Melbourne

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Melbourne
Australia’s capital of style artfully blends the elegance and grace of yesteryear with the bold new world of modern design and culture.

Melbourne is a city with one eye fixed on the past and another on the future. It’s the capital city of the state of Victoria and the country’s capital of style, where good food, coffee, fashion and art are revered.

Exploring the city center will immediately bring Melbourne’s fusion of new and old to light. Stroll down Collins Street to see Victorian-era churches, art deco hotels and daring post-modern structures. Close by is Bourke Street Mall, where trams trundle through a boulevard of heritage-listed buildings tastefully converted into modern shops.

At nearby Federation Square, this delightful collision of the past and present continues. Angular modern buildings stand in futuristic contrast to neighboring Flinders Street Station, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the timeless elegance of the Yarra River. While at “Fed Square,” visit the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) to learn about the country’s history of film and television, and experiment with the latest digital technology.

Cross the river and explore Southbank’s restaurants and bars, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Then take the elevator to Skydeck 88 in the Eureka Tower for breathtaking views of the park-filled city.

Once you’ve explored the city center, jump aboard one of Melbourne’s iconic trams and explore the suburbs. Not far from downtown is Carlton, where you’ll find the Melbourne Museum, and the espresso bars and restaurants of “Little Italy” on Lygon Street.  

Pack your towel and swimming costume and head to the seaside suburb of St. Kilda. After a dip in Port Phillip Bay, browse the suburb’s famous cake shops and vintage stores before heading to the bright lights and thrill rides of Luna Park. Stay overnight in one of St. Kilda’s boutique hotels then rise early for a sunrise walk along the coastline to the brightly colored “bathing boxes” of Brighton Beach. Have your photo taken by these heritage-listed structures, a perfect memento of this effortlessly stylish and most liveable of cities.

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Where to stay in Melbourne

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
4 out of 5
300 Spencer Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is CA $99 per night from Sep 14 to Sep 15
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly motel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,284 reviews)
"Thoroughly enjoyed my stay. Good value for money and extremely central making it easy to travel all over Melbourne. Would suggest extra bedding as to how chilly Melbourne can get!"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2022

Atlantis Hotel, Melbourne
Oakwood Premier Melbourne
Oakwood Premier Melbourne
4 out of 5
202 Normanby Rd, Southbank, VIC, 3006
The price is CA $138 per night from Sep 13 to Sep 14
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex ...
4/5 Very Good! (164 reviews)
"Very modern and lovely. Restaurant was delicious and the bed was very comfy"

Reviewed on Aug. 8, 2022

Oakwood Premier Melbourne
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
1-5 Spencer Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008
The price is CA $193 per night from Aug 28 to Aug 29
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,000 reviews)
"Nice room and good location"

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2022

Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Pegasus Apart'Hotel
4 out of 5
206 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is CA $117 per night from Aug 31 to Sep 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (6,256 reviews)
Excellent Hotel in Melbourne CBD!
"I had such a great stay at the Pegasus! The staff were very kind and helpful and my room had absolutely everything I could possibly need. I also found the hotel's location very convenient as it is close to shopping, city attractions and transportation links."

Reviewed on Aug. 15, 2022

Pegasus Apart'Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
4.5 out of 5
480 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is CA $143 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
3.7/5 Good! (3,328 reviews)
"Spacious room. Handy location."

Reviewed on Aug. 13, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
4.5 out of 5
350 William Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The price is CA $143 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Melbourne. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,421 reviews)
"I really enjoyed having such a large room, which included a kitchenette, large fridge and very comfortable bed. The balcony was great too, with amazing views over the park and city."

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2022

Oaks Melbourne on William Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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