Melbourne Hotels
“Melbourne is regularly ranked as once of the most livable cities in the world, and is a popular destination for travelers, from backpackers to business travelers. Fortunately there's an even wider range of affordable places to stay.”
Melbourne is Australia’s second largest city, but it’s the center for culture in the country. From sports to fine art to film to live music, there’s a scene for everything in this city. Melbourne is regularly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and is a popular destination for travelers, from backpackers to business travelers. Fortunately there's an even wider range of affordable places to stay.
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Hotels for the Budget Traveler

The best deals are found in the busy city center or in the beach neighborhood of St. Kilda. The Hotel Claremont, just outside the city center, offers a grand façade with a cheap and comfortable budget hotel inside. Be aware, the twin rooms feature bunk beds. The Ibis Styles Kingsgate Hotel is also near the central business district, and tram and train stations. It's in a great location, but you may need earplugs to get a good night’s sleep. The Hotel Miami is short tram ride from the city center and offers spotless, comfortable rooms. There’s a shared laundry and kitchen area available.

Over in St. Kilda, the Quest St. Kilda Bayside offers apartment-style accommodation. It’s close to lively Fitzroy St. and the beach, but the charges for parking do add up. The Adina Hotel has surprisingly large apartments for the price, that are comfortable and basic. You can find a more traditional hotel stay at the quirky Tolarno Hotel, right on Fitzroy. Make sure to check out the art hanging throughout the hotel. Slightly pricier but still a great value is the Prince Hotel, with cozy but modern rooms, and free breakfast and Wi-Fi.

Getting Around Melbourne

Melbourne has a great public transit system, with distinctive trams running throughout the city. There’s even a free tram that travels through city center on historic streetcars, letting you hop on and off at various landmarks. From the airport, there are shuttle buses and a slow but steady city bus.

There are lots of options if you're looking to venture further out. Trains to Sydney run twice daily. You can also take an hour train ride to the town of Frankston and then on to the surfing destinations of Mornington Peninsula. Ferries to the island of Tasmania run overnight from Melbourne throughout the year, with more available in the summer.

Four Seasons in One Day

January and February are the height of Melbourne’s blisteringly hot summer. March through May, and September to November are the city’s fall and spring, respectively, and feature wildly variable weather. Travelers should pack pretty much everything, from shorts to light jackets to umbrellas. However even in winter (June-July), temperatures don’t go below freezing and hotels often have better deals.

Australia’s Cultural Capital 

There's something for every taste in Melbourne. In addition to the city center and bohemian St. Kilda, there's great shopping in Stonnington; Southbank is home to world-class performing arts centers, while Inner East Melbourne has some of the city's cheapest and best food. Melbourne has a host of festivals and sporting events going throughout the year. Hotel rooms are harder to find around the Grand Prix in late March, the Australian Open in late January, and the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.  

Not everything requires tickets and planning. Walk along the beach, enjoy the postcard views of Luna Park, the historic amusement park, and look for penguins waddling beneath the pier. Take in one of the many free exhibits at the National Art Gallery of Victoria or visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. Or just have a seat somewhere. Melbourne’s café culture is deservedly renowned, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.

 

 

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