After the year we’ve all had, a staycation is essential. Check into one of these quirky spots for the ultimate staycation.
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. Bookings available now.
DoubleTree by Hilton
Last year, DoubleTree by Hilton 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 when you stay. Lounge in the Melbourne-inspired industrial-chic decor, featuring yellow velvet that echoes the train station’s colour-scheme and local design mixed with European features. Enjoy local classics just around the corner, like coffee at Degraves Espresso and locally made gifts from Clementine’s.
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. Set to reopen from 9 November.
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, in-room minibar, all-day snacks and more. Plus for the young (or young at heart), the penthouse comes with a pinball machine. No, seriously.
Treasury on Collins
No one does understated glamour like the Treasury. Found in a jaw-dropping brick building that dates back to 1876, this boutique hotel offers a great range of perks. That means complimentary wine, access to the luxurious guest lounge and free Netflix (with a big screen to boot) in every room. They even use the same bath and beauty products as Queen Elizabeth II. Book directly with them and score 15% off.
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. Reopening from 9 November.
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. Book now for a stay from 4 December onward. Be sure to head downstairs to Om Nom kitchen for dessert high tea, also returning from December.
Wrapped in a sleek curved glass exterior, the brand new Adina Apartment Hotel is striking inside and out. Perched by Southbank, select rooms have amazing floor to ceiling views across the Yarra, the CBD or Port Phillip Bay. The hotel also has some serious eco credit, with the cross-laminate timber structure offsetting over 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Check out their sister location in West Melbourne, opening on 4 December.
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. Spend your day strolling through the city, and come nightfall, dive into the buzzing music scene. Reopening from 9 November.
The Grand Hotel
The gorgeous Grand Hotel is regal inside and out. Housed in a 19th century building, the sprawling structure has an imposing presence on the corner of Spencer Street. Head inside where a meticulously restored interior greets you, along with a hidden garden and classic library. Other facilities include free Wi-Fi, concierge service and day to night takeaway from Higher Ground. Book direct now.
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 selfie mirrors with three different settings and a very well-stocked minibar. Paws down, we think you’ll love it.
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 priority bookings and in-room dining. Reopens from 13 November.
- Southbank’s Ink Hotel offers comfort and cool at affordable rates. Plus every room comes adorned with artwork from renowned Australian artist Brolga. Fuel up at 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. Stay tuned to their socials for reopening info.
- Tipped to open February 2021, the W Hotel is set to become an iconic hotel in Melbourne’s skyline. The hotel will boast guestrooms, suites and an ‘Extreme Wow Suite’ across two towers linked by a residential bridge. Dine at sleek Curious Bar and luxe Lollo dining room for the ultimate staycay.
- Hold tight until March when Pan Pacific’s Dock 37 Bar & Kitchen reopens with a delicious new menu. The Singaporean High Tea is a must try, featuring courses like soft shell crab bao, pork belly beignet and coconut scones with kaya jam.