Located at the northernmost point of Port Phillip Bay and close to the start of the Yarra River is Victoria’s capital city, Melbourne. It was named in honour of the British Prime Minister in 1835, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne.
It is a popular tourist destination for local and international travelers alike. You will find couples, families and groups wandering through hidden city lanes or exploring attractions the neighbouring suburbs.
Most tourists choose motel accommodation in Melbourne for two reasons – sport or the arts. The city is home to Australian Rules Football (AFL) with the Grand Final hosted at the MCG each September. It is also home to three major international sporting events – the Australian Open (tennis), the Melbourne Cup (horse racing) and the Australian Grand Prix (formula 1).
The city is also often referred to as Australia’s cultural capital. Many people seeking budget motels in Melbourne want to be nearby to the performing arts scene. We boast more than 13 theatres and concert halls, which often have shows booked every night of the week. International acts often have the city at the top of their list, as it is a magical place to perform.
When looking for cheap accommodation in Melbourne, you are literally spoilt for choice! Choose from quaint B&Bs, luxurious serviced apartments, budget motels, and affordable motor inns across the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
Regardless of what hotel in Melbourne you have chosen, you will be only a short distance from mouth-watering restaurants, shopping precincts and many other cultural attractions that the city has to offer.
ARRA Hotels offers motel accommodation in Melbourne that is suitable for a group of friends, a small family or a solo businessman. This ensures that your stay will be comfortable and will meet whatever requirements you have.
International and interstate tourists usually arrive in the city via plane – the airport is located about 25 minutes drive from the CBD. Peak travel time is during summer (between November and January), especially around Christmas, so book cheap accommodation in Melbourne early to avoid missing out!
The city is also accessible via train – hundreds of metro services run daily between the outer suburbs and the city centre, whilst V/Line services connect some of the more rural locations. Trains also run to Adelaide and Sydney, which leave daily from Southern Cross Station.
Station Pier is also becoming a popular port for some of the most prestigious cruise liners in the world. This is also where the Spirit of Tasmania, a ferry between Melbourne and Devonport, berths each day. The cruise season runs from October to April, so be sure to book hotels in Melbourne early!
Choosing a hotel in Melbourne will put you right in the centre of all that the region has to offer. We are sure that travelers of all ages and interests will find something to entertain themselves with during their stay.
Landmarks are abundant throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, including: the Arts Centre (look for the giant spire; it’s lit up at night!), Cooks Cottage (nestled in the Fiztory Gardens), Eureka Skydeck 88 (the highest viewing platform in the southern hemisphere) and Federation Square.
Our ever-evolving choices ensure that you will have a different shopping experience each time you venture out. Give your credit card a workout at the Queen Victoria Market, Emporium Melbourne, Southgate or the GPO!
If you have kids, choosing budget motels in Melbourne will put you within easy distance of some amazing attractions, including: the IMAX 3D cinema, museum, aquarium, zoo, Old Melbourne Gaol, Medibank Icehouse and Luna Park. Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary are also only a short drive from the city.
No visit to our fair city would be complete without exploring the great outdoors. If walking or water sports aren’t really your style, why not take a hot air balloon ride or scenic flight to view this little oasis from above?
Most hotels in Melbourne will only provide minimal cooking facilities (such as toasters and microwaves). Fortunately, you’re only a stones throw from some of the best restaurants, cafes and food artisans in the country! Seafood is a popular choice, but the city is also known for international dining.
With one more week until the kids return to school (longer if you’re a tertiary student yourself), you might be thinking about taking one last trip before the daily grind starts back up.
Are you thinking about travelling to Melbourne on a Working Holiday Visa? For many people, something between work and a vacation is the perfect way to experience all that Melbourne has to offer.