The Westin Melbourne, Melbourne $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Well-oiled wheels are set in motion the moment you enter this slick property, where sculptural pendant lights hang from the lobby ceiling and soaring windows look out over the bustle of Melbourne's business district. Courteous staffers sweep you through an express check-in service (which truly merits the name; the process takes just a few minutes) and then escort you to your spacious, streamlined guest quarters. All 262 rooms and suites are outfitted with minimalist wood furnishings, cream-colored fabrics, and bathrooms with double basins and rainfall showerheads. The rooms are some of the largest in the city, ranging from almost 400 to 1,000 square feet. The hotel's common areas—including the Allegro restaurant, a low-lit martini lounge, and a fireside tea "library"—all share the Zen-posh aesthetic. Health is taken seriously here: The fitness room has state-of-the-art weight and cardio machines, and the Wellness Spa has an indoor lap pool, sauna, and steam room.