Gone are the days when staying in a budget hotel meant stained carpets and overpriced minibars. Many affordable hotels come with the boutique stamp of approval, which means you can book a budget break in Melbourne, without any compromise on style.
From a cool hotel inspired by the city’s famous laneways to a hotel which houses Melbourne’s most Instagrammed rooftop pool, here are five boutique hotels you can stay in on a budget, plus a handy tip from us on how to book a night for less than $250. Tempted much?
Set among the trendy laneways of Melbourne’s CBD sits Ovolo Laneways hotel, a slick hotel directly inspired by Melbourne’s laneway culture. Whilst this design den features rooms that allow you to splurge – oh, hello penthouse – there are also a number of cosy studios on offer that are more budget-friendly. The rooms may not be as large, but you’ll still get the full experience that the Ovolo chain is known for — free in-room snacks, mini bar, and even daily Happy Hour drinks.
Budget tip: Book the ‘Studio’ room for around $251 per night and make sure to take advantage of the hotel’s free daily Happy Hour drinks.
If you’re a lover of jazz music, then a stay at The Jazz Corner Hotelin Melbourne’s CBD is a must. As the name may suggest, there’s a jazz theme at the heart of this accommodation, featuring hung vinyl covers of iconic jazz musicians on walls and jazz related books adorning coffee tables — even the ‘do not disturb’ sign you’re given to hang on the door is shaped like a trumpet. Not only is this hotel rather unique, it’s also affordable whilst still having all the trimmings of a luxe, boutique hotel.
Budget tip: For only $230 per night, choose the ‘All That Jazz’ two-bedroom apartment which has a private balcony with spectacular views.
The Blackman hotel is one of Melbourne’s five Art Series hotels, which are each named after and inspired by the work of a renowned Australian artist. This particular hotel, located along the happening St Kilda road, is dedicated to Charles Blackman, and as such, sports a gallery-like design of his work. But there’s much more to love about this hotel beyond the art, like the floor-to-ceiling curtains hiding jaw-dropping views of the city, or the amazing ground-floor bar and in-house bakery.
Budget tip: Book the ‘Studio Suite’ room mid-week for an affordable rate. Then make sure you experience all of the hotel’s luxe facilities during your stay.
Previously voted as the ‘best boutique hotel in Victoria’, the Adelphi Hotel is fancy with a capital F. From its signature zig-zagged floors to the delightfully displayed decor, this hotel appears both proud and playful in its design. Oh, and did we mention there’s also a rooftop pool with a famous glass-bottom? Take a splash during summer or simply order a cocktail and relax on the deck decorated with white deck chairs, pastel cushions, and potted palm trees.
Budget tip: Book a spontaneous same-day booking to stay on budget, with the ‘Comfy King’ room being the most affordable of the bunch.
When a boutique hotel is owned by a filmmaker and artist, its uniqueness and creative flair should really come to no surprise. Brooklyn Arts Hotel is located on a quiet street of Fitzroy, made up of seven character-filled rooms inside a grand two-storey terrace. Each room varies in size, but all of them are comfortable, colourful, and clean. The rooms upstairs all have high ceilings and balconies, whilst the backyard garden acts as a sanctuary for guests to relax in. Come morning, you can look forward to a complimentary continental breakfast of local sourdough bread and homemade jams.
Budget tip: The best room in the house, the ‘Queen Ensuite’ is only $245 per night, so go on, spoil yourself!