new 162 room Ink Hotel offers comfort and cool at affordable rates. Plus every room comes adorned with artwork from renowned Australian artist Brolga. Fuel up on a free coffee from social enterprise STREAT before heading down to the NGV or strolling along Southbank boulevard. Round off the day perched at the bar with a refreshing brew or local vino.
Looking ahead – W Hotel
Tipped to open this year, the W Hotel is set to become an iconic hotel in Melbourne’s skyline with an innovative jagged exterior. The hotel will boast guestrooms, suites and an ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ across two towers linked by a residential bridge.