6 of the Best Kid-Friendly Staycations In Melbourne

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Want to get away but can't leave Melbourne? Have a family holiday anyway with a staycation! I mean, it's the best city in the world anyway, right? 

There are plenty of places to stay in this great city and still feel like you're getting away from it all, but you might like to check out one of these options - kid-friendliness mandatory!

1. Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens

Rated really highly everywhere, the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens is a great place to start when looking for a staycation location.

To begin, it's right near both the Queen Vic Markets and Flagstaff Gardens in the city, two excellent family-friendly spots, and is right in the Free Tram Zone.

Who could really go past a rooftop spa though? And reasonably-priced rooms? It's a catch!

Find them: 380 William Street, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 9322 8000

To Book: www.radisson.com

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2. Pegasus Apart'Hotel

I know, right - Mario Bros themed rooms? Circus-themed rooms! Grand-Prix-themed rooms! It truly is a family home-away-from-home at the Pegasus, with a collection of two-bedroom family suites (one parents room, one themed children’s bedroom with interactive entertainment systems. The family rooms all come with a well-equipped kitchenette, dining table and chairs.

It's also a full service, four star hotel featuring one of Melbourne’s largest hotel indoor pools, spa, gymnasium, restaurant, bar/café, event space on-site car park, free Wi-Fi, and a self-serve laundry, right at the west end of the CBD.

Check out their packages page to see what's on offer - this month is a Melbourne Zoo package, which includes 3 nights accommodation in a 2 Bedroom Apartment, Full Buffet Breakfast (kids free), Express Family pass to Melbourne Zoo, Myki pass, 20% off in our Restaurant and 20% off Melbourne Sealife Aquarium, (where and when available)., so get in quick.

Find them: 206 A'Beckett St, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 9284 2400

To Book: www.pegasussuites.com.au

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3. Crown Metropol

Crown Towers feels entirely like another world, and there's every chance you could feel like you've jetted to far off lands without the rigmarole of air travel in general. All the best bits without the jet lag!

The kids will love the world-class pool area and there's every chance you'll love the shopping - while everyone will love the dining options, as there's just so many to choose from. Dinner by Heston, fish and chips, buffet style eateries, Japanese, gastropub... the hardest thing will be deciding where to go!

Find them: 380 William Street, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 9292 6211

To Book: www.crownhotels.com.au

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4. The Langham, Melbourne

It might be twice winner of the Travel + Leisure Magazine USA 'World's Best Awards Readers' Survey' as the top city hotel in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, but it's also right here in Melbourne and that makes all the difference. 

Right on the river at Southbank, near the NGV, Federation Square, Birrarung Marr and every eatery the CBD offers, The Langham can't be beaten for location. Better yet, it truly is a wonderful stay, especially with kids. The rooms are luxurious and delightful (some even with fully-equipped kitchens, and we mean fully-equipped!), the dining even better. 

The Langham regularly hosts children's high teas, and until October are hosting the Barbie Fashionista Children's High Tea for $39 per child, which includes Barbie cookies, cupcakes, macarons, fancy sandwiches, pink cordial and more. Check back for their other options throughout the year - the Despicable Me and Sesame Street themes are popular!

Find them: Southgate Ave, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 8696 8888

To Book: www.langhamhotels.com

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5. QT Melbourne

One of the most unique, quirky hotels in the city (ok, the country!) is a fantastic place to stay with kids. The bright, unusual decor is always a winner, as is the dedicated onsite cake shop. Yes, cake shop!

The buffet at Pascale Bar & Grill is a feast for the senses, and super-kid-friendly, with smoothies and juices in little jars, and a riot of fresh fruit (ok there's also waffles and pancakes made to order for breakfast too!). We love that you can order baby food purees off the menu, and the kids' menu is suitably fancy. Valrhona pain au chocolate, anyone?!

Find them: 133 Russell St, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 8636 8800

To Book: www.qthotelsandresorts.com

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6. Alto Hotel

Another bright and funky option, the Alto Hotel on Bourke Street is a fun place to take the family for a day or two "away".

You can grab a one, two, or even three-bedroom apartment in this environmentally friendly rated hotel, right nearby the Crown Casino, the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium, Docklands (and DFO shopping!).

We love the complimentary relaxation room with massage chairs, free hot chocolates, the library and complimentary book exchange in the A-Lounge.

Children under 12 meals are half price - choose from New York Bagels, toasted brioche, bacon and egg sandwich, buttermilk pancakes and a whole lot more, all of which include the continental breakfast buffet.

Find them: 636 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Phone: (03) 8608 5599

To Book: www.altohotel.com.au