15 Serviced Apartments in Melbourne: Better than Airbnb

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If you’re visiting Melbourne for longer than a few days or you want space to cook meals and spread out each evening, then checking out serviced apartments in Melbourne may be the best choice for your trip.

Personally, I love having space when I visit a new city. The option to cook breakfast and having a washing machine can make all the difference.

In this guide, I’ve got recommendations for serviced apartments across the city. To make this list, each has to have at least a kitchenette, but some have full kitchens and even in-room washing machines and dryers. Some have access to facilities like gyms and pools, while others are perfectly located to the city’s amazing restaurants, bars and attractions.

So, if you’re looking for a serviced apartment in Melbourne, read on!

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Serviced apartments in Melbourne: A summary

Serviced apartments in Melbourne price guide

$ = less than $200 | $$ = $200-$350 | $$$ = more than $350
Price ranges are based on serviced apartments in Melbourne in high season (December) 

Here’s a quick overview of all the short stay apartments in Melbourne listed throughout this post, with their location and price range.

How to book serviced apartments in Melbourne

My preferred accommodation booking platform is Booking.com. They have a range of properties with up-to-date availability and the fees they show are clear and all inclusive – no extra taxes or hidden fees that only show up when you go to book at the end. Many accommodations have options for free cancellations, a handy policy in these still-uncertain times. Throughout this guide to serviced apartments in Melbourne, I’ve linked recommendations via Booking.com. As mentioned above, I am an affiliate with Booking.com.

Best serviced apartments in Melbourne

These detailed reviews will help you make your choice when deciding where to stay in Melbourne. If you’d prefer a hotel, check out my guide to the best hotels in the Melbourne CBD.

Lanbruk Apartment Hotel | Richmond

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There are plenty of apartment hotels in Melbourne, but if you don’t want to stay right in the city, then Lanbruk Apartment Hotel is a great choice. It’s located in Richmond, just a 10-minute walk from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and close to some great pubs and cafés. It’s also close to the Epworth Hospital for anyone on a short stay in Melbourne for medical treatment.

This stylish block of 26 apartments comes with the added bonus of a rooftop terrace.

Each unit has air-conditioning and a kitchenette with a dishwasher, microwave, fridge and stove. The larger rooms have a European laundry. Some rooms have balconies with views of the city.

Lanbruk Apartment Hotel offers discounts for stays 5 nights and longer, so it’s a budget-friendly option if you are staying in Melbourne for a while.

Apartment options:

  • Studio (32m²)
  • Studio executive (37m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (43m²-64m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (51m²-65m²)

Address: 79 Bridge Rd, Richmond
Price range: $
Pros: Great location, stylish rooms, friendly staff
Cons: Guests have said it can be noisy at night, not many affordable parking options
Past guests say: “The room was excellent in size, style & facilities. Bed was comfortable, lighting options were spot on & water pressure was great. Addition of the mini cafe on ground level was fantastic (only open weekdays), copious amount of other notable cafes very close too!”

Clocktower Apartment Hotel | Carlton

In a building with a heritage overlay, Clocktower Apartment Hotel is close to the famous Lygon Street district which is full of restaurants and cafés.

The smallest rooms are 75m², so you know you’ll get a spacious room no matter which one you book. While the décor is pretty simple, each room features a full kitchen so you can whip up your own meals and a laundry so you can keep your clothes clean. It’s definitely a great Carlton accommodation option.

Apartment options:

  • Budget one-bedroom apartment (75m²)
  • Budget two-bedroom apartment (85m²)
  • Executive one-bedroom apartment (80m²)
  • Executive two-bedroom apartment (90m²)

Address: 255 Drummond St, Carlton
Price range: $
Pros: Spacious rooms, plenty of facilities in rooms, nicely located in Carlton
Cons: Some rooms in need of updating (but they’re honest about that)
Past guests say: “Location Excellent! Right in the heart of Lygon Street with Cafes, restaurants and cinema all within a 5min walking distance. Room was comfortable and clean although a little dated. Parking was underground, easy to get to with lifts operating to get up to the rooms.”

Adara Richmond | Richmond

These self-contained units are great for long-term stays in Melbourne. Adara Richmond is in a great location, close to the MCG and cafés and restaurants, as well as a quick tram ride into the city.

Each apartment has plenty of facilities, including full kitchens with oven, stove and dishwasher along with a washing machine and clothes dryer.

There’s also an onsite gym for those people who want to keep up their fitness regime.

Apartment options:

  • Studio apartment (34m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (44m²)
  • Executive one-bedroom apartment (54m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (82m²)

Address: 185 Lennox St, Richmond
Price range: $
Pros: Good location, spacious rooms, gym onsite, some rooms have balconies
Cons: Parking costs $35 a day and must be booked in advance
Past guests say: “Good comfortable accommodation close to restaurants, shopping and trams into the city.”

Crest on Park | St Kilda

Located in fun St Kilda, the Crest on Park is in a great spot, close to the beach at St Kilda Foreshore.

Rooms aren’t huge and the décor isn’t super glamorous, but the location and price more than make up for that. And there’s free on-site parking!

Make sure you choose the apartments, not the rooms, if you want a kitchen during your stay.

Apartment options:

  • One-bedroom apartment (35m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (47m²)

Address: 46 Park St, Melbourne
Price range: $
Pros: Great location, affordable
Cons: You need to check in at the apartment’s sister hotel (5-minute drive away)
Past guests say: “The location, the onsite parking and the fee for the rooms was excellent.”

Quest St Kilda Road | Melbourne

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The apartments at Quest St Kilda Road are super stylish and well organised – hardly surprising given Quest is one of the leading providers of serviced apartments around Australia.

Each room has a kitchen, and the one- and two-bedroom apartments have a washing machine and dryer. Some rooms have balconies for fresh air.

Quest St Kilda Road offers a range of other services as well: you can get room service through Deliveroo, they’ll stock your pantry for you and they can even arrange a myki Explorer pack so you can get around on Melbourne public transport.

The apartments are located on St Kilda Rd, and are a short tram ride or 40-minute walk to the CBD. There’s also onsite parking for $25 a day.

Apartment options:

  • Studio apartment (18m²)
  • Studio executive apartment (20m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (40m²)
  • One-bedroom executive apartment (45m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (70m²)

Address: 478 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Price range: $$
Pros: Stylish design, great onsite facilities and services
Cons: Rooms are on the smaller side when compared to other properties in this guide to serviced apartments in Melbourne
Past guests say: “Room was comfortable and clean. The building was quiet. You could get a decent free coffee at reception. Staff were always friendly.”

Adina Apartment Hotel | CBD

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If you want to base yourself right in the heart of the city, then Adina Apartment Hotel is a great choice.

As well as having a large range of rooms (there are more than 150 apartments) from studios to penthouses, there’s an onsite pool, sauna and gym.

Rooms are tastefully decorated with plenty of natural light. Some rooms at this highly rated apartment hotel in Melbourne even have balconies.

Given the number of rooms and options for two- and three-bedroom apartments, Adina Apartment Hotel would also be a great choice for groups of family or friends searching for holiday rentals in Melbourne.

Apartment options:

  • Studio (22m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (60m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (88m²)
  • Three-bedroom apartment (140m²)
  • One-, two- or three-bedroom penthouse (80m²-140m²)

Address: 189 Queen St, Melbourne
Price range: $$
Pros: Large range of rooms, good-sized apartments suitable for groups, central location, good facilities on site
Cons: Large building so not as intimate as other serviced apartments in Melbourne
Past guests say: “Two rooms were lovely, pretty much everything we needed to stay comfortable and feel at home. Great views of the city and we felt safe whilst inside our room. Wonderful location in the city, makes it very accessible for tourists like us and the staff are very friendly, helpful and welcoming.”

Tyrian Serviced Apartments | Fitzroy

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Fitzroy is a great Melbourne neighbourhood if you want to get out of the city and base yourself somewhere more local.

The Tyrian Serviced Apartments block is small and intimate, with just 36 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a balcony, and is decently sized, starting at 80m².

There’s free car parking on site (secure underground car park), which is pretty unusual as most short term rentals in Melbourne charge for this!

It’s in a great location, close to the best bars, restaurants and cafés in Fitzroy, and within walking distance of the tram so you can easily get to the CBD. It one of the coolest places to stay in Fitzroy to get you close to the best things to do in Fitzroy.

Apartment options:

  • One-bedroom apartment (80m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (90m²)
  • Three-bedroom apartment (140m²)

Address: 91 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Price range: $$
Pros: Good-sized apartments, small apartment block, free parking on site, great location in hip suburb
Cons: Apartments only have double beds, Johnston Street is pretty busy and can be noisy
Past guests say: “Very spacious apartment, clean and well equipped for any stay. Super convenient to shops and transport as well as great restaurants and bars. Highly recommend.”

Quest Docklands | Docklands

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If you’re visiting Melbourne for the footy or a show at Marvel Stadium, Quest Docklands is well located.

Previously, I would have discouraged people from staying in the Docklands, but the area has become so much better over recent years, with more bars, restaurants and cafés.

These apartments are also just a short walk from the waterfront, and close to trams to get you into the CBD. If you’re coming in from the airport, it’s just a short walk from the SkyBus station.

Quest is a well-known brand, and this branch has stylish rooms, an on-site gym, and in-room washing machines and dryers.

Apartment options:

  • Studio (26m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (54m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (87m²-92m²)

Address: 750 Bourke St, Docklands
Price range: $$
Pros: Great facilities such as gym, Deliveroo “room service” and laundries, plenty of rooms to choose from
Cons: Docklands still doesn’t have the cool vibe of other suburbs
Past guests say: “Hotel was in a good location easy to get to, staff friendly and helpful especially the cleaning ladies who made sure our room was cleaned to a high standard each day. Beds comfy and large room.”

District Apartment Hotel | South Yarra

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This funky block of self-contained apartments feels very South Yarra, with stylish finishings and balconies.

District Apartment Hotel is a great choice if you don’t want to be right in the city and prefer somewhere a bit more residential, but still want access to great bars, restaurants and shopping.

Every room has a well-equipped kitchen and washing machine and dryer, so you can save yourself money by cooking for yourself. The three-bedroom holiday apartments in Melbourne are worthwhile for families or groups.

Apartment options:

  • One-bedroom apartment (46m²-48m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (60m²)
  • Three-bedroom apartment (80m²)

Address: 10 Claremont St, South Yarra
Price range: $$
Pros: Larger rooms available for groups, good neighbourhood if you want to be somewhere more residential, stylish rooms
Cons: Not in the heart of the city
Past guests say: “The hotel is in a very convenient location with the train station, supermarket, and Chapel St all within a 5 minute walk. The complimentary chocolate and tote bags were nice. The kitchen and bathroom was very well equipped and the apartment had plenty of storage space. The car parking was also very easy to use. The staff at check-in and check-out were very friendly and informative.”

Quest Jolimont | East Melbourne

I’ve included several Quest apartments in Melbourne in this list, because you always know what you’re going to get with their self-contained apartments.

If you’re visiting Melbourne for the Australian Open or the footy, then these Quest Jolimont apartments are a good choice – you’re just a few minutes’ walk from major sporting stadiums.

Apartments come in one- or two-bedroom options, and while they could do with some updating, they’re light-filled, comfortable and have all the amenities you need for a stay – kitchen, washing machine and dryer, and bathrooms.

Apartment options:

  • One-bedroom apartment (40m²-45m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (65m²)

Address: 153-155 Wellington Parade South, East Melbourne
Price range: $$
Pros: Grocery delivery service, comfortable, close to sporting facilities
Cons: Need to walk or catch public transport to get to the city, rooms aren’t super modern
Past guests say: “The staff were so nice and accommodating it’s so close to everything walking distance to the MCG Melbourne nightlife and all the great restaurants too.”

The Hamptons Apartments | St Kilda East

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Just a 5-minute drive from the beach, these apartments are designed with Hamptons-style aesthetics in mind (hence the name). Each has a great balcony, some with enormous, sunny terraces. This is one of the best St Kilda accommodation options if you’re looking for some space and luxury.

In a small apartment block, there are one- and two-bedroom options, each with kitchens and laundry facilities.

These Hamptons Apartments are great for a both romantic weekend away or a business traveller staying longer.

Apartment options:

  • One-bedroom apartments (45m²-50m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartments (67m²-82m²)

Address: 154 Chapel St, St Kilda East
Price range: $$
Pros: Balconies are great size and the terraces are a fabulous entertaining option, modern design
Cons: Not super close to the beach, some guest reviews mention noise
Past guests say: “Quiet location, close to shops and restaurants. Easy access to the train or tram. Lovely comfortable bed and airy space.”

Mantra on Little Bourke | CBD

Mantra on Little Bourke is in a great location, right in the heart of the city, so this is a great option if it’s your first visit to Melbourne.

There are more than 150 studio rooms and apartments here, with several family options as well, making it a great family-friendly accommodation in Melbourne.

While it’s self-contained, if you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a great restaurant on site or you can head out to the hundreds of dining options throughout the CBD.

One downside is that while each room has a kitchenette, they’re pretty basic and limited to a fridge, microwave and (in some rooms) stovetop, so don’t expect to be cooking up a storm!

Apartment options:

  • Studios (51m²-55m²)
  • One-bedroom apartment (65m²)
  • Deluxe one-bedroom spa apartment (65m²)
  • Two-bedroom family apartment (95m²)
  • Two-bedroom dual apartments (101m²)

Address: 471 Little Bourke St, Melbourne
Price range: $$
Pros: Range of rooms available including great options for families and groups, central location
Cons: Pretty basic kitchenettes without ovens
Past guests say: “It is in a great location, so close to trams and Southern Cross Station for trains, short walking distance to shops and the Victorian Markets and surrounded by lots of little cafes and restaurants to choose from. The rooms were clean and cosy and warm. Organic and nice smelling shampoos, conditioners, soap and hand/ body moisturisers were provided in the bathroom. Black out blinds and sheers on the windows were great for keeping the room warm and getting a sleep-in. Staff were polite, attentive and nothing was a problem. Their service was excellent.”

Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel | CBD

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Another centrally located serviced apartment, some rooms at Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel even have views of the Yarra River.

Choose from studio or one- or two-bedroom apartments. Keep in mind that kitchenettes are pretty simple, with fridge, stovetop, microwave, toaster and kettle.

There’s a pool and gym on site so you can stay active, and room service from the hotel restaurant. You can also order food via Deliveroo.

Apartment options:

  • Studios (37m²)
  • One-bedroom apartments (57m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartments (63m²)

Address: 60 Market St, Melbourne
Price range: $$
Pros: Some apartments have city or river views, central location
Cons: Basic kitchenettes
Past guests say: “The rooms were lovely and spacious. The location was perfect distance from everything in the city. Beds and linen were soft and comfy. Kitchen and bathroom were great sizes.”

Treasury on Collins | CBD

Located in a beautiful, historic building in the city, at Treasury on Collins you can choose from studios or one- or two-bedroom apartments.

Smaller rooms have basic kitchenettes, while larger rooms have kitchens with stovetops. Some rooms have balconies with street views.

There’s free Netflix in every room, fitness centre, an on-site restaurant with a popular buffet breakfast and a daily “Wine Down” with complimentary glass of wine.

While the décor needs updating, it does fit within the style of the heritage listing of the building.

There’s no parking on site; you’ll need to self-park your car at a nearby car park.

Apartment options:

  • Queen and king studios (30m²-45m²)
  • Balcony suite (40m²-65m²)
  • One-bedroom apartments (60m²-65m²)
  • King loft apartment (70m²-80m²)
  • Two-bedroom apartment (75m²-100m²)

Address: 394 Collins St, Melbourne
Price range: $$$
Pros: Large rooms, on-site restaurant, complimentary wine in afternoons
Cons: No on-site parking
Past guests say: “Loved the location, excellent and friendly staff, room’s large and clean, excellent restaurant and bar.”

WRAP on Southbank | Southbank

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Some of the rooms at WRAP on Southbank have floor-to-ceiling glass windows with sweeping views of the city. WRAP is located just a 10-minute walk to the CBD, so it’s conveniently placed.

There are great leisure facilities onsite, including a pool, sauna and gym. It’s also got 24-hour reception so it’s got more of a hotel feel – but you have the bonus of a kitchen and laundry in your room to make you feel right at home.

Apartment options:

  • Studio (40m²)
  • One-bedroom (60m²)
  • One-bedroom city view (54m²-60m²)
  • Two-bedroom (89m²)
  • Two-bedroom city view (70m²-89m²)

Address: 133-139 City Rd, Southbank
Price range: $$$
Pros: Stylish rooms, access to great onsite facilities, 24-hour reception
Cons: You need to select housekeeping option if you want your room cleaned throughout your stay
Past guests say: “This accommodation is gorgeous, warm and inviting. The restaurant downstairs offers exceptional quality meals and drinks. Happy hour is a must too. WRAP was a great place to stay just out of the Melbourne CBD but within easy access on foot to all the main lines of transport. We found Southbank to be a bustling little hub with loads of places to eat, drink and buy the essential groceries.”

More Melbourne serviced apartments

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Final thoughts on finding serviced apartments in Melbourne

Booking a serviced apartment can be a great idea if you’re staying in the city longer and want the convenience of a kitchen and laundry facilities. I hope this guide to the best Melbourne serviced apartments has helped you find the right choice for your trip.

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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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