Melbourne is a cultural haven where coffee, food and art all meet, (sometimes at the same, i.e. Adelphi Hotel desserts) and has earned a special place inside many tourists, locals and visitors’ hearts. These top 10 unique stays are fun, quirky and perfectly encapsulate Melbourne in all its glory.
The Jazz Corner Hotel
Think boutique hotel meets finger-snapping, horn-blowing hepcats, and you’ll arrive at The Jazz Corner Hotel. Centrally located, this hotel is perfect for those looking for accommodation with some personality, all within walking distance of shopping, cosmopolitan food markets, sophisticated restaurants, the iconic MCG and Etihad, specialist roaster cafes and the world-class live music space, Bird’s Basement. The rooms feature top-quality queen or king-size pillow top bedding, fully equipped kitchens, en suite bathrooms and private balconies.
The Jazz Corner Hotel – 352 William St, Melbourne 3000
It would almost be a sin not to include this experience which is truly unlike any other. Owner James created Notel because he was sick of the ‘usual’ and indistinguishable accommodation that has become the norm throughout the world. He wanted to create an experience that encouraged guests to discover the city as a local. The venue consists of six, 31 foot 1970’s Airstream trailers, completely refitted as designer urban accommodation atop a CBD car park. The trailer has a bed, shower, toilet and seats for ultimate relaxation. Included in your booking is free parking, complimentary drinks, Wifi via an Ipad Pro and an in-room HP Sprocket photo printer to capture all the fun times!
Notel – 388-394 Flinders Lne, Melbourne 3000
The QT Melbourne is quirky, stylish and immaculately accessorised. The venue has a vast number of unexpected gems and works as an artisan playground in which lovers of the high life come to satisfy their thirst for all things eccentric and innovative. The rooms have timber floorboards, comfortable gel-topped beds, glamorous en suites and individualistic design which works to set it apart from your normal, run-of-the-mill hotel. When it comes to eating and drinking, there’s a lot to choose from, including the Pascale Bar and Grill, The Cake Shop and a rooftop bar.
QT Melbourne – 133 Russell St, Melbourne 3000
Converted Church Airbnb
Is there anything as unique and deeply mystifying as a converted church? This Airbnb investigates that question and does a spot-on job of making us more intrigued. The features of the original church elevate the venue and illustrate how different it is to normal accommodation. The converted aspects are modern and fresh, while the style maintained throughout has a slight medieval feeling with the timber furnishings and furniture. Located in Fitzroy, it is a 30 second walk from Smith street, where cafes, bars, shops and restaurants are plentiful. It has two levels, with bedroom, laundry and bathroom on level one and kitchen, eating and living area and the terrace on the ground level.
Converted Church House – Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065
The Larwill Studio
Art Series Hotels are inspired by and dedicated to Australian contemporary artists and are committed to offering a hotel experience that is a little extraordinary. Each hotel takes inspiration from the namesake artist, hence the Larwill is dedicated to David Larwill, whose playful and bright art complements the contemporary design. Each of the 96 workspaces (rooms) come with WiFi, a bed, television with Foxtel, movies, bathrobes and slippers. Art Series have also just introduced the Art of Well Being to The Larwill Studio, which is a range of hotel facilities designed to help guests achieve their optimum health and wellbeing, including in-room yoga mats and yoga channel, gym access, MIN30MIN (30 minute sessions to keep fit) and art tours and utensils on supply.
The Larwill Studio – 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville 3052
Forest-and-Heaven Themed Apartment
Creators and owners Klaudia, Jonathan, Maria and Tony equally share a passion for unique and magical experiences and wanted to create a retreat from the busy city that felt like another world. The team have succeeded with their dreamy and lush space that has been transformed from its previous mundane furnishings. In this apartment, you can pretend you are lost in a magical forest as you perch on a log or curl up in the swinging chair. Soak in the tub, then fall asleep in a heavenly bedroom with cloud-painted walls and twinkling lights.
Heaven and Earth Airbnb – Melbourne VIC 3000
Royce Hotel was renowned in the 1920’s as Australia’s most glamorous automobile showroom and now functions as a boutique hotel. The hotel features stylish rooms and suites, flexible meeting and event spaces, the Amberoom lounge bar and the award-winning Dish restaurant. Royce Hotel is perfectly located on St Kilda Road next to the Royal Botanic Gardens, and provides easy access to the fashionable shopping and restaurant precincts of Toorak Road, Domain Road and Chapel Street, Melbourne’s CBD, the Shrine of Remembrance and Albert Park Lake.
Royce Hotel – 379 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004
Adelphi Hotel is the self-proclaimed world’s premier dessert hotel – we didn’t realise there was a competition, but we are ready to start judging. The 34 rooms feature cherry-inspired lamps, liquorice stools and enchanting swinging couches, a complimentary mini-bar, world-class amenities and a personal coffee station. Om Nom is the pride and joy of Adelphi; it is where the dessert reputation really shines. With delicacies that are as delicious as they are gorgeous, you will not be disappointed with a visit to the restaurant. Every corner of Adelphi is designed to immerse and amuse, from Om Nom Kitchen’s fanciful, artistic culinary prowess to bold contemporary art and in-room candy jars.
Adelphi Hotel – 187 Flinders Lne, Melbourne 3000
Located in South Melbourne, Coppersmith Hotel is an architecturally designed, boutique hotel with a bistro, bar and rooftop retreat. The hotel is a stone’s throw from Albert Park Lake and the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and is all about location, location, location. Coppersmith boasts that when you stay with them, you become a local, as they are surrounded by some of the best international and local boutiques, restaurants and galleries. You can choose either a king or queen size from their 15 rooms, each of which is individually designed with a little bit of luxury in mind.
Coppersmith Hotel – 435 Clarendon St, South Melbourne 3205
Ovolo Laneways is designed for the flexible and variable traveller and is distinguished from the rest with its modern and funky design that is made to make you feel both at home and like you’re having the holiday you deserve. Whether it’s best-rate guaranteed by booking through their website or their flexible cancellation policies, Ovolo understands how travelling can vary very easily. With your booking, Ovolo offers breakfast on the house, super speed Wifi, daily social hours, a free in-room mini bar, self-service laundry, a 24-hour gym and all-day snacks.
Ovolo Laneways – 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000