First published on 29 Mar 2011. Updated on 20 Jun 2012.
Since the early noughties, Sofitel Melbourne has stood tall at the top of Collins Street for its five-star service, views across the ‘G, the city and Port Melbourne, calibre of room service and furnishings. Stay here for its location – Melbourne's best eating, drinking and shopping spots are only a stone’s throw away.
There are some travellers that love staying in the heart of a city and walking the town. Admittedly, it’s a favourite past-time of ours too. Located at the Paris end of Collins Street, Grand Hyatt Melbourne is ideal for the bar hopper, shopper and urban adventurer alike. The hotel is looking the finest it has ever been following an extensive refurbishment and its club lounge is up there with the best in town.
After a complete refurbishment, Crown Towers’ rooms are undoubtedly the best in the city – and not for their uninterrupted views of the Yarra and the city. New beds, TVs, furniture, large bathrooms, lighting, blinds, you name it – everything was upgraded in the $70 million renovation that’s taken the hotel to well beyond 5-star. Neil Perry’s Waiting Room bar from in the lobby – the property’s latest addition – will rival Zeta for Australia’s best hotel drinking den, and with heaps of restaurants only a two minute stroll away, Crown Towers has a gourmet weekend away well covered.
Proving that grand is what 5-star hotels are all about, this property has been redefining what the ‘traditional’ hotel experience should be. InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto doesn’t just boast a brilliant location in the heart of the CBD, it can also lay claim to be one of Australia’s greenest buildings - when it opened in December 2008 after a huge refurbishment and transition from Le Meridien, it was the first hotel in the world to be Green Globe rated. Now, you could be forgiven for thinking you're staying in a building lined with jail cells thanks to the classical architecture inside the main atrium, but once inside the rooms, you'll find contemporary, spacious digs with the latest technology and top of the line beds. The rooms are comfortable and the grandeur adds quite a romantic feel to any stay - whether it be someone special or a companion you met in a Flinders Lane bar a few hours before.
From its days as the Sheraton Towers Southbank to its current flagging as The Langham, Melbourne, this 5-star hotel has been one of the city’s top three luxury hotels as long as it’s been around. The experience starts here at the concierge desk where man-in-the know Peter McBrearty can source the hottest tickets and book the top tables in town. New terrace rooms highlight the accommodation, while Melba offers Australia’s best hotel buffet experience – and don’t knock a buffet meal till you try this one.