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What To Look For When Securing A Comfortable Stay In South Melbourne

When securing a comfortable stay in South Melbourne, there are several factors to consider to ensure a pleasant experience.
March 29, 2024

Are you planning a trip to Melbourne? This vibrant city is a bustling hub of leisure, entertainment, culture, art, commerce and society. From watching a live game of football or soccer to taking in the top bands at Rod Laver Arena or getting lost in its many lanes, Melbourne offers so much to see and do. With top-notch dining, drinking, and coffee culture, this city is a pleasure for tourists to visit. You can catch a poetry reading, theatre show, performance art and a sports match all on the same night.

And when it comes to staying in Melbourne, you should definitely consider booking accommodation in and around South Melbourne. You want a comfortable stay, too, whether you’ll stay at a hotel, Airbnb, or serviced apartment. This helpful article will share our top practical tips for securing a comfortable stay in South Melbourne, so read on to learn more about finding the perfect accommodation for your time in Australia’s cultural capital. 

Flood Resistant Properties

The last thing you want during a stay in South Melbourne is a blocked toilet, leaky shower or overflowing drain. South Melbourne can be prone to floods, so at the very least, you want a fast plumber nearby who can quickly respond to a service call placed through your accommodation. A rapid response from a nearby plumber could mean the difference between a comfortable, stress free stay and an utter nightmare, so check the local trades located near to where you’ll be staying.

Another great practice here is to inquire about whether or not your selected accommodation is flood-resistant before placing your booking. This is particularly important if you’re booking in either winter or spring when there is lots of rain in the city. A flood-resistant apartment, Airbnb or home is ideal for your stay if there is heavy rainfall. Dealing with flooded accommodation is pretty low on your list of things to do when visiting Melbourne, so do your research and book a suitable property with flood protection. 

Proximity to Public Transport

Unless you hire a car to get around Melbourne, which is not advised due to the busy traffic, exorbitant hire car rates and risk of driving in an unfamiliar environment, you want to ensure your accommodation is located close to public transport options. In South Melbourne, there are plenty of tram stops for multiple lines, and bus stops too. There is also a train station right by South Melbourne Market.

When researching your accommodation, get Google Maps up and find out if the apartment or Airbnb is located close to a public transport option. If you are elderly, disabled or otherwise unable to walk far distances, you want to stay somewhere close to public transport. 

Stay Close to the Market

Speaking of South Melbourne Market, this iconic local attraction offers a variety of local produce, clothing, flowers, food and more available to peruse. Ideally, you’ll want to stay a short walk away from this diverse market so you can take a leisurely stroll to visit during your stay. 

And rest assured, if you’re close enough to South Melbourne Market, you will be sorted for breakfast, lunch, and dinner easily enough, as the market is the home of some of South Melbourne’s most popular cafes, restaurants, grocers, and other little eateries. We highly recommend making a reservation at Simply Spanish to enjoy some authentic Spanish tapas during your stay.

Undercover Outdoor Area

If you’re planning a visit to Melbourne in winter, the wind chill can be next level if you’re not used to it, mainly if you’re coming from sunnier environs such as Queensland or Western Australia. When researching places to stay, check to see if they have a secure, undercover outdoor area where you can enjoy some fresh air without being exposed to the chilling wind. This means you can enjoy a morning coffee or breakfast outside without being buffeted by the wintry blasts of wind coming off the ocean. Thankfully, South Melbourne Market does offer plenty of cover and shelter for market goers, so when in doubt, head straight for its welcoming stalls of hot coffees, soups, and other hand-warming delights.

Other Local Amenities

This next tip is about gauging your proximity to other local amenities. South Melbourne has many restaurants, shops, cafes and places to visit, so ideally you’ll want to book a stay somewhere that is located close to all of these beautiful places to visit. You can take a short walk to get your morning coffee or eat somewhere for lunch and dinner without having to travel too far from your hotel or apartment. 

Some of the best areas to secure accommodation include along City Road or York Street in South Melbourne, or even Bay Street in Port Melbourne, or Beaconsfield Parade if you’re impartial to some serene ocean views.

How Many Bedrooms and Beds?

This will factor into your decision about accommodation, depending on how many people you’re travelling with. If you have kids, and they’re of a certain age, they may need their own bedrooms, and if you’re travelling with friends, you’ll all want separate bedrooms as well. This will inform what sort of property you hire for staying in, as not all accommodations will be suited to different party sizes and compositions.

Book The Hamptons Apartments

No matter whether you’re travelling with the kids in tow or even just escaping on a couple’s retreat, the stylish Hamptons Apartments are sure to be a frontrunner in your list of the best Port Melbourne or St Kilda accommodation. 

The Hamptons Apartments are luxury, boutique apartments located in Port Melbourne, making them the ideal home base to stay in when you visit this gorgeous city. Book your accommodation at the Hamptons Apartments in Port Melbourne or St Kilda today so that you can enjoy a comfortable stay during your time in Australia’s cultural capital.

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