Melbourne is a fantastic city to visit with the kids, with so many great activities, including many free activities, and there are some fantastic family friendly hotel Melbourne offers. From luxurious to budget family accommodation, Melbourne has it all.
In Melbourne, you can spend the day exploring the various child friendly museums, head on down for some fun at Luna Park or take the kids to some of the best Melbourne family friendly attractions like Melbourne Zoo, Sea Life, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre or even ride the Melbourne Star. Once the family is all worn out; head on home to one of the best kid friendly hotels Melbourne offers.
In this article, we have our picks for the top 12 recommendations for the best place to stay in Melbourne for family.
Simply pick where you want to stay – whether that’s in one of the family resorts Melbourne has or if you’d prefer one of the Melbourne family apartments Southbank offers. Whatever your individual preferences you’re sure to find where to stay in Melbourne with family in this article.
Best Family Accommodation Melbourne
Our favourite family accommodation Melbourne city is the Ovolo Laneways. This funky hotel has many included extras which make it lots of fun.
Located at the top end of Little Bourke Street in the city centre, this hotel is very convenient to Parliament train station and many tram lines including the city circle line. It’s also right by Chinatown for many delicious eating options or a short walk to Carlton or Fitzroy Gardens where the kids can run around or you can visit the Melbourne Museum.
The hotel itself makes up for a lack of facilities with many included extras. There is a free lolly bar, breakfast (which you can collect and eat in your room), free minibar, free snacks on arrival (called a loot bag) and free happy hour drinks. There is also a free laundry.
We find the lolly bar particularly useful with kids – it’s a good reward to keep them going when we are out sightseeing. They know they can have a lolly when we get back if they behave!
There are a range of family friendly apartments from studios for smaller families to two bedroom apartments to an amazing penthouse or terrace suites. We have stayed in three different types and they have all been great although there can be a lack of natural light in some rooms. Cots are available.
The terrace suites are definitely worth the extra price tag with plenty of space, an amazing terrace and full kitchen. All rooms come with Apple TV, at least a kitchenette, tea and coffee making, the included mini bar and everything you would expect from top family friendly accommodation Melbourne
The funky hotel and the little extras from the freebies mentioned above to little touches, like a welcome message on a blackboard in the hotel.
Lack of natural light in some rooms and lack of facilities like a pool.
If you are looking for Melbourne family apartments with a boutique hotel experience in a convenient location with fun extras and a funky environment, the Ovolo Laneways is perfect!
Another one of the best family hotels Melbourne is the Pegasus Apart’Hotel.
While not cheap family accommodation Melbourne per se, we have found this option to be a more budget friendly option when you want accommodation in the CBD.
Located on the edge of the city near Flagstaff Gardens (where you can find a playground) and not far from Victoria Market, this hotel is convenient but a short walk or tram ride from the centre.
This child friendly accommodation Melbourne offers has some great facilities mainly thanks to the indoor pool. It’s nice and warm in winter which makes this particularly a good place to stay in the colder months. There is also a gym, spa and a bar and restaurant downstairs. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast and happy hour drinks. There is also a self-service laundry.
There are a range of room types but the two bedroom family apartments are definitely the winner for those looking for the best family accommodation in Melbourne. The apartments have small living, dining and kitchen areas as well as two bedrooms.
One of the bedrooms is kid themed with four different options – circus, racing car, jungle and super games. It also has a games console. There are two single beds and a queen but you can make it work as Melbourne accommodation for family of 5 by adding a cot.
This is a great place to stay if you’re looking for Melbourne family accommodation with pool, plus the two bedroom family apartments are fantastic.
You are on the edge of the city, but it is only a short walk away.
If you want fun family accommodation Melbourne apartment style with an indoor pool at a good price, the Pegasus Apart’Hotel is a great choice.
Located on Little Collins Street in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, the Stamford Plaza is great for families looking for superior accommodation. In the surrounding area, you will find plenty of shops, places to eat as well as theatres and attractions.
At the Stamford, there are 283 luxurious suites to choose from as well as 26 brand new rooms. Families have the choice of traditional style hotel rooms or can opt for 1 or 2 bedroom apartments for more space as well as to have the benefit of having your own kitchen.
The hotel’s facilities include a rooftop heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, fitness centre as well as a 24 hour reception, restaurants and car parking.
The Stamford Plaza is only a short 10 minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square as well as within walking distance to all the main sporting stadiums.
There is a great range of family friendly apartments with good facilities like a pool.
Some of the rooms could do with a refurbishment.
If you want large family accommodation Melbourne with many apartment sizes in a very central spot and with facilities like a pool, the Stamford Plaza is a budget friendly pick.
If you are looking for class and luxury in a kid friendly accommodation Melbourne then the Sofitel Melbourne is definitely a hotel to consider!
Located at the “Paris end” of Collins Street, this hotel has a great location by Parliament train station, many trams and Fitzroy and Carlton Gardens.
The hotel itself feels special from the moment you enter with a lobby at the bottom and then a ride up an elevator as the rest of the hotel starts at level 35! This means that there are some great views over Melbourne from this hotel.
There are a range of room types from their classic room which is a classier version of a standard king or twin hotel room to some great suites. Rollaways and cots are available for most room types.
We stayed in a Prestige Suite which had a sofa bed and a glorious corner location with views over much of Melbourne. Unfortunately, this is only available for families of three. With four, you can book connecting rooms with the second room half price.
It’s worth paying extra for a room with Club Sofitel access if you want a real treat. The Club Sofitel includes breakfast, afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks and canapes. Kids are welcome.
Where this hotel is disappointing is there is no pool. Strange for a 5 star hotel! You can, however, use the pool at the Novotel just down the road.
The Sofitel does have a gym, and some top-rate eating and drinking options. However, they are suited better to adults than kids.
The unbeatable 5-star service and Club Sofitel.
No pool and the lack of many options for families larger than three.
If you are looking for luxurious child friendly hotels Melbourne, don’t mind not having a pool and have a smaller family, this is the perfect option!
Located next to the Crown Complex at Southbank, the Crown Metropole provides families with easy access to cinemas, casino and restaurants as well as being a stroll from Melbourne’s CBD.
Parents and kids alike will just be thrilled about the indoor swimming pool on level 27 which offers fantastic panoramic views across the city. Here you will also find various sun lounges, large hot plunge pool, gym and day spa which includes a 25 m infinity pool.
The family rooms at the Crown Metropole are spacious and furnished beautifully with modern decor. Each family room includes 2 large double beds, work desk, air conditioning LCD TV, oversized shower, free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities. Families may wish to opt for one of the bigger rooms which have separate living areas from the bedrooms.
The hotel also has an onsite restaurant and, as mentioned above, is conveniently located right next to the Crown Entertainment Complex as well as being directly opposite the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. You can also easily walk to the Southern Cross train station and Docklands from here.
Fantastic family rooms with an even better swimming pool that offers panoramic views of the Melbourne CBD.
No self-catering options.
The Crown Metropole is great for families looking for a family room Melbourne offers in the Southbank precinct and within walking distance to all the very best Melbourne attractions.
Citadines on Bourke is a vibrant and modern hotel located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. It’s the perfect location to use as a base camp to explore the wonderful city.
Citadines is located within the Central Business District, with the Bourke St Mall an easy 5-minute stroll away. For a quick and easy way to get around, the free tram stop is located right outside of the main hotel entrance, and Parliament Train station a 5-minute walk away. This hotel is in a great location, close to all the important shopping, restaurant and leisure activities on offer.
You can choose from a studio apartment to a sleek, modern 2-bedroom that can accommodate up to five guests. Each serviced apartment comes with a separate living and dining area, so your family will have plenty of room to sit and relax after a day of fun activities.
The fully equipped kitchenette is great, allowing you to stay in for dinner instead of going out. Complimentary housekeeping (except Sundays or Public Holidays) and complimentary wi-fi are also available.
The hotel also features a a self-serve laundry on-site, fully-equipped gym, indoor pool, sauna and outdoor sundeck. Keep in mind though that the pool is more of a lap pool rather than a fun pool that the kids can splash around in.
The Kuuraki restaurant is located on the ground floor of Citadines on Bourke in a beautiful contemporary space. It serves breakfast and dinner daily with lunch only available on weekdays.
Located right in the heart of the CBD, and has a tram stop right outside the door. Only a 5-minute walk to the Bourke Street Mall and surrounded by plenty of places to eat and drink.
The pool isn’t very child-friendly. You only get views of the city if you book and executive room on the higher floors.
If you’re looking for a place smack bang in the city, Citadines on Bourke is for you. Close to all the city has to offer, and on public transport, it’s a great place to stay with family.
The Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders is in Melbourne’s CBD, on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street. The hotel is close to several attractions including SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Southbank Promenade, Marvel Stadium and the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. It’s also a short walk from Etihad Stadium and South Wharf.
With tram and bus stops close by, and Southern Cross train station a 2-minute walk away, it makes getting around the city easy.
The Holiday Inn allows kids 12 and under to stay and eat free! This hotel is very child friendly, with secure play area for the kids, a great outdoor garden terrace and heated outdoor pool. There is also a sauna and a fitness center.
There are plenty of room types to choose from, accommodating up to four people. Most rooms offer stunning views of the city or pool views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. These windows flood the rooms with natural light, but don’t worry – there are blackout blinds for sleep-ins.
There is even a pillow menu so you can choose the right pillow! All rooms have a smart TV with cable channels and HDMI connectivity, free wifi and rollaway bed/cot and crib available. The guest rooms have connecting rooms available, while the suites include a separate living room.
Holiday Inn’s Sirocco restaurant and cocktail bar has a great menu for the kids. They serve fresh modern Australian cuisine during the day and evening and a cooked and continental breakfast buffet in the morning.
Kids under 12 stay and eat free! How awesome is that?! The kid’s menu at the restaurant is a nice bonus.
Sometimes the rooms facing Spencer Street (and next to the air conditioner engines) can be a bit noisy. Ask for a room facing Flinders Street or overlooking the pool for a quieter stay.
The rooms can only accommodate families with four people.
It’s the perfect Melbourne base for the family – on the corner of Flinders Lane and Spencer Street, close to family attractions, shops, restaurants and in the free tram zone.
Overlooking the Yarra River, Quay West Suites Melbourne is a 5-star apartment style hotel offering a choice of one, two- or three-bedroom family accommodation. It is within reach of the CBD and local attractions such as Federation Square, Royal Botanic Gardens, Crown Casino, Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct, SEALIFE Melbourne Aquarium, retail, restaurants and cafes.
It is also just a short walk to the tram and Flinders Street train station is just across the bridge.
Each apartment has a spacious living area and well-equipped kitchen, with some containing laundry facilities. All apartments feature a smart TV with Foxtel & pay per view movies, private balconies, and select suites offer spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline. The river view is definitely worth the extra cost.
The apartments can accommodate up to 7 guests, with a maximum of 6 adults and 3 children per accommodation. A rollaway, sofa bed or cot is allowed.
Additional amenities include 24-hour reception and in-room dining, a modern gymnasium and steam room, a stunning 15m magnesium salt lap pool and spa, sauna, undercover parking and complimentary WiFi throughout the hotel.
For a meal with stunning views of the Melbourne skyline, the Quay West’s Jarrah Restaurant & Bar with outdoor terrace is the place to be. It does have a kid’s menu, but it is very, very basic.
With rooms able to accommodate up to 7 people, there is plenty of room for the biggest of families. Plus the heated indoor pool is the perfect entertainment for the kids on those cold, rainy days.
It’s hard to think of anything!
The Quay West is nice and close to the city and its attractions without being right in the noisy, busy city centre. For those rainy days where you don’t feel like leaving the hotel, the heated pool and smart TV are great alternative to keep the kids busy.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD but still within easy reach, the Adara Richmond is located on the Bridge Road fashion and cafe strip and is only a five-minute tram ride to the CBD.
Adara has studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, washers and dryers, Foxtel and high-speed WiFi. Each kitchen has an oven, stove and dishwasher, with the studios having a kitchenette without an oven.
For families, the two-bedroom apartments are the perfect choice for guests looking to balance spacious accommodation and living space with all the familiar comforts of home. A combination of a studio and one-bedroom apartment, take advantage of having two bathrooms, two sets of kitchen, dining and laundry areas (and two TV’s!). Up to four guests can accommodate this apartment, with a fifth guest on a rollaway bed added at an additional charge.
Sofa beds, high chairs, baby baths and cribs are also available on request.
Away from the noise of the city, but still in a well-populated area with cafes and some of Melbourne’s best shopping.
The two-bedroom family apartment is VERY spacious and contains two bathrooms, two kitchens, two dining areas and two laundries.
You won’t experience 5 star facilities and service here as you would at some of the hotels mentioned.
A fantastic spacious apartment to stay in with family if you don’t want to stay in the hectic city centre.
The 4-star Punthill South Yarra Grand can be found in the new business and restaurant precinct of South Yarra with views of Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.
Four kilometres from the CBD, it’s a prime location for families who want to visit the trendy and upscale shopping, cinemas and cafés of famous Toorak Road and Chapel Street. It is also a quick tram ride away from St Kilda beach and the Botanic Gardens.
The sophisticated and stylish 1, 2 and 3-bedroom serviced apartments have a full kitchen, separate living area with LCD TV and Foxtel, washer and dryer, and private balcony. The 3-bedroom apartment can fit up to 6 people; a seventh person can be added for a fee. It contains two kitchens and three bathrooms; perfect for big families. A baby cot is available on request.
Other inclusions are a 24-hour reception and a gym. Wifi is available at an extra cost.
There are plenty of restaurant and café options nearby on Chapel Street. If you’re looking to stay in, head down to the Prahan Markets to pick up some fresh ingredients for dinner.
Large apartments to accommodate extra big families as well as being able to self-cater.
A nice change from the usual city hotel, the Punthill South Yarra Grand is certainly the place for large families to go, particularly for those that want to self-cater.
Novotel Melbourne St Kilda is a fantastic place for the family to stay. Located on The Esplanade in the heart of St Kilda, it is within easy walking distance to St Kilda Beach, Albert Park Lake, Luna Park and Acland & Fitzroy Streets.
Only 8 kilometres from Melbourne CBD, there’s ample on-site car parking and trams right outside the front door.
For a family getaway, choose one of the spacious suites or one- or two-bedroom penthouse apartments. I recommend you ask for an ocean view room so you can admire the beach. Each room has tea/coffee making facilities and free in-room wifi. Selected rooms feature a deep spa bath for the ultimate relaxation.
The Novotel can accommodate up to two adults and 2 children. Baby cots are available on request.
Guests can laze by the outdoor pool or work up a sweat in the fitness centre. Additional onsite facilities include a laundry and 24-hour room service.
The downstairs restaurant & bar provides seasonal menus with views of Port Philip Bay. Or, if you want to stay in your room, check out the range of in-room dining options.
Being in the middle of the action at St Kilda. It is close to everything, with the Sunday Markets across the road, and the beach a few minutes’ walk away. You can still easily get to the CBD via the tram.
The pool is always a welcome bonus.
No balcony to enjoy the sea breezes and not ideal if you will be spending most of your time in the Melbourne CBD.
A lovely place for the family to enjoy the sights and sounds of famous St Kilda.
Quest Williamstown North is 4-star accommodation located 15 minutes west of the Melbourne CBD in lovely Williamstown. Families can enjoy the cosmopolitan shops, restaurants and sights of Williamstown and the kids will love the attractions such as the Scienceworks, the Sun Theatre & Werribee Open Range Zoo. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus within the local area.
The one, two- and three-bedroom serviced townhouses are bright and spacious, and all have individual entry. Each townhouse features its own outdoor area overlooking the tranquil wetlands and landscaped gardens with views across the wetlands and out to the bay.
Each townhouse has a fully equipped kitchen (with full-size fridge and dining table) and laundry facilities, free wifi access and comes with free parking and modern self-contained amenities. The relaxed living area contains a sofa, LCD TV with Foxtel and work desk. There are both two and three-bedroom apartments available, with the 3-bedroom apartments able to accommodate up to 7 guests.
A daily housekeeping service is included (excluding Sunday and public holidays).
The family can chill out in the outdoor heated pool, spa and BBQ area, or stroll around the peaceful Jawbone Nature Reserve.
Close to many restaurants and the supermarket, and the fully-equipped kitchen gives you the option of eating in or going out for dinner.
The inclusion of a laundry in every apartment is great for those longer family getaways.
The heated outdoor pool is always a hit with the kids.
The 2 story apartments are child-friendly but has steep stairs so those with very little kids may want to bring along a child friendly gate to close-off access to the stairs.
A nice, quiet place for the family to stay when you’re not needing to be right near the city.
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Joshua is Melbourne born and bred, father of three who loves sharing the best city of the world with everyone on Melbourne Family.