Melbourne

Hotels in Melbourne

The cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is a laid back melting pot. It’s the perfect spot for an Aussie city break, with plenty of things to see and do in the city centre as well as excellent beaches at St Kilda and Brighton. Buzzing nightlife, a thriving arts scene, and plenty of colourful spots to discover make a trip to Melbourne unforgettable.

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia by population. It’s also the capital of the state of Victoria. No surprises that it’s a pretty big place, with lots of different districts to explore. There are hotels dotted throughout Melbourne, but if you’re planning a visit try basing yourself in one of the following neighbourhoods.

 

Central Melbourne

Hotels in the city centre are ideal for those who like to be in the middle of the action. Central Melbourne includes the historical centre with its Victorian architecture, the Docklands with their modern entertainment complexes, and the bustling offices of the central business district. Central Melbourne is also home to Western world’s longest Chinese settlement, with a Chinatown dating back to the late 19th Century. Restaurants, nightclubs and bars abound in central Melbourne, with some great foodie finds dotted around the laneways in the CBD.

 

Southbank

Culture vultures would do well to book a hotel in the suburb of Southbank. Theatres, concert halls, and art galleries abound on this side of the Yarra River. The beating heart of Southbank can be found along the promenade. Upmarket cafes, fine dining restaurants, and quirky street performers line the route from the Southgate shopping centre all the way to the Crown Casino.

 

St Kilda

You’ll find Melbourne’s gay scene and beach life in this gentrified neighbourhood. Get your adrenaline pumping at the historic Luna Park amusement park, or just chill out and relax on the city’s most famous beach. In the evening St Kilda becomes the place to go for wining and dining, with trendy bars and restaurants galore on Fitzroy Street and Aceland Street.

 

South Melbourne

South Melbourne is the ideal spot to base yourself if you can’t decide between beach and town. Nestled between the two, this trendy suburb is packed with historic buildings and great shopping: including the antique South Melbourne Market. There are some great coffee shops, restaurants and bars in the area too.

 

Inner North

Home to The University of Melbourne and the Italian Precinct, Melbourne’s inner north is certainly a lively place to stay. Most of the Italian restaurants and cafes can be found around Lygon Street, one

of the first streets in Melbourne to encourage outdoor eating. It’s also home to the Australia’s first pizzeria, Toto’s Pizza House.  

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