With half-price flight deals, $200 Melbourne travel vouchers, and the lockdown days fading in our memory (we hope!!), it's no surprise we're turning our wanderlust urges into compulsive #travelinspo searches. From city staycations to regional getaways, we'll be rounding up the best of lists - stays that we'd love to stay at ourselves - for your 2021 trips. First up, Melbourne.
408 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. From $369.
The most anticipated hotel opening of 2021 - the luxurious W Melbourne is a destination in itself. A collaborative architectural design effort between SHoP Architects of Melbourne, Woods Bagot and Hachem, it's part of the new Collins Arch precinct, with 294 guest rooms designed to draw on Melbourne's heritage with a contemporary twist. From a secret laneway entrance to cocktail lounge Curious, to flagship restaurant Lollo (by Melbourne chef superstar Adam D'Sylva of Coda and Tonka), it's a supercharged Melbourne experience - without even leaving the hotel.
1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone. From $269.
Open in 2020, Hotel Chadstone is all things you'd want in a luxurious staycation - without being in Melbourne CBD itself. Instead, it's steps away from the biggest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere - Chadstone Shopping Centre! Take your pick out of the 250 rooms, 21 suites, or 2 super flash penthouses ($1700 a pop!). Treat yourself with an Italian night at Pastore Restaurant by Melbourne's chef Scott Pickett (of Estelle), or high tea with panoramic views at Altus Rooftop.
133 Russell St, Melbourne. From $243.
If QT Melbourne were a person they'd be that arty eccentric mix of classy, quirky, and cheeky all in one. Right in the middle of Melbourne CBD, sleep in one of the 188 rooms, and be greeted by hotel staff who wear uniforms designed by Broadway costume designer. You'll be walking distance from all the best Melbourne laneway bars, restaurants and cafes - but you can just as easily head to the rooftop bar for a wind down, or dine in at the hotel restaurant Pascale (headed up by ex-Rockpool chef Paul Easson).
8 Whiteman St, Southbank. From $266.
Crown Metropol's swish, elegant lobby tucked away beside the Crown Casino and Entertainment Centre, off the Yarra River, is what you might imagine as a perfect hotel for jet-setting, young professional corporates. Don't let that put you off for a city staycay - after all, you're likely to bag a sweet view from the balcony, with Melbourne's best restaurants and bars a stone's throw away. Perhaps head to Ponyfish Island, Gradi 400, or Sake to top off your stay.
1 Parliament Square, Melbourne. From $285.
One of 36 Park Hyatt hotels in the world, Park Hyatt Melbourne oozes vibes of grandeur and sophistication. Set just on the edge of Melbourne CBD, you'll be right next to the beautiful Treasury Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens (perfect picnic spots!), and a healthy step count away from bars, restaurants and cafes in Fitzroy/Collingwood, or down the Flinders Lane. This is one of the classics.
164 Commercial Rd, Prahran. From $209.
Step into the world of one of Australia's most exciting contemporary artists, Adam Cullen, brought to life in a 59-room boutique hotel, The Cullen. Head to foodie central Prahran Market across the road (favourites like Maker & Monger), or down for brunch at Tall Timber. Your staycation here is best described here as inner city living like art aficionados.
Please stay up to date with COVID-19 restrictions where you are. For more inspiration, check out guides shared by our Travis community to the best cafes walking distance from Melbourne CBD, or a roadtrip out to the Great Ocean Road and Gippsland.
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