When heading to a new city it can always be daunting to choose the best hotel for your needs… Here at Sydney Social 101 we love a little cheeky trip to Melbourne for a night/ weekend!  We’ve selflessly trawled the CBD offering in Melbourne to compile a round up of the best hotels in the heart of Melbourne to suit each desire and budget.

Here’s our top picks for getting your head down, taking in the view and making the most of all that Melbourne has to offer:

Best Hotel with a View: Adina – Queen Street 

Located at 189 Queen Street Melbourne, I think we can all agree that this hotel is up there when it comes to an ideal central CBD location (we’re talking a five minute walk from H&M people!). In terms of local activities, tourist spots, eateries and more the hotel is literally surrounded by cosmopolitan cafes, chic boutiques, bars, galleries and clubs.


There is every imaginable cuisine and world class fine-dining on offer, both in the locality of this Melbourne serviced apartment hotel and at the nearby precincts of Docklands and Crown Casino. Melbourne’s incredible Botanical Gardens, the Yarra River, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and the arts hub of the National Gallery and Federation Square, are all also with walking distance from the highly convenient central CBD location.

The location isn’t all that this gem has to offer guests, both international visitors and staycationers… The superbly furnished, fully-equipped, serviced one, two and three serviced apartments really are your home from home!

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The stylish Queen Hotel room offers the most incredible stunning city views of Melbourne from the balcony, that literally take your breath away! Each room boasts highest quality appliances and facilities, including a Nespresso machine #winning

In addition to the rooms, the apartment hotel amenities include a state of the art gym, sauna and heated swimming pool – ensuring that whether you’re from Melbourne or visiting the city, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped out, taken some time for yourself and had a real break!



Best Central Location Treat: Rendezvous – Flinders Street 

Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne is reputed to be one of Australia’s most elegant historical hotels. Built in 1913 this meticulously restored hotel retains the elegant style of the early 1900s while providing you with all the convenience of 21st century technology and amenities.

Located on Flinders Street overlooking the scenic Yarra River, this Melbourne city centre hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district that’s well suited for both business and leisure. Melbourne is yours to discover with major offices at your doorstep and many of the city’s top attractions within walking distance, including world-renowned Degraves Street, a hidden lane way with quaint cafes and hidden bars, merely two minutes away.

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Rendezvous Hotel Melbourne’s excellent service and attention to detail ensures that you enjoy superior value. Equipped with quality amenities, each of our 340 comfortable rooms and suites express a stylish individuality highlighting the hotel’s rich heritage. This historical authenticity carries through to the classical surroundings of Straits Cafe, where fresh local produce and the best Australian and international wines take centre stage.

In the Thick of the Nightlife: Crown Plaza – Southbank


A stay at the riverside Crowne Plaza Melbourne hotel on the banks of the Yarra will dazzle you with its close proximity to the Crown Casino, Southbank bars and restaurants and stunning views of the water.


Crowne Plaza Melbourne is in the heart of the city’s vibrant docklands. With an on-site fitness centre and outdoor heated pool – you can ensure the best luxury and comfort with everything you need under one roof.

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Crowne Plaza Melbourne is a 5-minute walk from Southern Cross rail station and a 2-minute stroll to the tramways for swift travel across the city. Taxis or our car service take 30 minutes from Melbourne Airport, while valets make parking easy.

For hotel dining the chefs at Clarendon St Grill are on hand to cook steaks the way you like them.

For the best way to start the day, our tip is to take a morning jog on the Southbank Promenade to catch the sun glinting off the angular heights of the Eureka Tower.


Best bit of Posh: Intercontinental – CBD

The Rialto building and Winfield buildings of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto hotel have defined the bustling New York end of Collins Street Melbourne since 1890.

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Everything about InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is geared to give you memorable, authentic local uniquely Melbourne experiences. Here in the true heart of the city is right where your journey begins. Stroll to theatres, restaurants and laneway bars. Southbank and the river, the Paris end of Collins Street, Queen Victoria Markets and Etihad Stadium are all close by.

Built around a historic cobblestone Melbourne laneway, the heritage hotel is one of Melbourne’s last remaining examples of 19th Century Victorian Gothic architecture and offers a unique combination of historic opulence with cutting-edge Melbourne style. Enjoy city views from our indoor roof top swimming pool next to the herb garden, unwind at the gym, or choose a luscious spa treatment from East Day Spa.

The newest 5 star hotel in Melbourne, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is located on Collins Street and Flinders Lane in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Maintaining the unique period features and architecture of the original Rialto and Winfield buildings, this glorious 5 star hotel offers luxury accommodation, comprehensive hotel facilities and authentic Melbourne dining. A soaring nine-storey glass atrium connects the two buildings and the original bluestone cobbled laneway, providing a spectacular setting for Market Lane Bar, Alluvial Restaurant and Bluestone Wine Lounge



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Lisa Hollinshead
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Boss lady over here at Social 101. Lover of all things that inspire creativity, individuality and happiness! Former party gal, now mama to a beautiful baby boy!

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