Family Accommodation In Melbourne CBD For All Budgets

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totally get it, folks. Finding a suitable place of abode that's up to family standards is a tough gig when you're travelling with little humans who are hell bent on destruction. For those times when you're trying to find family accommodation in Melbourne, but to no avail, because most hotels only seem to accommodate couples, or at the most, three people - I just made life easier for you and narrowed down options in your favour.

I do, however want to warn any non-Australians who have landed here that accommodation and general living expenses in Australia are.. what's the right word? Savage. Yes, savage. Everything is bloody expensive in Australia. Okay, now that I've ranted and we've got that out of the way, let's begin. 

Ya girl here has compiled a list of options catered for all types of budgets, from cheap family accommodation in Melbourne, ballin' luxurious choices, and even free stays. You're welcome. Read on to find out.

Budget Hotels 

City Centre Budget Hotel

Did I have you at free Wi-Fi? Because Wi-Fi is free, and that's all that matters. First world problems, for real.

The best thing about this hotel, as the name 'City Centre' suggests, is that it's really smack bang in the middle of Melbourne city. Situated in the eastern tip of Melbourne CBD, it's a 2-minute walk from Parliament Station, and 10 minutes to Chinatown.

The hotel also offers a communal guest laundry which is almost a necessity when travelling with kids and shared kitchen facilities for those times when you need to whip up baby food or simply heat up some milk.


Room Types: Family, Single, Double or Twin

Near: Parliament House, The Old Treasure Building

Amenities: Kettle, Heating, TV, Fan

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: Family rooms from $145 AUD per night

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Space Hotel

A modern budget hotel in Melbourne for parents who are still young at heart (*cough* me *cough), or simply wish to delight in reminiscing on their wild backpacking days. Featuring a rooftop terrace with breathtaking views of the city skyline, private cinema, and fully equipped gym - there's no better place to introduce your younglin's to the hostel life and prepare them for solo travels in the future.

Space Hotel offers family rooms accommodating up to 4 adults, with a private bathroom, heating, air conditioning, and a TV to keep the whole family occupied at night.


Room Types: Family, Single, Double/Twin or Dorms

Near: State Library Victoria, Melbourne Central Station

Amenities: Heating, Air Conditioning, TV, Hairdryer, iPhone Dock

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: Family rooms from $179 AUD per night

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Urban Central

If entertainment for the family is what you're after, then entertainment is what you'll get here. Well, around here anyway.

Hop onto the other side of the road where you'll find the Crown Casino Complex, and experience all the non-gambling fun it has to offer. Like, for real. It's not just for gamblers. Within the complex, you'll find cinemas, restaurants, cafés, and.. *drum rolls* Playtime! The coolest arcade, suitable for all ages, in Australia. There's even a bowling alley and laser tag.

Will the kids have fun? Um. Hell, yeah! Even adults will have a ball.



Room Types: Family, Double or Dorms

Near: Crown Casino Complex, Southbank River Walk

Amenities: Heating, Air Conditioning, TV, Kettle

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: Family rooms from $155 AUD per night

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Airbnb Apartments 

New York Style Apartment 

A 4-minute walk from Southern Cross Station, this spacious 2-bedroom apartment is exactly what any family needs for a comfortable and pleasant stay in Melbourne.

This Melbourne family apartment accommodates up to 4 guests, with unlimited free Wi-Fi, a washing machine and dryer, air conditioning, heating, and a fully equipped kitchen for the nights when you want to save a little dosh and cook a meal in the comfort of home.

Here's the chicken dinner winner - as part of the facilities accessible to residents of the apartment, you also get access to the pool, gym and sauna. Can I get a "hell, yeah!"? No, too much? Okay. Let's just stick with silent celebrations.


Room Type: 2-bedroom apartment

Near: Southern Cross Station

Amenities: Washing machine & dryer, air conditioning, heating, TV, gym, pool

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: From $135 AUD per night (check latest prices)

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2-Bedroom Central Modern Apartment

The location of this Melbourne family apartment is everything - it's literally cosied up to Melbourne Central Station, QV and Emporium. This is where it's all happenin', guys. This is the pulsating heart of the Melbourne CBD. This is where the queen bee's at.

Of course, Wi-Fi is included, along with laundry facilities, a fully equipped kitchen and guest access to the 53rd floor Sky Lounge, BBQ, sauna, swimming pool, and spa.


Room Type: 2-bedroom apartment

Near: Melbourne Central Station

Amenities: Washing machine, air conditioning, heating, TV, pool, spa, sauna

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: From $149 AUD per night (check latest prices)

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Nest-Luxe Apartment

Ask anyone and they'll tell you that 80sqm of apartment space in the middle of Melbourne city is hard to come by like Chris Hemsworth shirtless serving you breakfast in bed (Okay, that is likely impossible), but this apartment defies the odds of small space inner city living. I can promise you that. Just not Chris Hemsworth.

Big family? No problems. This apartment sleeps up to 9 people. Like, yeah. There's beds everywhere.


Room Type: 2-bedroom apartment

Near: Southern Cross Station

Amenities: Washing machine, dryer, air conditioning, TV, heating, gym, pool

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: From $106 AUD per night (check latest prices)

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Boutique Hotels 

Ovolo Laneways

Alright, guys. Are you ready for this? Be prepared to be mind blown.

Two words: Free minibar. Say, what!?

You read right. Are you sold? Because, I certainly was. The winner for the best family accommodation in Melbourne has got to be the one place that lets you and the kids raid the minibar for free, and... that's not all. Each room comes equipped with an Apple TV for all your kids' streaming needs and, without a doubt, high speed Internet connection.

Like, for real. If you've got the budget, stop clicking on other options for family hotels in Melbourne and lock this baby in.


Room Types: Studio, 1-Bedroom Suite, 2-Bedroom Suite, Terrace Suite

Near: Parliament House, Chinatown, Carlton Gardens

Amenities: TV, Kettle, DVD Player, Air Conditioning, Heating

Baby Cot: Available upon request

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: Studios from $200 AUD per night

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The Jazz Corner Hotel

Is the funk and vibe of jazz music your jam? Then make this your temporary abode while you're residing in the hip city of Melbourne.

Choose between a stylish and funked up Studio, 1-bedroom or 2-bedroom apartment, each featuring a private balcony and breathtaking views of the city skyline or peaceful greenery of the Flagstaff Gardens.


Room Types: Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom

Near: Flagstaff Gardens, Queen Victoria Market

Amenities: TV, Iron, Washing Machine, Dryer, Air Conditioning, Heating, Fully Equipped Kitchen

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: Studios from $130.50 AUD per night

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QT Melbourne

Looking to stay somewhere completely unique for a whole new experience? This is it, peeps.

Funny elevator voices, an incredibly designed interior, bathroom decor that is out of this world and the rooftop bar combine to make this 5-star boutique hotel a stay to remember for the rest of your life. If you're looking for a one of a kind luxury family hotel in Melbourne, then look no further.


Room Types: King & Twin Bed Rooms

Near: Regent Theatre, Chinatown, Melbourne Town Hall

Amenities: TV, Air conditioning, Kettle, Heating, Gym

Baby Cot: Available upon request

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: From $248.50 AUD per night

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Luxury Hotels

Crown Towers

To the shot callers, ballers - put ya hands up! Welcome to Vegas downunder. We only have one casino in Melbourne, but this is the casino of all casinos in Australia.

Now don't get put off by the term 'casino', my fellow family travellers. The Crown Casino complex is an entertainment district where you'll find cinemas, restaurants, cafés, swimming pools, shopping retailers and other forms of kid-friendly entertainment. You don't have to come here to gamble, just come here to live it up, soak in the buzz and be entertained.


Room Types: Twin, King, Studio, Executive Suite, Premier Suite

Near: Southbank Promenade, Federation Square, Flinders St Station

Amenities: TV, Air Conditioning, Heating, Video Games, Swimming Pool, Gym

Baby Cot: Not available

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: From $304.20 AUD per night

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Grand Hyatt Melbourne

For families who wish to be smack bang in the centre of Melbourne's shopping, dining and theatre district - it doesn't get much better than the Grand Hyatt. Comprising of luxurious guest rooms with picturesque views over the Yarra River or the city skyline, this 5-star hotel boasts top notch facilities, including a 24/7 City Club Health & Fitness Centre free to use for hotel guests, an indoor swimming pool, Grand Club Lounge, and more.

Apart from the luxuries the Grand Hyatt provides, you've also got Melbourne's best eateries right in close proximity - Chin Chin, Bowery to Williamsburg, Izakaya Den, and Cumulus Inc, to name a few.


Room Types: Standard King/Twin, King Suite, Diplomatic Suite

Near: Regent Theatre, Federation Square

Amenities: Babysitting services (extra cost), Air Conditioning, Heating, TV, Swimming Pool, Gym, Spa & Wellness Centre (extra cost), Sauna, Tennis Court

Baby Cot: Available upon request

Wi-Fi: Yes (free)

Price: From $305 AUD per night

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Quay West Suites Melbourne

The perfect 5-star family accommodation in Melbourne - Quay West Suites offers ultimate luxury in a homey environment with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and a furnished balcony providing panoramic views over the Yarra River and Southbank Promenade.

Located in the heart of Southbank Promenade, you've got the Eureka Skydeck, SeaLife Melbourne Aquarium and the Melbourne Arts Precinct literally a stone's throw away.


Room Types: Studio, 1/2/3-Bedroom Suites

Near: Flinders St Station, Melbourne Arts Centre

Amenities: Babysitting Services (extra cost), TV, Fully Equipped Kitchen, Daily Maid Service, Air Conditioning, Heating, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Gym, Sauna

Wi-Fi: Yes

Price: Studios from $228.60 AUD per night

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Alternative Accommodation

Aussie House Sitters

Yes, if you and your family are capable of watering plants and feeding pets in exchange for free accommodation - this is your gig. You read right. Free accommodation.

Now don't get your knickers in a bunch because in order for this to work, you have to lower your expectations. Expect that you'll most likely be based in suburbia, which means that you would have to commute or drive (if the owner is nice enough to lend you a car) ,but the pay-off is that you save on accommodation - meaning, more money to spend on everything else.

House sitting for families is not always easy to come by, but if you look hard enough, and perhaps even talk to the owners, you might just land yourself a gig.

How does it work? Simply register at Aussie House Sitters (Australia's largest pet and house sitting site) for a few dollars a month to connect with individuals who need house sitting services. Easy peasy.


Despite what it sounds like, this actually has nothing to do with dogs. Well, unless your host owns a dog. WWOOFing stands for Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms connecting volunteers to organic farms and growers around the world. In exchange for volunteering services, WWOOF hosts provide food, accommodation and education on organic lifestyles and farming.

If you're one of those families doing the 'Big Lap', travelling through Australia slowly in a caravan, or just simply travelling long term to explore this great big country, then you might want to consider volunteering at organic farms in exchange for free accommodation, if you want to switch it up from the caravan life.

And, yes. You can totally WWOOF with your fambam. Take a look at this family who done diddit.

If this sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience to you, take a look at WWOOF in Australia for current opportunities.



AKA Help Exchange, basically your one stop shop for all types of volunteering work - farmstays, homestays, ranches, and even sailing boats who are seeking short-term volunteers to help them with tasks in exchange for free accommodation and meals.

The work can range from a couple hours per day right up to 6 hours, depending on the task or project the hosts requires help with. An old workmate of ours stayed with a HelpX host while travelling through Europe and received accomodation in exchange for helping a host paint his fence for a couple hours of the day.

If you're after a completely different cultural experience for your family, and perhaps even learn a new skill, and truly connect with other locals - then, this is something worth considering. 

Browse over 1000 hosts in Victoria who need help  with a task today.

And, there you have it. A breakdown of the best family accommodation in Melbourne for all budgets. Have you got any places to add to the list? Drop them in the comments!

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