Sandwiched between Sandringham and Brighton on the beautiful Victoria coastline and conveniently located close to central Melbourne, the white sandy beaches and relaxing seaside vibes of Hampton have attracted sunshine-seeking holidaymakers since the mid-19th century. Hampton is better known for its shopping and eating these days – with over 50 cafes and bars lining the famous Hampton Street – but it’s still a great place to shack up for a beachside vacay, and a hip coastal hub from which to explore the best of the Melbourne sites and attractions. Whatever your inspiration, read on to discover our pick of the best hotels in Hampton – bookable on Culture Trip.
Steps from the beach and Hampton Street, this bright, Scandi-meets-beach-chic two-by-one apartment is ideal for those looking for a fancy holiday home in Hampton. Fully kitted out with everything you need for a self-contained stay – such as laundry, a big TV with Foxtel, two off-street parking spots and an arrival hamper full of goodies – the icing on the cake is the massive private terrace, where you can kick back in the outdoor lounge and soak up the sun and bay views while cooking up a feast on the barbecue.
A metal and glass architectural marvel rising above Hampton Street, the sleekly designed Anchorage Apartments Hampton contain an array of stunning one- and two-bedroom units with designer kitchens, outdoor balconies and plenty of awesome mod cons. It’s the perfect base for exploring Hampton on foot, as it’s super close to the train station, cafes and shops and an easy stroll to the beach; just give them a heads-up if you’re bringing your car, to nab yourself a free undercover parking spot.
The height of self-contained luxury in neighbouring Sandringham, these Sandy Hill boutique apartments sleep up to nine and are elegantly appointed with designer furniture and balconies or terraces for al fresco chilling. The standout features aren’t the apartments – as great as they are – as much as the extras. These include the 25m (82ft) outdoor pool, sauna, spa and gym, and the in-house cafe-bar and convenience store – which, together, create a gloriously stylish little pocket of paradise.
Located right over the road from Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Quest Brighton on the Bay is an inviting hotel with studio rooms and apartments (including an off-site three-bed townhouse), an array of restaurants right on your doorstep and even an in-house day spa for all your post-beach pampering needs. Comfortably furnished, the studio apartments feature kitchenettes and balconies – available upon request – while the one- and two-bedroom versions overlook the garden. Optional extras include parking – which must be booked in advance – and breakfast boxes delivered to your door.
Perfect for a family holiday, this two-bedroom villa-style Hampton holiday home sits on a leafy residential street close to Brighton Beach in Melbourne and a short drive from both Hampton and St Kilda. Easily accommodating up to six adults, this cosy and super-private home from home ticks all the boxes with an undercover carport, garden, air conditioning and a big TV with Netflix – along with laundry and a fully equipped kitchen.
A little way east of Hampton, Quest Moorabbin is a laid-back modern aparthotel offering studios with kitchenettes and one-, two- and three-bed apartments with full kitchens. There’s daily housekeeping, and guests also have access to an on-site gym, an al fresco barbecue area and free off-street parking. While there are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, sometimes you just need some home-cooked comfort. The amazing concierge pantry shopping service will stock the fridge with all your favourite groceries so you can instantly activate holiday mode upon arrival.
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