It’s a given that Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital (sorry Sydney!), so with such a wealth of cool galleries, restaurants and events, why stay in a chain hotel when you could rent one of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne?
Airbnbs are a fun (and often cheaper) alternative to your usual city accommodation. So whether you’re first-time visitor looking to see some of Melbourne’s top attractions or a lifelong Melburnian in need of a relaxing staycation, one of these hip Melbourne Airbnbs could be a fun refuge.
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Best Airbnbs in Melbourne
While this quiet Fitzroy bluestone cottage harks back to the 1850s, it’s fitted out with a bunch of modern amenities like WiFi, room-darkening shades and a coffee maker. It’s pet-friendly, too, so bring your pup and make the most of the sunny shared backyard garden. From $240 a night.
This converted church is very much representative of this achingly hip part of town: huge industrial kitchen, eccentric entertaining space and a killer outdoor terrace with a herb garden. Even better, you’re only a 30-second walk from the equally hip Smith Street. From $299 a night.
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. From $94 a night.
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. From $99 a night.
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. From $350 a night.
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. From $560 a night.
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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.