Best Kid-Friendly Places To Stay In Melbourne
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
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In celebration of our exciting launch, here are our top picks for family-friendly accommodation in Melbourne. If you happen to find yourself on a family holiday in this exciting city, rest assured that you'll be at no lack of awesome things to do. There are places to stay to suit all budgets, that tick the boxes that families need.
1. The Sebel Residences Melbourne Docklands
These 4-star serviced apartments located right on the vibrant Docklands waterfront and in the heart of the CBD are our top pick for family accommodation. There's an indoor pool, outdoor pool, rooftop tennis court, BBQ area, a library, the Laurel Day Spa, fitness centre, on-site dining at the trendy Capri Cafe, and plenty of waterfront dining options as you'll be just steps away from the Docklands NewQuay Promenade. Visit their website.
2. The Westin Melbourne
In the CBD, this oasis of luxury offers spectacular views over St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne Town Hall, and the bustling city below. Awesome features include a wellness centre, Heavenly Spa, Westin Kid's Club, WestinWORKOUT Centre, and indulgent touches such as rainfall-style showerheads, plush robes and premium linens. On-site dining options include Allegro Restaurant for lunch or dinner with a seasonal menu, light bites and an extensive drinks menu in the Lobby Lounge, a Wine Room, and a daily high tea! Visit their website.
3. The Langham, Melbourne
On the Southbank Promenade, the Langham offers an indulgent stay like no other. The classic and elegant decor is a highlight on its own, as well as the award-winning oriental-inspired Chuan Spa and swimming pool, fitness studio, the on-site Melba Restaurant with a delicious grazing buffet, and the on-site Aria Bar & Lounge (perfect if you can get a babysitter for the evening!). If you're staying with kids, you simply must treat them to a high-tea at Melba Restaurant, where they offer an elegant afternoon tea with Wedgewood and themed-high teas including the Despicable Me 3 high tea coming up in July! Visit their website.
4. Melbourne Marriott Hotel
Another top pick if you're after a touch of luxury- prepare for contemporary design in the heart of the CBD. Features include a fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, sauna, modern Australian dining at Essence on Exhibition, an extensive drinks menu at Elements Lounge and Bar, and extremely family-accommodating staff. Kids are often greeted on arrival with activity bags including lollies, balloons and ice cream. Its prime location leaves you super close to the zoo, theatre and shopping district. Visit their website.
5. Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders
Awesome value for money, and one of the most child-accommodating stays you'll find. The Holiday Inn in the CBD boasts a relaxed, welcoming and friendly atmosphere, and the best part? Kids stay and eat FREE! Under 12s get free brekky, lunch and dinner at Sirocco Restuarant that has all the healthy and delicious kid's favourites. They also offer family getaway options and packages which often include free entry to attractions like Melbourne Zoo or SEA LIFE Aquarium, as well as breakfasts for the adults too. What more could a family need? Visit their website.
6. Mantra on Little Bourke
Mantra Hotels operate 7 property choices across Melbourne and Tullamarine, which are ALL fantastic family-friendly options, however, our top pick has to be Mantra on Little Bourke. It offers a relaxed and friendly vibe with notably helpful staff who go above and beyond, tidy, well-equipped rooms and a prime location. Enjoy lunch and buffet breakfasts at the on-site Alibi Kitchen and Bar, 24-hour room service, a gym and sauna, and child-minding on request. Visit their website.
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