The 6 Best Kid-Friendly Hotels in Melbourne
1. Lyall Hotel and Spa – South Yarra
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9868 8222
This gorgeous boutique hotel is infinitely more appealing than most high-rise hotels elsewhere. As well as noticeable charm and elegance, the staff is very personable and the suites extremely spacious. All feature kitchens and many have two bedrooms. Even more appealing for families are free rental of bicycles and DVDs and proximity on foot to trains and trams for the city center. Perhaps, not the best option if traveling with toddlers, but ideal for those with teenagers.
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2. Crown Metropol – Southbank
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9292 6211
The state’s largest hotel is just one of three within the incredibly vast Crown Casino complex that includes endless places to eat, drink, and shop, as well as games arcades, bowling alleys, and cinemas in a building next to the Metropol. All categories of rooms are spacious and most face a surprisingly quiet street. Some rooms are particularly designed for families and special package deals are also routinely offered. Plenty of amenities are along the river and just across the bridge in the city center.
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3. Pan Pacific – Southbank
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9027 2000
In a surprisingly quiet, traffic-free position facing the inner-city river, the Pan Pacific is surrounded by fashionable shops and appealing riverside cafés and within a short stroll across a pedestrian bridge from the city center. Ideal for small families are the special Family Queen Rooms. The spacious two-bedroom suites are better, featuring kitchenettes, two bathrooms, and separate living areas. No pool, however.
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4. Quest NewQuay – Docklands
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9070 8000
Facing a delightful marina, ideal for walking and cycling, Docklands is a spacious and quiet area only a few stops by free tram from downtown. Part of a renowned countrywide chain, the Quest features apartments with laundry, full-sized kitchens, and separate lounge/dining rooms. With one, two, or three bedrooms, and a sofa that converts to a small bed, it offers so much flexibility. Added attractions are the nearby football stadium, Melbourne Star observation wheel, and a shopping center with cinemas, a games arcade, mini-golf, and ice rink.
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5. Mercure Albert Park – South Melbourne
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9529 4300
The Mercure offers affordable motel-style accommodations and a pool just a few minutes by tram from the city center and the beach at St Kilda. It faces an expansive lake and shady park that is ideal for cycling and strolling. Some rooms can fit in extra single beds and have connecting doors. The special Family Rooms are better, spacious enough for four people, and the funky lofts featuring kitchenettes.
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6. Crest on Park – St Kilda
Hotel phone: +61 (0)3 9525 4139
The Crest offers budget-priced motel rooms along a quiet street in the inner-city suburb of St Kilda. It is one block from the wide sandy beach and palm-studded gardens with a playground and barbeque facilities. A little further along the pleasant esplanade, the quirky Luna Park amusement park is filled with family-friendly activities. All rooms and apartments feature kitchen facilities and a sofa that converts to another double bed, and some also have two bedrooms. A laundry and free parking add greatly to the appeal, and it’s only a few minutes by tram from the city center.
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