1. CROWN TOWERS MELBOURNE
A central part of Melbourne’s Crown Casino
complex, Crown Towers Melbourne is the only hotel in the city rated 5-stars by
Forbes Travel Guide, which describes the entrance as through “heavy glass doors
into the impressive lobby, your eyes are drawn to the grandiose chandelier
illuminating the highly polished black granite floors and marble pillars.”
Overall interior design throughout the hotel is a contemporary take on art deco
where “slick surroundings are accented with pops of color. Come evening, the
sound of live jazz echoes softly throughout.”
Its Yarra River south bank location is in the city’s central business district
and the Crown complex is a destination in itself with luxury gaming facilities,
high-end boutiques, an extensive spa and more than a dozen upscale restaurants
and nightclubs. For exercise, there is a state-of-the-art gym that overlooks a heated
lap pool, and rooftop tennis courts with views of the city.
At 1,950 sq. ft. the Tower Suite offers features
two large bedrooms each with luxury bathrooms, a separate lounge and dining
area. The first bedroom houses one King size bed, and the second bedroom with
two King single beds. It also features the latest Video on Demand interactive
system, iPod docking station and an in-built technology wall panel. View more suite types here.
2. PARK HYATT MELBOURNE
Across from Fitzroy Gardens, Park Hyatt Melbourne décor
is all about quiet, contemporary luxury — hints of art deco design are found
throughout, from the laser cut marble floors, chrome accents and polished dark
wood furniture. Forbes, which gives the hotel 4-stars, notes its “two-story
lobby is a stunner, with a grand curved staircase and walls of glass, a prime
introduction to this sleek but inviting hotel.”
Notable is the hotel’s Park Club Health & Day
Spa with its 82-foot edgeless lap pool.
Overlooking the city skyline, the outdoor tennis court is open for play and for
private tennis lessons. Rooms have subtle art deco furnishings, including madrona-paneled
walls, chrome accents and plush seating. Park Club rooms and suites include
access to the private lounge, which serves cocktails and light bites in the
The 2,583-square-foot Presidential Suite has a baby grand piano, rosewood and
silk walls, a marble entry, formal living and dining rooms and a fireplace and
The 2,583 sq. ft. Presidential suite has a double
king bedroom, formal living and dining rooms, with Italian marble bath and
jetted spa tub. From the marble entry with baby grand piano and gas-operated
fireplace, plus kitchen and wet bar with separate entrance. You also get a separate
study with enhanced lighting, and in the master bath a spacious walk-in shower and
oversized custom marble spa bath tub.
1,850 sq. ft Ambassador Suite features one king
bedroom, a separate living room with a fireplace and formal dining table that
seats six and a separate guest powder room. There’s a kitchenette with separate
entrance for entertaining and a separate study. The master bath has a walk-in
shower and marble bath with soaking tub &and inset TV. More suite types here.
3. GRAND HYATT MELBOURNE
Grand Hyatt Melbourne has been a popular luxury
hotel choice in the city 30 years, and its Collins Street entrance is tucked
between designer boutiques, trendy bars and popular restaurants. Forbes Travel
Guide says, “The retention of the hotel’s staff speaks volumes to us about the
hotel itself. A repeat visit will always include a familiar face.”
City Club is the largest hotel gym in the Asia-Pacific region with a rooftop
tennis court, indoor swimming pool, golf nets, a basketball court and private
spa treatment rooms. There are 16 event and meeting spaces to accommodate
private seminars for up to 1,500 guests.
Located on the 33rd floor, the one-bedroom Premier
Suite has expanded to 1,960 sq. ft. with floor-to-ceiling city skyline views.
There are two separate living spaces and a 72-inch television with a Bose
surround sound system. The Italian marble bathroom includes sunken spa tub,
rain shower, water body jets, Toto toilet and double vanity.
Additional highlights include butler’s pantry,
double bed pull-out sofa and guest bathroom. You also get daily continental
breakfast, all-day refreshments, and evening drinks with canapés
The 1,585 sq. ft. one bedroom Diplomatic Suite
offers stunning Yarra River and Melbourne city views, and features a kitchenette,
open living and dining area, with a separate office space. The master bath
offers two walk-in showers and a sunken tub overlooking the Yarra River
surrounded by Italian marble. You also get daily continental breakfast, all-day
refreshments, evening drinks with canapés. View more suite types here.
4. THE LANGHAM, MELBOURNE
Located near Flinders Street Station, Melbourne’s
Arts District easy access to shops, restaurants, and bars, the hotel is located
on the Yarra River. Decorated and furnished in the same distinctive style as other
Langham hotels around the world, it melds both contemporary and classic
aesthetics. “The entrance lobby features elegant chandeliers and enormous vases
of fresh flowers, while just outside, the hotel’s signature pink London taxi stands
ready and waiting to whisk you away to the city’s center,” reports Forbes
Travel Guide. Like Grand Hyatt, Forbes gives the hotel, which has made the top
lists of both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure recommended status.
Of note, the Chuan Spa keeps an extensive range of
beauty treatments and relaxation therapies, with a particular focus on
traditional Chinese medicine. From hot stone massage to clinical-grade facials.
The ninth-floor gym offers sweeping city views and there is a 52-foot pool and
The 1,743 sq. ft. two-bedroom Chairman Suite offers
views of the Melbourne skyline and Yarra River. There is a living room and
dining area, plus separate office.
Designed to be an apartment, the 1,442 sq. ft.
Residence Suite comes with plush living and dining areas, two full size
bedrooms, each with ensuite baths, a kitchen complete with modern conveniences,
and even its own laundry. The Residence Suite can interconnect with two
more rooms to create a four-bedroom layout, good for families or if you are
traveling with security or senior staff and want to conduct private meetings in
your suite. View more suite types here.
5. THE LYALL HOTEL and SPA
The Lyall Hotel and Spa with just 40 suites fits
the bill as a boutique hotel, however, it offers the services you expect in a
larger luxury hotel, namely 24-hour room-service, 24-hour concierge, daily same
day laundry and dry cleaning, valet parking and spa services.