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Things to do in Melbourne with kids

 

If you’ve got a Melbourne family holiday coming up and you’re now probably looking for the best family accommodation Melbourne City has to offer – right? Well, in this article I’m going to share with you some of the best family friendly accommodation Melbourne City has on offer.

 

Melbourne family accommodation can be expensive for families, but it doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg.  When it comes to where to stay in Melbourne with family, there are some great properties to be found. Plus given how easy Melbourne is to get around then it really doesn’t matter where you stay in Melbourne with kids.

 

But trying to locate places to stay in Melbourne with kids can be so time-consuming and frustrating.  Not all hotels can accommodate an entire family in one room, despite even being one of the family friendly hotels Melbourne offers.  Then some family accommodation in Melbourne is in such a poor location you end up dragging the kids all over town.

 

If you don’t have the time or energy to search for the best place to stay in Melbourne with kids – then you will love this guide.  I’ve already done all the research for you and located the perfect places for your family trip to Melbourne.

 

In this Melbourne accommodation (family) guide you’re going to find excellent value for money options when it comes to the best place to stay in Melbourne for family.  I’ve ensured all the Melbourne accommodation with kids recommended in this guide are in a fantastic location and have great family friendly amenities.

 

This guide covers all sorts of places to stay in Melbourne for families.  Whether you prefer budget family accommodation Melbourne offers, more spacious Melbourne family apartments or the family hotels Melbourne offers with facilities such as a swimming pool – you’ll find a great option for your family stays in Melbourne. 

 

So, let’s get started and find you excellent Melbourne CBD family accommodation.

 

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The Best Family Accommodation Melbourne City – A Quick Overview

 

Below is a super quick overview of all the accommodation in Melbourne with kids that is reviewed in this guide.  You can use this guide to quickly determine if the accommodation is right for you and your family.  For a more comprehensive review, keep reading below.

 

HotelLocationTypeAmenitiesClosest Public TransportPrice GuideBook Now
Space HotelCBDPrivate Room in Hostel• WIFI
• Gym
• Cinema
• Shared Kitchen
• Bar
• Spa
• Laundry
• BBQs
170m to Russell/La Trobe St free tram stop $Book Now
Town ApartmentsCBD2 Bedroom Apartment• WIFI
• Kitchenette
• Washing Machine
• Dryer
400m to La Trobe/Swanston St free tram stop$$$Book Now
Breakfree on CollinsCBD2 Bedroom Apartment• WIFI
• Kitchenette
• Washing Machine
• Dryer

Town Hall free tram stop right outside apartment$$Book Now
Victoria HotelCBDHotel Room• Pool
• Gym
• WIFI
• Parking
210m to Bourke / Swanston St free tram stop or 230m to Town Hall free tram stop$$Book Now
WinstonDocklands2 Bedroom Apartment• Pool
• Gym
• WIFI
• Washing Machine
• Dryer
• Kitchen
• Parking
650m to Bourke/Harbour free tram route or 300m to Collins Landing free tram stop$$$Book Now
HFN RiversideDocklands2 Bedroom Apartment• Pool
• Gym
• WIFI
• Washing Machine
• Dryer
• Kitchen
• Parking
150m to the District free tram stop$$$Book Now
TravelodgeSouthbankFamily Hotel Room• WIFI
• Kitchenette
• Parking
400m to Flinders St free tram stop or 500m to Flinders St Train Station$$$Book Now
ParkvilleMelbourne ZooMotel• WIFI
• Kitchenette
• Parking
500m to Jewell Station or 400m to Brunswick/Sydney Rd tram stop$Book Now
KnightsbridgeMCGStudio• WIFI
• Kitchenette
• Parking
290m to MCG train station or 260m to Simpson / Wellington St tram stop$$Book Now
QuestSt Kilda2 Bedroom Apartment• Pool
• Gym
• WIFI
• Washing Machine
• Dryer
• Kitchen
• Parking
290m to Jacka Bvd tram stop or 300 m to Alfred Sq tram stop$$Book Now
AdinaSt Kilda2 Bedroom Apartment• Gym
• WIFI
• Washing Machine
• Dryer
• Kitchen
• Parking
61m to St Kilda Station$$Book Now
WaratahSt KildaFamily Room in House• WIFI
• Parking
• Shared Kitchen
• Shared Laundry
350m to the Esplanade Station$$Book Now

 

Where to Stay in Melbourne with Family

 

Within Melbourne, there are many different areas that you can stay, with each area having its own advantages and disadvantages.  Great locations to stay include the CBD, Docklands, Southbank, Richmond, Fitzroy, Carlton, Brunswick and St Kilda.

 

Below I have provided a brief overview of some of the more popular areas for families to stay when visiting Melbourne.

 

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CBD – Central Business District

 

 

If you want to be right in the centre of the city, Melbourne’s CBD is the best area to stay in.  Here you will find a variety of family friendly attractions, a stack of places to eat and loads of shopping malls.

 

In the Melbourne CBD, you will find all sorts of accommodation – from big well-known luxury hotel chains to cheap backpackers and everything in between.  Whatever your budget you will find somewhere suitable to stay in the CBD.

 

The CBD is also excellent for transportation.  Around the edge of the CBD, you will find the City Circle Tram route, which is entirely free of charge to use.  Plus, the tram links up with other transportation to help you get outside the CBD to visit other areas and attractions.

 

Docklands

 

Best Things to do in Melbourne with Kids

 

Just west of the Melbourne CBD, you will find the area known as Docklands.  This is another fantastic area for staying in Melbourne with kids as there are heaps of great attractions and it’s super close to the CBD. 

 

Docklands has plenty on offer when it comes to things to do.  This is where you will find the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, as well as Wonderland Junior, ArtVo and a range of other great family friendly attractions.  For the sport mad families here, you will also find O’Brien Ice House where you can catch an ice hockey game or go ice skating, while at Marvel Stadium you can catch an AFL game.

 

In terms of family accommodation, Docklands Melbourne offers – there are plenty of great spacious family apartments with amenities like outdoor swimming pools and fitness centres.  This is perfect for families wanting self-contained accommodation during their Melbourne trip.

 

The free tram route also passes through Docklands which makes it super easy for reaching the Melbourne CBD.

 

Southbank

 

Things to do in Melbourne for kids

 

Just south of the Melbourne CBD, across from the Yarra River is Southbank.  While there are some great Melbourne family apartments Southbank offers, in terms of things to do it is better suited to those travelling without children.  Accommodation does appear to fairly pricey here too.

 

Southbank’s main attraction is the sprawling Crown Casino Complex, but here you will also find lots of lovely restaurants and bars along the riverside promenade.

 

St Kilda

 

Luna Park St Kilda

 

St Kilda is a lovely seaside suburb located 6km south-east of the CBD.  It is easy to get to St Kilda from Melbourne by merely taking a 30-minute tram ride.

 

St Kilda is a great location for families as here you not only have the beach, but you also have the famous Luna Park.  Families will love walking down the palm-lined boardwalk and dining at one of the many family friendly restaurants along the way.  After dark, you can also see the cute little St Kilda penguins come home from a day at sea.

 

The area is also well known for its super trendy restaurants, bars and delicious cake shops along Acland Street.  It’s also a great place to go shopping, particularly at the Sunday markets located along the Esplanade on Sundays.

 

This is a great area when it comes to St Kilda family accommodation.  Families can choose from spacious apartments as well as older boutique-style accommodation.  Whatever your style or budget you will find the perfect place in St Kilda.

 

The Best Melbourne Family Accommodation

 

Below I have reviewed 12 of the best places to stay in Melbourne with family.

 

1. Space Hotel Melbourne

 

 

Yes, the Space Hotel Melbourne is a backpackers, but they also have fantastic accommodation for families at a super low price.  This family backpackers Melbourne offers has excellent family rooms as well as all the hotel amenities you need for your home away from home.

 

While located in a quieter part of the CBD, the Space Hotel Melbourne is still within easy reach of all the attractions and transport hubs.  Space Hotel is within walking distance (400m) to Melbourne Central Train Station and a 10-minute stroll to the Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne Museum (650m) and Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (400m).  Most importantly its only 170m to the Russell / La Trobe Street free tram stop so from here you can get anywhere in the city.

 

The hotel facilities are great with a fully equipped fitness centre, a private cinema for movie nights, a rooftop terrace with BBQ facilities, spa and fantastic view of the Melbourne skyline,  and the Blue Moon Bar serving pizza and Local Australian BBQ/Grill.  There are also excellent shared kitchen facilities so you can prepare your own meals and laundry facilities too.

 

The private family rooms are fantastic and reasonably spacious.  The rooms include a large double bed and set of bunks for the kids to sleep in.  Family rooms amenities include air conditioning, a TV and a private bathroom.

 

If you’re looking for cheap accommodation for family in Melbourne, then the Space Hotel Melbourne is a great option. 

Why We Love it?

The price!  If you’re after the best cheap family accommodation, Melbourne City has – then this it!

 

What’s Not to Love? 

This budget family accommodation in Melbourne is in the quieter part of the CBD, so there aren’t as many places to eat close by. However with a free tram spot only 170 away you’re never too far from anywhere in the city.

 

Summary

 If you’re looking for the best affordable family accommodation Melbourne has to offer; you really can’t go past the Space Hotel.

 

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2. The Town Apartments

 

 

There are some great family friendly apartments Melbourne has on offer, and the Town Apartments is one.  Located in the heart of Chinatown and close to a range of great places to eat and shop, the Town Apartments offer families fantastic great value accommodation in a lovely modern setting.

 

Accommodation here is in two-bedroom apartments, so there is plenty of room for the kids to spread out, plus Mum and Dad will appreciate having their own space.  Each of the bedrooms has a large double bed.

 

Each of these holiday apartments in Melbourne for families is fully self-contained and include everything you need to take the whole family on holidays.  The apartment kitchenette consists of an oven, stovetop, microwave, refrigerator and toaster.  Other apartment amenities include a flat-screen TV (with Netflix), air conditioning, washing machine, dryer and WIFI.

 

From the Town Apartments, you can easily walk to all of the city’s major sights like Federation Square. Plus its only minutes from one of the free trams stops so you can reach other attractions with ease.  Also, the Melbourne Central train station is only a short 5-minute walk away.

 

Why We Love it? 

The location – you are so close to everything here, plus having your own fully self-contained apartment is great for families – you can cook your meals and wash clothes as you go.

 

What’s Not to Love?

The rooms have double beds; it would be great if one of the rooms had two singles so the kids could have their own bed.

 

Summary 

For families that want self-contained family accommodation Melbourne has within the heart of the Melbourne CBD, you really can’t go wrong with the Towns Apartment.

 

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3. Breakfree on Collins

 

 

Another great option for self-contained family accommodation in the Melbourne CBD area is Breakfree on Collins.  Located in the heart of the city centre with just a 5 minutes’ walk to Flinders Street Station and a City Circle tram stop right; convenience is at your fingertips.

 

These self-contained holiday apartments are great if you’re looking for Melbourne accommodation for family of 4 or 5 people as they can accommodate up to 5 people in their two-bedroom apartments.  Each apartment includes a double bed and two single beds, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, wifi (in public places), TV, washing machine and dryer.

 

The Breakfree on Collins is in such a great location for sightseeing.  It is surrounded by shops, places to eat and the charming narrow laneways that Melbourne is so famous for.

 

Why We Love it?

If you want to be in the heart of the city centre and stay in one of the reasonably cheap family apartments Melbourne has to offer, then the Breakfree on Collins is perfect.

 

What’s Not to Love?

It’s to pick any faults with these apartments; it really is perfect for families.

 

Summary 

Perfect self-contained Melbourne Apartments, right in the heart of the Melbourne city centre.

 

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4. The Victoria Hotel

 

 

The historic Victoria Hotel is situated right next door to the home of Melbourne’s cultural and civic activity hub, Melbourne Town Hall, and a 5-minute walk to Bourke Street shopping mall and Federation Square.  If you’re looking for modern accommodation within close distance to Melbourne’s must-see attractions, the Victoria Hotel is the perfect base.

 

The Victoria Hotel is one of the first hotels built in the City of Melbourne and has classically-styled furnishings to complement the history.  Families are best accommodated in the family room, which has one queen bed and two single beds.  All rooms have air-conditioning, WIFI, TV and tea and coffee making facilities.  The hotel includes a rooftop pool, gym, restaurant, parking. 

 

Situated in one of the best locations in the Melbourne CBD, you can’t not enjoy the spacious, heritage rooms of one of Melbourne’s try landmarks.

 

Why We Love it?

The location – this hotel is in the heart of the city centre, and the spacious, classically appointed rooms are hard to come by anywhere else!

 

What’s Not to Love? 

Not as new as some of the other hotels in this review, however the proximity to all of Melbourne’s best kept secrets is hard to say no to.

 

Summary 

If you’re looking for a bit of luxury on a more budget price, the Victoria Hotel should certainly be one of your choices.

 

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5. Winston Apartments Docklands

 

 

Located only 700m from Marvel Stadium and one block from the Victoria Harbour Promenade, the Winston Apartments Docklands are a great option if you’re after modern 2-bedroom self-contained apartments for your next family stay in Melbourne.

 

There is a convenient Tram stop right out the front of the building to take you to all that Melbourne has to offer.  Also, the apartments are surrounded by café’s, restaurants and a Woolworths supermarket is only 290 m away. 

 

The hotel features an indoor swimming pool and fitness centre, an outdoor shared dining area to take in the city views and free onsite parking. 

 

These two-bedroom self-contained apartments have a double bed in each room and can accommodate up to 4 people.   All apartments have their own private balcony with endless views.  Each apartment features wall to ceiling double glazed windows with amazing views of the Yarra River and city nightlife.  All the air-conditioned apartments feature a living and dining area, laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer, free WiFi and Netflix. 

 

This is a great choice for families wanting spacious self-contained accommodation with the convenience of easy access to public transport, shopping and access to sporting events.

 

Why We Love it?

Great self-contained apartments, with private balcony and easy access to your next favourite sporting event at Marvel Stadium.

 

What’s Not to Love?

Located outside of the city centre at the edge of the Docklands precinct, but still within easy access via the tram which is within the free tram area.

 

Summary 

The Winston Apartments are perfect for families wanting self-contained accommodation or easy access to Marvel stadium.

 

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6. HFN Riverside Docklands Apartment

 

 

Another great hotel close to Marvel Stadium is the HFN Riverside Apartments.  Located on Dockland Quay, it is a 1-minute walk away from Melbourne’s free Tram Zone and a 5-minute Tram ride into Melbourne’s CBD.  The Docklands precinct offers a mix of shopping, parks, entertainment, dining, and is the hub for people attending Marvel Stadium. 

 

Families are best accommodated in either the one or two-bedroom apartments.  One-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 4 people and come with a double bed and a sofa bed, while the two-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 6 people and come with a double bed in each room as well as a sofa bed.  Each apartment features a fully self-contained kitchen, washing machine, dryer, flat-screen TV, wifi and balcony.   

 

Hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, spa and gym and onsite parking.

 

Why We Love it?

Spacious self-contained accommodation in the heart of the Docklands entertainment precinct and within easy walking distance to Marvel Stadium.

 

What’s Not to Love? 

Outside of the city centre, but with the free tram stop close by it won’t take you long to reach the main attractions.

 

Summary 

For families wanting spacious self-contained accommodation at a reasonable price, the HFN Riverside Docklands Apartments are a good choice.

 

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7. Travelodge Southbank

 

 

The Travelodge Southbank is a short walk from the Southbank Promenade on the Yarra River and a 5-minute walk to the Crown Casino and Flinders Street Station. 

 

The hotel offers family rooms with two double beds and comes complete with air-conditioning, TV, kitchenette (microwave, kettle and fridge), city views and WiFi — all at a great price. 

 

Why We Love it?

Lovely hotel with a kitchenette and well located for those wanting to visit Southbank.

 

What’s Not to Love? 

Outside of the city centre, although its only a short walk across the Yarra River and you’re in the heart of Melbourne City.

 

Summary 

For families wanting to stay in Southbank or just outside the city centre, the Travelodge is a great option.  It provides a few amenities so you can prepare basic meals and is only 500 m from the Melbourne City Centre.

 

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8. Parkville Motel

 

 

If you’re looking for family accommodation near Melbourne Zoo, the Parkville Motel is a great choice.  You can take a short tram ride to the front of the zoo, or it’s a pleasant 15-minute walk through Melbourne’s Royal Park.  The Parkville Motel also has a nearby tram stop or train station that will take you into the city centre in around 30 minutes.

 

Parkville Motel is a simple old-fashioned style accommodation, with families being will accommodated in their family rooms.  Family rooms include a large double bed and a set of bunk beds.  The room also comes equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV, free WIFI and a small kitchenette which includes a refrigerator, microwave, toaster and kettle.

 

Onsite parking is also available at this motel.

 

Why We Love it?

This is a great motel for families wanting budget accommodation while they come and visit Melbourne Zoo.  The free parking on site is great too.

 

What’s Not to Love?

This is a basic motel, so if you’re after something more modern, this place is not for you.

 

Summary

For families driving into town to take their kids to the Melbourne Zoo, the Parkville Motel is a great spot.  It’s also well positioning for families to take the tram into the city centre to see other attractions.

 

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9. Knightsbridge Apartment

 

 

Being only 600 metres from the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Knightsbridge Apartment offers great value for those families coming to town to watch a game.   A train station and tram stop are also within easy walking distance so families can easily venture further afield to visit other attractions.

 

Family studios can accommodate up to four people either in four single beds or two large double beds.  It is also possible to have a fifth child in the room provided they sleep in existing bedding or a cot, great if you’re looking for Melbourne accommodation for family of 5.

 

Other amenities in the studios include a TV, free WIFI, air conditioning and a small kitchenette which includes a refrigerator, microwave and stovetop.  There is also free parking on site which is subject to availability.

 

Why We Love it?

Being so close to the MCG, this is a great place for families coming to Melbourne to watch a game.

 

What’s Not to Love? 

Apart from the MCG, the Knightsbridge Apartment is not located near any other attractions; however you’re only 10 minutes or so away from the city centre via public transport.

 

Summary 

If you’re looking for family accommodation near MCG, Melbourne then the Knightsbridge Apartment is the perfect spot.

 

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10. Quest St Kilda Bayside

 

 

The Quest St Kilda Bayside is located in a quiet residential street and is perfect for families looking for a comfortable place within easy reach to all the St Kilda attractions.  The hotel is only a short 5-minute walk to St Kilda Beach and only a 10-minute walk to the famous Luna Park.  

 

Families are best accommodated in the two-bedroom apartments or studios which contain one double bed and two single beds. Both the studios and apartments come with a fully equipped  kitchen (kitchenette for studios)washing machine, dryer,  air conditioning and TV.,

 

The Hotel also features a solar-heated swimming pool, gym, WiFi and a pantry shopping service so you can full cupboards as soon as you arrive.

 

Why We Love it?

 Great self-contained accommodation located in a quiet area

 

What’s Not to Love? 

If you’ll be spending most of your time exploring the Melbourne city centre, then the Quest is probably not ideal, but perfect for those wanting to spend some time in St Kilda. 

 

Summary 

Perfect for families wanting self-contained accommodation while exploring everything that St Kilda has to offer.

 

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11. Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda

 

 

The Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda is located across the road from Albert Park and offers a range of accommodation options to suit your needs.  St Kilda Beach is a short 10-minute walk away along the St Kilda Esplanade, 15-minute walk to Luna Park and the famous Acland Street.

 

Families are best accommodated in the two or three-bedroom self-contained apartments all which contain a double bed in each room.  Apartments include a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, dryer, air conditioning, TV and free WiFi.   The hotel also consists of an onsite gym.

 

Don’t want to leave the family pet at home?  Well, you will be pleased to know that the Adina Apartment Hotel is one of the few apartments which are pet friendly – so no need to leave your furry friend at home.  Pamper your best friend to a doggie-chino in one of the many pet-friendly cafés all in walking distance to the hotel.

 

Why We Love it?

Spacious self-contained apartment in St Kilda that is also pet-friendly.

 

What’s Not to Love? 

If you’re happy to do a bit of walking each day to get to where you want to go, then this is a great spot.  If not, maybe try something a little closer to the action.

 

Summary 

The Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda provides great self-contained accommodation for your family, and you can include your favourite pet. It is an excellent hotel for families and a great price.

 

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12. Waratah Stay

 

 

Tucked away in a quiet street, three minutes’ walk away from St Kilda Beach and vibrant café’s and shops, Waratah 41 Acland is your own private mansion experience.  Plus if you want to go into the Melbourne City Centre, the tram stop is only 350m away.

 

There are four spacious, mansion-sized rooms all with renovated bathrooms and a view over the beautiful gardens.  The Superior King Room can cater to a family of 4  as it comes with a double bed and sofa bed as well as a single bed being able to be added. 

 

Each room has its own private entry and comes with air-conditioning and central heating, TV with Netflix and DVD players.  A chef’s kitchen and full laundry facilities are shared by the four guest rooms and management onsite provide anything and everything you need.  Onsite parking is also available.

 

Why We Love it?

Everyone dreams of living in a mansion.  Even if for a short stay!  Everything about this place is impressive.  And in the perfect spot in St Kilda.

 

What’s Not to Love? 

The communal kitchen and lounge might be too much if your kids are younger. 

 

Summary 

A nice stately, lodge experience in a great spot in St Kilda.  A bit pricier than the other hotels reviewed, however, it is highly rated for families and kids.

 

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