One thing I’ve learnt over the years, is that Melbourne is chock-a-block full of different places to stay – and you’ll find almost every kind of property available – hostel, basic hotel, luxury hotel, semi-independent apartment, fully furnished apartment and Bed and Breakfasts just outside the city outskirts.
In this post, I’m going to share some of my favourite and highly recommended places to stay in the CBD (I rarely stay outside of it).
One thing I’ve learnt over the years is that Melbourne is chock-a-block full of different places to stay – and you’ll find almost every kind of property available as well!
In this post, I’m going to share some of my favourite and highly recommended places to stay in the CBD (I rarely stay out of it, to be honest!).
Generally, I don’t spend more than a couple of days at a time in Melbourne (nothing on the people or the city – it’s just enough time considering how close it is).
APARTMENTS OF MELBOURNE
Shop 8, 568 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
However, at the end of last year, I spent a week there, so I opted to stay in a full service apartment, rather than a hotel and I was glad that I did as it meant that I could save on money a bit by stocking up on groceries on that first day and store/cook them in the kitchenette provided.
I made the decision to stay at the Apartments of Melbourne on Collins Street. I chose this place as the price was great (about AUD$150 a night at the time) and the location is AMAZING! Being on Collins Street, means that it’s within walking distance to Southern Cross Station (to get the airport shuttle to) and numerous tram stops along the street as well to get you around the city.
As well as the kitchenette, I also had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and a living room with a desk. Plus some filler views over Docklands as well – thanks to being on the 30th floor!
In talking this up, this place isn’t going to be worth it for everyone. As it’s a lot more independent, there’s no housekeeping during your stay – only once you leave. On top of that, the office to collect your keys is only open until 4pm and there are 2 elevators to service 55 floors, so there is often a wait. In saying this, I’d stay there again (and just fly in early).
OAKS ON MARKET ST.
I’ve stayed at Oaks locations around the world and like many large chains, I enjoy them because you know what to expect and you know what you’ll get from them as well.
This time around, we stayed at the Oaks on Market Street as they had the room configuration we wanted, but there are a number of other Oaks properties in the CBD.
We had a double room that had 2 single beds (could’ve been a 1 King if we had wanted), a lounge area and a kitchenette. We lucked out and got a room with an incredible view of the city as well!
Market Street is about a 20min walk from Spencer Street Station, so really well located in the CBD. However, what we enjoyed the most was the level of service we received – we had a number of drinks in the bar and the staff there were so lovely. We did have 1 stand out though – Ebony who worked in the cafe area and was a barista. s always lovely and in a great mood, plus she was SO helpful with restaurant recommendations. She is pretty much the sole reason I’d stay there again and we left after checking out, raving about her!
270 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
When I was going to Melbourne for the Star Wars Run, I knew I’d be taking the tram there, so would need to stay somewhere on the tram line.Having stayed at a Hilton before, it was an easy decision to choose the DoubleTree on Finders Street as I’d never stayed at a specific DoubleTree before. Every step was made as easy as possible. Their booking system is, as always, super simple, then as I touched down in Melbourne, I received a text message from the Office Manager informing me that my room was already ready (it was 11amish) and to arrive whenever I pleased. Check in was seamless and I got the famous DoubleTree choc chip cookie as well! Once I got to the room, it was surprisingly spacious for the middle of Melbourne CBD! By far, my favourite part of the room was the bathroom – actually made me want to spend time in there relaxing! Well worth every dollar.
What are your favourite spots to stay at in Melbourne? Do you prefer to stay in or out of the city?