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19 Best Family Hotels Melbourne for a Fabulous City Staycation

Are you planning a family escape but don't want to travel too far? 

Bring the whole family out for a Melbourne staycation getaway and enjoy all the fantastic activities available for kids within the city. 

Here are a few of the best Melbourne CBD hotels and apartments for families which are perfect for your next city stay.

Best family hotels melbourne cbd

1. Batman's Hill in Collins

For an awesome staycation, stay in an apartment at Batman’s Hill on Collins for two adults and two children. Get started with a complimentary breakfast and discounted tickets to Sealife Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Skydeck and Melbourne River Cruises. Plus free meals for children will keep your kids happy. 

Batman’s Hill on Collins, 623 Collins Street, Melbourne,03 9614 6344, res@batmanshill.com.au

2. Citadines Melbourne

Stay at Citadines Melbourne from $280 per night with the Suite Slumber Party.

The package includes overnight accommodation in an interconnecting or two-bedroom apartment for 2 adults and 2 kids, popcorn and drinks to keep the ‘lil ones entertained, adults cheese plate and wine for the adults and a 12pm check out. Ascott Star reward members enjoy 10% off this deal. Offer ends 30 December 2022.

Citadines Melbourne, 131-135 Bourke St, Melbourne, 03 9039 8888 

3. Clarion Suites Gateway

Located in the heart of the CBD, Clarion Suites Gateway is a 4.5 star apartment hotel that provides guests with an all-suite experience just minutes from Melbourne’s major attractions.

Book a One-bedroom Suite at Clarion Suites Gateway from $225, and receive an express family pass to Melbourne Zoo or Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium.

Clarion Suites Gateway, 1 William St, Melbourne, 03 9296 8888

4. Crowne Plaza Melbourne 

Enjoy a family breakfast and a weekend stay before you head out on a day of family fun in the city. Enjoy the stunning Crowne Plaza rooftop pool, and happy hour with activities for the kids.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne, 1-5 Spencer Street, Melbourne, +1800 781 066

5. DoubleTree By Hilton Melbourne

The DoubleTree Melbourne by Hilton is centrally located on Flinders Street and is just a hop skip and jump from ACMI’s exhibits The Story of the Moving Image and Disney The Art of Animation

DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne, 270 Flinders St,  Melbourne, +61 3 9116 8888

6. Grand Hotel Melbourne

The Grand Hotel Melbourne hosts a five-star experience that families with children of all ages can enjoy. The hotel facilities include an Indoor Heated Pool, Gym, spa and sauna.

You will also receive a rollaway bed, parking and chocolates upon arrival. Check-out is at 12 pm (subject to availability).

Grand Hotel Melbourne, 33 Spencer St, Melbourne, +61 3 9611 4567, stay@grandhotelmelbourne.com.au

7. Holiday Inn on Flinders

*Note this hotel is currently a COVID quarantine hotel

You can find the Holiday Inn Hotel on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street surrounded by beautiful historic scenery that you can’t find anywhere else.

The location is perfect for families as it is located close to the ever famous family attraction Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium and is just a short 2-minute walk from Southern Cross train station. Plus, you’ll be happy to find that tram and bus stop directly outside the hotel making travelling earlier for families that plan to travel about as part of their vacation itinerary.

Additionally, the hotel also offers a heated outdoor pool, a garden terrace and a fitness centre for guests to enjoy during their stay. And if you thought it couldn’t get any better, children aged 17 years and below are allowed to stay and eat for free at the property!

Book now, no code required

Holiday Inn on Flinders, 575 Flinders Lane , +61 3 9629 4111, reservations.melsf@ihg.com

8. Lancemore Crossley St Melbourne

Enjoy a bit of old-school glamour with the entire family at Lancemore Crossley Street Melbourne. 

Their Family Fun Times Package includes a 20% discount on GoBoat Melbourne. Then, head to Ballers Club House to enjoy a one-hour free game for four (T&Cs Apply). 

You can return to your two-bedroom luxury family suite with four non-alcoholic minibar products and complimentary access to the hotel's candy bar area, in-room movies, and rooftop terrace. Finally, enjoy a continental breakfast buffet for four.

Lancemore Crossley St. Crossley St, Melbourne, +61 3 9639 1639

9. Mantra on Russell

For a relaxing location just right in the heart of Melbourne CBD, the Mantra on Russell is one to check out. 

The self-contained accommodation offers a relaxing sauna, a well-equipped kitchenette or kitchen, flat-screen satellite TV,  heated swimming pool, a fitness centre and a hot tub. You can also get the private balcony to see the senic city views from the comfort of your room.

Additionally, the location also offers dry cleaning, car rental services, and can even help you with travel arrangements if you’re looking to go on a tour.

Book now, no code required

Mantra on Russell, 222 Russell Street, +61 1300 092 872, russell.res@mantra.com.au

10. Melbourne Marriott 

Looking for a school holidays getaway? Why not plan something special at Melbourne Marriott Hotel.

Try their outdoor glamping, indoor sleepover and precious pets packages! 

During the holidays they also have a magical Harry Potter-themed high tea in their Essence restaurant. Other facilities include a heated indoor pool, perfect for any staycation.

Book now, no code required

Melbourne Marriott Hotel, Corner Exhibition &, Lonsdale St, Melbourne, +61 3 9662 3900, 

11. Novotel Melbourne on Collins

Just 300m from the iconic Bourke Street Mall, is the dazzling Melbourne on Collins that offers newly refurbished conference and event spaces, a fully equipped business centre, a restaurant, bar and fitness centre. 

The Hotel’s guest rooms and executive rooms will make you feel comfortable and cozy during your stay as they’ve recently redone the rooms with contemporary furniture, brand new colour schemes, new bathroom fixtures and new beds.

The hotel’s location is also a great spot as it is just a 6-minute drive from Melbourne Cricket Ground and a 7-minute drive from Rod Laver Arena. If you’re looking to visit the Melbourne theatre district and The National Gallery of Victoria, Then this is the location for you as it is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel’s door.

Book now, no code required

Novotel Melbourne on Collins, 270 Collins Street, +61 396675800, h1587@accor.com

12. Pan Pacific Melbourne

Visit the Pan Pacific Melbourne for the ultimate South Wharf city staycation.

Their Ultimate Family Staycation package includes a complimentary breakfast, free in-room movie, popcorn, ice cream and parking on us.

Enjoy fun family activities and a luxurious two-bedroom suite to relax and unwind in. Plus there’s free breakfast, complimentary parking, and a free movie, popcorn, or ice cream in your room.

Pan Pacific Melbourne, 2 Convention Centre Place South Wharf, Melbourne, +61 3 9027 2000, enquiry.ppmel@panpacific.com

13. Pegasus Apart'Hotel

Pegasus Apart'Hotel and suites in the heart of the CBD offers accommodation for an affordable family staycation. 

Recently refreshed, featuring 4 x 2 bedroom family apartments with all rooms having a colourful kids bedroom complete with either a Wii Console or an XBox and a selection of games.

The apartments have kitchens however room service is still available.

Book now, no code required

Pegasus Apart'Hotel, 206 A’Beckett St Melbourne, 03 9284 2400, reservations@pegasussuites.com.au

14. Shadow Play by Peppers

Enjoy stunning city views from your two-bedroom apartment at Shadow Play By Peppers.

Their Family movie night deal features in-house movies and popcorn. Also, take a look at the garden and view from the 46th level. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, parking, and WiFi.

Take the kids to the LUME projection gallery, where they can take a look at Van Gogh's iconic works and take photos with the installation.

Shadow Play By Peppers, 308-320 City Road, Southbank VIC +61 7 5665 4426

15. The Oakwood Premier Melbourne

Explore the riverside from your luxurious, five-star accommodation at Oakwood Premier Melbourne base.

The hotel is close to locations like the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre and DFO South Wharf and is in the heart of the South Melbourne markets and shopping district. 

The gym can be used for free and the children will be entertained for hours in the hotel's awesome games room.

The Oakwood Premier, 202 Normanby Road, Southbank, +61-3-9087-3400

16. The Sebel Melbourne Docklands

Enjoy a two-night stay in a spacious apartment at The Sebel Melbourne Docklands with two bedrooms on the waterfront. 

The hotel is a short walk from The District Docklands, which includes family-friendly attractions Chipmunks, Artvo and Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq.

The Sebel Melbourne Docklands, 18 Aquitania Way, Docklands, +61 3 9641 7500 info@sebeldocklands.com.au

17. The Westin, Melbourne

Looking for a luxurious retreat? The Westin, Melbourne is a grand and extravagant property conveniently located just two minutes away from Federation Square, Flinders Street and Bourke Street Mall. 

The stay offers families features amenities like a wellness/fitness centre with a 20 m lap pool, a bubble pool, sauna and a steam room. They’ve also got a beautiful art collection that art lovers can come to view appreciate.

Book now, no code required

The Westin, Melbourne, 205 Collins Street, +61 3 9635 2222

18. Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel

Treasury on Collins is a boutique Apartment Hotel located in a historic 19th-century landmark building in the heart of Melbourne CBD. 

Each suite in this 8 storey hotel is stylishly decorated with a blend of classy and modern furniture and is well-known for its architectural beauty and city views that can be seen from their Heritage Balcony Suites.

The hotel also makes a fantastic home base if you’re looking to travel about as it is well-positioned for trams, buses and taxis. Additionally, it's just a few minutes walk away from several shops, restaurants and cafes as well as famous Melbourne tourist spots like the Marvel Stadium and Flinders Street Station. The hotel also offers Airport shuttle arrangements upon request.

Book now, no code required

Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel, 394 Collins Street, +61 3 8535 8535, info@treasuryoncollins.com.au

19. Next Hotel

For a sophisticated sanctuary, you can't go wrong with Next Hotel Melbourne. This glamorous hotel is set within close proximity to the city's best locations for high fashion, restaurants and theatres.

The elegantly designed Next Hotel Family Room offers spacious interconnecting Next Level Rooms, with one room set up with a King bed and the second room set up with two Twin King singles. Next Hotel beds come with hallmark Dreamweave Sleep System and boutique bed linen including Euro pillows and waffle throw.

Parents can enjoy their own espresso capsule coffee machine, spacious work desk, blue tooth technology and LCD Smart TV with free-to-air digital TV, HD movies, entertainment, sport and news.

The Next Hotel Family Suite is the next level in luxury, with generously proportioned suites offering views of Melbourne’s cityscape.  Each suite has a separate lounge along with two bedrooms, each featuring sumptuous Dreamweaver Beds (options for King or twin King Singles), French linen bedding and luxurious ensuite bathrooms.

Next Hotel Family Suite guests also receive exclusive access to The Club throughout their stay – a Manhattan loft-inspired lounge for work and contemplation, complimentary breakfast, round-the-clock refreshments and evening Aperitivo with a selection of wines and nibbles on offer between 5-7pm.

Whether you book the Next Hotel Family Room or Next Hotel Family Suite, there are special amenities for adults and children. Parents will be spoilt with a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy while children will be able to dig into a complimentary special kid’s mini bar basket filled with treats. For young children (aged 12 and under), rooms will also be set up with a teepee for them to get settled into for playtime.

Thinking about a date night? You can pop down to La Madonna Restaurant & Bar for some well-deserved child-free time and while the adults enjoy their dinner downstairs, the kids will be able to enjoy special in-room treats from La Madonna too, including a delivery of bottomless popcorn and choc-tops!


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