Langham Hotel, Melbourne $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Part of the group that also includes the Langham London and Langham Place Hong Kong, this 387-room hotel is an outpost of old-school elegance in the otherwise flashy neighborhood of Southbank. The opulent foyer, with its sweeping marble staircase, waterfall, and glittering chandeliers, sets the genteel tone, as does the formally solicitous service. Plush guest rooms and suites have modern bells and whistles—cloudlike beds, oversize hot tubs, fluffy robes—and fabulous views over the Yarra River to the city center. Some come with special privileges such as butler service and use of the exclusive Langham Club floor (great for predinner cocktails and canapés). When they aren't exploring nearby sights like Federation Square and the Queen Victoria Gardens, guests laze about on the pool deck or indulge in herbal salt scrubs and hot-stone massages at the on-site Chuan Spa.