Family Accommodation in Melbourne: 20 Excellent Options Across the City

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Looking for the best family accommodation in Melbourne? This article provides a rundown on the best areas in Melbourne to stay with your family, as well as suggested family-friendly hotels in those areas.

Melbourne is a fantastic city for a family getaway. There’s so much to do and explore, from iconic landmarks like the Melbourne Museum to fun attractions like Luna Park.

But if it’s your first time in Melbourne, you may be wondering where to stay. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right accommodation for your family. And we all know that the right accommodation is so important for a family holiday, as it can set the tone for your entire trip.

I’m a Melbourne local who often has to suggest family accommodation for friends visiting Melbourne with their little ones, so I have quite a bit of experience in this area.

Whether you’re seeking a homely apartment with a fully-equipped kitchen or a hotel with fun-filled activities that’ll keep the kids entertained, whether you’re travelling with teens or toddlers, I’ve got 20 great options for family accommodation in Melbourne.

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Best family-friendly accommodation in Melbourne

Here’s a cheat sheet for all the hotels I’ve included in this guide to the best family hotels in Melbourne.

Hotel nameAreaRatingPrice rangePool?Book
Pegasus Apart’Hotel*CBD7.9$$YesBook now
Mantra on Little BourkeCBD8.1$$$NoBook now
Ovolo LanewaysCBD8.8$$$NoBook now
Treasury on Collins Apartment HotelCBD9.3$$$$NoBook now
Crowne Plaza MelbourneCBD8.4$$$YesBook now
Movenpick HotelCBD8.7$$$YesBook now
Brady Hotels Jones LaneCBD8.6$$NoBook now
Crown Metropol*Southbank8.4 $$$YesBook now
Adina Apartment Hotel SouthbankSouthbank8.8$$YesBook now
Quay West SuitesSouthbank8.9$$$$YesBook now
The Sebel Melbourne Docklands*Docklands7.8$$$YesBook now
Quest DocklandsDocklands8.3$$NoBook now
Cosmopolitan Hotel*St Kilda7.7$$NoBook now
Crest on ParkSt Kilda7.2$$NoBook now
Adara St KildaSt Kilda7.5$NoBook now
Saint Kilda Beach HotelSt Kilda7.1$$NoBook now
Adara Richmond*Richmond8.2$$NoBook now
Quest JolimontEast Melbourne8.6$$$NoBook now
Tyrian Serviced Apartments*Fitzroy9.1$$NoBook now
Best Western Plus Travel InnCarlton7.8$$YesBook now
* Denotes my top pick for family accommodation in each area
Prices are based on a mid-week stay in November

Where to stay in Melbourne CBD with kids

Melbourne’s city centre (the CBD), is my recommended pick for where to stay with families.

There are plenty of things to do here, it’s central with good access to public transport and it’s walkable. It’s also where you’ll find the highest concentration of accommodation (see more Melbourne CBD hotels).

Here are a few kid-friendly attractions in the city centre:

My top pick for kid-friendly hotels in the Melbourne CBD

Best family accommodation in Melbourne CBD


My top choice for family accommodation in the Melbourne CBD is Pegasus Apart’Hotel, with its fun themed rooms for kids.

1. Pegasus Apart’Hotel

Rating: 7.9 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

If you’re looking for family accommodation in Melbourne that the kids are going to LOVE, then Pegasus Apart’Hotel is a fantastic choice.

Why are they going to love it so much?

Because the 2-bedroom apartments are adorably themed, with the choice of circus, super games, jungle and racing car designs. What kid could resist that?

There’s a queen bed for parents and two single beds for the children – in separate rooms – which makes it incredibly convenient for families.

Rooms come equipped with a kitchenette featuring a full-size fridge and 2-burner gas top, ideal for whipping up quick family meals or snacks. The separate living and dining spaces are perfect for hanging out.

Pegasus Apart’Hotel also offers buffet breakfast in the in-house restaurant, Brentani, making morning meals a breeze if you don’t feel like cooking.

And they’re one of the few self-contained apartments in Melbourne city that has a pool – a big win for families looking to relax or have some fun in the water. This is one place I reckon your kids will beg you to return to.

Despite being on the outskirts of the CBD, Pegasus Apart’Hotel is still close to several attractions. Here, you’re just a short walk away from the Queen Victoria Market where you can stock up on fresh food to cook in your kitchenette.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 206 A’Beckett St, Melbourne
  • Room types: Deluxe studio (2 queen beds), 2-bedroom apartment, Executive 2-bedroom apartment, 1-bedroom apartment (sleeps up to 3), Family-themed 2-bedroom apartment
  • Family-friendly features: Cot available (for a fee), extra bed available (extra fee), high chair, separate kids TV (in 2-Bedroom Family Apartment), games console, indoor pool

What past guests say:

Excellent little vacation for our family. Liked: The pool and spa. (Kids absolutely loved it)

– Hannah (read more reviews)

2. Mantra on Little Bourke 

Rating: 8.1 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

In a prime location right in the heart of Melbourne, you’re never more than a short stroll away from the city’s best kid-friendly attractions at the Mantra on Little Bourke.

With more than 150 studio rooms and apartments, there’s plenty of space for even the largest families. And they can adjust the bedding configurations to suit your family’s needs.

My pick for families here is one of the 2-bedroom family rooms. They’re surprisingly spacious, offering plenty of room for the kids to play while the adults relax. If you’ve got teenagers, the option for interconnecting rooms gives them the independence they crave while keeping them close.

These are self-contained apartments, so you’ll get a kitchenette that includes a fridge and cooktop, perfect for those nights when you feel like staying in and cooking a meal together (or saving some money in Melbourne).

Each room has Foxtel, Wi-Fi and air conditioning to ensure your family’s comfort during your stay. And there are colouring books and choccies for the kids.

If Mum and Dad want to hit the town, child minding services can be arranged – just give them plenty of notice when you book.

If you’re bringing a car, you’ll be glad to know that there’s on-site parking available – but it will set you back $49 per night (which is roughly what you’d pay in a commercial car park in the city).

Essential hotel info:

  • Address: 471 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
  • Room types: Family apartment, 2-bedroom dual key apartment (2 twin beds + 1 king bed), Studio queen (2 queen beds), 1-bedroom suite
  • Family-friendly features: Wi-Fi, laundry service, cribs/cots, child minding service available, children’s colouring books and chocolates

What past guests say: 

Spacious room/s attached for my family, wife & 2 kids, as they had their own room with single beds. Very comfortable room & beds.

– Jim (read more reviews)

3. Ovolo Laneways

Rating: 8.8 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

Ovolo Laneways may be known as one of the best boutique hotels in Melbourne (and one of my personal fave hotels), so why’s it also on this list of family accommodation in Melbourne, you might ask? Surely it’s too cool for the kids?

Even though Ovolo Laneways has a reputation for chic, the hotel has also found a way to balance that with a kid-friendly environment.

The best example? The complimentary mini-bar offers a nice touch for the grown-ups, while the free-flowing lollies throughout the day will undoubtedly delight the little ones.

Staying at Ovolo Laneways places you right in the heart of Flinders Lane, allowing your family to be within arm’s reach of attractions and restaurants.

And when you return from your city adventures, spacious rooms await. Opt for larger rooms like the 2-bedroom suite and enjoy separate lounging, dining and sleeping areas. Or, if you’d love to look over the city views with your family as you wind down together for the evening, the Memphis Terrace, with an excellent balcony (along with 2 separate bedrooms and bathrooms) is an ideal choice.

Of course, there’s no bathtub for little ones’ bath time, which might be a deal-breaker for some families. But, remember, this is a hotel, not a self-contained apartment. You’ll still find handy amenities like kettles, tea and coffee facilities, and a microwave in your room for your convenience.

And while there’s no buffet breakfast, a hassle-free complimentary grab-and-go option is provided to kick-start your day.

Essential hotel info:

  • Address: 19 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
  • Room types: Uptown 2-bedroom suite, Memphis Terrace, Memphis Penthouse
  • Family-friendly features: Free baby cots, all-day sweets, Wi-Fi, Apple TV and Netflix in rooms, can provide suggestions for babysitters/childminding

What past guests say:

All the extra things they do.. kids loved the lollie bar and pig pong and we all loved the little messages on the mirrors and friendliness of the staff – nothing was too much!

– Cameron (read more reviews)

4. Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel

Rating: 9.3 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

If you’re in search of family-friendly accommodation that combines a touch of glamour with practicality, then the Treasury on Collins Apartment Hotel in Melbourne is a great pick. Staying here, you’ll be housed in a heritage-listed building that gives you a feel of the city’s rich history while also offering modern comfort.

The Heritage Loft King Apartment, which can accommodate up to four people, features a comfortable king-sized bed and a sofa.

However, if you have little ones, you might find the two-bedroom apartment more suitable as there are no internal stairs to navigate and there’s a bathtub for easy bathing.

Whichever one you choose, the apartments come with a handy kitchenette, with a microwave, stovetop and dishwasher for all your family’s meal needs.

My tip is to carefully select the room that suits your family’s needs, as they do vary in size and layout – from 75 square metres to 100 square metres.

Catering specifically to kids, cots can be provided for babies and toddlers, while free Netflix will keep the older ones entertained. And for an additional $30 per person, per night, extra bedding or use of the sofa can be arranged, ensuring everyone has a comfy spot to rest.

And for the parents, the hotel’s daily “Wine Down” offers a complimentary glass of wine – a nice touch after a busy day of sightseeing.

An additional thing to note if you’re driving: there’s no on-site parking but you can use the 10-minute drop-off zone to unload and then park your car off-site for $28 per night.

Essential hotel info:

  • Address: 394 Collins St, Melbourne
  • Room types: Heritage 1-bedroom king, (double bed and sofa), Heritage king spa loft (double bed and sofa), Heritage king 2-bedroom apartment, Heritage balcony suite
  • Family-friendly features: Free Netflix, cots available, extra bedding or use of the sofa can be arranged for $30 per person per night, Wi-Fi, washing machines in rooms, bathtubs in some rooms

What past guests say:

Even with the rave reviews this one night stay for a family of four greatly exceeded our expectations. The staff were so genuinely welcoming and helpful. So many unexpected perks and extras. Beautiful mezzanine space for breakfast. Beds extremely comfortable. Rooms so comfortable. Will be our hotel of choice in Melbourne CBD from now on.

– Niall (read more reviews)

5. Crowne Plaza

Rating: 8.4 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

Crowne Plaza has to be top of the most family-friendly accommodations in Melbourne. The hotel really knows how to cater to families.

They often have specials that include discounts and extras specifically for families, and provide children’s activity packs in rooms upon request.

Rooms can comfortably accommodate 4-5 people, which is ideal for families. Need a little extra space? You can even arrange for adjoining rooms when you book.

Start your day off right with their great buffet breakfast – a perfect way to fuel your little ones before a big day out.

And for some much-needed relaxation and fun, the heated outdoor rooftop pool is an ideal spot to tire out the kids while you kick back and enjoy Melbourne’s skyline.

Some rooms have riverfront views – the kids will love seeing all the boats going up and down. While the hotel is down the Spencer end of Flinders Street, you can easily hop on a tram down Flinders Street or reach Southern Cross Station in a short time.

One aspect to consider is that there are no bathtubs in the rooms. But, with all the other child-friendly benefits and its strategic location, Crowne Plaza proves to be a great choice for family accommodation in Melbourne.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 1-5 Spencer St, Melbourne
  • Room types: Standard king (1 king bed and sofa), Standard double with 2 double beds, Family room (1 king bed and 2 double beds)
  • Family-friendly features: Heated outdoor pool, children’s activity packs provided, often have family specials, can arrange a rollaway bed for an additional cost

What past guests say:

Location amazing, pool was great even for small kids, gym nicely equipped. Staff were amazing and the breakfast was great. Perfect getaway with the family

– Lana (read more reviews)

6. Movenpick Hotel

Rating: 8.7 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

Imagine staying in one of Melbourne’s most luxurious hotels that’s not only a treat for the adults, but a delicious delight for your children too.

If you haven’t heard, Movenpick Hotel is known for its chocolate and sweet treats – sure to be a hit with the kids. You can look forward to a daily “choc o’clock”, indulging in an hour’s worth of sweet treats – truly an experience that sets the hotel apart.

The spacious 50-square-metre Family Suite, which comfortably accommodates up to 4 people, is essentially a Classic and Deluxe Room connected by an interior hallway. This design ensures privacy and space while keeping the family unit close.

You’ll also find a host of modern conveniences like Wi-Fi access and a 55″ TV with BYO content connectivity, ensuring entertainment for all.

There’s an array of kid-friendly options on the hotel restaurants’ menus. Bonus: kids up to 6 years eat for free while children aged 7-12 enjoy a 50% discount.

Lastly, Movenpick can arrange in-room babysitting services at an additional charge, giving you the much-needed freedom to explore Melbourne’s vibrant nightlife.

Essential hotel info:  

  • Room types: King room (king bed and sofa), Standard family suite (2 bedrooms, each with king beds)
  • Address: 160 Spencer St, Melbourne
  • Family-friendly features: “Choc o’clock”, Wi-Fi, heated swimming pool, can arrange in-room babysitting service for an additional charge, kids up to 6 years eat for free and children of 7-12 years get a 50% discount

What past guests say:

Movenpick was excellent. Great for a holiday with kids. The pool is lovely and warm and big. Be aware that it is partly open to the air outside. Room service was not faultless, but the staff themselves were absolutely wonderful. The kids loved the chocolate hour and free icecream. The family suite is a great size, with the small corridor in between giving some privacy.

– Caitlin (read more reviews)

7. Brady Hotels Jones Lane

Rating: 8.6 | Location: Melbourne CBD | View on | View on Expedia

As a family, you’ll appreciate the space and flexibility that Brady Hotels Jones Lane offers.

Imagine having the luxury of creating a private wing just for your family by connecting two of their balcony rooms.

You can ask for a variety of layouts that can meet your family’s unique needs, and the balconies are perfect for soaking in city views and fresh air.

The rooms are stylish and affordable – and designed to welcome a lot of natural light, which is something I always appreciate when I’m travelling.

Some room options even boast openable windows, a feature that’s hard to come by in most hotels. This, however, might be something to consider if you’ve got young children who like exploring.

Although the rooms do not have bathtubs, they do come equipped with walk-in showers, a refrigerator and tea/coffee-making facilities, making your stay comfortable and relaxing.

If you’d prefer a space that allows you to cook for the family, Brady Hotels also has self-contained apartment options in Hardware Lane.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 111 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
  • Room types: King room with Juliette balcony, King room with balcony (both these room types can be interconnected)
  • Family-friendly features: Can create adjoining family rooms with private entrance, complimentary cots available, Wi-Fi, Chromecast available in rooms, complimentary guest laundry on site

What past guests say:

Close to the CBD but not busy with foot traffic and road traffic. Perfect Melbourne short stay accommodation. STAFF WERE AMAZING!

– Yvan (read more reviews)

Melbourne family hotels in Southbank

Just on the other side of the Birrarung (Yarra River), Southbank is a short stroll from the CBD and another great area to stay if you’re visiting Melbourne with kids.

As well as being close to several Melbourne attractions, there’s a wide range of family-friendly restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating and beautiful views. On weekends, the promenade is a busy area with street performers.

Kids will love:

My pick for family accommodation in Southbank

Best family accommodation in Melbourne Southbank


My top choice for family accommodation in Southbank Melbourne is Crown Metropol, which is close to plenty of kid-friendly activities.

8. Crown Metropol

Rating: 8.4 | Location: Southbank | View on

One of the biggest drawcards of Crown Metropol is its famous infinity pool.

Friends of mine always stay here with their kids because of the pool – it’s the best way to keep the kids entertained when you’re not out sightseeing. Located on the 27th floor of the hotel, the views from here are amazing.

When it comes to the rooms, Crown Metropol has spacious, modern rooms. My recommendations if you’re travelling with a family are the two comfy queen-sized beds in the Luxe Twin room, or opt for more privacy with the Ultra Luxe option, where two standard rooms are adjoined by a private entryway, giving you and the kids your own space.

Keep in mind, though, if you have little ones who still enjoy a good soak, the bathrooms don’t have bathtubs.

Kids’ entertainment is right on your doorstep, with plenty of family-friendly activities in the Crown complex. Your family could be singing their hearts out at karaoke one day, solving mysteries in a thrilling escape room the next, rolling strikes at the ten-pin bowling alley or challenging each other to a round of golf at Holey Moley.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
  • Room types: Luxe twin (2 queen beds), Ultra luxe (2 king beds)
  • Family-friendly features: Pool, can create adjoining rooms, often have family specials, close to kid-friendly activities, portable baby cots available ($25 per night)

What past guests say:

Great location for seeing a show at exhibition building, plus easy to jump on a tram into your city. Pool always a winner for the family.

– Linda (read more reviews)

9. Adina Apartment Hotel Southbank

Rating: 8.8 | Location: Southbank | View on | View on Expedia

The Adina Apartment Hotel Southbank’s prime location in Southbank puts you just a stroll away from the CBD. Simply cross the Southbank Pedestrian Bridge and you’ll be in the heart of the city.

But, on your doorstep, you’ve also got plenty of cafes and restaurants in Southbank, so you don’t have to go too far.

Space is a premium when travelling with family, and Adina Apartment Hotel Southbank has you covered there. You can opt for either the 2-bedroom interconnecting rooms with a shared bathroom, perfect for keeping an eye on the younger ones. Or choose a 2-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, offering that additional privacy and convenience for larger families or teenagers.

As a self-contained apartment, you’ll appreciate the fully equipped kitchen in your room if you feel like cooking.

But if you’re not in the mood, no worries – there’s an on-site restaurant that can serve you in-house or send up room service.

A bonus: there’s an indoor pool, a sure-fire hit with the kids and a great way to wind down or start an exciting day in Melbourne.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 99 City Rd, Southbank
  • Room types: 1-bedroom apartment with king bed or twin beds and sofa, 2-bedroom apartment (2 twin beds and 1 queen or 2 king beds), Interconnecting 2-bedroom apartment (each room has 2 twin beds and 1 king bed)
  • Family-friendly features: Indoor heated swimming pool, Wi-Fi, cribs and cots available free of charge, high chairs available, playground across the road

What past guests say:

From check in, to check out. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. For a family of 6, the Interconnecting room was perfect. We were so happy with our stay and loved the facilities and the location being so close to everything. We will definitely be staying here again real soon. Thank you.

– Iosefa (read more reviews)

10. Quay West Suites

Rating: 8.9 | Location: Southbank | View on | View on Expedia

One of the benefits of Quay West Suites is that it offers the services and facilities of a 5-star hotel but with self-contained rooms, so you get the best of both worlds.

You can cook for yourself and wash your clothes – but also opt for room service or call the 24-hour reception if you’ve forgotten to pack something or need assistance. Not every self-contained accommodation in Melbourne has these options.

With options ranging from one to three-bedroom suites to accommodate your entire family comfortably, these apartments are fully equipped with kitchens – making meal times flexible and easy.

Some rooms have balconies for fresh air and city views.

The indoor pool is a fantastic facility to keep your kids entertained and active, no matter what the weather outside is like (and with Melbourne, it’s always changing!).

The hotel is also in a great location, right near the Princes Bridge which crosses from Southbank to the CBD.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: Southgate Avenue, Southbank
  • Room types: 1-bedroom suites, 2-bedroom apartment, 3-bedroom apartment – all rooms available with a mix of balcony or river views
  • Family-friendly features: Pool, on-demand movies, Wi-Fi, complimentary cots available, high chairs available, some rooms have bathtubs (need to request)

What past guests say:

This is an incredible place to stay. Clean, beautiful, and with helpful staff. The views from our room were incredible and the room itself was extraordinary. The best place our family has stayed. We loved the pool and gym area too. We wish we could have stayed longer.

– Happy (read more reviews)

Family-friendly Docklands hotels

The Docklands area is one of Melbourne’s newest, and this harbourside suburb can be a fantastic area for families to stay in Melbourne.

While – I think – it doesn’t have the atmosphere of other Melbourne neighbourhoods, it’s got a lovely waterfront precinct as well as green spaces, and it’s just a quick walk or tram ride to the CBD.

Some of the kid-friendly activities you can enjoy in Docklands include:

  • The District Docklands, a shopping precinct that also has lots of kid-friendly attractions like ArtVo and Chaos Lab
  • Ice skating at O’Brien Icehouse
  • Wander down New Quay Promenade to see interesting sculptures
  • Glow Golf Melbourne

My pick for family friendly hotels in the Docklands

Best family accommodation in Melbourne Docklands


My pick for best family hotel in Melbourne Docklands is The Sebel Melbourne Docklands, which has a pool, tennis courts and cinema room.

11. The Sebel Melbourne Docklands

Rating: 7.8 | Location: Melbourne Docklands | View on | View on Expedia

My top pick for family-friendly hotels in the Docklands, The Sebel Melbourne Docklands has a great blend of practical rooms and plenty of activities.

The 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments are equipped with a fully furnished kitchen – oven, fridge, stovetop and microwave. If you’re in the mood to whip up a meal, rest assured knowing you have all the amenities right at your fingertips.

The separate lounge and dining areas provide that much-needed privacy and space, a feature particularly appreciated by parents.

Most rooms have balconies, while some of the rooms have water views – an instant mood booster.

When you leave your apartment, features like an indoor swimming pool, sauna and jacuzzi guarantee endless family fun. There’s even a tennis court for the sporty ones among you.

There’s also a cinema room that can be booked. It’s a great way to keep the kids entertained after a long day of city exploration.

And if you crave a bit of “me time” away from the kids, the on-site spa is your oasis of calm and relaxation.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 18 Aquitania Way, Docklands
  • Room types: 1-bedroom apartment, 2-bedroom apartment – select from twin, queen or king beds
  • Family-friendly features: Indoor pool, tennis court, Wi-Fi, cinema room, cribs/cots available ($15 per night), complimentary high chairs

What past guests say:

We had the two bedroom apartment for four family members. The location was perfect for trams and attractions. We found the room incredibly comfortable and it didn’t feel like four people living on top of each other.

– Kirstan (read more reviews)

12. Quest Docklands

Rating: 8.3 | Location: Melbourne Docklands | View on | View on Expedia

With a variety of studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments, Quest Docklands promises to be an excellent accommodation choice, no matter what size your family.

The hotel’s in an excellent location, overlooking Marvel Stadium, so if you’re visiting Melbourne to see a sports match or concert, this is the place to stay.

It’s also close to trams and Southern Cross Station, so you’ll be able to get around to anywhere in Melbourne on your trip using public transport.

Can’t be bothered cooking or even leaving your room for dinner? Quest Docklands can organise room service through Deliveroo. There’s no breakfast provided, but you can easily whip up a meal in your kitchenette to start the day.

Or, on a nice night, the outdoor BBQ area offers a relaxed setting for a family dinner.

The rooms may not have Netflix, but don’t let this be a deal-breaker. You’re welcome to bring your own games console and connect it via HDMI, turning your room into a mini entertainment hub to keep the kids entertained.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 750 Bourke St, Docklands
  • Room types: 1-bedroom apartment (double bed and sofa), 2-bedroom apartment
  • Family-friendly features: Complimentary baby cots, can bring own games console to connect to TV in the room

What past guests say:

The location was great, with easy parking facilities. The staff were friendly, bed comfy, and the apartment was spacious, enough room for a family of 4.

– Daina (read more reviews)

Family accommodation in St Kilda

A little further from the city centre – but not that far – St Kilda is the place to go if you want to be close to the beach.

There are plenty of places to eat here and enough activities to engage kids of all ages. The St Kilda Foreshore is a great place on a sunny day, while Acland Street is famous for its cake shops – which kids are sure to love.

Some kid favourites in St Kilda include:

  • Luna Park
  • St Kilda Botanical Gardens
  • St Kilda Pier
  • Meeting the Little Penguins
  • St Kilda Beach

My pick for family hotels in St Kilda

Best family accommodation in St Kilda


My top choice for family accommodation in St Kilda is the Cosmopolitan Hotel for its affordability and proximity to the beach and Luna Park.

13. Cosmopolitan Hotel

Rating: 7.7 | Location: St Kilda | View on | View on Expedia

The Cosmopolitan Hotel stands out as my pick for family-friendly accommodation in St Kilda.

Located just a few blocks from the beach and close to fun Luna Park, it’s a winning accommodation in Melbourne for families. Nearby Carlisle Street is teeming with delightful restaurants, ensuring dining options aplenty.

This hotel is really affordable – but the hotel doesn’t compromise on style or comfort, and their exceptional customer service ensures an enjoyable stay for every guest.

There are a range of room options to suit different family needs. The cosy family room, for instance, is a budget-friendly option without skimping on comfort. It’s on the smaller side at 26 square metres, but it’s a great option for a family of four.

For families seeking a bit more space, the two-bedroom apartment has a generous 58-square-metre layout. These rooms have a kitchenette and a bathroom equipped with a shower over the bath, handy if you need to bath little ones.

What I really like about the Cosmopolitan Hotel is its transparency. The honesty and openness regarding the room locations and noise levels are appreciated by light sleepers and those seeking peace and quiet. If you prefer serenity, they’re more than happy to assist you in finding a quiet room away from the main street.

Essential hotel info:

  • Address: 2-8 Carlisle St, St Kilda
  • Room types: Apartment with terrace (double bed and sofa), 2-bedroom apartment (2 single beds and 1 double bed), Family room (2 single beds and 1 large double bed)
  • Family-friendly features: Close to beach and Luna Park, cribs/cots available, some rooms have baths

What past guests say:

Proximity to Acland Street is fantastic. Room was super clean and comfortable. Terrific staff who knew the area and transport well

– Keith (read more reviews)

14. Crest on Park Hotel and Apartments

Rating: 7.2 | Location: St Kilda West | View on | View on Expedia

Crest on Park is another family-friendly accommodation in St Kilda to consider. It’s in an excellent location close to the St Kilda Foreshore. You’ll never be far from the water for when the kids beg you for another swim.

Rooms here are self-contained, and the 2-bedroom apartments are the best choice for families. They come equipped with kitchen amenities including a fridge, coffee machine, microwave, dishwasher, oven and stovetop, giving you the freedom to prepare your own meals.

While the apartments are on the smaller side, their compactness is more than compensated by the value and location of the accommodation, making it an economical and convenient accommodation choice in Melbourne for families.

If you’ve got a never-ending stream of dirty kids’ clothes to worry about, there’s a communal laundry facility on-site, ensuring your family’s clothes stay fresh and clean.

A bonus is the complimentary on-site parking – almost unheard of in Melbourne.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 46 Park St, St Kilda West
  • Room types: 2-bedroom apartment (2 large double beds)
  • Family-friendly features: Close to beach, Wi-Fi, can arrange a rollaway bed, baby cots can be arranged ($30 per night)

What past guests say:

Good location, short walk to shops, beach and Luna Park. Good base for family to explore the area and tram into the city.

– Newman (read more reviews)

15. Adara St Kilda

Rating: 7.5 | Location: St Kilda | View on | View on Expedia

At Adara St Kilda, family vacations are made easy and comfortable.

The 2-bedroom interconnecting room is a perfect fit for a family of four. It comes complete with a full kitchen for those homemade meals and a balcony where you can relax and enjoy the fresh air.

But if you’re after a bit more space and convenience, consider the Deluxe 2-Bedroom Suites. These larger options provide extra room to spread out, along with two bathrooms to avoid the usual morning rush.

Each suite includes a washing machine and dryer, making it a breeze to keep on top of laundry while on holiday.

This St Kilda option is a little further from the beach than the other two listed earlier, but it’s still only a 20-minute walk. It’s also only a short walk to St Kilda’s bustling precinct, filled with welcoming cafes to start your day right or delicious restaurants to end the evening.

And don’t worry about parking – while it’s usually tough to find in St Kilda, Adara St Kilda has you covered with on-site parking for just $20 a day.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 135 Inkerman St, St Kilda
  • Room types: Standard 2-bedroom suite, Deluxe 2-bedroom suite, 2-bedroom interconnecting apartment
  • Family-friendly features: Family rooms, fully equipped kitchens, washing machines and dryers, Wi-Fi, baby cots available ($5 per night)

What past guests say:

Perfect location, close to transport to the city, walk to Ackland St, Chapel St, Balaclava. Friendly helpful staff. Aldi next door for anything you need.

– Richard (read more reviews)

16. Saint Kilda Beach Hotel

Rating: 7.1 | Location: St Kilda | View on | View on Expedia

Just a few minutes’ stroll from the beach and St Kilda’s main precinct and a short tram ride to the city, staying at Saint Kilda Beach Hotel (formerly the Rydges) means you’re always close to the action. Whether your family loves building sandcastles on the beach or exploring city attractions, it’s all within easy reach.

And yet, you have the tranquillity of your own space when you need it. The Family Room is thoughtfully designed and comfortable to suit a family of four. Note that there’s no kitchenette.

There are two playgrounds within walking distance – at Catani Gardens and the St Kilda Adventure Playground.

There’s an on-site café that caters to your breakfast, lunch and dinner needs. And for the adults, the wine bar offers the perfect setting to unwind at the end of the day.

For those with a vehicle, the hotel offers off-street parking at $35 a night – convenient if a little pricey.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 35-37 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
  • Room types: Family room
  • Family-friendly features: Close to beach, on-site restaurant, Wi-Fi, interconnecting rooms can be arranged, complimentary cribs available on request, Catani Gardens and St Kilda Adventure Playground are within walking distance

What past guests say:

Location was great, it was clean and comfortable and the service from check-in, organising parking, breakfast and checking out, was all made very easy and straightforward.

– Yolande (read more reviews)

Family friendly hotels in Richmond and East Melbourne

Richmond and East Melbourne are excellent areas for families to stay while visiting Melbourne. These areas are mostly residential so they’re quiet but also close to plenty of attractions.

Some things to keep kids entertained here:

  • Attend a game of footy or cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or take a tour of the MCG
  • Visit the Fitzroy Gardens and find the Fairies Tree
  • Dine out on Swan Street or one of the many pubs

My pick for kid-friendly hotels in Richmond and East Melbourne

Best family accommodation in Richmond


My top choice for family accommodation in Richmond is Adara Richmond for its cosy self-contained apartments.

17. Adara Richmond

Rating: 8.2 | Location: Richmond | View on | View on Expedia

If you want to stay close to the city but not be right in the thick of it, then Adara Richmond is a great choice for a family-friendly hotel in Melbourne. It’s located in a quiet, residential area, yet it’s within arm’s reach of many attractions.

Adara Richmond’s self-contained units offer a home-away-from-home experience. Each apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, including an oven, stove and dishwasher – perfect for those times when you prefer a home-cooked meal over dining out.

The best options for families are the 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units. The 1-bedroom apartment has a separate bedroom to the living area, which means you can put little ones to bed and the adults can still hang out in the living room.

Some rooms have bathtubs. Plus, the convenience of having a washing machine and dryer on hand means you don’t have to worry about laundry services or overpacking.

The accommodation’s location simply can’t be beaten. From here, you can walk to the MCG or quickly jump on a tram into the city. There are also great family-friendly pubs and restaurants nearby.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 185 Lennox St, Richmond
  • Room types: One-bedroom apartment (double bed and sofa/roller bed), Executive one-bedroom apartment (double bed and sofa/roller bed), Two-bedroom apartment
  • Family-friendly features: Some rooms have baths, Wi-Fi, close to city and major attractions, cots available ($5 per night, need to arrange in advance)

What past guests say:

Location is perfect for MCG or Rod Laver Arena, an easy 10 minute walk, during which we felt safe. Reception is open until 10pm too which was really nice security wise while we were with our kids. Best Family tip (I have a family of 5 so I know the struggle of fitting everyone in at a good price) Call them and book a One Bedroom Apartment (with Bath) and an adjoining Studio Room (with shower only), this gives you 2x single beds in one room, a Double in the One Bedroom and a pull down sofa bed. Plenty of room especially in the One Bedroom but both rooms had a kitchen with good sized fridge & washer / dryer.

– Angelene (read more reviews)

18. Quest Jolimont

Rating: 8.6 | Location: East Melbourne | View on | View on Expedia

Another great place to stay if you’re in town for a sports match, Quest Jolimont is just a short walk away from all the major sporting stadiums. Whether it’s a cricket match, footy or you’re here for the Australian Open, you’re only minutes away.

The hotel is also conveniently close to Fitzroy Gardens, a wonderful spot to let your kids run free and soak up some fresh air. This proximity to open, green spaces means you can easily swap time indoors for a fun family picnic or a stroll whenever the mood strikes you.

These self-contained apartments, available in one or two-bedroom options, come equipped with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. From kitchens to in-suite washing machines and dryers, it’s all designed to make your stay as hassle-free as possible.

While I reckon the décor could use some updating, the rooms are light-filled and cosy, providing a comfortable environment for you and your family.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: 153-155 Wellington Parade South, East Melbourne
  • Room types: One-bedroom apartment (double bed and roller bed), Two-bedroom apartment (2 large double beds)
  • Family-friendly features: Close to major attractions, fully equipped kitchens, cots and high chairs available, playground is about a 5-minute walk from the hotel

What past guests say:

Close proximity to everything. Friendly service. Comfy beds. Walk to MCG, Rod Laver Arena. Beautiful, quiet location. Tram, restaurants within walking distance.

– Barlow (read more reviews)

Kid-friendly Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy

Staying in the areas of Carlton, Collingwood and Fitzroy when visiting Melbourne with kids offers an adventure-filled experience.

These neighbourhoods are typically more adult-oriented, but they’re still fun places for kids, with an eclectic mix of local markets, beautiful parks and diverse cuisines.

Here are some notable things to do in these areas with kids:

  • Visit the Melbourne Museum in Carlton, one of Melbourne’s best museums
  • Explore the Collingwood Children’s Farm
  • Indulge in some gelato from one of Carlton’s famous ice cream shops
  • Check out the vibrant street art in Fitzroy
  • Visit the weekend Rose Street Market

Best family friendly hotel in Fitzroy

Best family accommodation in Fitzroy


My top choice for family accommodation in Fitzroy is Tyrian Serviced Apartments, with its spacious self-contained apartments.

19. Tyrian Serviced Apartments

Rating: 9.1 | Location: Fitzroy | View on | View on Expedia

If Fitzroy is where you choose to stay with kids in Melbourne, then Tyrian Serviced Apartments is my top pick for your stay.

The small and intimate nature of the apartment block, which includes just 36 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, ensures a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for your family.

Each apartment is generously sized, starting at 80 square metres, and comes with a balcony, offering you ample space and a beautiful view of the city. There’s everything you need for a cosy stay – with fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities.

There’s also complimentary on-site parking, which is convenient if you’re renting a car or bringing your own.

Staying at these apartments, you’re close to the tram, so you can explore the CBD and other kid-friendly activities with ease. And you’re also just a few steps away from the city’s top restaurants and cafés, many of which are kid-friendly. There are also plenty of things to do in Fitzroy itself.

Do keep in mind that while the apartment block itself is a quiet retreat, Johnston Street can get quite lively, especially on weekend nights. That’s something to consider if your family prefers quieter surroundings.

Essential info: 

  • Address: 91 Johnston St, Fitzroy
  • Room types: One-bedroom apartment (double bed and rollaway bed), two-bedroom apartment, three-bedroom apartment (made by connecting rooms)
  • Family-friendly features: Large apartments, kitchenettes and laundry facilities in apartments, rollaway beds available ($50 per night), can arrange cots for $5 per night, complimentary high chairs

What past guests say:

Amazing location – right next door to a Coles and a tram line straight into the CBD. Surrounded by great eateries. The apartment is SO spacious for a Melbourne property. I was truly surprised at the amount of room. great value for money. Really clean and had everything we needed. Great size for our family (18month old and 4 year old). The staff were fabulous and accommodating. They followed through with my request of having my family on the same floor.

– Amy (read more reviews)

20. Best Western Plus Travel Inn

Rating: 7.8 | Location: Carlton | View on | View on Expedia

If you’re looking for a family-friendly accommodation in Melbourne that offers affordability, convenience and culture, then the Best Western Plus Travel Inn should be on your radar.

It’s situated right behind Carlton’s famous Lygon Street, renowned for its Italian influence. Think about the joy on your kids’ faces when they discover they are just a stone’s throw away from endless pasta and pizza options!

The hotel is also close to the Melbourne Museum, beautiful gardens and other CBD attractions – a perfect base for your family to explore the vibrant city while not being right in the heart of it.

The family rooms here are specifically tailored to meet the needs of families with children. You’ll find a room with a queen bed separate from three single beds, providing the appropriate mix of togetherness and personal space.

There’s also an outdoor heated pool – a sure hit with the kids and a great way to unwind after a day of city exploration.

Plus, if you’re planning to drive around town, the hotel offers free, on-site parking – a definite bonus given Carlton’s residential streets and hefty parking prices.

Essential hotel info: 

  • Address: Cnr Grattan and Drummond Sts, Carlton
  • Room types: Suite with spa bath (single bed and double bed), Executive double or twin room (single bed and large double bed), Family room (1 queen bed and 3 single beds)
  • Family-friendly features: Cots/infant beds and rollaway beds available for additional fee, close to major attractions, swimming pool, Wi-Fi

What past guests say:

Great for kids with nice pool to refresh after a busy day. Close to Lygon food outlets

– Helen (read more reviews)

Map of best family hotels in Melbourne

Best things to do in Melbourne with kids

Melbourne is an excellent destination if you’re travelling with kids, and there are so many things to do here. Here’s a quick snapshot, but then head on over to my more detailed article about the best things to do with kids in Melbourne to find even more ideas to keep your family entertained.

  • Scienceworks Museum: For curious minds, this interactive science and technology museum is perfect. There are hands-on exhibits and live demonstrations to captivate kids of all ages.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens: If your family enjoys nature, the Royal Botanic Gardens is the perfect escape within the city. The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden specifically caters to kids with its fun and educational play areas.
  • Luna Park: For thrills and excitement, Luna Park offers a variety of rides and games to keep the whole family entertained.
  • Melbourne Zoo: Houses more than 300 different species from around the world, ensuring a day filled with fun and learning.
  • SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium: Dive into an underwater world without getting wet. Witness the rich marine life, including sharks, stingrays, turtles, and colourful fish.

Wrap up: Family accommodation in Melbourne

Melbourne is a fantastic playground for children of all ages. With heaps of family-friendly attractions, coupled with an extensive and efficient public transport system, the city makes for a stress-free family holiday.

Whether you’re seeking high-end luxury Melbourne hotels or budget-friendly self-contained apartments, Melbourne’s family accommodation options are diverse, ensuring every family can find a place to call home during their stay.

So, pack your bags and prepare for an adventure, because Melbourne is waiting to show you and your family a great time!

Finding family accommodation in Melbourne: FAQ

Which areas in Melbourne are best for family accommodation?

The CBD, St Kilda and Southbank are among the best areas for families in Melbourne. They offer easy access to attractions, restaurants, and public transportation. I also recommend Docklands, Richmond, Fitzroy and Carlton.

Are there family-friendly accommodations available in Melbourne within a budget?

Yes, there are many Melbourne family accommodation options suitable for families on a budget. Look for serviced apartments or budget hotels that offer family rooms.

Do hotels in Melbourne offer babysitting or childcare services?

Some family hotels in Melbourne provide babysitting or childcare services at an additional cost. Check this with the hotel at the time of booking.

Is it easy to use public transport in Melbourne?

Melbourne has an extensive and efficient public transportation network. This includes trams, trains and buses, so it’s easy to navigate the city. They’re equipped to handle prams and strollers.

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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