Hip Apartments in Melbourne You'll Want to Call Home

A stay in Melbourne is not complete without a stroll along the Yarra.
A stay in Melbourne is not complete without a stroll along the Yarra. | © Jon Arnold Images Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Judy Cogan

There’s an edge to Melbourne which world travellers find irresistible. Where else in Australia do you get art deco mansions, sky-high shiny towers, cool cafes, narrow lanes blitzed with riotous street art, speed-hungry rollerbladers and echoey repurposed factories overlapping in perfect harmony? Take it all in at your own pace, and feel less like a tourist and more like a local, by staying in one of these hip Melbourne holiday apartments you’ll want to call home.

1. Oaks on Collins


A bright and simple bedroom with sheer white draped and large bed.
Courtesy of Oaks Melbourne on Collins Hotel / Expedia

The nod to Manhattan in these hotel holiday apartments in Melbourne is deliberate: think sleek unfussy decor, roof-top swimming pool and concrete-heavy balconies overlooking Collins Street, the city’s most illustrious shopping epicentre. The street starts with 19th-century heritage architecture at the ‘Paris end’ and morphs into the modern Docklands known as the ‘New York end’. Thankfully though, the representation of these great cities doesn’t extend to the average number of square feet per downtown apartment – here, you’ll have more than enough space whether you rent a shiny executive studio suite or a sweeping rooftop pad.

2. Imagine Lighthouse

Luxury, Hotel, Apartment

Double bed in room with wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Melbournes central business district
Courtesy of Imagine Lighthouse / Booking.com

Imagine waking up to incredible views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows in your own private sunroom 50 floors up. Well, you won’t need to imagine if you stay at this holiday apartment in Melbourne: a soaring hotel that’s brimming with luxe facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, a spa and a gym. Don’t be fooled – it’s not actually a lighthouse – but the steel-and-glass tower is hard to miss when making your way back from nearby landmarks like Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, Bourke Street Mall and Flagstaff Gardens. Weekly or monthly rates are available, with all hotel facilities and weekly housekeeping included.

3. Oaks WRAP on Southbank

Apartment, Hotel

A large bed in a bedroom with two bedside lamps and floor-to-ceiling windows on one side at Oaks WRAP on Southbank
Courtesy of Oaks WRAP on Southbank / Booking.com

A modern aparthotel not far from the river, WRAP on Southbank puts you within a short walk of Melbourne’s top sights and attractions. Book tickets to a show at the nearby Malthouse theatre or to a classical music concert at the state-of-the-art Melbourne Recital Centre. The lively riverside promenade is the perfect spot for al fresco dining before checking out the cargo sheds that have been turned into craft-beer bars for a few brewskis before bed.

4. Oaks on William


A lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and door that lead to a private balcony with city and river views.
 Courtesy of Oaks Melbourne on William Suites / Expedia

This glinting tower block contains 250 modern Melbourne holiday apartments all furnished with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies that give you killer views over Flagstaff Gardens and the city’s network of laneways. Grab a cappuccino from the lobby cafe and enjoy a day shopping and absorbing Melbourne’s cultural hotspots. Then pull on a robe and head down for a swim in the heated pool, or a session in the steam room and sauna. The Oak & Vine restaurant nearby offers an in-room seasonal menu that’s exclusive for guests of Oaks on William – why not pair your chosen meal with an Australian wine or icy cold beer and take in some more of that view.

5. Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments


A bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound roof terrace overlooking the Yarra River and Melbournes skyscrapers.
 Courtesy of Aura on Flinders Serviced Apartments / Booking.com

On a budget but don’t want to scrimp on style? This swanky collection of serviced one- and two-bed holiday apartments in Melbourne is located across the river from Southbank and the Crown Casino entertainment complex. Each one features a private bathroom, a full-size kitchen, a smart TV and speaker system, plus a balcony overlooking the Yarra River and Melbourne CBD. If you want to explore further afield, Southern Cross Railway Station is a short stroll away, and the apartments sit within Melbourne’s Free Tram Zone so getting around is easy.

6. Citadines on Bourke Melbourne

Chain Hotel, Apartment

A simple studio guest suite with modern furniture and artwork.
 Courtesy of Citadines on Bourke Melbourne / Booking.com

This award-winning aparthotel sums up Melbourne’s vibrant, 21st-century spirit – and fondness for man’s best friend. The pet-friendly serviced apartments include a pet bed, dog food, water bowls and access to the rooftop courtyard for emergency walkies. Each large unit is equipped with a kitchenette, has separate living and dining areas, plus bathrooms with a deep tub and a walk-in shower. Pound the pavements with your pooch then relax on the outdoor sundeck – the friendly staff will lavish your four-legged friend with attention so you don’t have to.

7. Avani Central Melbourne

Apartment, Chain Hotel

A large bed in a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Melbournes city lights at dusk.
Courtesy of Avani Melbourne Central Residences / Booking.com

Foodies will be in prime position at these holiday apartments, with a smattering of top restaurants and cute cafes, plus Melbourne’s heritage-listed Queen Victoria Market – dating back to 1878 – right on the doorstep. Arrive there just before 10am on a Friday or Saturday, and join the Ultimate Foodie Tour, a guided two-hour walk-through of the building. You’ll taste fresh produce and hot bites, and learn a few take-home tips to put into practice later in your luxurious apartment. Some units have city views, while all feature bluetooth speakers in comfy living spaces, plus access to an on-site gym and games room with a pool table.

8. Pegasus Apart'Hotel


A large and spacious double twin hotel room with floor-to-ceiling windows at the far end.
 Courtesy of Pegasus Apart'Hotel / Booking.com

For seven years straight, Melbourne was ranked the world’s most livable city – so living like a local is arguably the best way to experience it. At the Pegasus Apart’Hotel, you’ll have hotel-standard facilities such as a spa, a gym, a restaurant, bar, cafe, and one of Melbourne’s largest indoor hotel pools. All travellers are catered for here: the two-bed family suites, for example, feature interactive entertainment systems and a themed bedroom for kids – think jungle, circus and Formula 1 racing – while those on business can work quietly in the workspace-optimised SoHo suites.

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