5 Reasons to Book a Luxury Hotel Staycation in Melbourne

5 Reasons to Book a Luxury Hotel Staycation in Melbourne

The holidays may be over, but luxury travel is never far from home. From timeless suites to exquisite dining, here are 5 reasons to book a luxury staycation in Melbourne this summer.

The holiday season may be over, but for many, January is exactly when a luxury staycation is needed more than ever. Rather than enduring long flights to exotic destinations, why not ‘get away’ a little closer to home? 

If you’re still recovering from the frantic festive period, or if you simply want to prioritise yourself in 2023 with some well-deserved indulgences, a luxury hotel staycation in Melbourne may be just the thing you need to ease into the new year.

Venture into Melbourne’s beating heart to discover sparkling gems and stunning luxuries that will pamper you while cultivating a world-class experience.

Premium Rooms with Bespoke Touches

One of the foremost luxury hotels in Australia, InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto has everything you need (and more) for an exceptional holiday experience. Enter the world of the well travelled with our selection of Guest Rooms, Premium Rooms and Suites. Each room is imbued with the classic luxuries of the InterContinental life, along with a few artfully designed touches that foster the grand history and modern local scene of our beloved city.

Turn your attention to our bespoke offerings, designed to elevate each signature moment. From champagne brought to your room to assistance in securing that romantic restaurant reservation, we’ll ensure your luxury hotel stay includes some extra special touches. 


Sink into Our Suites

Experience the elegance of worldliness in your own little haven on Collins Street. Open your door to a sanctuary of quiet comforts laced with the heritage 1890s charm that makes our hotel so unique.

Enjoy sweeping views of the city with our Collins Street facing rooms, or a private balcony overlooking the atrium, the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine while the buzz of activity wafts up to your peaceful perch.

Our Signature Suites offer extra amenities for pure indulgence, including spa bath, additional powder room, access to Club InterContinental and thoughtfully designed Melbourne-inspired elements. Our personal favourite is the sweeping St Kilda Suite, a tribute to the vibrant seaside locale and situated within the Rialto’s Gothic-style turret. 

Prefer something a little more conservative? You’ll find more than enough spacious luxury in our range of classically designed Guest Rooms, from the timeless Queen Bed Classic Room to the exceptional King Bed Classic Room overlooking our sparkling glass-ceilinged atrium.


Exquisite Meals for Every Palate

Essential to any luxury staycation are its culinary delights. Both inside our hotel and along its beautiful tree-lined surrounds are some of Melbourne’s finest eateries sure to please every palate.

Taste your way through our in-house offerings before venturing into the thriving dining scene along Collins Street and beyond for a truly luxurious escape into sensory bliss.

Delicious Dining at Your Fingertips

Stroll down to the atrium and take a seat at Alluvial Restaurant for a magnificent buffet breakfast complete with omelette station, juice bar, pastry towers and pancake stand. Return for dinner to enjoy a beautiful menu curated by our Head Chef featuring the season’s finest local produce and mouthwatering desserts.

Fancy something Italian? Turn your tastes to Ronnie’s, Melbourne’s best New York-Italian inspired restaurant with authentic pizzas, aromatic appetisers and summer-perfect spritzers. With entry via the Rialto Piazza, which adjoins the hotel, there’s every ease after a night out at Ronnie’s in returning to your room – before stopping at our own Bluestone Bar for a digestif, that is.

Explore the Tastes of Melbourne

The shining star of a staycation in Melbourne is, of course, its unrivalled dining scene. Discover eclectic hole-in-the-wall cafés, exquisite top-tier restaurants and enticing smokey bars all within an electrifying night scene just waiting to be explored. 

Along prestigious Collins Street, you’ll find a string of fabulous eateries in a range of different cuisines. Enter the brooding underground bistro of Il Solito Postro for fresh delicacies that will transport you to the Italian countryside. Near the picturesque Treasury Gardens, Mamasita dishes up the city’s best modern Mexican and rare mezcals, while Makan offers a taste of authentic Indonesian cuisine for lunch or dinner. 

Alongside the vibrant nightlife restaurants and bars, there’s no shortage of quaint cafés for your morning coffee and croissant. Just a short stroll from our hotel lies the world-renowned Hardware Société, the architectural dream that is Higher Ground, and the quaint family-owned Bonnie Coffee, which is conveniently located just outside our front doors.


A Concierge Like No Other

Especially unique to our luxury Melbourne hotel is our Chief Concierge, Navodit, whose knowledge of the city and network of contacts make him one of the best in the business.

Discover the best kept secrets and hidden gems scattered throughout Melbourne with Navodit’s expert guides and tips. Melbourne is a buzzing hub of Australia’s finest arts, culture, food and nature sights, but it can certainly be overwhelming when faced with such a plethora of choices. Head down to the Concierge’s desk in our foyer for a tailored itinerary or even just a recommended best brunch spot to start your day.

Get a head start on planning your luxury hotel stay with our Concierge’s Guide to Melbourne, a little taste of what you can expect when you travel with us.


In-House Indulgences

Take advantage of our world-class facilities to enjoy even more luxury Melbourne experiences. Take a dip in our heated rooftop pool, recline in the jacuzzi, feel invigorated in our state-of-the-art gym and sink into bliss at Botanica spa.

With private access from within our hotel, Botanica Wellness Spa & Clinic remains one of the crowning jewels of InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto. The award-winning boutique spa offers guests an escape into ultimate relaxation while delivering outstanding skincare results for the perfect staycation pamper.

Enjoy traditional massages, medi-spa treatments and custom facials that combine scientific expertise in skincare with the peace and tranquillity of a bespoke spa experience. Emerge feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and just a little dreamy after a must-have treatment with Botanica! 


Arts, Culture and Shopping

It’s no secret that Melbourne is known as the Arts capital of Australia. Immerse yourself in the vibrant beating heart of galleries, museums, theatres and historic sites to curate a memorable and layered travel experience like no other.

Soak in the Arts

Begin your adventure with a stroll through the iconic National Gallery of Victoria. This internationally acclaimed gallery houses some of the finest exhibits hailing from all over the world and features renowned artists both past and present. 

Step across the road for a scenic stroll through the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to discover the sombre beauty of The Shrine of Remembrance, the lush Alexandra Gardens and the astonishing Guilfoyle’s Volcano.

Be sure to book tickets to one of Melbourne’s many theatre shows during your visit. From the Princess Theatre’s spellbinding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Melbourne Theatre Company’s captivating production of Anthony Weir’s Sunday, there’s always something for everyone in Melbourne’s first-class theatre scene.

Walk our Designer Shopping Trails

Allow yourself a splurge and venture into Melbourne’s must-visit designer shopping trails. Get swept up in the famous ‘Paris End’ of Collins Street, home to some of the world’s biggest designer brands and perfectly positioned just a stone’s throw from our hotel. 

Prefer something a little more eclectic? Venture into Chapel Street to explore vibrant local wares and up-and-coming stores oozing with urban-chic charm. Stop along the way to refuel at the dozens of hideaway cafés and sumptuous restaurants lining the stirp before finding that custom-made piece to perfectly set the night’s outfit.


Reserve your Stay with InterContinental Melbourne the Rialto

Venture into our Gothic-inspired architecture to discover a timeless world of heritage charm and modern comforts just waiting to pamper you. Whether staying for two nights or two weeks, we know that a luxury hotel staycation is just what you need to enter 2023. 

Visit our website to make your reservation or speak with our friendly staff to discuss your preferences.



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