How to Choose the Best 5 Star Hotel in Melbourne

How to Choose the Perfect 5 Star Hotel in Melbourne

Here’s how to find the very best 5 star accommodation in Melbourne that delivers on style, luxury and accessibility.

For many visitors finding the best 5-star hotel in Melbourne with beautiful accommodation in a central location is the first, and usually, the most difficult step toward planning an exceptional stay in the city. Does the hotel offer a heated pool? Does it have restaurants and bars? What rooms and suite options are available? All of these questions and more will come into play when booking Melbourne accommodation that ticks all of the boxes.

To help make the planning process easier, here’s how to find the very best 5 star accommodation in Melbourne that delivers on style, luxury and location.

1. Landmark Location

When it comes to choosing the best five star hotel  in Melbourne, location is everything. Situated in a prestigious location on Collins Street with access to the best the city has to offer on the doorstep; there’s no better place to stay than InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto.

Located just 2 minutes from the beautiful Yarra River, 3 minutes to the Crown entertainment complex, 5 minutes to the Marvel Stadium, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre and Federation Square, and 10 minutes to St Kilda and Melbourne Zoo, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto’s location is unmatched.

Take advantage of the best riverside dining and entertainment options, all within a short stroll. Situated under the iconic glass atrium, experience intimate dining at Alluvial or taste your way through Italy and share delicious, hearty pasta and a bottle of vino at Ronnie’s. Explore the featured exhibits at the National Gallery of Victoria, and wind your way through laneways to find the best of Melbourne’s boutique shopping with absolute ease.

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2. Luxurious Accommodation

The room or suite you stay in should be the main deciding factor when choosing a 5-star hotel in Melbourne. With 253 luxury rooms and suites in the heart of Melbourne, you are spoiled for choice at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Showcasing the true meaning of luxury accommodation, 14 room and suite types highlight the best in style, comfort and flexibility.

Sleep on cloud-like mattresses, topped with luxurious linen and bedding, then wake up and step into an indulgent rain shower. Sip coffee overlooking Our glass-topped atrium with a fresh brew from your capsule coffee machine while catching up on the morning news on a 43” flat screen TV, then head down to Alluvial Restaurant for a satiating continental breakfast.

For couples or two adults, room options include the 1 King Bed Premium, 1 King Bed Premium with Separate Bath, 1 King Bed Premium Collins St View, 1 King Bed Junior Suite, 1 King Bed Bedroom Suite, 1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Signature Suite and the 1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Iconic Suite. For 3 adults, or those travelling with children, the 2 Double Beds Classic room is a great choice.

For those who appreciate the best room in the hotel, the 1 King Bed 1 Bedroom Iconic Suites are an absolute must. Showcasing modern luxury and elegance, enjoy 123 sqm of light-filled space in three stunning options; Great Ocean Road Suite, City of Melbourne Suite & Birrarung Marr Suite. With stunning decor, modern facilities and amenities and copious amounts of space to call home.

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3. Exquisite Interior

With its striking Venetian Gothic façade and stylish interior, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto strikes the perfect balance between classic elegance and chic modernity. Soak up the refined ambiance that reflects the rich history of the building while encompassing the beauty of sleek modern opulence.

Immerse yourself in true luxury as you step into the 10-story glass-topped atrium. Walk amongst original brickwork, ornate windows and high ceilings that hark back to the late 1800s. Soak up stunning Melbourne city views from gothic balconies with floor to ceiling columns. Guest rooms and suites feature subtle hues of cream, taupe and gold, with pops of deep and rich contrasting shades.

From the lobby to the restaurants, the rooms to the pool, and the interior to the exterior – every inch of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has been meticulously styled and designed to mirror the true beauty of the building and its historical architecture with timeless luxury at the heart of it all.

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4. Superior Service

Any 5-star hotel that honours its rating will provide exceptional service for guests, come day or night. From the moment you arrive and throughout the duration of your stay, you’ll experience the highest levels of service and satisfaction.

Our concierge team are available to help you design a truly memorable itinerary, using their local insider knowledge of the area to maximise your experience. Live your best InterContinental life by upgrading to a Club InterContinental room or suite, allowing exclusive access to the Club Lounge on Level 4.

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast from 7am to 11am on the weekend, a decadent afternoon tea served from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm, and canapes, and drinks from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Additional services that add an extra-special touch include an optional turn down service and private limousine service.

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5. Five-Star Facilities

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto has all of the five-star facilities that guests have come to expect, reflecting the same quality and style found throughout the hotel. When choosing the perfect 5 star accommodation in Melbourne, you’ll want to have access to a variety of facilities that amplify your stay.

Some of the main facilities include:

  • 24-hour gym
  • 24-hour reception
  • Award-winning wellness spa & clinic
  • Club InterContinental Lounge
  • Complimentary WiFi & bathrobes
  • Knowledgeable Concierge team
  • Heated rooftop swimming pool
  • In-room dining
  • Sauna & jacuzzi
  • Two hotel restaurants

Soak up stunning city views while you swim in a beautiful, heated indoor pool located on the top floor of InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. The ultimate place to relax and unwind, floor to ceiling windows flood the rooftop pool with plenty of natural light whilst offering unrivalled views of Melbourne city and glimpses of the bay area.

Also located on the top floor of the building is a well-equipped, state-of-the-art gym with equally breathtaking views to enjoy whilst working up a sweat. If you prefer to sweat without the exercise, you’ll love soothing tired and aching muscles in our Scandinavian-inspired sauna and jacuzzi.

Our award-winning, Botanica Wellness Spa and Clinic, is the perfect place to indulge with premium body treatments designed to rejuvenate mind, body and soul. Relax with a deep tissue massage, enjoy a rejuvenating Elemis facial, discover amazing treatments that will leave you feeling truly relaxed.

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Rediscover True Luxury at The Rialto – The Best Place to stay in Melbourne

Whether staying for business, or for leisure, make every moment in Melbourne one to remember when you stay at InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto. Enjoy unprecedented access to award-winning facilities, gourmet on-site dining, luxury rooms and suites, a central CBD location and superior levels of service.

Elevate your experience by checking into one of our premium suites, perfect for those moments that demand something extraordinary. From the second you arrive until the moment you depart, rediscover true luxury in a Melbourne icon.

Book a stay today.


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