Cosmopolitan Hotel – Quirky, quiet, and friendly motel in a beachside suburb.
The Cosmo (as it’s affectionately known) is ideal for those staying a while as many rooms feature kitchen facilities and for guests with cars because it offers free parking on-site – unheard of in the congested and overbuilt city center. Also catering very well for families, special rooms feature queen beds and two singles without feeling too cramped, while suites in a separate block can comfortably accommodate groups of three. It’s along a quiet residential street, yet close to the beach and St Kilda’s various amenities, and trams to the city stop just outside. Enjoy Melbourne without the traffic, noise, and overpriced rates of downtown.
Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Location
- Address: 2-8 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, an inner-city beach area about 4 miles from the city center.
- Area: Quiet residential street just off the main road (Acland Street) in a bohemian part of St Kilda which features a likably – and, at times, tacky – vibe so different to the city center.
- How to Get There: Taxis to/from the airport (19 miles, 1-hour drive) cost about A$80. Just as fast – and one-quarter the price – is the SkyBus St Kilda Express (every 30-60 minutes, daily 6 am to 8 pm). It drops off and picks up passengers at a stop directly outside the hotel.
- Handy to: Beach and Luna Park (see below).
Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Basics
- Guests: Attracts all sorts, from party-goers on an overnight stay to families on a longer holiday.
- Pets: Not allowed.
- Views: Most rooms face neighboring streets while a few overlook the hotel car park which is also reasonably quiet.
- Kitchen: Some accommodations feature kitchenettes and suites come with proper kitchens that are larger and better equipped.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Certainly not expected (or provided) at this sort of suburban budget hotel.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Extras: Free rental of bicycles and DVDs. Computer in the lobby for guest use.
- Parking: Plenty of free parking on-site. A guaranteed spot can be arranged for a low daily fee.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +61 (0)3 8598 6700
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: cosmostkilda.com
Cosmopolitan Hotel – Amenities
- Pool, Spa, & Fitness Center: Not expected (or provided) at this sort of budget hotel.
- Other Facilities: Substantial guest lounge, also useful for meetings.
Cosmopolitan Hotel – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Nothing on-site.
- Breakfast: Not provided.
- Room Service: No room services as there is no café on-site and many rooms feature kitchen facilities.
Cosmopolitan Hotel – Rooms
- Room Types: Compact Doubles • Family Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Terraces • Studio Apartments • Two Bedroom Apartments • Terrace Apartments • Courtyard Suites
- Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms; permitted only in a dedicated area.
- Best Room: For couples, the spacious Terrace Apartments feature kitchenettes, lounge/dining areas, plenty of space, and decent views. For families, the Courtyard Suites have 2 bedrooms, huge kitchens, and separate lounge/dining areas.
- For Families: Each Family Room features a queen bed and 2 singles in the same room. Apartments (some with 2 bedrooms) and the Courtyard Suites can also comfortably fit up to 4 people.
Cosmopolitan Hotel – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Perfect area for walking, whether along the beach, streets, seaside paths, or numerous parks. A dedicated bike path extends for 7 miles along this part of the coastline.
- Public Transport: Well-connected to the city center by tram #16, which stops just steps from the hotel.
- Taxis & Ride-shares: Taxi stand outside the Vineyard Restaurant (see below). Uber and Ola operate all over Melbourne.
Cosmopolitan Hotel – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants and Bars
- Radio Mexico – Opposite the hotel for all things Mexicana. Good-value and authentic – from salsas to margaritas. 1-minute walk (25m).
- Galleon Café – Next to Radio Mexico, it’s compact, funky, and bohemian – so typical of this area. 1-minute walk (50m).
- Vineyard Restaurant – Lovely corner position. Contemporary Australian cuisine, outdoor tables, and live music. 2-minute walk (150m)
- Abbey Road Café – Along Acland Street. Vibrant setting, fabulous service, and tempting daily specials. 3-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- Republica St Kilda Beach – Summertime hangout alongside the beach (but open all year). Hugely popular at sunset and for daily food and drink specials. Ideal for families. Up the esplanade. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
- Hotel Esplanade – Renowned across the city for its huge bars, street-side tables, and live bands. Easy to find along the esplanade. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Terrific selection in a compact area along Acland Street which starts just 100m down from the hotel. The street finishes as a pedestrian plaza.
- Luna Park Melbourne – A highlight for some, it’s an old-style amusement park filled with rides and activities for everyone. The massive clown-face entrance is unmistakable along the esplanade. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
- St Kilda – Offers everything – breeze, views, sand for walking, paddle-boarding, and an extended pier – but is not that great for swimming. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Hotel
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