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Where to stay?

n.y.
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Where to stay?

I will be in Melbourne for three nights and will be sightseeing. Does it matter what area I stay in?Can anyone recommend a nice hotel in a great location.The price doesn't matter-just not a stuffy hotel.

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1. Re: Where to stay?

Obvioulsy, the majority of hotels are located in the city area. You will find a large range of hotels right up to 5*. It really depends on how much you want to spend. But as a good alternative, look at the Southbank area. Southbank is located just 15 minute walk from the city center and has many cafes, clubs and pubs - and of course Crown Casino. The Travelodge, Southbank would be an ideal choice. It is a middle of the road hotel and is in a good location.

http://www.wotif.com/

http://www.melbourne.com.au/southban.htm

…travelodge.com.au/locations/features.aspx…

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2. Re: Where to stay?

Ranki....I think you need to do some investigation because with a wide request (nice hotel, price no object) we all could list nearly every 4 and 5 star hotel in the CBD or city edge.

You have the Westin, Grand Hyatt, Park Hyatt, Sofitel, Windsor (prolly to stuffy), Novotel, Sebel, Crown Promanade, Crown Towers, Holiday Inn on Flinders, Langham, Mercure (x 3), Marriott, Hilton (x 2), Lindrum. So you can see there is a choice (and that doesn't include serviced apartments or 2 and 3 star hotels) - everyone will have a favourite. So i think you need to grab a map (Google maps is good), get an idea of the central city and go through the reviews on here and maybe cross reference with the hotels own websites once you have narrowed down a few. All the above hotels are in a central enough area for sightseeing and shopping (some more so than others), but then some a little bit less central may compensate by over looking the river or a park on the edge of the cbd.

n.y.
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3. Re: Where to stay?

Thanks for your help. I just finished researching Sydney and I was told to stay in the Rocks area so I was wondering if there was one particular area in Melbourne also.From your information it seems anywhere central would be fine.

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4. Re: Where to stay?

Just back from Melbourne (and other places) - hate regular hotels, so I stayed at Cube Serviced Apartments.

New and well equipped. Rate was about $100 p/n - check hotelclub.com or Cube's own website.

Location - Exploration Lane (taxi driver wont know it - many Melbourne people dont) is off Latrobe St near Exhibistion St.. 3 or 4 blocks to most things. City Circle (free) tram stop right on Latrobe St takes you to most city tourist areas. Close walk to China Town.

Small building - 4 apartemnts per floor, 13 story, no views as surrounded by more tall buildings but the room was excellent and their is a balcony for fresh air.

re your Sydney advice, one thought. I also stayed Rocks .....great if you are doing Harbour based (ferry) trips and just walking the Opera House/Harbour Bridge/Botanic Gardens areas, but it is well away from the nightlife areas (Darling Harbour/China Town/Kings Cross/Oxford ST), so will need transport to return in the evenings if you eat away from the area. There is plenty of eating at the Rocks of course but for variety of experiences I'd suggestion looking at Hyde Park for more central accommodation IThe Rocks being at the harbour end of town also means if you are going out of the city area by bus/train in ma ny directions you will be longer on the transport (in direction of airport/Blue Mts etc). Some (not all) of the accommodation at the Rocks is not so easy to access - steps through the historic area or a maze of streets. . Check carefully and have a map handy.

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5. Re: Where to stay?

Thank you for your suggestions.You were very helpful and I will look into other options.

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6. Re: Where to stay?

Ranki, just for your information, the distance from the Rocks to the city center in Sydney is about the same as Southbank to the middle of Melbourne.

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7. Re: Where to stay?

Navy has just touched on a interesting question.....where is the centre of town (in any town/city).

Map makers use the main Post Office for their distances.

Locals wanting you to visit an attraction will say the very edge of town, to make everything seem closer so you will head their way.

But for visitors where is the centre ??

In Melbourne I would say Swanston St for visitors and Bourke St Mall for locals. Southbank is a short walk over the river to Swanston St and only a couple more blocks to Bourke. Easy by tram from further afield.

In Sydney - it isnt as easy to pinpoint for visitors. Locals meet in the centre at either Town Hall or Pitt St Mall. The Rocks to either of these is double the Southbank to Swanston/Bourke areas distance. The Rocks is right on Circular Quay. and for harbour based activity and with a rail station there (at CQ) that makes it central, if that is what suits a visitor - most of Sydney's central other attractions are a longer walk/bus ride up George St. and then in whatever direction to Darling Harbour (Sydney Southbank equivalent). Chine Town, Oxford St/Kings Cross nightlife.

Ranki, I think you will find both cities interesting, getting about definitely easier in Melbourne and cheaper - all day tram/bus $6 or $7 Special Sunday ticket for less), and the free City Circle tram drops you near many sites....- Sydney much more. expensive, though a free 555 route bus can get you around the city, but not with the commentry/direction offered in Melbourne. Food - just in Mlebourne 2 weeks ago with a US visitor who commented Melbourne food/cafe options appeared so much better. Sydney's harbour will beat any natural city attraction anywhere in the country - you have some great experiences ahead.

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8. Re: Where to stay?

Im am more confused now.Getting back to Sydney,should I not stay by the rocks?

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9. Re: Where to stay?

Ranki - sorry if I have confused oyu...The Rocks will be fine if you are doing harbour based outings....and close to Opera House and Botanic Gardents etc.

When booking accommodation check if it is on edge of harbour area or higher (upstairs) near entrance to bridge walkway. The walk is steep. But nice to walk onto the bridge in morning and have breakfast on north shore looking over harbour - do a take away to the waterfront park.

If you plan on being in other areas of Sydney and more so late at night when less public transport, I wouldnt be so keen on the Rocks area.

But maybe ask this is a Sydney forum and let the local experts tell you - I am a bit of an alternate options person, Also I may be influenced by just having had 3 stays in Sydney - 2 at Rocks, one near Hyde Park and too much walking back to Rocks.

Otherwise remember Rocks is upmarket - the pricing will be more competitve in other city areas.

Do some comparisons on hotelclub.com or wotif.com.au for your accommodation in both cities and you will get a better idea too.

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10. Re: Where to stay?

I think the point is Ranki you are asking a hard question that really has no answer.

If your not sure what your own schedule will be then it is hard for others to recommend a 'central' hotel as it may not be central to what you plan to do (a hotel central to a shopping area may not be central to a tourist area which may not be central to a nightlife area). We can (and many have) recommend hotels in the central city and all have there plus and minus points - but all are basically within a 10-15 minute walk of each other provided you have two legs and are not 80 years old (in which case even more would we need to know what your capable of physically).

Its like asking if someone staying in Lower Manhattan is in a more or less convient position than someone staying at Times Sq (I have stayed at both and neither was more/less cos I am able to use public transport and the sights I saw were spread out).