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How to Have The Best Staycation in Melbourne

Aaaah Melbourne! You got us at our first visit! Are you ready to have your best staycation in Melbourne? Australia’s best coffee, Melbourne’s laneways, street art, markets, its diverse food scene and the Royal Botanic Gardens all makes Melbourne a popular destination for your next staycation.

We spent two years living in Melbourne with our young family. For a family staycation, it is a perfect destination with so much to do and see. If you are looking for a romantic getaway head to the CBD and if you are a group of friends having a few nights’ getaway you will have one of the best shopping experiences in Australia and so many dining options to enjoy!

We have researched the top accommodation in Melbourne in 5 popular Melbourne areas:

  • Melbourne’s CBD
  • Southbank
  • South Yarra
  • Docklands
  • St Kilda

Hotel’s in Melbourne CBD

W Melbourne

Address: 408 Flinders Lane

Accommodation: 294 guest rooms, 29 suites, 4 WOW suites and 1 extreme WOW suite spread over 15 floors with city or river views, pet friendly

Room Facilities: Floor to ceiling windows, a cocktail bar (one step up from a mini-bar), signature W bed, luxury linen, plush W robes, Davines bath amenities, 55″ LED TV, high-speed internet

Hotel Facilities: state of the art FIT gym, swimming pool on level 14

Dining Options:

Lollo – all-day dining

Curious Bar – great cocktails, you must try the Curious Ristretto

Warabi – Japanese Restaurant

Culprit – grab and go coffee and wine bar

Wet Deck – level 14 with poolside bar

Book your staycation at the W Melbourne here

Lancemore Crossley Street

Address: 51 Little Bourke Street Melbourne (nestled between Chinatown and the Theatre district of Melbourne)

Accommodation: 113 art filled rooms

  • William Room – 24 sq m
  • Henry Room – 32 sq m
  • Juliet 1 Bedroom Suite
  • Romeo 2 Bedroom Suite

Room Facilities:

All rooms contain:

  • LM Signature Beds
  • Ensuite bathrooms with rain showers
  • Hunter Lab amenities
  • 55″ TVs
  • Bose Sound Dock
  • Bespoke artwork

Hotel Facilities:

Rooftop terrace

Dining Options:

Lobby Lounge

Book your room at the Lancemore Crossley here

Southbank Hotel

Langham Hotel Melbourne

Address: 1 Southgate Avenue Southbank

Accommodation: 363 Superior/Deluxe/Executive Rooms, 12 Balcony/terrace rooms, 11 1 bedroom suites, 1 Residence Suite, 1 Chairman’s Suite

Room Facilities:

  • Signature Langham Blissful Bed
  • Marble baths
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Soft Langham bathrobes, slippers and toiletries
  • Views of either Melbourne’s skyline or the Yarra River
  • Mediahub to connect your laptop to the TV

Hotel Facilities:

  • Club Lounge
  • Butler Service
  • Health Club
  • Wellness Centre
  • Swimming Pool
  • Chuan Spa

Dining Options:

  • Melba Restaurant
  • Aria Bar & Lounge
  • Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood
  • Langham Supper Club

Book your accommodation at the Langham Hotel in Melbourne here

Docklands Hotel

Peppers Docklands Melbourne

Address: 679 LaTrobe Street Docklands. Located on the concourse of Marvel Stadium. There are complimentary trams on the doorstep as well 2 council bike stations close by.


  • Peppers Petite
  • Peppers King
  • Peppers King with Balcony
  • Peppers Queen Queen
  • Peppers Deluxe King Suite
  • Peppers 2 bedroom hotel rooms
  • Peppers 2 bedroom balcony
  • Peppers 2 bedroom suites

Room Facilities:

  • Contempory furnishings and design
  • Rain shower
  • Free wifi
  • Complimentary movies
  • Foxtel
  • CD player
  • Nespresson Coffee Machine

Hotel Facilities:

  • Outdoor heated pool
  • Fully equipped gym
  • Internet Lounge

Dining Options:

Momami Restaurant and bar

Book your accommodation for the Peppers Docklands here

St Kilda Hotel

The Prince Hotel St Kilda – boutique art deco hotel

Address: 2 Acland Street St Kilda – 5 minutes from St Kilda beach.

Accommodation: 39 rooms

  • Boutique room
  • Deluxe room
  • Deluxe with bath
  • Superior
  • Corner suite
  • Premier suite

Room facilities:

  • TV
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Mini-bar
  • Bathrobe
  • Bose speaker
  • Aspar products

Hotel facilities:

Free parking

Free Wifi

Dining Options:

Prince Dining Room – open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Prince Public Bar – open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Little Prince Wine Bar -open for Lunch and Dinner

Book your room here at The Prince Hotel

South Yarra Hotel

Como South Yarra

Address: 630 Chapel Street, South Yarra (close to South Yarra’s best restaurants, cafes and bars)

Accommodation: 111 rooms, stylish and chic decor

  • Superior rooms – King bed
  • Superior rooms – 2 single beds
  • Junior Suite
  • Loft Penthouse
  • Gold Penthouse
  • 1 Bedroom Apartment
  • 2 Bedroom Apartment

Room Facilities:

  • High speed internet
  • Appelles Apothecary toiletries
  • Mini-Bar
  • TV
  • Work desk

Hotel Facilities:

Rooftop pool and sundeck

Dining Options:

The Brasserie – international cuisine


Book your rooms at the Como here

Top 9 Best Things To Do in Melbourne

Wondering what to do in Melbourne on your staycation? The following 9 Melbourne activities are some of the top ‘must-do’ in Melbourne activities.

Sea life Melbourne Aquarium Tickets

Sea Life Melbourne Ticket
Visit Sea Life Aquarium – image credit Experience Oz


  • Ocean Invaders Jellyfish Exhibit
  • Bay of Rays
  • Mangroves and Rockpools
  • Coral Caves
  • Shipwreck Explorer
  • Mermaid Garden

Purchase your tickets here

What to do in Melbourne with kids?


Kids and adults love Lego. Purchase your tickets on-line and save $$. Ticket includes:

Lego Land
Take the family to Lego Land – image credit Experience Oz

2 Lego rides


5 Lego Play and Build Areas

4D Cinema

Factory tour

Underwater Quest

Kingdom Quest

Merlins Apprentice Ride

Purchase your tickets here

Melbourne City Balloon Flight (your Melbourne Bucketlist Experience)

Melbourne City Balloon Flight
Melbourne City Balloon Flight – image credit Experience Oz

Imagine soaring over the Melbourne skyline at dawn for an hour. The highlights are the MCG, Shrine of Remembrance, Botanical Gardens, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. Option – a la carte champagne breakfast at the Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne.

Purchase your tickets here

Eureka Skydeck with optional Edge Experience

Highest Southern Hemisphere views in the centre of Melbourne. If you are game enough purchase the optional Edge Experience where you are projected 3 metres outside the building in a glass box.

Eureka Skydeck
Visit the Eureka Skydeck – image credit Experience Oz

Prepurchase your tickets here

Melbourne City 2 Hour Sightseeing Cruise

Cruise Melbourne’s Yarra River for 2 hours viewing some of Melbourne’s major attractions such as:

Melbourne City 2 hour cruise
Melbourne City 2 hour sightseeing cruise – image credit Experience Oz
  • Southgate Lesiure precinct
  • Polly Woodside 19th century sailing ship
  • Shipping channels and dock area
  • Westgate Bridge
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Melbourne Olympic Park
  • and more

Book your tickets in advance here

Melbourne Hop on Hop off Tour and Melbourne Zoo

23 stops around Melbourne is included in your 24-hour ticket plus general admission to Melbourne Zoo.

Melbourne Hop on Hop off Bus
Melbourne Hop on Hop off Bus with general admission to Melbourne Zoo – image credit Experience Oz

Book your pass here.

iVenture Card Melbourne Flexi Attraction Pass

Choose 26 top Melbourne’s attractions and save up to 40% of many of the attractions:

iVenture Melbourne Attractions Card
iVenture Card Melbourne’s Attractions Flexi Pass – image credit Experience Oz
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Cooks Cottage
  • Healesville Sanctuary
  • Old Melbourne Gaol
  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
  • Legoland
  • Phillip Island Nature Park
  • Melbourne River cruises
  • and more

Pre-purchase your pass here

Queen Victoria Market Foodie Tour

Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market Food Tour – image credit Experience Oz

A 90 minute guided food tour with 10 tastings whilst learning the history of Queen Victoria market. Finish the tour with a glass of Victorian wine, a seasonal fruit platter and a hot jam doughnut.

Book your Foodie Tour here

Getting to and From Melbourne

Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is 23 km from the CBD. The average journey time is between 20 – 35 minutes.

You can pre-book your airport transfers:

Tullamarine Airport to City Transfers with Skybus – book here

City to Tullamarine Airport with Skybus – book here

Tullamarine Airport to Southbank or Docklands – book here

Southbank or Docklands to Tullamarine Airport – book here

Tullamarine Airport to St Kilda with Skybus – book here

St Kilda to Tullarmarine Airport with Skybus – book here

Latest Flight Deals to Melbourne

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Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Melbourne

When is the best time to visit Melbourne?

After living in Melbourne we would recommend visiting during Spring and Autumn. The weather is pleasant during these months. The busy tourist time is summer and prices are higher during the three months from December to February.

Should I rent a car to visit Melbourne?

Melbourne is a very walkable city. If you plan to arrange day trips from the city you may want to consider hiring a car.

What free things can you do in Melbourne?

Some of the best things to do in Melbourne that are free are:

  • Visit the Botanical Gardens
  • Wander the laneways of Melbourne CBD
  • Explore Queen Victoria Market
  • Head to Fitzroy Gardens to visit the model Tudor Village
  • Visit the State’s Library beautiful Dome Reading Room
  • At sunset head down Jacka Boulevard to St Kilda to see the little penguins
  • Tour the city on the Free Trams
  • Wander the laneways for street art
  • Visit the Shrine of Rembrance

If you have any questions or would like some advice we would love to hear from you.

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We hope you have enjoyed our article on Melbourne’s top staycation hotels and Melbourne’s top attractions. It is a fun city to visit and we know you will return time and time again.

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