The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne

Sky-high luxury at Australia’s tallest hotel

After nine years, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne made its long-awaited debut in 2023 to widespread acclaim. The newest Australian outpost from the storied brand, the high-end hotel towers more than 60 stories above the city skyline and raises the bar on luxury in the ever-evolving Australian metropolis.

Jaw-dropping views come standard in 257 elegantly appointed accommodations and at rooftop restaurant Atria. The latter also boasts a mouthwatering taste of the region’s bounty. While the vistas are certainly a showstopper, interior design isn’t an afterthought here. Spaces imagined by Melbourne-based firm Bar Studio are airy, elegant and punctuated with pieces from First Nations and other local artists that add a thoughtful, stylish sense of place.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • While “skyline views” can be disappointing at certain city-center hotels, the looks from The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne are truly one of a kind. Taking up the top 17 floors of the 80-story West Side Place Tower, the new Ritz is the city’s (and, subsequently, the country’s) tallest hotel and its 360-degree panoramas are unmatched.
  • Spacious marble bathrooms are a highlight in all of the rooms and suites at the Melbourne hotel. Gold-veined Calacatta oro marble, gilded fixtures and soaking tubs stocked with full-size Diptyque amenities provide an elegant upgrade to the typical washroom.
  • Sipping sundowners at the cozy 80th-floor Cameo lounge overlooking the city is a must-do when staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne. The cocktail bar specializes in vintage pours imbued with antique spirits, like a 1931 Manhattan made with nearly century-old rye whiskey.
  • Locally caught seafood is the culinary star at Atria, the hotel’s stellar signature dining venue named for the brightest star in the southern hemisphere’s sky. Executive chef Michael Greenlaw’s hyper-local menu changes frequently but is always best enjoyed from a seat at the Victorian ash-carved bar overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
  • A sunset dip in the Melbourne hotel’s 64th-floor infinity pool is an unforgettable experience. Float in the heated waters or lounge on a day bed as you watch the sun sink behind the buildings through towering double-height windows artfully anchored by geometric metal frames.

The Look

  • Cottee Parker Architects ensured that The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne’s most valuable asset, its views, stayed front and center with the help of seemingly endless walls of windows on every floor.
  • Internationally renowned (and locally based) design firm BAR Studio drew inspiration from the abundance of natural light, opting to create a gallery-like interior within the luxury hotel’s walls. Sleek furniture, neutral tones and meticulously placed art invite you to linger a little longer in those light-drenched spaces.
  • Among the Melbourne hotel’s more thoughtful artistic touches are the door handles on the ground-floor lobby. Cast in bronze from a piece by Indigenous artist Maree Clarke, the adornments take the shape of a necklace traditionally given to welcome visitors.
  • For a deep cut of Melbourne history, look for the black marble water feature outside the spa. The fixture is reminiscent of a black marble fountain that used to stand at Collins and Swanson streets (just up the road), where passersby would write messages on leaves and attach them to the fountain for others to read.

24-hour room service
Indoor pool
Meeting rooms
Getting There
650 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3000
MEL (20-35 min)   AVV (40 min-1 hr 5 min)  
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