Where to Stay in Melbourne: Best Areas & Suburbs

The best areas to stay in Melbourne for both first time and returning tourists are the neighborhoods of Melbourne CBD, St. Kilda Beach, Fitzroy, Carlton, Docklands, Southbank, Richmond, South Yarra, East Melbourne, Collingwood. In this guide, I will help you to decide where to stay in Melbourne for first time visitors and best suburbs for family, couples, nightlife, on a budget, shopping, near beach, airport, and best hotels in each suburb.

Voted the most liveable city in the world year after year, it’s truly a beautiful city, with countless things to do and see. The city is known for its great public transport system, excellent nightlife, world-class coffee, and artistic vibe. Melbourne is Australia’s second-biggest city and I believe it’s a must-visit.

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay in Melbourne that will suit your budget requirements, interests and logistics, then a great place to look is booking.com. You can scan around the area and use filters to search for your perfect budget.

As a young traveller, I would choose either the Southbank or the CBD because it’s close to all the attractions and nightlife, but if you have a family and dislike busy areas, then you might prefer somewhere quieter like the Docklands. I hope the following tips will help you to choose where to stay in this great city.

💖 Best Area for First Timers:Melbourne CBD
💎 Best luxury hotel:Park Hyatt Melbourne
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel
💰 Best budget hotel:ibis Melbourne Central


📌12 Best Areas to Stay in Melbourne

1. Melbourne CBD, where to stay in Melbourne for first time tourists

Melbourne CBD
Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD, which stands for the Central Business District, is the mecca of Melbourne. It stretches from the Yarra River Birrarung to Victoria Street and Spencer Street to Spring Street.

It is the hub of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks, bars, restaurants, shops, cafes, dining, nightlife, and next to Melbourne’s main sporting arena, Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Melbourne is famous for its street art scene. The laneways are filled with colorful murals, graffiti. The most famous street art spots are Hosier Lane, AC/DC Lane, Blender Lane, the Upper West Side Arts Precinct, and Flinders Way.

There are also shopping arcades and narrow laneways. You will find Block Arcade on Collins Street connects Collins Street, Elizabeth Street, and Little Collins Street; Royal Arcade which is Melbourne’s oldest arcade, connected Little Collins, Elizabeth Street, and the Bourke Street Mall.

It’s also known as the coffee capital of the world, this is a great place for coffee lovers!

Melbourne Central is well-connected transports with tram, buses, and train. There is a free tram, 35 City Circle (Free Tourist Tram) that extends from Queen Victoria Market to Docklands, Spring Street, Flinders Street Station, and Federation Square.

Melbourne CBD has every standard and type of hotel you can think of, from very high-end to budget hostel rooms. Below are the best places to stay in Melbourne CBD ranging from budget to luxury:

Best luxury hotels in Melbourne CBD:

Park Hyatt Melbourne This 5-star hotel is in a great central location, within easy walking distance from popular shopping precinct Collins Street, Princess Theatre, Parliament House, Bionics Institute, Old Treasury Building, ooks’ Cottage, Block Arcade Melbourne, and Flinders Street Station. Also close to Melbourne Museum, Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne’s theatre district and Chinatown, Queen Victoria Market.

Grand Hyatt Melbourne Hotel The Grand Hyatt Melbourne is a luxury five-star hotel located on the Eastern side of the city’s CBD. Guests right this hotel as fabulous and speak particularly highly of the superb location convenient for all the dining, shopping, and other city center delights. Grand Hyatt is great for business travelers, but couples also rate the hotel very highly. As you’d expect, the hotel is packed with facilities, including two lobbies, boutique stores, and a top-quality restaurant. There is also an indoor swimming pool, sauna, tennis court, and a health and fitness center.

 The Langham Melbourne Hotel The Langham Melbourne is a ritzy five-star hotel that sits on the South Bank of the Yarra River. This location offers some fabulous views of the city and the river and is particularly popular with couples. The hotel design and furnishings are all about classic elegance and has features including a tumbling marble staircase, fountains, and chandeliers.

 QT Melbourne Hotel This smart, modern city hotel is located on Russell Street in the heart of the CBD. The architecture and decor are an eye-catching combination of parquet flooring, luxurious furnishings and furniture, and a clean, modern, spacious layout. This five-star hotel offers a restaurant, cafe, and bar, with rooftop dining offering excellent city views.

Best mid-range hotels in Melbourne CBD:

Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto Hotel This fabulous Intercontinental chain hotel’s classic Italian name emphasizes that it is an evocative and richly historical place to stay. The hotel’s structure comprises two stunning 19th-century buildings that are some of the city’s best examples of Victorian Gothic architecture.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne, an IHG Hotel Set on the banks of the Yarra River opposite Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Crown Casino, a 5 minutes drive from the central business district. It’s within a free tram zone, and within walking distance from Southern Cross Station, Southbank, Docklands, and Yarra precincts. Also close to SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Crown Casino Melbourne, Marvel Stadium, and Rialto Towers.

Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel Melbourne This hotel offers apartment-style rooms that include a small kitchen, washing machine, and dryer. Some of these large apartments accommodate groups of up to six guests, so this is an excellent choice of upper mid-range accommodation for families and groups who want the comfort and independence afforded by apartments-style accommodation.

The Jazz Corner Hotel Melbourne The apartment-style rooms come in various flavors, suitable for all kinds of travelers from singles up to family groups, who will appreciate the two-bedroom apartments. Hotel facilities include a fully equipped gym, a restaurant, and all rooms feature a fully equipped kitchen and a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Best budget hotels in Melbourne CBD:

ibis Melbourne Central This 3-star hotel is centrally located on Lonsdale Street, in the heart of Melbourne CBD, offers an on-site restaurant, cafe, bar, fitness center, and conference facilities. It’s close to Melbourne’s attractions such as Bourke Street Mall, Marvel Stadium (formerly Etihad Stadium), Australian Institute of Management, Myer Melbourne, Emporium Melbourne, and RMIT University.

Best hostel: Flinders Backpackers: is a budget hostel in Melbourne CBD, literally located right in the middle of the city, within walking distance under 10 minutes to TONS of attractions such as Block Arcade Melbourne, St Paul’s Cathedral, National Gallery of Victoria, Arts Centre Melbourne, Southbank Promenade, Federation Square, Melbourne City Library, Melbourne City Conference Centre, and Eureka Tower.

United Backpackers  United is a very good budget accommodation with a central location on the south side of Melbourne CBD, right opposite Flinders Street Station. The hostel has accommodation to suit all kinds of guests, ranging from twin rooms with shared or private bathrooms to four or twelve-bed, sleeping mixed groups or females only. These dorm rooms are remarkably well priced, and travelers rate this place very highly, many commenting that it is the city’s best hostel.


Best Things to see in the CBD

  • Eureka Tower has an observation deck (Eureka Skydeck 88) with spectacular views of the city
  • Royal Botanic Gardens near south of the Yarra River, 38 hectares garden with over 10,000 plant species, attracting more than 1,900,000 visitors each year
  • Flinders Street Station, the busiest station in the Southern Hemisphere and the oldest railway station in Australia, date back to 1854
  • Federation Square opposite the Flinder stations, a popular meeting place, venue for many events and festivals like New Year’s Eve, Christmas, Diwali.
  • Fitzroy Gardens, where you can find the historic Cooks’ Cottage and the Spanish mission-style Conservatory
  • Parliament House, a meeting place of the Victorian Government, you can take free public tours of Parliament House when Parliament is not sitting.
  • Immigration Museum, which was first opened in Melbourne’s Old Customs House in 1998
  • Queen Victoria Market an iconic marketplace, popular with both tourists and locals
  • Bourke Street Mall, great shopping destination
  • The most famous Laneways Hosier Lane
  • Chinatown, dates back to the Gold rush years of Victoria of the 1850′, stands golden-roofed gateways on Little Bourke Street, with many festival during the year inscluding Chinese New Year, Moon Lantern Festival and the Asian Food Festival.
  • National Gallery of Victoria or NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne
  • Shrine of Remembrance, a war memorial in Melbourne in Kings Domain gardens, opened in 1934 to commemorate First World War veterans.
  • State Library of Victoria, Victoria’s major library, opened in 1856

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2. Southbank, where to stay in Melbourne for art and culture

Southbank, where to stay in Melbourne for art and culture

Southbank is one of the best locations to stay in, with an endless list of things to do and located right next to the Yarra River. Southbank is a brilliant central location.

Visitors will enjoy the vast number of art galleries that compliment Melbournes artistic and creative scene in the city. A tourist favourite is the National Gallery of Victoria, which is the oldest and most visited art museum in the whole of Australia. 

Another great option is the Arts Centre Melbourne, which is Australia’s biggest and busiest performing arts centre. Southbank is home to some of Melbourne’s most expensive hotels and budget accommodation can be a little harder to find. 

You can also check out Melbourne Recital Hall, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Arts Centre, Southbank Promenade, and Crown Melbourne.

Stay in Southbank if you want to be close to the Yarra River, you want to be close to some of Melbourne’s best food, you want to be close to the artistic hub, you want a central location that’s outside the CBD.

Best Hotels to Stay in Southbank:

Imagine Marco: Set in Melbourne, Imagine Marco is only 601 m from Eureka Tower and Crown Casino with the Southbank precinct close by. The property offers one and two bedroom apartments with panoramic city views. Great location, beautiful view, especially during sunrise and sunset!

Crown Metropol Melbourne: offers luxury accommodations on Melbourne’s Southbank. Guests have access to an exclusive lounge (open on select days only) and a bar with panoramic city views. The view from my room was amazing! The room was very clean, and the staff is very welcoming and helpful.

The Langham Melbourne: The location is spot on, located on the banks of the Yarra River, close to Crown Casino, Bourke Street Mall, Flinders Street Station, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne Cup or Spring Racing Carnival.

Another good hotel Crown Towers Melbourne Hotel Best Apartments ‣ Imagine Marco ‣ WRAP on Southbank ‣ Bella Hotel Apartments


3. Docklands, where to stay in Melbourne with family


Today the Docklands is a hub of Melbourne business and top quality Melbourne attractions. Still, it used to be called the west Melbourne swamp. It’s certainly changed a bit since those days.

It’s common for major global cities to have a giant observation wheel like London, Dubai and Singapore. Melbourne is no different; it has the Melbourne star that offers phenomenal views of Melbourne.

In character with the artistic nature of the city, the docklands is home to some fantastic contemporary art. The different sculptures all have their meaning and purpose. There aren’t many budget hotel options in the docklands, with most accommodation being mid to high range.

Stay in Docklands if you love quieter places, you enjoy open space, you want to go to the Melbourne star, you don’t mind being away from the CBD, you don’t mind being away from the nightlife.

Best Hotels in Docklands:

Quest NewQuay: is an awesome place to stay during our trip to beautiful Australia. This property is situated perfectly in the Docklands, with great water views and so close to the CBD. Close to NewQuay Marina, Waterfront City, Melbourne City Marina, The District Docklands, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, O’Brien Group Arena, Festival Hall, and D’Albora Marinas Victoria Harbour.

Winston Apartments Docklands: is an excellent location. It is close to CBD and had free access to CBD by tram.

Peppers Docklands:  is just 300 m from Marvel Stadium. Guests can enjoy Australian cuisine at the on-site restaurant, MOMAMI. Proximity to CBD & public transport is great.

Best Luxury Hotels: ‣Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands ‣ The Sebel Melbourne Docklands Best Apartments: ‣Quest Docklands 


4. East Melbourne

Located east of Melbourne CBD, East Melbourne is an affluent area with many 19th century homes, iconic landmarks, and parks. It is bordered by Spring Street, Victoria Parade, Hoddle Street, and Brunton Avenue.

East Melbourne is home to a number of government offices, including Victoria’s State Government, housed at Parliament House, which was built in 1856. 

East Melbourne has a number of specialist hospitals. Local hospitals are The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Freemasons Hospital, and Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute.

East Melbourne’s skyline is dominated by the historic St Patricks Cathedral, one of Australia’s finest ecclesiastical buildings. There is a small commercial center on Wellington Parade, servicing local residents in the nearby exclusive and wide tree-lined residential streets.

Many parklands or sporting grounds are dotted around East Melbourne. The attractive 26 hectares Fitzroy Gardens contains Captain Cooks’ Cottage, a conservatory, a miniature Tudor village, the Fairies Tree, and several fountains and rotundas. 

The Treasury Gardens are popular due to their proximity to Melbourne’s CBD. It’s one of the oldest public gardens in Melbourne dating from the mid 19th century. It’s a popular venue for weddings, community events, and rallies.

Yarra Park in Jolimont is used for picnicking and car parking for the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Meanwhile, the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground, dating back to 1853, includes a huge stadium that hosts many football and cricket matches, including the AFL Football Grand Final. It hosted the 1956 Olympic Games and the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

East Melbourne is well-served by public transport. There are tramlines on Wellington Parade and Victoria Parade; and two main stations, Parliament underground station, and Jolimont, on the Hurstbridge and Mernda lines.

5. Carlton, where to stay in Melbourne in Little Italy

Carlton, where to stay in Melbourne in Little Italy

Melbourne is known for having a sizable European migrant community, and Carlton is home to many cultures from Europe, in particular Italy. Often coined as ‘Little Italy’, Melbourne is home to a substantial Italian community.

Carlton is located within a walking distance to the CBD, and in the free tram zone, so you’re able to get around the centre of Melbourne for free from here.

Carlton is well known for having fantastic Victorian buildings, beautiful green parks and lush gardens. You can admire the Victorian era buildings at Trades Hall building, court house in Drummond Street, and Carlton Post Office in Elgin Street.

The tree-lined Lygon Street is Carlton’s main shopping street. It is packed with cafes and restaurants, with outside dining. There are many Italian eateries with pizza and pasta.

There are many local and international students in the area as Carlton is close to the University of Melbourne and RMIT University.

There is also the 16 hectare Carlton Gardens, on the Victoria Parade and Nicholson Street. It boasts the world-heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building which is home to Australia’s first parliament.

On the northern border of the gardens, you will find the Melbourne Museum and IMAX Cinema which is great for childrens.

Carlton North is where you can find the Princes Park, Melbourne General Cemetery, Royal Park, and Melbourne Zoo.

Carlton has a wide range of accommodation options, from mid-range hotels to 5-star luxury.

Stay in Carlton if you want to eat fantastic Italian food, you want to be in the free tram zone, you want to visit the Melbourne Museum, you want to be centrally located, you like cosmopolitan places.

Best places to Stay in Carlton:

Zagame’s House: This five-star luxury hotel offers a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar, free wifi, private parking, and a shared lounge. Close to Melbourne attractions such as Melbourne Museum, Melbourne City Conference Centre, and State Library of Victoria. Essendon Fields Airport is 11km away.

Arise The Eminence: This apartment offers spacious air-conditioned accommodation with a patio, a garden, free wifi, and barbecue facilities. Close to Melbourne City Conference Centre, State Library of Victoria, and Block Arcade Melbourne. You can check out cafe/bar nearby in Woodside Green, The Queensberry Hotel, The Lincoln Hotel, and Lygon St.

Carlton Lygon Lodge: Set on Lygon Street, well-known for its restaurants and cafés. Close to Carlton Gardens, Melbourne Central Station, University of Melbourne, State Netball Hockey Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne Museum, and Queen Victoria Market.


6. Fitzroy, where to stay in Melbourne for nightlife

Fitzroy, where to stay in Melbourne for nightlife

Fitzroy is known for being Melbourne’s hippie suburb. I thought it was one of Melbourne’s most unique and exciting places. The suburb is perhaps known as the most alternative part of Australia with all kinds of cool things going on, such as countless vintage clothing stores and old record stores. 

Fitzroy is only 3km outside of the CBD and a short tram ride on the 112 or 86 tram will have you there in no time at all. It’s possible to find a great selection of hotels to suit all different budgets.

The Brunswick Street, Gertrude Street, Smith Street, and Johnston Street are packed with cool bars, traditional pubs, shops, restaurants, and cafes.

You can also check out an Australian pub Hit up an Aussie Pub, shopping along Brunswick St, and visit the large, leafy, and open Edinburgh Gardens.

If you’re in Fitzroy in Saturday, be sure to visit the Rose Street Artists’ Market, great place to buy local crafts, and support local artists. The nearby Fitzroy Mills market is also worth checking for fresh foods.

You can wader around and explore Fitzroy Street art. I recommend checking out the murals at Chapel St, Keith Haring Mural, Fitzroy Everfresh Mural, Chopper Lane, and around the Fitzroy Mills Market.

Fitzroy offer good opportunities for shopping as it has many thrift shops such as Lost & Found Market, Hunter Gatherer vintage shop, Vintage Garage on Smith Street, Third Drawer Down on Gertrude Street, and among others.

Fitzroy also has excellent bars scenes. Here you will find the Naked in the Sky and the joint above the Naked for Satan eatery downstairs; The Black Pearl is a famous crafty cocktail bar of the north side; and the Everleigh which is an award-winning classic cocktail bar in Fitzroy.

Stay in Fitzroy if you want to be in Melbourne’s most artistic spot; you want to be close to the CBD; you want to see great alternative stores; you want great nightlife;

Best places to stay in Fitzroy:

Melbourne Metropole Central: This 4-star hotel is set in the cultural hub of Fitzroy on Brunswick Street with a diverse range of cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries and unique stores. Within walking distance from Lygon Street Italian precinct that has some of Melbourne’s best Italian restaurants. Also a short tram ride from Melbourne Museum, Queen Victoria Markets, Regent Theatre or Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Tyrian Serviced Apartments Fitzroy: This self-catering accommodation is in Fitzroy, close to Melbourne Museum, the Regent Theatre; also a short drive from Federation Square, Carlton Gardens, and the Royal Exhibition Building. You can shop along with Gertrude Street and Brunswick street. Visit a number of local Art Galleries or take a stroll to the Carlton Gardens, and enjoy a cocktail at the famous Black Pearl bar or a dinner at The Town Hall Hotel.

Another best place to stay in Fitzroy is The Nunnery Accommodation 


7. Collingwood

Located 3 km northeast of Melbourne CBD, Collingwood is bordered by Smith Street, Alexandra Parade, Hoddle Street, and Victoria Parade.  

Smith Street is Collingwood’s main thoroughfare, one of Melbourne’s major nightlife and retail strips.

You will find plenty of restaurants ranging from casual cafes to high-end dining and covering a range of cuisines. The nightlife is lively with many bars, pubs, clubs, and live music venues. 

Collingwood’s also home to Melbourne’s second-largest LGBTQ community, with a few gay clubs and bars in the area.

There are numerous vintage clothing stores and bike shops, it is a local haven for hipsters.

You can take a ride on the three old-school train carriages atop a backstreet building, Easey’s, and grab burgers, beer, and cafes.

If you love art, check out the Lamington Drive,  Backwoods Gallery which is a street-art HQ and contemporary gallery, and Australian Galleries and Ochre.  

If you want to look at the coffee production process with roastery tours and barista lessons, head to Aunty Peg’s. 

Bar hoppers can check out the Le Bon Ton, The Mill Brewery, Molly Rose, Stomping Ground brewery and beer hall, or Fixation’s tasting room, The Incubator.

8. St. Kilda Beach, where to stay in Melbourne on budget

St. Kilda Beach, where to stay in Melbourne on budget
St. Kilda Beach

Located just 6km from Melbouren CBD, between Albert Park and Elwood, St. Kilda beach is Melbourne’s famous beach. It is just a short tram ride from the city center. There is the no. 96 tram from Bourke Street, no. 16 tram from Swanston Street, and no. 12 tram from Collins Street.

St. Kilda is famous for its nightlife, food, and entertainment. Its main streets of Acland Street and Fitzroy Street are packed with restaurants, hotels, bars, cafes, cake shops, fashion boutiques, and independent music and book stores.

St Kilda’s beach is home to St. Kilda Pier. It offers fantastic views of the of Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne skyline, and this is one of the best views of the city I have witnessed during my time in the city.

From St. Kilda Pier, you can catch a ferry to Gem Pier in Williamstown, and Station Pier in Port Melbourne. You can also grab the meal at the kiosk or have a chance to spot the penguins from the St Kilda Breakwater.

Adjacent to the entrance of pier are the historic St Kilda Sea Baths, where you can you take a dip in the heated seawater spas and pools.

The waterfront esplanade is popular place for walkers, joggers, and rollerbladers, and many water activities for kitesurfers, windsurfers, and swimmers.

St Kilda is home to the famous Luna Park. The park has more than 20 rides, including the largest carousel in the southern hemisphere and the second-oldest operating roller coaster in Australia, the Scenic Railway. It is great to spend a day for families and children.

Nearby lies the art deco picture palace, Palais Theatre, an iconic live-music venue in St. Kilda since 1927. It has capacity to hold an audience of 2,896 people. Palais Theatre hosts a live music, theatre, comedy shows, opera, ballet, and film.

If you head to the southern end of St Kilda, you will see the St Kilda Marina which was built in 1969. Tt has waterfront restaurants and a public boardwalk.

Another impressive landmark is the St Kilda Town Hall at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Carlisle Street.

St Kilda is home to number of green spaces including the Botanical Gardens east of Barkly Street, the O’Donnell Gardens, and the Catani Gardens along Beaconsfield Parade.

St Kilda hosts numerous of events, festival throughout the year including the Sunday St Kilda Esplanade Arts and Craft Market which is a fantastic quality arts and crafts market, and February’s St Kilda Festival.

St. Kilda has a vast range of hotel options, but in particular, it caters to budget travelers and backpackers.

Stay in St. Kilda Beach if you want to be next to the beach, you want a quiet area to relax, you want to be close to the CBD, you like to stay in cheap hotels, you enjoy an artist/hipster vibe.

Best places to stay in St Kilda:

luxury hotel: Pullman Melbourne Albert Park This 5-star hotel is a short stroll from St Kilda Road, with lovely views of Albert Park Lake. it’s a short ride from Alfred Hospital and St Kilda Beach, 13 minutes drive from Melbourne Convention Centre, and 14 minutes drive from Melbourne Cricket Ground. Also close to Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Chapel Off Chapel, Lakeside Stadium, St Kilda Sea Baths, and Encore St Kilda Beach.

mid-range hotel: The Prince This boutique hotel with free Wi-Fi is located in cosmopolitan St Kilda, just a 5-minute walk from the beach. The lounge area offers a balcony overlooking Fitzroy Street and Port Phillip Bay. Within easy walking distance from St Kilda Sea Baths, Encore St Kilda Beach, Palais Theatre, St Kilda Pier, Luna Park Melbourne, and The National Theatre Melbourne.

budget hotel: Tolarno Hotel This hotel is located within walking distance from Acland Street Galleries, Sunday Esplanade Market, and the Grand Prix Track.


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9. Richmond, where to stay in Melbourne for sports

Stay in Melbourne: Richmond

Just a short ten-minute walk from the CBD, Richmond is a fantastic spot to stay. Richmond is an excellent location that is situated next to Melbourne Cricket Ground and just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens.

Melbourne Cricket Ground is home to the Richmond Tigers, which is the most popular Australian Rules Football team in the city. If you’re in Melbourne, you should try to watch them play at the MCG. 

Apart from MCG, nearby you can check out The Owl and Cat Theatre near Richmon station and Mountain Goat Brewery.

Staying in Richmond accommodation can be slightly cheaper than the CBD, and you’re still next to most of the top attractions.

Stay in Richmond if you want to stay somewhere quieter, yet still centrally located, you are planning to go to the MCG, you are watching the Australian open, you don’t mind walking to the main attractions, you don’t mind walking to the main nightlife.

Best Hotels to Stay in Richmond:

Adara Richmond Located along with the Bridge Rd fashion and cafe strip, within walking distance from the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne’s Olympic Park, The Epworth Hospital; also a short drive from central Melbourne, st. Kilda, and Melbourne Airport.

Amora Hotel Riverwalk The luxurious hotel is ideally located within the popular Bridge Road shopping precinct has a peaceful location on the banks of the Yarra River and offers an on-site restaurant that serves modern Australian cuisine. You can also easily access the Crown Casino, Queen Victoria Market, and Melbourne Park.


10. Footscray, where to stay in Melbourne for foodie


Melbourne is one of the world’s most multicultural cities, and you will feel this when you walk around the city. The suburb of Footscray is the centre of Melbourne’s culture scene with a vast array of different nationalities located here.

The level of international cuisine here is fantastic, with a diverse range of food from Vietnam to Greece to India. Footscray Market is an excellent market with food from all over the planet, and you can find some exceptionally exotic food here. 

There are some good budget hotels in Footscray, but a much smaller choice than other parts of Melbourne.

Some of the attractions to check out such as Footscray Market, Little Saigon Market, The Highpoint Shopping centre, Footscray Community Arts Centre, and Footscray Park.

Stay in Footscray if you love eating international cuisine, you want to be outside the centre of Melbourne, you want to be reasonably close to the main airport, you don’t mind being outside the CBD, you don’t mind staying in a calmer place.


11. Brighton Beach, where to stay in Melbourne for luxury

 Brighton Beach
Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne’s most popular Instagram spots and is home to some of Melbourne’s most scenic views. Brighton Beach is half an hour away from the CBD.

The most popular thing to do in Brighton is walking along Brighton Beach, which is famous for the colourful bathing boxes that are a photographer’s dream. 

Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne’s most affluent suburbs, and accommodation varies from cheap hippie hostels to expensive luxury hotels. Brighton Beach generally caters for high-end accommodation

Stay in Brighton Beach if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle, you want to be closer to nature, you want to be next to the picturesque Brighton Beach, you want to swim in calm waters, you don’t mind staying in a quiet area.

Best Hotels to Stay in Brighton Beach:

Brighton Savoy Hotel: This hotel offers stunning views of Brighton Beach, within walking distance from a wide range of shops on Church Street, Middle Brighton Railway Station, The Royal Brighton Yacht Club, and Brighton Golf Course.

Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton: is in a great location, close to shops, cafes and public transport. Very quiet and comfortable studio apartment with underground secure car park. It is just 250 m from Middle Brighton Railway Station, and 15 minutes drive from Luna Park and the Sandringham Hospital. Melbourne Tullamarine Airport is a 40-minute drive away.

Quest Brighton on the Bay: Located on Brighton Beach, this hotel is just 11 m from the Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Extremely clean, great balcony, lovely stylish rooms, plenty of space, perfect location for the wedding at the Brighton Baths.


12. South Yarra, where to stay in Melbourne for shopping

South Yarra
South Yarra/ Adam Davy

South Yarra is known for extensive retail options; this is a shopping paradise. South Yarra has a vast array of shops that includes everything from quirky fashion shops to expensive high-end stores.

But it’s not just shops in South Yarra; there is a brilliant art gallery called the Gould Gallerie. This gallery exhibits fantastic pieces from local artists in the 19th and 20th century; this is another excellent art gallery.

Prahran Market is extremely popular with the locals and is located within South Yarra. It’s possible to find great hotel deals in South Yarra, but there are fewer hotels than other spots in the city. Other attractions are The Como House, Toorak Road, and Chapel Street.

Stay in South Yarra if you love to go shopping, you want to be close to St. Kilda, you want to be next to Prahran, you don’t mind being outside the CBD, you don’t mind a quieter area.

Best Hotels to Stay in South Yarra:

Art Series – The Olsen is a boutique hotel in the heart of South Yarra on Chapel Street, just a short walk from the entertainment and shopping area of Chapel Street. All accommodations have modern and contemporary decor. It is right in the heart of Melbourne’s best shopping district, cafes and restaurants.

The Como Melbourne – MGallery by Sofitel. The Como is perfectly positioned near the restaurants, boutiques and all attractions located in the South Yarra, Prahran, and Toorak area. The Comoa features an indoor/outdoor pool and well-equipped gym, and offers stylish and spacious suites located on the popular Chapel Street in South Yarra.

SoYa Apartment Hotel: is just a 10-minute drive from Melbourne CBD, SoYa Apartment Hotel is conveniently located to explore the city and its surrounds. It is 100 m from South Yarra Train Station and a 5-minute walk from the Yarra River. Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne is a 15-minute walk away.


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So now you should be clear on the best places to stay in Melbourne. There is a wide choice, and Melbourne can leave you spoilt for choice, but this is a city that always has something to offer. From the world-class nightlife, the incredible coffee, the influential artistic scene to the beautiful shops and restaurants. 

Booking.com allows you to filter everything from room type to hotel facilities. A lot of this is a personal choice, but after reading this article, it is a good idea to decide on which sounds the best for you or your family. There are always great things to do in Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is a city that is seen by many as the most fantastic city in the Southern Hemisphere, and I hope you have a wonderful stay.

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