Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, can compete on many levels with the biggest and best tourist destinations worldwide. But you will want to stick to a budget in order to make sure you can afford to take advantage of all the cool things to do and see here – which is why finding cheap hotels in Melbourne is so important.
Like most tourist cities, there are hotels sprinkled all over Melbourne – and there are also parts of the city where you will find more cheap hotels in Melbourne than in other areas. The city center has a selection of hotels in just about every price range, and is where you will find a huge array of backpacker hostels and budget hotels. This is a little atypical for a tourist city, as you will usually find the cheaper accommodation options further away from the city center. Of course, it is likely that the hotels further from downtown Melbourne will be even cheaper than the ones in the center, but if you can afford a little bit extra it could be worth it for the location alone.
If you are looking outside the city center for cheap hotels in Melbourne, the neighborhoods you might want to look in include South Melbourne, Fitzroy, Windsor, and the suburb of St. Kilda. The latter is along the beach, so makes for a lovely spot to base yourself. But the benefits of staying in the city center are that you are within walking distance of more of the attractions, and yet still close to great public transport when you want to get out of downtown.
A few of the cheap hotels in Melbourne that you might consider checking out are Pensione Hotel Melbourne (self-described as “Melbourne’s most affordable boutique hotel, in city center), Hotel Enterprize (in the city center, has studio rooms and budget rooms in addition to deluxe rooms), Best Western Atlantis Hotel (in city center, all 72 rooms are suites), Jasper Hotel (a boutique hotel in the city center, recently refurbished, 65 rooms), and the Kingsgate Hotel (features an on-site restaurant and both standard and “economy” rooms, in the city center).