Forget what Sydneyites tell you: Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. Visitors flock here for the endless supply of cutting-edge galleries, restaurants and events. And when you’re in a city this cool, it seems like a mighty shame to be staying in a cookie-cutter hotel.
Airbnbs are not only a more affordable option, they’re a much more interesting one. We’ve picked the best ones in the city. You'' feel like a genuine Melburnian in no time.
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Best Airbnbs in Melbourne
A stay in this converted church will instantly give you a feel for this super-cool area of Melbourne. Along with a generous amount of indoor space, including a massive kitchen, there’s a beautiful outdoor terrace with herb garden to spend a warm evening with friends on. And when you do venture out, you’re literally less than a minute away from the ever-popular Smith Street.
Who needs real nature when you can have this woodland experience in the concrete jungle? This one-bedroom apartment is located on the lower end of the Hoddle Grid and features a full kitchen and a celestial-looking bedroom.
A galaxy far, far away? No, we’re just in North Melbourne. This Star Wars themed apartment is a lot of fun – there are life-sized characters around, and even a wampa rug on your queen bed. Bonus: there’s a shared rooftop herb garden and a rainfall shower to play under.
Spend time soaking up the sun in this private back courtyard in this charming Victorian home in Parkville. This two-bedroom home is spacious, well-lit and located right next to Royal Park and Melbourne Zoo.
Sitting above a vintage menswear store on the north side of Brunswick Street, this one-bedroom apartment has a cute kitchenette, large bathroom and a breakfast nook. It also features access through a laneway – how very Melbourne.
Someone call Kevin McCloud – this Edwardian terrace deserves some recognition. With antique marble fireplaces, mid-century furniture and a wood-fire oven out the back for many a pizza party, this three-bedroom place is what design dreams are made of.
Holy opulence, Batman! Live the high life with marble floors, crystal chandeliers and vintage Versace furniture at this two-bedroom apartment close to Crown Casino. With gold furnishings, fully equipped kitchen and pool and gym access, the only thing missing is your very own butler.
Six guests can stay in this renovated St Kilda apartment, which boasts exposed bricks, wooden flooring and a gourmet kitchen. Better still, it’s completely family-friendly.
You’ll find this apartment in the affluent suburb of Brighton, just south of the city. Here you’ll find a quaint Art Deco space with a cosy bed and double French doors that lead to your own private patio.
More places to stay in Melbourne
We all have different preferences when it comes to hotels – perhaps you're a fan of staying right in the middle of the action; maybe you're happy to chill out in a boutique hotel in a cute neighbourhood. Whatever kind of vacation (or staycation) you're after, we've got you covered.