The Grand Prix city of Melbourne – low prix hotels

If, after watching Jenson Button win the Grand Prix in Albert Park in Melbourne at the weekend, you are fancying a visit to the capital of Victoria, I’ve just spotted some amazing hotel deals at very low prices.

A ‘newsflash’ (!) from TravelZoo Australia has just told me about an amazing 50% off Melbourne hotels and apartments sale run by Expedia for the next 72 hours.

There are nightly rates from AUD$55! Even with the terrible exchange rate at the moment that’s still only around £35. Not bad!!

  • 3.5-star Pensione Hotel Melbourne … $55
  • 3.5-star Cosmopolitan Hotel … $58—$68
  • 4.5-star Travelodge Docklands … $75
  • 4.5-star Medina Executive South Yarra … $83
  • 4.5-star Medina Executive Flinders St … $98
  • 4.5-star Rydges on Swanston … $94—$114

This deal is valid for stays Sunday to Tuesday until 31 August. The sale ends midnight (AEDST), 1 April.

You need to use THIS LINK to book the special offer rates with Expedia.

My pick would be the Medina Executive Apartments in South Yarra, but then I have a soft spot for that area of Melbourne as I lived on Toorak Road. Chapel Street in South Yarra is famous for its boutiques (and cafes), and it’s really the first ‘suburb’ out from the city centre (a bit like say Islington is from central London, where Upper Street is the Chapel Street equivalent). It’s only a short tram ride into town but has plenty going on. Plus it’s also near the lovely Royal Botanic gardens.

If you fancy a stay by the Melbourne seaside in St Kilda then the Cosmopolitan Hotel is right by the famous giant clown-faced entrance to Luna Park. Part of the same hotel group that runs the well positioned and usually very good value for style Diamant hotel in Sydney, the Cosmopolitan will put you smack bang among the edgier shops, cafes, bar and restaurants of St. Kilda.

And of course if you want to, you can always hire a motor and drive around the roads in Albert Park and pretend you’re in a F1 car… ahem not that I have ever done that of course (very slowly I hasten to add!).

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