The city centre or Southbank is one of the best places to stay in Melbourne for the very first-time visitors due to its restaurants, cafes and lively events calendar. These tourist-friendly areas are close to prime attractions such as Federation Square; the Royal Botanic Gardens; and the labyrinth of laneways and shopping arcades around Flinders, Collins, and Bourke Streets. Some of the highly-rated hotels in these areas are listed below:
- Luxury Hotels:
Steps away from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Fitzroy Gardens with Cook’s Cottage, the plush Park Hyatt is one of the city’s best hotels. Restaurants and shops are very close to the hotel. Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park are also at walking distance from the hotel that is loved by all the sports fans. In Southbank, Crown Towers features spectacular views of the city skyline from its large rooms, as well as a heated indoor pool, fitness center, and two rooftop tennis courts. Families like the serviced apartments of Quay West Suites in the Southbank. A popular glamping experience on the rooftop of Melbourne Central is offered by the hotel St. Jerome’s that is a different experience. The luxury tents come with pillow-top beds, air-conditioning, stocked coolers, and tablets with movies.
- Mid-Range Hotels:
A couple of blocks from the famous Queen Victoria Market, the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens has a tram stop on its doorstep and offers great value within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Australia’s first carbon neutral hotel, Alto on Bourke is a few steps away from a free tram and a five-minute walk from outlet shopping. Its modern apartments are a great choice for families. A five-minute walk from Federation Square, the boutique Adelphi Hotel surprises guests with its contemporary style and personal touches.
- Budget Hotels: The excellent values are offered by the family-run City Centre Budget Hotel near Melbourne Park, with a rooftop kitchen and plenty of public transport options on its doorstep. Within walking distance of Flinders Street Station, the Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD has basic rooms but a fantastic location. Also, in the budget price-range, the Tune Hotel lies two tram stops away from the CBD and only a five-minute walk from the Melbourne Museum, IMAX Theatre, and the Free Tram Zone.
(ATMC CRICOS CODE: 03013D)