The best of Victoria’s hotels; boutique hotels and gems.
Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
Built in 1891, The Intercontinental Melbourne – The Rialto underwent a $60 million renovation and refurbishment in 2008, and is the ultimate five-star luxury hotel accommodation for any Melbourne trip. The heritage-listed 10-storey glass topped building will take your breath away. The gothic-style façade, high ceilings, ornate windows and original brickwork are a beautiful juxtaposition to Melbourne’s famous laneway graffiti. Old meets new and character melds perfectly with style.
Address: 495 Collins St, Melbourne
Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Also refurbished in the late 00’s, Grand Hyatt is an absolute Melbourne accommodation icon. A particularly luxurious stay in the heart of the city, with everything at your fingertips, this is one fine choice of a hotel. The hotel also boasts three separate entertaining areas; Collins Kitchen, Ru-Co, the Lobby Lounge and the Bistro Bar. So, visitors don’t even need to leave the hotel to enjoy some of the best culinary experiences Melbourne has to offer.
Address: 123 Collins St, Melbourne
Craig’s Royal Hotel
Originally known as Bath’s hotel in 1854, the building was renovated and re-opened in 2010 as Craig’s Royal Hotel. The iconic building in Ballarat has been hosts to poets, princes and prime-ministers over its rich 160-year history, Craig’s Royal still holds its original imperial style, with sensational rooms and the accentuated Victorian style. Craig’s holds their own as one of the finest boutique hotels in the region.
Address: 10 Lydiard St, Ballarat East
Novotel Forest Resort Creswick
Victoria excels in the cool and green stakes, with the Novotel Forest Resort Creswick preserving, recycling and blending in with the natural environment – even despite its size. You’ll never forget you’re in the middle of the woods during your stay, with floor to ceiling windows in the lobby letting in the natural light and shade of Creswick Forest, while design touches like wooden panels, open fireplaces and a wonderful indoor/outdoor pool only add to your immersion in nature right here between Daylesford and Ballarat.
Address: 1500 Midland Hwy, Creswick
Blaze Rock Retreat
With a name like Blaze Rock, how much hotter could it possibly get? The eco-friendly luxury villas have plenty of hot rocks to go around at this spa retreat in the Grampians with only two 4.5 star villas on 48.5 acres. The rooms are the ideal romantic hideaway – imagine a deep, claw-foot bathtub right in the middle of the room with views of the surrounding bush accompanied by the sounds of a crackling fire. Already popular with honeymooners, the relaxed and amorous atmosphere has already triggered the odd marriage proposal.
Address: 3757 Ararat-Halls Gap Rd, Pomonal
The Twelve Apostles Lodge
Hotness doesn’t necessarily mean big, flashy and expensive. Sustainable tourism initiatives received the big tick in 2008 and have continued to do so. The Twelve Apostles Lodge provides weary hikers along the Great Ocean Road a comfortable place to rest and sleep peacefully in the knowledge that the exclusive accommodation has a minimal eco-footprint. Just a quick skip from the coast and surrounded by rainforest, this lodge lets the beauty of the natural environment do all the work.
Address: 70 Stafford Rd, Johanna
Peppers Mineral Springs
Visitors have been washing their daily stress away in historic Daylesford’s mineral springs for centuries. The charm of Edwardian style bathhouses and villas is unbroken. Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel has the original heritage accommodation alongside some contemporary design and five luxurious spa villas.
Address: 124 Main Rd, Hepburn Springs
Novotel St Kilda
You might think Sydney does better beachside accommodation and that bigger hotel chains have nothing exciting to offer – but we bed to differ! In an unprepossessing Novotel building right on the hip of St Kilda’s promenade, you’ll find a fresh, beachy place to stay with beautiful bay (and city) views. It might not be the hottest hotel out there, but it’s got everything a visitor need, plus more.
Address: 16 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Relive the flamboyant and romantic feel of the Art Deco era in this country retreat in the Dandenong Ranges built in the 1930s for wealthy Aspro king Alfred Nicholas. The heritage-listed manor has had a colourful history doubling as a children’s hospital during WWII and opening as a guest house in the 90s only to close its grand doors shortly after. The rooms and suites are currently stripped of fittings and fixtures but work has begun to transform Burnham Beeches into Australia’s first 6-star luxury retreat, due to reopen in 2020.
Address: 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke
If you’re a hopeless romantic, you might just enjoy a stay in the stable-turned-luxury-accommodation in picturesque Beechworth. The accommodation at Provenance is located in the quiet courtyard at the rear of the property, renovated in a modern style with Asiatic touches throughout. It makes the perfect place for a stopover on the drive between Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney.
Address: 86 Ford St, Beechworth
Lancemore Mansion Hotel & Spa
This majestic hotel is reminiscent of an English country estate. Grand and imposing – with its own clock tower – it sits in gorgeous Werribee Park around 30min from Melbourne’s CBD. And at Mansion Hotel and Spa, guests holiday in style. Polo tournaments, artwork worth more than $1m, a sculpture walk and rose garden complete the picture. The property is a cosmopolitan haven of tranquillity and charm.
Address: 2 K Rd, Werribee