Where to Stay in and Around Richmond, Australia

If you love design, a stay at the Ovolo South Yarra in Richmond, Melbourne, is for you
If you love design, a stay at the Ovolo South Yarra in Richmond, Melbourne, is for you | Courtesy of Ovolo South Yarra / Booking.com
Elen Turner

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Cricket and tennis fans visiting Melbourne flock to Richmond, an inner-city suburb right beside the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), National Sports Museum and Rod Laver Arena. And this culturally diverse neighbourhood offers plenty more than world-class sporting events, from designer shopping and street art rivalling anything you’ll find in the more congested laneways to some of the best pho in Australia, in Little Saigon, the Vietnamese district in the suburb. Here’s where to stay in Richmond in order to best soak it all in.

1. Lanbruk Richmond Hill Apartment Hotel

Hotel, Apartment

A gray couch facing a flat screen TV mounted on a yellow wall and a small kitchenette to the left at Lanbruk Richmond Hill
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The studio rooms and apartments at Lanbruk Richmond Hill are capped with a rooftop terrace with city and cricket ground views. Right in the heart of Richmond, Lanbruk Richmond Hill was a finalist in the esteemed Paul Davis Hotel Design Award 2020 and favours simplicity and light. Its apartments come with kitchenettes, so are ideal for longer stays or self-catering.

2. Boutique Stays – Victorian Vogue

Boutique Hotel, Guesthouse

A large lounge and dining area with an open-plan kitchen in the background at Boutique Stays - Victorian Vogue
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With just three rooms, Boutique Stays’ Victorian Vogue Richmond property is a renovated Victorian mansion that’s as luxurious as it is intimate. This is a perfect choice for large or extended families or friend groups travelling together, as your clan can take over the whole property. There’s an outdoor dining area, BBQ setup and a fully equipped kitchen perfect for marinating meats and veg skewers for the barbie. Undercover parking and a laundry complete the homely facilities.

3. Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne

Hotel

Luxe long atrium lounge space with jewel tone seating at Amora Hotel Riverwalk Melbourne
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On the banks of the Yarra River, and with views of the Melbourne CBD just 3km (1.9mi) away, the Amora Hotel Riverwalk is good for leisure or business travel – but leans towards the latter. With numerous function rooms and private dining spaces, it’s a handy place to host a meeting – the conference room seats up to 300 people. As for the bedrooms, the larger suites are equipped with spa baths, and others have personal balconies overlooking the river.

5. Oaks Melbourne South Yarra Suites

Apartment

A small couch with two striped pillows, a kitchenette, floor to ceiling windows and a small white table in a suite at Oaks Melbourne South Yarra Suites
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Studio rooms and one-bedroom apartments give this place a hotel vibe, but the fully equipped kitchens, BBQ facilities and laundry facilities at Oaks Melbourne South Yarra Suites add extra levels of home comfort. All rooms come with balconies and city views, plus a work area. In South Yarra, just across the river from Richmond, this hotel is close to the South Yarra train station and a short walk from the tropical palms and ferns of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

6. Ovolo South Yarra

Boutique Hotel, Hotel

Circular leather seating around an electric fire pit in a quirky lounge area at Ovolo South Yarra with red walls, modern art and wood and neon details
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Inspired by disco, rock’n’roll and retro glamour, it’s the little design things at Ovolo South Yarra that delight: pop art feature walls, velour sofas and old-fashioned record players. Complimentary social-hour drinks, breakfast, round-the-clock gym access and laundry facilities are also provided free of charge, and pets are welcome – an uncommon perk in a boutique hotel of this calibre.

7. 381 Cremorne Aparthotel

Apartment

Corner lounge area with a light beige couch facing a TV, floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony at light-filled 381 Cremorne
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381 Cremorne has one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments right at the intersection of the Richmond and Cremorne neighbourhoods. All apartments come with floor-to-ceiling windows for the best, unobstructed views of the city. The three-bedroom penthouse suite even has a large terrace for luxurious, outdoor dining. 381 Cremorne has easy access to the Yarra River walkway that leads to the Arts Precinct, and there’s public transport on your doorstep, too.

8. Richmond Bosisto Street

Apartment

A light gray couch facing a wooden console and a wall mounted TV in a lounge area with a private balcony in the background at Richmond Bosisto Street
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Another handy and upmarket apartment, this place can sleep up to seven guests in two bedrooms, making it ideal for families. Equidistant from the MCG and the Fitzroy Gardens (about a 20-minute walk each way), this apartment is also close to the Rod Laver Arena, which should entice tennis fans. Housekeeping is available upon request to save you cleaning if you’re hanging around for a while.

Alternatively, check out stays in the Melbourne city centre or hotels near the beach. Why not plan one of the many day excursions available or experience the best markets in Melbourne before exploring the multi-cultural side of the city through its cuisine?

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