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Melbourne’s best boutique hotels

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After a day of sipping seriously good coffee, eating and exploring Melbourne’s many laneways, there’s nothing better than donning a fluffy robe and flopping on a freshly turned-down bed. And it’s even better when that bed is inside a beautiful boutique hotel. Melbourne and its surrounds are home to a range of hotels, from stylish inner-city pads to oases on the outskirts.

Here’s Sitchu’s selection of the best boutique hotels in and around Melbourne – room service, anyone?

Ovolo Laneways

To mingle with movers, shakers and the style set, book a room at Ovolo. One of Melbourne’s hippest hangouts, the hotel reflects the city’s art scene, with original artworks, chic furniture and graphic design elements in every room. Located on the fringe of the CBD, it has all the mod-cons you need for a great getaway as well as bonuses like a free breakfast and minibar.

19 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

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Larwill Studio

There are Art Series hotels scattered around Melbourne, and Lawrill Studio, named after contemporary painter David Larwill, is a shining star. The interiors blend Scandinavian-style subtlety and bold modernity for a beautiful result – think floor-to-ceiling windows, chic furniture, mirrors, quirky decorative accents and bright artworks adorning the walls. If you’re planning to venture further than Parkville, fuel up at the Smith + Singleton restaurant before hiring a bike or smart car.

48 Flemington Road, Parkville

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Jackalope

When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, make your way to wine country, the Mornington Peninsula. Once there, check into Jackalope, a stunning spot set on the Willow Creek Vineyard. The hotel itself is made up of 46 striking rooms (from Terraces to ‘Lairs’) with floor-to-ceiling windows, original artworks, private decks and black Japanese bathtubs. Jackalope also has a 30-metre infinity pool, spa, restaurant and cellar door.

166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North

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The Estate Trentham

After your own countryside cottage complete with a stylist’s touch? The Estate in Trentham is a boutique getaway in a 1900’s Federation house that has been impeccably restored and beautifully styled by interior stylist, Lynda Gardener. Our advice, do the Lynda Gardener trail and stay at all three of her properties for the complete experience; The White House in Daylesford and The Apartment in St Kilda.

17 Falls Road, Trentham

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Brae

In Victoria’s Otway hinterland region, Brae is one of the best foodie getaways. Sitting pretty on 30 acres, Brae’s farm to plate ethos is supported by their vegetable plots and established grove of 100 trees that produce seasonal vegetables, stone fruits, citrus, nuts, berries and olives. Most of your time will be spent eating, but when in need of a rest, the luxury eco-friendly suites round out the experience nicely.

4285 Cape Otway Road, Birregurra

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The Lyall

To spend your weekend living luxuriously, stay at The Lyall in upscale South Yarra. The five-star hotel is charming yet grand, and every suite has all the mod cons you need for a cheeky getaway (hello, 24-hour room service) as well as its own terrace. The Champagne Bar downstairs is famous for its apple crumble martinis, and if you decide to leave your swanky suite, the Toorak Road and Chapel Street shopping strips are close by.

16 Murphy Street, South Yarra

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Adelphi

In the heart of the fashionable Flinders Lane district, Adelphi is a sweet place to stay – and we mean that literally. The world’s first dessert-themed hotel features rich, chocolatey furnishings, stools shaped like liquorice allsorts, brightly coloured couches, and an eatery serving up sweet treats, Om Nom. It’s glass-bottomed rooftop pool is the definition of inner-city luxe, as are the rooms, which are modern and monochrome with pops of colour.

187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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The Cullen

Bold and bright with the right amount of quirk, The Cullen showcases the work of Aussie artist Adam Cullen. It’s an ideal inner-city escape in Prahran, just steps away from the shops, cafes and bars that make up Melbourne’s market district. The rooms are vibrant and impeccably designed, and those with balconies look over the streetscape below. There are a couple on-site restaurants, but if you only have time for one, make it Huton.

164 Commercial Road, Prahran

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Coppersmith

Sitting pretty on the scenic streets of South Melbourne, this boutique hotel has plenty to brag about. It has won awards for its minimalistic, all-white design featuring designer accents, tech gadgets and beds just begging to be sunk into. With just 15 rooms, Coppersmith is intimate and homely, and its rooftop bar is the perfect place to retreat to post a stroll in nearby Albert Park, or a day shopping in the CBD.

435 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne

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Lake House

To lounge lakeside, treat yourself to a stay at Lake House in Daylesford, a town known for its mineral springs and spas, grand Victorian restaurants, and dining scene. Helmed by Alla Wolf-Tasker, the hotel’s restaurant is a foodie favourite. Eating aside, the retreat has a range of plush suites and villas, a library, private cellar and tasting room, and the Salus Spa. Lake House also runs cooking classes and workshops throughout the year.

4 King Street, Daylesford

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Originally published in Sitchu.