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, Melbourne’s CBD is the perfect place for a spot of rest and relaxation. Check into one of these quirky accommodation options for the ultimate staycation.
Sophisticated and immaculately presented is how you’ll find design-driven boutique hotel QT Melbourne. Geometric patterns, sharp colours and luxe, industrial finishes are a few signature styles. 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.
Possibly the most Melbourne accommodation concept to come out of, well, Melbourne, Notel boasts six repurposed luxury American Airstream caravans … on a rooftop. Barbie pink and bright red are the vibrant, chic colour palettes throughout the boundary-pushing hotel. From the spray painted wall to minimalist, pastel-coloured interiors, Notel is one of the most unique accommodation offerings in Australia.
There’s lots of hidden treasures to be found in Melbourne’s iconic laneways and the same can be said for Ovolo Laneways. Filled with bespoke art inspired by Melbourne’s street art scene, Ovolo affords guests sleek, spacious rooms in a variety of configurations. And like the laneways, it may be small but it’s big on personality. For those who book directly through Ovolo there’s freebies galore. Think free breakfast, wi-fi, free happy hour and in-room mini bar, all-day snacks, self-serve laundry and 24-hour gym access. And for the ‘kidult’ in all of us, some rooms even come complete with a Nintendo Wii and iPod sound systems.
Seemingly, Adelphi Hotel has found the sweet spot when it comes to mixing glamorous accommodation with designer desserts. Touting itself as the world’s premier dessert hotel, a stay at Adelphi wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Om Nom kitchen downstairs. A theatrical dessert menu will impress with each dish a whimsical work of art. And if that’s not enough, Adelphi has a swanky pool deck complete with a cantilevered, glass bottom pool nine storeys above Flinders Lane.
Jazz Corner Hotel
With more money spent on live music and musical theatre tickets in Melbourne than anywhere else in Australia, why would a music lover choose to stay anywhere other than the Jazz Corner Hotel? With classic jazz album artwork incorporated into each room’s design, it’s located directly above Bird’s Basement, a subterranean city music club with links to the legendary Birdland in New York. Spend your days strolling through the city and nearby Flagstaff Gardens, and your nights enjoying performances by renowned artists from the local and international music scenes.
Situated across from the Royal Botanic Gardens, United Places is a boutique designer hotel featuring 12 suites. It’s a refined hotel experience with striking architecture and a minimalist design aesthetic. With no reception desk, a butler is on call around the clock. Located directly above chef Scott Pickett’s newest restaurant Matilda, guests receive a complimentary curated breakfast every morning, priority bookings (which are needed) and in-room dining options.
Looking ahead – W Hotel
Tipped to open in 2020, 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.