An inner-Melbourne neighbourhood in proximity to arenas and parks, Richmond is close enough to the CBD to be convenient, while remaining peacefully removed from it. Here’s where to stay in this happening part of town. Book your stay now with Culture Trip.
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 to best soak it all in.
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.
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.
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.
For some kinds of holidays, serviced apartments are just what you need. Richmond’s Birches Serviced Apartments come with all the facilities you’d expect, plus a delightful herb garden, which you can dip into to prepare a home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchens or the BBQ area. Some rooms welcome pets, too, and there are dog-appropriate parks and walkways nearby.
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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.
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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.
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.
Guests at this three-level, artfully designed house will have the whole property to themselves. The open-plan living and dining area is ideal for family holidays and longer stays. If you book this home because you’re attracted to its architectural features, you’ll also love the area: nearby Church Street is renowned for its designer furniture shops, and Albert Street for its independent art galleries.
Get a taste of Melbourne city apartment life by staying at this homely, compact one-bedroom apartment. The sunny balcony is equipped with dining furniture, and, inside, you have all the facilities you expect from an apartment, including a washer/dryer and a fully equipped kitchen – perfect for longer stays in the central city area. As this isn’t a hotel, you’ll have the whole apartment to yourself.
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.