Sometimes all we need to recharge is a little city staycation. It’s the perfect chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, without having to travel far from home.
Perhaps it’s for a romantic occasion, or a weekend with the gals? Or perhaps you’re keen to experience that exciting new hotel you’ve heard whispers about in the city. Whatever your reason, you can trust in Melbourne to have a staycation for every occasion. Here are our five favourites…
1. For a romantic staycay, Hotel Windsor
When you think of a grand hotel, the first thought that springs to mind is old school opulence, when travel was reserved for the mega-wealthy. But thanks to stunningly preserved establishments like the Hotel Windsor, we can still experience the finer things in life today. The 130-year-old hotel is perfect for a romantic city stay, with an impeccable level of service and unique charm that will have you spellbound. This place will have you convinced that romance and old-world charm is well and truly alive and kicking.
From $454 per night
2. For a fun girls’ weekend, Adelphi Hotel
When it comes to choosing a staycation with your girlfriends, there are a few essentials: it needs to be comfortable, stylish, Gram-worthy, and preferably have a cute rooftop bar. Well it just so happens that the Adelphi Hotel has all of this, and more. From its feminine design, like the hotel’s signature zig-zagged floors, to the rooftop deck with a pool – perfect for lounging with a cocktail or two – this hotel has #galsgetaway written allover it.
From $365 per night
3. For the love of a theme, Forest-and-Heaven Themed Apartment
There’s no need for a tree change when staying at this heavenly forest-themed apartment, which is located in Melbourne and listed on Airbnb. When here, you can have the best of both worlds – you can relax in a magical nature-like setting, all while being close to the heart of the CBD. Every room in this apartment has a forest feel, consisting of climbing vines and woodland wallpaper. Then come bedtime, you can retreat to the heaven-like bedroom, with cloud-painted walls and twinkling lights. Just don’t forget to pack your imagination with you.
From $199 per night
4. For the ultimate luxury stay, The Langham
If you’re after five-star service, award winning restaurants, and sparkling skyline views, The Langham is your luxury go-to. It’s perfectly situated on Melbourne’s Southbank Promenade and offers sweeping vistas of the Yarra from almost any room. And if you want to go all out, book yourself an Executive Terrace Room which will afford you your very own private terrace, where you can pop a bottle of Moët, all whilst enjoying those shimmering city views.
From $350 per night
5. For glamping in the city, Notel
On the other side of the luxe spectrum, here lies a glamping experience smack-bang in the middle of the city. Notel is as uniquely Melbourne as they come, with six classic American Airstream caravans perched on top of a carpark. The ‘silver bullets’ have been repurposed as a pared-back room with a queen bed, all the creature comforts, and a well-stocked mini bar. Each site even has its own deck for some up-close city star gazing. Our advice: try and grab the one and only ‘Airstream With Benefits’, which comes with your own private hot tub overlooking Flinders Lane. Bliss.
From $395 per night