There may be a rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne as to which is the best city but we love them both. I’ve had a few solo trips to Melbourne and I’ve enjoyed wandering along Southbank, going to the markets and exploring the laneways. Each trip to Melbourne I’ll try to add another hotel to this list so we eventually end up with a comprehensive guide to accessible accommodation options. If you know of an accessible apartment or hotel, please add it to comments below to help someone else looking for an appropriate place to stay. In the meantime, here is a summary of the hotels we’ve discovered. Click on the link of the property if you’d like to read the full blog post/review.
DOUBLETREE BY HILTON MELBOURNE – FLINDERS STREET
Warm cookies and a central location make for a winning combination when I’m looking for a hotel. DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street offers both so it was where I chose to stay for my solo trip to Melbourne.
The hotel is located opposite the historic Flinders Street Station, only a short walk from Federation Square and Southbank. It is also only a couple of blocks from the Bourke Street Mall shopping precinct, there is a tram stop opposite and a taxi rank at the door. To say this hotel is well located is an understatement.
You can read my full review on this hotel here.
NOVOTEL MELBOURNE ON COLLINS
On a family trip to Melbourne we stayed at this hotel and had a wonderful stay. We didn’t need to hire a car because the central location allowed us to walk everywhere. There’s two options of accessible room and both are great. The deluxe king room is huge and although smaller, the queen accessible rooms are also spacious and beautifully appointed.
We stayed in a family suite as we don’t need a fully accessible bathroom. This gave us a separate bedroom. The room is enormous.
You can see all three styles of room and read my full review here.
The Vibe Savoy Hotel is in a sensational location for easy access around the city. It’s opposite Southern Cross Railway Station and around the corner from a free tram service which will take you around the city (I am told this is wheelchair accessible but haven’t used it). I prefer the location of the previous two hotels but being near Southern Cross Railway Station will make this hotel suitable for many.
The Savoy has an old world feel about it with its art deco decor. The accessible room also has the advantage of an interconnecting room for larger families or friends travelling together.
Being an older hotel the bathroom in this one is compact and some people may find it too tight for wheelchair access.
Take a look at the review I wrote with all the details here.
THE LARWILL STUDIO
A big thanks to Kathryn for taking all the right photos and providing lots of information about why she likes staying at The Larwill Studio which is part of the Art Series Hotel Group. Kathryn says, “I have stayed here a number of times in the last 12 months when I have to travel to Melbourne for work and also for specialist appointments. Service is helpful and friendly and when there are special rates sales on it’s cost as little as $125 per night which is cheap for a 4 star hotel in Melbourne.”
This hotel is close to the Royal Children’s hospital and offers a special rate for those visiting because of treatment at the hospital.
You can see all the photos and Kathryn’s full review here.
ST JEROME’S – GLAMPING IN MELBOURNE’S CBD
I was staying in Melbourne and watching a bit of morning tv, as you do, when I saw a segment on a glamping rooftop hotel in Melbourne’s CBD. I made some calls and managed to do an inspection of this unique city accommodation, which is also accessible.
There’s an accessible tent and accessible bathroom facilities.
You can read more and see all the pictures here.
THE LANGHAM MELBOURNE
On my last solo trip to Melbourne I lived out my fantasy of staying at the upmarket, ultra luxurious Langham Hotel. It was divine. I sank into the bed, luxuriated in the bath with the gazillion products on offer and had a decadent high tea. I was living the Pretty Woman lifestyle minus Richard Gere!
The location of the hotel is excellent but the accessible rooms are not as spacious as some of the others listed above.
I’ve got all the photos and information here.
If you’re arriving into Melbourne by plane and not hiring a car, you’ll need a way to get into the city. There are plenty of accessible cabs at the airport and on average it’s cost us around $50 from the airport into the CBD. A more cost effective way is the Skybus service.
The SkyBus is wheelchair accessible and transfers passengers from the airport to a SkyBus terminal in the city. From the large bus, passengers are then transferred to mini buses which deliver them to their various hotels. They do have a wheelchair accessible mini bus for the hotel transfer.
This takes more time and patience than a taxi with the additional transfer at the SkyBus terminal but for the budget conscious it is significantly cheaper. Companion card holders will be issued with a ticket for their travel companion at no charge. Please note the SkyBus website asks you phone in advance to make a booking for wheelchair access, “Please call SkyBus on +61 3 9600 1711 the day before you travel to confirm if you need wheelchair access if using the SkyBus Hotel Transfer Service.” The SkyBus is at the airport and you just hop on at that end without prior booking.
For more information head to the SkyBus website.
So, that’s what I’ve got for you on Melbourne so far. If you know of an accessible apartment or hotel that you’d recommend to others please add it to comments below.