It’s one of the few true grand hotels left in Australia and a roll call of famous names, from Lauren Bacall to Rudolf Nureyev, have rested their heads at this CBD hotel since it opened in 1883. Its rooms, arranged around a spectacular staircase, have an old-world style with high ceilings, club chairs and understated finishes. The history continues through the public spaces, with doormen in top hats and memorabilia, including one of Sir Donald Bradman’s bats, adorning the walls of the Cricketers Bar. Another long-standing tradition is afternoon tea, which has been served to guests since the hotel opened its doors.
This historic part of the Melbourne CBD is also home to Parliament House and the Old Treasury and is within easy walk of the designer shopping of Collins Street as well as restaurants and bars.