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
- South Yarra
- St Kilda
Hotel’s in Melbourne CBD
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
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
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
All rooms contain:
- LM Signature Beds
- Ensuite bathrooms with rain showers
- Hunter Lab amenities
- 55″ TVs
- Bose Sound Dock
- Bespoke artwork
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
- 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
- Club Lounge
- Butler Service
- Health Club
- Wellness Centre
- Swimming Pool
- Chuan Spa
- Melba Restaurant
- Aria Bar & Lounge
- Afternoon Tea with Wedgewood
- Langham Supper Club
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
- Contempory furnishings and design
- Rain shower
- Free wifi
- Complimentary movies
- CD player
- Nespresson Coffee Machine
- Outdoor heated pool
- Fully equipped gym
- Internet Lounge
Momami Restaurant and bar
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
- Corner suite
- Premier suite
- Tea and coffee making facilities
- Bose speaker
- Aspar products
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
South Yarra Hotel
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
- High speed internet
- Appelles Apothecary toiletries
- Work desk
Rooftop pool and sundeck
The Brasserie – international cuisine
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.
- Ocean Invaders Jellyfish Exhibit
- Bay of Rays
- Mangroves and Rockpools
- Coral Caves
- Shipwreck Explorer
- Mermaid Garden
What to do in Melbourne with kids?
Kids and adults love Lego. Purchase your tickets on-line and save $$. Ticket includes:
2 Lego rides
5 Lego Play and Build Areas
Merlins Apprentice Ride
Melbourne City Balloon Flight (your Melbourne Bucketlist Experience)
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.
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.
Cruise Melbourne’s Yarra River for 2 hours viewing some of Melbourne’s major attractions such as:
- Southgate Lesiure precinct
- Polly Woodside 19th century sailing ship
- Shipping channels and dock area
- Westgate Bridge
- Royal Botanic Gardens
- Melbourne Olympic Park
- and more
23 stops around Melbourne is included in your 24-hour ticket plus general admission to Melbourne Zoo.
Choose 26 top Melbourne’s attractions and save up to 40% of many of the attractions:
- Melbourne Zoo
- Cooks Cottage
- Healesville Sanctuary
- Old Melbourne Gaol
- Werribee Open Range Zoo
- Phillip Island Nature Park
- Melbourne River cruises
- and more
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.
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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