The Best Hotels and Places to Book Your Stay in Brunswick, Melbourne

Melbourne is a sprawling city with many attractions, such as Parliament House, as seen on the right
Melbourne is a sprawling city with many attractions, such as Parliament House, as seen on the right | © camac / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Lilly Graves
11 November 2021

The suburbs north of the Melbourne central business district are exciting places with craft-beer gardens, art galleries, live music and international cuisine. The area suits anyone from bohemian types and families to professionals who want to explore Brunswick and neighbouring Northcote and Thornbury. Add in excellent transportation to and from Melbourne, and you’re set for a real Aussie adventure. Here are the best hotels in and around Brunswick – bookable on Culture Trip.

Artel Apartment Hotel Melbourne, for modern comfort

An apartment kitchen, dining and living area, along with a balcony with city views, at the Artel Apartment Hotel Melbourne
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Smack in the centre of Brunswick, these modern units offer the comforts of home, including laundry appliances and kitchenettes. Crack open a stubby (the casual Aussie term for a bottle of beer) on your private balcony, or meet fellow travellers on the shared terrace. It’s a short walk to several train and tram stations, as well as trendy restaurants, bars and cafes. For a fee, start the day with an organic breakfast, including fresh waffles and poached eggs.

Northcote Hill – StayCentral, for apartments with parking

The bright open-plan living and dining room, along with a balcony with city views, at the Northcote Hill – StayCentral apartment
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This contemporary apartment near Brunswick with Melbourne skyline views – keep an eye out for sunsets and hot-air balloons – offers laundry facilities, a kitchen and a balcony. Other perks include a telescope and a book exchange. Hit the pavement in gentrifying Northcote, and explore the parks, cafes, shops and quirky bars in the area. Free parking is available, and public transport is a cinch.

Landing Pads Brunswick, for affordable rooms with a social atmosphere

A communal area with bowls, plates, glasses and small kitchen appliances, including microwaves, at Landing Pads Brunswick
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This 40-bed hostel is more than a young backpacker hub – it caters specifically to travellers on working holiday visas. Staff members even help new arrivals find jobs and make friends. Each bed comes with linen and personal storage space, while shared facilities include a kitchen, an espresso machine and multiple bathrooms and showers. After work, join an in-house hostel event or one it puts on around Melbourne. When it’s time to say goodbye, take part in the hostel donation programs that benefit people in need.

Brunswick Renaissance, for a family-friendly rental home

The sunny-yellow primary bedroom at the Brunswick Renaissance with a queen-size bed and a crib
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Perfect for parents who want to keep the little ones entertained, this charming accommodation in Brunswick has four beds, a bathroom with a separate bathtub and shower, a fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities. Kids stay busy with board games, books and toys, as well as a vintage arcade game for two players. Mum and dad can chill on the private terrace and fire up the barbie. The location is within walking distance of neighbourhood gems, and street parking is free.

Zagame’s House, for chic rooms

A stylish blue-and-grey ensuite guest room with a pillowy king-size bed, bold accent pillows and gold accents at Zagame’s House
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Urbanites may prefer this chic hotel near Brunswick – a short jaunt to the Melbourne Museum – run by a pair of brothers who exhibit art-filled hallways and stylish interiors. Soundproof rooms come with Marshall Bluetooth speakers and cocktail shakers. There’s also a 24-hour fitness centre, a cafe serving breakfast ramen bowls and a wine bar featuring Australian pours (ask for a tour at check-in). Looking to rent wheels? Ask about Freya, the custom-painted rental Fiat – a sure way to get noticed around town.

Brady Hotels Jones Lane, for sleek high-rise digs

A king-size bed and a little sitting area in a room with a balcony and expansive city views at the Brady Hotels Jones Lane
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This futuristic tower has a buzzy location in the Melbourne CBD and is one of the top hotels near Brunswick. Compact rooms stave off complaints thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that open to let in the fresh air, along with plush beds and penny-tile bathrooms. Amenities include a gym, self-serve laundry facilities and a kitchen and bar on the ground floor. For other meals, there’s a profusion of trendy restaurants on the surrounding streets.

St Georges Motor Inn, for relaxed accommodation

The casual restaurant with exposed brick, crown moulding and wooden chairs at the St Georges Motor Inn
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Laid-back travellers seeking affordable digs near Brunswick should consider this Thornbury property. Comfortable rooms have mini-fridges and coffee makers; some have whirlpool tubs. The larger units can sleep up to seven people. Everyone has access to free underground parking (another draw), and you can hoof it to the neighbourhood food trucks and public transport for access to the entire city.

Carlton Terrace, for a private home near the zoo

A leather sofa, with a large image of a buck overhead, a colourful area rug and a dining set in the living area at the Carlton Terrace
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Princes Hill is the home of this two-bedroom, one-bathroom holiday rental, within walking distance of the sprawling Melbourne Zoo and Royal Park. Return from your adventures to enjoy a fully equipped, eat-in kitchen, a stackable washer and dryer, and a furnished patio. Indoor and outdoor plants brighten the spaces, and you are welcomed with snacks, tea and coffee. Free parking gives you the freedom to leave the car and explore the thriving neighbourhood on foot.

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