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"Stylish hotel located in the heart of one of Melbourne’s most vibrant districts"

Need to know

    • 43 Rooms
    • This little gem is hidden in an alleyway just off of Little Bourke Street; a block from Chinatown, Melbourne
    • A quirky hotel, full of eccentric character, provides effortless living in the heart of Melbourne

We love

  • A clear standout feature is that the minibar and every other typically priced item right down to breakfast in the morning is free
  • The location is great, with Chinatown and Parliament House just a stones throw away
  • The service is impeccable. The staff consistently went out their way to make guests feel at home
  • The art décor is full of character

Top Secret

The Ovolo provides great social opportunities, with a complimentary happy hour in their bar


The guys behind the Ovolo Laneways are no novices to the boutique hotel game. Having perfected their craft in some of Hong Kong’s coolest establishments, this is their first foray into Australia. This experience and knowledge is evident as it quickly becomes obvious that the hotel knows what it is about. The name ‘Laneways’ refers to the quirky shopping arcades, malls and side streets that punctuate central Melbourne. The hotel very much feels like an extension of the teeming mass of al fresco eateries, vinyl stores and fixie bike shops. Which brings me back to my ‘aggressively cool’ description. This place knows what it’s doing, does it well and provides the perfect base to explore one of Australia’s coolest cities

The Review

If asked to describe the Ovolo Laneways in two words, I think I would opt for the somewhat oxymoronic phrase ‘aggressively cool’. You are greeted in the lobby by the polished elegance of the dark marble floor, which only serves to accentuate the rich, colourful tones of the modern street art that adorn the walls. Indeed the whole hotel is designed with a crisp, stylish aesthetic in mind; highly modern, very functional and with an emphasis on fun.

No two rooms are the same and none could be considered small; too often a problem for inner city hotels. Our suite allowed us to walk out onto a spacious terrace where we could look down on the streets of Melbourne, and up to the skyscrapers of downtown. The room is full of unexpected delights, from the downright quirky (punchbags) to the impossibly slick (private outdoor spa). The attention to detail is fantastic, with the Ovolo not shying away from insisting on the best for all its rooms; Apple products, wine fridges and a frankly unwatchable amount of flat-screens. 

Throughout the hotel this attention to detail is combined with a sense of generosity that is increasingly rare in the fiercely competitive hotel business. Reception provides the guests with free backpacks full of sweets and nuts to keep one sustained while exploring the city. The rooms come with complimentary minibars. You are encouraged to stock up on fresh pastries and freshly brewed coffee in the foyer. In fact once you get past the check in process, it progressively feels more like you’re staying at an incredibly helpful friend’s house. This feeling extends to the comfortable beds, homely vibes, and apartment-like facilities in all the suites.


Ovolo Laneways

  • Address: 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
  • Travel info: The hotel is located 22km from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport; shuttle buses to & from the CBD operate 24/7 including public holidays and weekends. From Avalon Airport, a shuttle bus runs on a timetabled schedule to & from Southern Cross Station. The jour

Key Features

  • Free Wifi

  • Airport Shuttle

  • Bar