The capital of the Australian state of Victoria, Melbourne sees many leisure and business travelers. The city centre is easily navigable, with dozens of restaurants, shops, and museums, making it possible to mix business with pleasure. If you are traveling to Melbourne on business, there are a few things to keep in mind — features in guest rooms, location, and meeting facilities on-site. After visiting the top hotels in the city, we evaluated each to see which were best suited toward business travelers. Take a look at our expert picks for the best business hotels in Melbourne, and start planning your trip!
This opulent, centrally located hotel caters to the needs -- and deep wallets -- of business travelers. With big, comfortable rooms and plenty of on-site amenities, including a pool and rooftop tennis court, meeting facilities, and a spa, the luxurious Grand Hyatt is a solid pick for those who want to combine work and pleasure. It is, however, missing the small touches that set other luxury hotels apart, such as automatic turndown service or refreshments upon arrival.
Arguably one of the swankiest properties in Melbourne's Central Business District, the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins features 363 elegant rooms and suites, many with views of Phillip Bay. The Club Sofitel Lounge is a gorgeous, high-ceilinged business lounge with free buffet breakfast service and evening cocktails and canapes. The property also has multiple business suites and event rooms, including a massive ballroom that can seat 828. There are excellent spots to eat and drink on-site, from the organic fine-dining No 35 restaurant to the casual Sofi's Lounge where English-style afternoon tea is served. The hotel also has a great fitness center with gym-grade equipment and massage chairs, but it lacks a swimming pool, a slight shocker for such an upscale place with so many features. Rooms are luxurious and bright with floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful gray marble bathrooms, but there is a pesky fee for Wi-Fi.
Right in the heart of Melbourne's Central Business District, The Westin Melbourne is a favorite among international business travelers and affluent couples looking for a stay on coveted Collins Street. Its big, comfortable interiors are packed with work by Australian artists, though the furnishings are showing wear. Guest units check a lot of five-star boxes with their bathrooms and multimedia amenities, but the corporate chain's decor lacks inspiration. Many rooms have city views, but noise from Collins Street may diminish the experience. The hotel's restaurant is pricey, while a fireside high tea in the lobby lounge is worth serious consideration.
The Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens is a simple, upscale hotel by a pretty public park in the northwestern corner of the Central Business District. Spacious rooms have understated modern decor and free Wi-Fi, but only Premium rooms and above come with French presses, iPod docks, and bathrobes. A well-regarded restaurant and decent fitness facilities add to the hotel's appeal. Its quiet location contributes to a peaceful atmosphere, although it is a bit removed from area attractions.
Long a destination for visiting celebrities, The Como Melbourne features upscale rooms and garden suites that continue to shine thanks to a 2012 renovation. The indoor atrium pool area and outdoor courtyard make the hotel a beautiful retreat in the city, isolated from the traffic on Chapel Street. It's in a neighborhood famous for its shopping, art galleries, and restaurants, but the South Yarra location isn't ideal for tourists planning to explore the heart of the city. The bar and breakfast venue covers the basics, and most won't miss a full restaurant with so many eating options nearby.
With striking prints by Australian artist Charles Blackman and minimalist decor throughout, the sleekly upscale 209-room Blackman feels more like a downtown art gallery than a high-end hotel. The spacious, up-to-date rooms, all with balconies and designer furnishings, are comfortable and include inspired artwork, but the bathrooms are small. About a 40-minute walk from the Central Business District, or CBD, the hotel has two restaurants -- Depot de Pain, a French-style cafe, and Classico, an Italian style restaurant that also serves as a bar.
An iconic grand dame built in the 1890s, the six-story Grand Hotel Melbourne's latest incarnation is as an apartment-style hotel in the city's Central Business District. Each of the simple apartments has a fully equipped kitchen. The more recently updated Deluxe apartments are more stylish, with sleekly modern, Scandinavian-style decor and oversize walk-in rainfall showers. The four pearl hotel also has a small gym with a sauna, an indoor pool lit with skylights, and a bar and restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine for breakfast and dinner. The location is convenient to the Convention Centre, and there's a tram stop just a minute down the block. Be prepared to pay for breakfast and for Wi-Fi, as is the norm in most Melbourne hotels.
Novotel Melbourne on Collins, which sits atop a shopping center, is in the heart of the city’s Central Business District, making it an ideal spot for business travelers who also appreciate the building’s extensive meeting spaces. Guest units have large work desks and ergonomic chairs, but Wi-Fi comes at an extra fee. Updated room features include iPod docks and 40-inch flat-screens as well as splashy teal accents. Though too small for the hotel’s general number of guests, the indoor pool is a welcome addition.
Located on one of central Melbourne's most colorful streets, the upscale Stamford Plaza offers apartment-style accommodations with some upmarket amenities and a smaller price tag than nearby luxury competitors. The hotel gets the basics right (there's a well-equipped fitness center and an indoor pool), but nondescript interior design and a disappointing restaurant may underwhelm those looking for a more memorable stay.
As part of the popular Citadines chain, The Citadines on Bourke has modern apartments that offer privacy with the convenience of a hotel. It’s in the heart of the Central Business District located on Bourke Street, one of Melbourne’s most well-known streets. The close proximity to the Parliament House and Old Treasury Building makes it ideal for business travelers. The Bourke Street Mall is also nearby for shopping and restaurants that appeal to both families and couples. A fitness center, indoor pool, sauna and outdoor sundeck are also on-site. Wi-Fi is free, but can have a spotty connection.