January is summertime in the city of Melbourne, and higher temperatures and sunny days means it must be time for the Australian Open. The hard court tennis tournament, one of four that make up the Grand Slam, brings the sport's greatest players Down Under. Whether or not you're in town for the tennis action, these 10 best hotels get consistently high marks from their guests.
The 49 rooms at the Quest Cheltenham come with iPod docking stations, a CD and DVD player, LCD television and laptop-compatible safes for added peace of mind while you're out exploring the city. You'll find all the ameneties you'd expect of a four-star hotel, plus the added bonus of a kitchen or kitchenette. Golfers will appreciate it's nearness to the Victoria Golf Club and the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
View from Punthill balcony — Photo courtesy of Punthill Apartment Hotels
Another serviced apartment-style hotel, Punthill Williamstown is perfect for families. Each room enjoys its own balcony, and you'll have a kitchen with a dishwasher, in-room laundry facilities, so you can take an extended vacation – or staycation – without having to over-pack or blow money on eating out all the time. A stay at Punthill Williamstown puts you within easy access of South Melbourne Beach, Scienceworks and Melbourne Planetarium.
Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
The Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto has all the amenities of a five-star property and then some. With an indoor pool, hot tub, health club, sauna, two restaurants and a full business center, you'd never have to leave unless you wanted to. The location sings as well – right in the heart of the business district near Federation Square.
Melbourne's Park Hyatt, another five-star hotel, overlooks St. Patrick's Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens with 240 rooms and suites. A stay here gives you access to a health center, full-service spa, indoor pool, coffee shop and restaurant. Each room comes equipped with little extras, like Egyptian cotton sheets, digital TV channels and Italian marble ensuites.
Consistently ranked as one of the best city hotels in Australia, the Langham Melbourne Hotel sits in the heart of Southbank near Federation Square and the Melbourne Aquarium. This luxury property provides many of the perks of the other top ten choices – pool, spa, health club – delivered with attentive service.
The Westin in Melbourne occupies a coveted spot on Collins Street within minutes of the Tennis Center. Perks for staying in one of the Westin's 262 rooms include free WiFi, premium satellite television channels, rainfall shower heads and airport shuttle service.
The Blackman room — Photo courtesy of Art Series Hotels
Part of Melbourne's Art Series hotel group, the Blackman is a five-star hotel with the feel of an intimate boutique. The 209 rooms, many with private terraces, triple-sheet signature bedding, iPod docking stations, kitchenettes, designer toiletries and a pillow menu so you can order your perfect night of sleep.
Alto Hotel on Bourke
Eco-friendly travelers will appreciate the Alto Hotel's commitment to the environment and their distinction as the first carbon-neutral hotel in Australia. If you're traveling with your gadgets, you'll find an iPod docking station, laptop-compatible safe and free high speed wireless internet access in-room.
Sleek and modern are two words that come to mind when describing the Crown Metropol Hotel in central Melbourne. The predominantly black and white color scheme paired with tasteful artistic touches imbue the place with a sense of style and sophistication, and the five-star amenities are the icing on the cake.
Grand Hotel Melbourne - MGallery Collection
Housed in a renovated historic building, the Grand Hotel Melbourne puts you in the heart of the Docklands, near to the Crown Casino and the Melbourne Aquarium. The 95 elegantly appointed rooms offer premium bedding, a pillow menu, satellite television and desks with ergonomic chairs.