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Stylish stays in and around Melbourne we’re making a break for

Including The Motley, a vibrant new boutique hotel just minutes away from the MCG and nestled in the creative hub of Richmond.
By Hayley Peppin and Olivia Drake

The Ritz-Carlton has now chicly opened to welcome discerning guests from across the globe to Melbourne. | SUPPLIED

NO INTERSTATE travel trip tastes better than at the cultural capital of Australia. Melbourne, world-renowned for its coffee culture; home to the country’s largest contemporary gallery, the NGV; and host to a plethora of sporting events — is the cosmopolitan city which energises during rain and shine. We all know of its four seasons per day capabilities.

Unsurprisingly, Melbourne and its surrounds has an array of sophisticated stays to suit luxury needs or those after a charming city break. BAZAAR rounds up some of the best accomodation for when you seek a little Victorian renaissance.

The Motley


The CBD may be the hub of Melbourne — but Richmond has the city’s heart. As one of Melbourne’s most sporty and creative areas, The Motley has celebrated its rag trade history with an unpretentiously quirky stay. Nestled on the city fringe’s Bridge Road, the 80-room boutique hotel developed by Amber Property Group has taken over a heritage building once owned by an elusive local costumier Ms Mary Parker. While moody and sophisticated, The Motley’s decor seemingly pays tribute to her and Richmond’s bohemian scene. Adorned throughout the eight-level hotel, there’s a plethora of mesmerising prints by fashion and fine art photographers Mudita Aeron and Mohammadreza Rezaniamudita Aeron as well as richly-detailed gentlemen’s club-inspired space in the adjoining ground-floor lounge.

The rooms, while comfortable and pleasantly sparse, offer plenty of luxury amenities. There’s premium pillows including those made from duck goose feathers and innovative gel to Nespresso machines with Code Black coffee. If you fancy your morning brew with some much-needed chilly Melbourne fresh air, there’s a slew of hip coffee joints just at your doorstep, such as my personal recommendation of the nearby Rowena Corner Store. But The Motley has you food and beverage covered all day, with their exceptional on-site diner Ms Parker and cocktail bar, Ms Threads. Think Modern Australian cuisine with a flavourful and cheeky twist.


Unexpectedly delicious options include bites such as Kangaroo tartare on a Vegemite cracker, as well as entrées like the Hiramasa kingfish with blackened onion ponzu and jalapenos. The mains are equally tantalising and generous, with a whole rainbow trout served with indulgent beurre blanc and the most succulent Southern Ranges Angus beef. Of course, all dishes are washed down with a huge selection of local and international wines but I urge you to try their Tiger Tommy’s cocktail — a delectable mango take on the classic spicy Marg. With the iconic MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Olympic Parks in walking distance and the buzzy Southbank precinct and city just a tram ride away, The Motley is an authentically Melbourne experience which doesn’t compromise on class.

For more information and bookings, visit

The Ritz-Carlton



Melburnians and visitors alike can relish the crème de la crème of accommodation. The iconic The Ritz-Carlton has just opened their second Australian outpost, following their Perth launch in 2019. Soaring 80 storeys above the CBD, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, offers unparalleled views across the city and surrounds — also visible from a sparkling infinity pool. From its sophisticated design and curated artwork — which honours place and indigenous heritage — as well the epicurean adventure that is restaurant Aria, the latest The Ritz-Carlton is an authentically Melbourne experience.

Atria, named after the brightest star in the southern constellation, Triangulum Australe; is set to be the city’s go-to culinary destination. The kind you’ll want to dress up for. Sitting sky-high on level 80, guests can enjoy curated cocktails and sumptuous local dishes while lapping up unparalleled cityscapes. The interiors, which pay homage to the luxe Victorian art deco era, also extend to the hotel’s signature bespoke bar, Cameo. One can expect an intimate and moody speakeasy vibe, which welcomes conviviality, curiosity … and chicness. Spearheading Atria is Executive Chef, Michael Greenlaw, whom has worked at various five-star hotels and Michelin-starred and hatted restaurants — including the legendary Bibendum in London and Melbourne’s stellar Vue de Monde. On the lobby lounge, guests can also enjoy a refined high tea experience to rival those scattered across Europe.


Other exceptional hotel amenities include the urban respite that is The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which offers six serene treatment rooms; a mindful fitness centre and yoga studio. You’ll leave The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne feeling refreshed, invigorated — and craving more. As once you stay at The Ritz-Carlton, you’ll likely never look back.

“Blending unparalleled luxury with an authentic Australian experience, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne is attuned to the culinary obsessions of this magnificent city. From curated, personalised moments in the Ritz-Carlton Lounge to theatrical cocktails in Cameo’s enveloping, cozy bar, culminating in exciting epicurean journeys at its signature restaurant Atria, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne is a new landmark for food lovers, one which we are excited to share with guests and visitors alike,” Antony Page, General Manager said.

For more information and bookings, visit

The Royce

South Yarra


Art deco decadence meets quintessential British culture. Those after a quick trip to the UK need only stay on St Kilda Road for some old-world charm and discerning hospitality. Following two years of thoughtfully-considered renovations, luxury hotel The Royce opened its door again on Monday, February 20. Designed in 1928 by prolific Art Deco architect, Harry Norris, the former home of Rolls Royce in Melbourne retains its opulence — original cornicing and all — with elevated new offerings.

Comprising of 94 guest rooms and 18 contemporary suites, featuring freestanding baths, wallpapers imported from Barcelona and balconies that look out to the sparkling CBD and the Shrine of Remembrance, guests are transported to the hey-day of the hedonistic ’20s within the communal areas. One can sip on clandestine tipples and savour an array of signature British dishes from morning to night within the lavish Lounge.


Meanwhile, a sweeping marble staircase leads to The Royce’s Library and Ballroom, spaces reminiscent of the mahogany gentlemen clubs of London and prohibition speakeasies — with rows of bookshelves lined up with the classics and ceilings adorned with glistening chandeliers. A grand ballroom is also set to host some of Melbourne’s most lavish events and parties.

During sunny mornings and balmy afternoons, guests can also enjoy a spot of tea alfresco — or a glass of champagne (we won’t judge) — at The Royce’s terrace or within its glass conservatory, much like the summer gardens of Britain. The boutique hotel intends to bring the “golden age of hospitality back to the city” — where dressing up is only encouraged and indulgence is to be expected.

Bookings are now open and can be made by contacting:

Jackalope Hotel

Merricks North 

INSTAGRAM | @jackalopehotels

Unadulterated luxury set on Victoria’s favourite coastal region, the Mornington Peninsula. This extraordinary hotel is a feast for the eyes, tummy and soul. Taking its name from a mythical rabbit-like creature with antlers, this is a place that you could imagine David Lynch feeling very much at home. Chinese entrepreneur Louis Li transformed the once traditional 27-acre vineyard into an eclectic fusion of art, design, fine wine and food.

Offering 45 designer rooms with floor to ceiling windows, freestanding baths and private terraces plus upgraded suites that are coined ‘lairs’ with loft ceilings, fireplace and spectacular vineyard and pool views. The dark and moody decor showcases local pairings including custom-built furniture by designer Zuster and bathroom products by Hunter Lab.

INSTAGRAM | @jackalopehotels

Outside the options are endless with an infinity pool with connected bar, picturesque countryside and artworks. Housed onsite in an Edwardian homestead from 1876, is the hotel’s restaurant and bar Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot with a degustation and cocktail menu to seduce and delight. May I suggest the indulgent golden mussels with foie gras foam for starter and the rich Wagyu with burned celeriac, parsley and broad beans for main.

Aside from cellar door experiences and in-room treatments, Jackalope has also recently partnered with the lavish and recently launched Alba Thermal Springs for an experiential escape. Packages include transfers to the premium wellness retreat and access to Alba’s Thermal Springs Bathing and Alba Self-Care in room ritual. Wine, dine, unwind.

For more information, visit

Hyatt Centric



Hyatt Centric has only just celebrated its first birthday — but already, it’s looking to the future. The cosmopolitan hotel, situated just off Flinders Street and in walking distance to Southbank, has unveiled an incredible new dining experience for guests and foodies alike. A revamped Langlands Restaurant and Bar have taken over the entire top level of the 25-story tower.

Despite a dramatic backdrop with panoramic views across the Yarra River, which also stretches out to the Dandenong Ranges, Langlands is unpretentiously cool with a casual atmosphere, a swish fit-out and satiating Mediterranean menu utilising local ingredients. Expect dishes designed to share such as succulent slow cooked lamb shoulder, Murray Cod ceviche and even zucchini fritters — paired with curated wines and cocktails.


Featuring 277 guestrooms, a fitness studio and sparkling indoor pool, Hyatt Centric has been thoughtfully-decorated with a bevy of local artists and innovators celebrated throughout; from sculptors to bespoke furniture and even Chris Cincotta’s Melbourne I Love You coffee table book. Recently awarded Victoria’s Best Luxury Lifestyle Hotel at the 2022 TAA Awards, Hyatt Centric is a truly Melbourne experience — one visitors to Victoria will relish and locals will appreciate.

For more information, visit

Ours Fitzroy



It’s no Melbourne secret that Fitzroy is the cultural capital’s most effortlessly cool neighbourhood. A hub for creatives, foodies and style taste-makers — so it’s only fitting interstate visitors or Victorians after a little cultural renaissance stay in an ultra-cool urban digs. Enter Ours Fitzroy, an apartment, shopfront and gallery space founded by proud Melburnian Zane Curwen-Walker.

The mid-century sanctuary, located on the buzzy main drag of Johnson Street, has been expertly curated and crafted courtesy of Curwen-Walker. An amateur furniture maker, who previously leant this design eye to the The Convent Gallery in Daylesford, Curwen-Walker has created and lovingly restored much of the furniture in the one-bedroom apartment. It also celebrates local and emerging Victorian artisans through fixtures, fittings and scattered pieces.

The stylishly sustainable stay is available for two people and generally only for the weekend — meaning you can spend Friday to Sunday exploring (and savouring) Melbourne’s trendy inner-north. Alternative days are possible upon request, however. Additionally, a staycation at Ours Fitzroy also includes brunch on the house from the popular nearby Terror Twilight cafe. While Melbourne has plenty of pockets to traverse through, Fitzroy and its neighbours of Collingwood, Carlton and Brunswick should be top of the travel hit list.

For more information, visit

United Places Botanic Gardens

South Yarra 

A discreet urban hangout in the city’s greenest spot. Overlooking sprawling parkland and surrounded by art deco architecture, this quietly confident 12-suite hotel is nestled in a hip, village-like precinct just moments from the CBD (yet far enough to be utterly tranquil). Easily mistaken for an upscale apartment block, this hidden gem is reimagining what it might mean to check into a luxury hotel stay.

From the solid marble decor to 100 percent cotton bedding and sleek virtual workout system delivered on-demand to your room, every touchpoint is intensely personal and intuitive. Where else would you find cult NY self-care brand Le Labo in the bathroom, organic iced teas in the minibar and the culinary genius of Scott Pickett’s hatted restaurant, Matilda 159 just downstairs.

All the delights a cosmopolitan could wish for that even comes with a commitment to both environmental and social sustainability. A much-needed pioneer in the conscious approach to travel. 

Take your pick from the artfully composed, spacious one or two-bedroom suites. 

For more information, visit

The Fisher House


A home away from home | airbnb

An exquisite display of bush modernism. This mid-century home crafted by iconic Australian designer and landscape architect Alistair Knox has been sensitively updated by the now-owners and creative husband-and-wife duo Sean Fennessy and Jessica Lillico. You may know their artistic prowess from clients like the Calile Hotel.

Together with architect Adriana Hanna, they’ve curated a heart-warming space to unwind and listen to the rustle of the trees. Take a leisurely stroll to the Yarra River or choose from one of many local swimming holes to explore. Located on the doorstep of the Yarra Valley, for such a nature-infused stay it’s hard to imagine the city is only 40 minutes away. 

For more information, visit

Hotel Sorrento


If lapping up the sea air and enjoying all the spoils summer has to offer is your kind of trip, there’s nowhere you’d rather visit than the glistening Port Philip Bay. It’s the holiday spot the locals in the know have been visiting for yonkers. Conveniently perched on a clifftop taking in all the grandeur is the waterfront, Hotel Sorrento. Having been closed during lockdown, there have been decadent updates to the longstanding establishment.

Expect 52 luxe suites, a wellness spa and gym — equipped with a 25-metre lap pool and conference facility. Paired with a new Mexican-inspired street-food menu featuring lavish fish tacos and spicy Margaritas (available to dine-in or takeaway), you’ll be wishing you opted for a one-way ticket to paradise. 

Do you choose the garden views, heritage decor or seaside panoramas with a private balcony? Suites and studios are available for a luxurious home away from home. 

For more information, visit

Daylesford Longhouse


Not your usual weekender. Set in the charming hills of Daylesford, this marvellous 110-metre-long residential greenhouse was designed to take you back to the fundamentals of living. Comprised of living quarters, a garden kitchen and a working farm building all under one roof, owners Trace and Ronnen have so eloquently fused their love for self-sufficiency into one cohesive and modern space.

Leaving no luxury untouched, from the intricate textures, warm woods such as cypress and rosewood and a handful of pigs, cows, ducks and dogs meandering around — what isn’t there to fall in love with this Victorian farm stay?

Having picked up the Australian House of the Year and the Robyn Boyd Award for Residential Architecture (both in 2019), we’d say the rest of the country agrees too. Smart little details include INBED linen and Aesop body products plus sauna and clawfoot bathtub access. 

For more information, visit

Cavedon’s Kilnhouse



The perfect excuse to explore the alpine road and all of northeast Victoria’s splendours; and a perfect base for those who might want to dash off on a day trip to the snowy peaks of Mt. Buffalo. The lush residence riffs on both rural and modern design, taking inspiration from the region’s old kiln houses when tobacco was the local harvest.

Set on 150 acres of farmland, the interiors are refined and cater to even the most discerning traveller’s needs. Get the fire roaring and take in the toasty natural decor. Wood-panelled walls and lamps carved from trees. Given the spaciousness of the three-bedroom house, intimate nooks for reading and looking wistfully out onto the sprawling grapevines are plenty. Naturally, a glass of local wine welcomes you on entry. 

For more information, visit

Ovolo Hotel

South Yarra

The grooviest new designer stay in Melbourne’s hip village. Dreamed up by the award-winning designers Luchetti Krelle — the creatives behind the other Ovolo hotels dotted around the country. This particular establishment takes guests on a trip back to the ’70s without having to miss out on all the modern sensibilities. Retro tones, shiny finishes and rich plush tones permeate each room while the lobby sets the tone with fun (yet considered) nostalgic posters and fittings.

The option of micro rooms to plush suites are at your fingertips with signature freebies called ‘The Perks’ for any guest booking direct, including complimentary social hour sundowner drinks, midnight treats from the mini bar, free brekkie and high-speed wifi. While there the must-visit is freshly-opened culinary spot Lona Misa — a Spanish-inspired vegan and vegetarian diner affiliated with local farmers and producers (conveniently located inside the hotel itself).

Match your room type to an iconic muse with the Rockstar suite category. Which one will you choose? 

For more information, visit

Villa Parma


Parma’s exterior oozes the Villa’s age old heritage | Mineral Springs Hotel
Although very traditional, Villa Parma incorporates modern luxuries, making guests feel right at home | Mineral Springs Hotel

A historic beauty for those who like to dabble in a rustic escape. Built-in 1864 by a butcher and viticulturist (a winemaker) who had settled in the Daylesford region after the gold rush. After being abandoned for decades, the building was taken over by owners Chris Malden and Wayne Cross in 2006 who restored the gardens and architecture to its charming state, staying true to the decadent European upholstery and marble.

Features four bedrooms split over two levels, each with its own en-suite and some with a generous spa bath and sauna in the private garden. The villa is affiliated with Peppers Mineral Spring Hotel, so guests can enjoy a traditional hotel experience in a unique setting with access to all the facilities next door too. Saunter through the grapevines and veggie patch to The Conservatory or The Argus Dining Room for a bite to eat. 

For more information, visit

Ross Farm

South Gippsland
May you be staying in Ross’s barn, cabin or diary accommodation each feature impressive industrial inspired interiors | INSTAGRAM / @rossfarm_

For those craving wanderlust, there’s nothing like unearthing a luxury stay just down the road. Make a break for this architectural wonder nestled in South Gippsland. Once a disused dairy farm, this hideaway is now an architectural wonder, and so close to home.

This boutique stay seeks to preserve the local agriculture of the area, all the while providing us weary travellers with a refreshing dose of luxury. Perfectly positioned to make a day trip to the southernmost tip of mainland Australia, the azure blue waters of the Wilsons Promontory National Park. 

Select from the cabin, barn and dairy accommodation options.

For more information, visit

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W Hotel

Experience the high-life and enjoy a dip in W Hotels impressive city-view pool | Marriott

Hidden in the heart of the ever-trendy Flinders Lane, a new kind of city stay opens it’s door. Let yourself in via the secret laneway entrance on Market Street and you’ll emerge into a world of cocktail lounges and high-luxe interiors. The brainchild of Marriott International, this is the kind of hot spot you venture to for a sexy lashing of robes, dim-lit dinners and late night room service.

Made up of 294 guest rooms scaling a spectrum from cosy kings all the way up to the 15th-floor presidential suite overlooking the Yarra. Everything is flashy and makes you feel like you’re living the Kardashian life. A much-needed dose of decadence with delicious bee-knees restaurants (including an intimate Japanese diner) all but a lift ride away. 

For more information, visit