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Melbourne's Grand Hotel.
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MELBOURNE hotels are in the race to provide the best deal for Melbourne Cup Week, including some special extras to complete your race day experience.

The bayside Novotel St Kilda is offering rates from $259 per night including breakfast for two in the new Grill 3182 restaurant, car parking and a glass of sparkling wine.

■ To book phone Novotel St Kilda on (03) 9525 5522 or check out

At the Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure, you can stay in the heart of the city from $281 per night and celebrate your day at the races.

The hotel's popular Cocoon Bar offers the chance to 'Choose Your Own Happy Hour'- just giddy-on up to the bar when you get back from the track and your own personal happy hour starts right then.

To book phone The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure toll free on 1300 650 315 or check out

From $459 per night in a studio apartment, the Grand Spring Carnival Package at the stunning Grand Hotel Melbourne (pictured) includes breakfast for two in RAB restaurant, two full zone train tickets to get you to the track, two race booklets for the day, and two lapel flowers to top off your race day look.

To book, call (03) 9611 4567 or toll free 1300 361 455. Further information at

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