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The Best Airbnbs In Melbourne For 2024

By Maya Varadarajan

Melbourne, the city of a million suburbs, each with its distinctive personality. And no matter where you're looking, finding the top Airbnb Melbourne has to offer isn't an easy task, purely because there are so many top-notch options.

So, start packing your overnighter, get ready to sprawl out on the king-size bed, and take a look at some of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne for 2024:

Melbourne CBD Martini Suite

A chesterfield leather sofa sits in an art deco Airbnb Melbourne living room with a timber coffee table and two sitting chairs
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It’s only fitting that after a bar dedicated to the martini lands in Melbourne (more on that over here) that we found ourselves an Airbnb following the same ethos. This is Martini Suite—an elegant stay tucked away in Melbourne’s CBD in the historic 1930’s Majorca Building. Chesterfield leather sofa, soaring high ceilings with towering windows, and fully equipped kitchen with chic yet luxe glassware, and complimentary olives for your martini-sipping. You can tell a great deal of care has gone into every detail, including the antique furnishings and art deco design.

The location is too perfect—right above the bustling Flinders Lane, boasting some of the best eats and drinks in Melbourne, and you’re that close to Flinders Street Station you can see it from bedroom's quaint balcony. It’s one bed, one bath, and open-plan kitchen and living for up to two people—ideal for a staycay with a mate, romantic getaway with a lover, or a great option if you’re flying solo for work or play.

Fitzroy Penthouse Palazzo

A black rounded fireplace hangs from the roof in the centre of a Airbnb Melbourne living room with a rug underneath.
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Not just one of the best Airbnbs Fitzroy has to offer, but Melbourne too, the Penthouse Palazzo is an absolutely stunning space. The apartment features long white-walled open spaces with an island kitchen, a breezy outdoor dining area with trees dangling above and a lounge room straight out of a design book.

The minimalist-style fit-out of the Penthouse Palazzo features a hanging fireplace, floating shelves lined with books, and a collection of modern-design furniture bringing a perfect mix of 2024 sensibilities and relaxed charm.

St Kilda St Kilda Beachfront Apartment

A light timber table sits outside in an Airbnb Melbourne courtyard, plated with tableware and cutlery.
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Bathed in light and a short walk to the beach, this St Kilda spot is a dreamy escape. You'll be just a quick stroll from the water as well as the hustle and bustle of the esplanade with its bars, restaurants and pubs. 

The outside of this Airbnb St Kilda stay features a sun-soaked deck with alfresco furniture, and lush palm trees, ideal for those late summer nights, while the inside has a breezy minimalist interior with white-washed walls and natural timber tables and chairs.

Cape Schanck Cape Schanck House

An art deco Airbnb Melbourne sits between trees with a lush green lawn.
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Head toward the other coast from Melbourne and you'll find one of the best Airbnbs in Victoria. If you’re all about design then Cape Schanck House is the one for you. The award-winning stay took out best house at the Royal Australian Institute of Architects awards. It's located in the quiet region of Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula, and it's only minutes away from pristine ocean beaches, wineries, and the famed lighthouse walk.

Inside the white and black colour scheme let the surrounding tree life shine through the floor to ceiling windows, the living room is centred around a waterdrop sculpture that extends from the room to the floor, and a curved leather lounge looks onto a wide fireplace. Its minimalist style provides the perfect backdrop for a quiet getaway, time to enjoy the simpler things. 

Fitzroy Classic Victorian Cottage

An L-shaped white sofa sits in an Airbnb Melbourne lounge room, opposite a fireplace that sits in the corner.
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Nothing that screams Melbourne more than an exposed brick wall in Fitzroy, and that’s exactly what you’re getting with this Classic Victorian Cottage in 2024. A stunning, light-filled living room with a wooden ceiling and stained glass windows is the centrepiece of the house, but its location is what makes this runner-up for one of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne.

A turn away from Brunswick Street, which as we know is filled to the brim with great restaurants, bars and shopping. However hectic Brunswick Street is though, the cottage is far enough away from the action that you won’t hear it, so a good night’s sleep is guaranteed at one of Fitzroy's best Airbnbs.

Melbourne CBD Forest And Heaven-Themed Apartment

At this Airbnb Melbourne, the lounge room wall are covered in fake vines and carpet is fake grass to mimic that of a forest.
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Whoever said you can’t have it all clearly wasn’t aware of the Forest And Heaven-Themed Apartment; this one is for the people who want to have both the convenience of having the CBD at their doorstep as well as wanting to feel like they’re submerged in a rainforest.

This creatively designed space is up there as one of the best Airbnb Melbourne is offering, with a living room reminiscent of a fairy forest and a bedroom that’ll make you think you’re sleeping in the clouds. You're within the free tram zone, and the 5-minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Fed Square makes the apartment well-situated for a staycation in 2024.

Melbourne CBD Central City Warehouse Apartment

Light is pouring into an art deco living space, with timber finishings and a light lime-green feature wall at an Airbnb Melbourne apartment.
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If you’re looking for a bohemian-chic loft in the centre of Melbourne’s CBD, then look no further than the Central City Warehouse Apartment. It’s been used as Ethan Hawke’s apartment in the film ‘Predestination’ as a stand-in for a 70’s New York loft, so you know the place has tons of character.

It’s a stone’s throw from the centre of the city, so it has everything right at its fingertips. fabulous restaurants like Tipo 00, laneways drenched in street art, shopping, art galleries and public transport are all close by. All the perks of this apartment and the vibey interior make this a contender for one of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne.

Moonee Ponds ​Moon Light House

A brick feature walls its opposite it a queen-sized bed at an Airbnb Melbourne apartment, with a door opening to a balcony.
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Located in the leafy streets of Moonee Ponds, the charming Moon Light House is an exposed brick wonderland, fitted out with hanging lantern pendant lighting, timber roofs and even a spiral staircase.

Perhaps the biggest drawcard is the vista-filled balcony deck that jets out right from the mezzanine bedroom, providing eye-fulls of Melbourne sunsets, moonlight and sunrises. A running contender for the best Airbnb in Melbourne, this Victoria-era stay encapsulates all the charm of the city's history with that little extra flare of aesthetic and of course, is fully equipped with everything you need.

Brunswick ​Trendy Inner-City Living

A tan-coloured stone leads up to a Airbnb Melbourne with a flat roof.
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Set deep within the inner sanctum of Brunswick, this sky-high short-term rental provides vistas of the surrounding cultural melting pot below, including plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars.

The light-filled space features a well-spaced queen-size bedroom with space for two, while the living areas overlook the city with a well-curated collection of modern furniture and plants.

Armadale Studio 1156

Three circle chandeliers emit a warm light into this Airbnb Melbourne living room, boasting art deco interiors.
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Studio 1156 nails the sleek art deco interiors. The owners gave the designer home a spruce a few years ago, and it’s as stunning (and spacious) as studio apartments come. Leather lounge chair, free-standing wardrobe, funky art, and a retro-leaning bathroom. The host will treat you like royalty with an inclusive breakfast—artisan bread, French butter and locally-sourced jam. A huge plus for having your bedroom and living quarters all in one, is during the colder months, you can throw a few logs on the fire and nestle up in bed with a book or chuck Netflix on the telly.

Brunswick Beautiful Light-Filled Home

A fireplace sits in the corner of this Airbnb Melbourne living room, opposite a cream-white coloured three-person sofa and a small black lamp handing above.
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Situated over in the west side of the suburb, this welcoming light-filled stay is one of the top Airbnbs Brunswick has to offer. Just 15 minutes from the city, you've got the bustle of Sydney Road just a short walk away as well as Melbourne Zoo.

Inside is a tidy collection of natural wooden furnishings which set a breezy laid-back feel against the white-washed walls and architraves, and there's even a little back deck for soaking up the sun on a warm Melbourne morning.

Windsor The Schoolhouse

A chesterfield leather couch sits in the centre of a Airbnb Melbourne living room. Above it, exposed timbers line the ceiling, and next to it, a book shelf packed with coloured books and indoor plants.
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Could this be the most stunning Airbnb Melbourne has to offer? We think so. Set just back from the vibey Windsor end of Chapel Street, The Schoolhouse is a breezy high-ceiling stay housed inside a former school hall.

Inside is a minimal yet eclectic mix of vintage and antique stylings, a real laid-back space, ideal for either parking or hitting the town with the tram to St Kilda on your doorstep and a short 10-minute trip in the car to the CBD. 

Coburg Skyview Studio

This Airbnb Melbourne living room is almost a circle, with timber walls enclosing the space. A large TV screen sits in an arched TV unit, with three sofa chairs sitting opposite it.
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One for the design aficionados, this architectural marvel in the heart of Coburg is an escape with distinction, and a stunning option for those looking for short term rentals and bedroom homes in Melbourne. The Skyview Studio features its own kitchen, bathroom and lounge area with the added touch of retro furnishings and even a Bang & Olufsen stereo system. There's a small courtyard for catching some sunshine or you can opt for the local spots along Sydney Road.

South Yarra ​Stylish South Yarra Apartment

A cream coloured sofa faces a white wall in an Airbnb Melbourne living room with a picture hung on the wall.
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Set back in the leafy streets of South Yarra, this minimalist apartment is an ideal stay for those wanting close proximity to the action with a dash of seclusion. It's set with an open-style living room and kitchen and the balcony and patio area offers views of the city, ideal for a morning coffee.

Southbank Glamorous Southbank Home

A large grey two seater sofa sits in a Airbnb Melbourne living room with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding landscape.
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Just as it says on the label, this Glamorous Southbank Home in Melbourne is set to impress with floor-to-ceiling views out onto the city. There's parking on location taking out the hassle of finding to stash the wheels but it's close enough to the CBD to opt for the walk.

Inside there's a light-filled open-planned dining and lounge room with a kitchen and island bench to the back—there's also a Woolworths just downstairs if you're lacking in provisions.

Seddon Milkbar Apartment

A vine-covered exterior of a milkbar converted to an Airbnb Melbourne, with blue detailings.
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Whoever conceptualised converting a milkbar into an Airbnb was a bloody genius. Tucked away in the western suburbs, the Milkbar Apartment is deceivingly luxe, with a rain shower, Nespresso machine and an HD Smart TV with complimentary Netflix. The best of the west is super accessible too, as the esteemed art deco Sun Theatre is only a short walk away.

The beach is a quick train ride away as well, and guests are provided with Myki cards by the hosts so never fear if you leave yours at home. If live music is your thing, the infamous Station Hotel and equally cool Reverence Hotel are also within walking distance, so you’re sure to find something to do when staying at one of Melbourne's best airbnbs. 

South Melbourne My City Hideaway

An Airbnb Melbourne living room with floor to ceiling windows, and a freestanding fireplace.
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You won’t want to leave this one. My City Hideaway takes up residency in a century-old, former workers cottage. The attention to detail is impeccable—luxurious linen, vintage pieces, unique chandeliers, striking wall art. It doesn’t have a TV, but it does have a wood fireplace, so take that as a sign to switch off the devices and whip out a good book or board game. The location couldn’t be better placed too, only a stone's throw away from the iconic South Melbourne Market (go to Market Borek) and the growing dining precinct.

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