Ah, Melbourne. The city of a million suburbs, each with its own distinctive personality. Everyone should treat themselves to a little staycation once in a while, to rediscover this city we adore so much. Luckily for you, there’s a myriad of options to choose from, with everything from eclectic and vibrant city lofts to cosy little cottages tucked away in Fitzroy.
Start packing your overnight bag and take a look at some of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne for 2022:
The Best Melbourne Airbnbs In The CBD:
Central City Warehouse Apartment
If you’re looking for a bohemian-chic loft in the dead 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 and good lighting to boot. It’s literally a stone’s throw from the official centre of the city, so it has everything right at its fingertips; fabulous restaurants (Tipo 00 is around the corner), laneways drenched in street art, shopping, art galleries and public transport. All the perks of this apartment, plus the vibey interior, make this a definite contender for one of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne.
Forest & Heaven Themed Apartment
Whoever said you can’t have it all clearly wasn’t aware of the Forest & 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 Airbnbs in Melbourne, with a living room reminiscent of a fairy forest and a bedroom that’ll make you think you’re sleeping in the clouds. A 5-minute walk from Flinders Street Station and Fed Square makes the apartment well-situated for a staycation in 2022.
The Best Melbourne Airbnbs In The North:
One making plenty of waves in the best Airbnb in Melbourne debate, Fitzroy Penthouse 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 2022 sensibilities and relaxed charm.
You won’t want to leave this bohemian escape, which is complete with its own downstairs ping pong table and has enviable brass hardware found throughout. This unique getaway is located in the idealistic suburb of Abbotsford, which is less than a 15-minute walk to the scenic Yarra Trail. If you book the Jungle Warehouse for a weekend, head over to the Abbotsford Convent for the weekly market, but honestly, you’ll probably find enough to do inside the house itself, with fairy lights illuminating an outdoor bath, a courtyard for dining and an indoor projector for the ultimate movie-watching experience in one of Melbourne's best Airbnbs.
Stunning Designer Apartment
If you’re after some inner-north realness in 2022, seeing as they offer complimentary bikes, this Stunning Designer Apartment in Collingwood is the way to go. Located 2 minutes away from the ever-lively Smith Street, this apartment has the quintessential Melbourne experience right outside the building’s front door. There’s even a bar underneath the apartment so you won’t have to look far for a fab night out. There are some great views from the balcony too, extending all the way to the Dandenong Ranges, so sit back and relax in style in one of the best Airbnbs in Melbourne.
Beautiful Converted Church in Brunswick
This converted three-storey church in Brunswick is a true spectacle of a stay and a front runner for the best Airbnb in Melbourne. Situated right in the thick of the northside hub the historic brick facade shelters an ultra-chic interior, a fully converted space with polished floorboards, exposed brick walls and even the original cathedral ceilings and wooden beams. The structure might be historic but inside you'll find almost every creature comfort imaginable from freestanding bathtubs, a sprawling modern kitchen to a sophisticated lounge and library. If you're looking for a place to park up, this one's hard to beat.
Classic Victorian Cottage
There’s nothing that screams Melbourne more than an exposed brick wall in Fitzroy (so 2022), and that’s exactly what you’re getting with this Classic Victorian Cottage. 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.
The Best Melbourne Airbnbs In The South:
With a gorgeous Victorian exterior and a modern, renovated interior, Luma House in South Yarra is the home away from home that you have been looking for. Heated tile bathroom floors await you, as well as zero heat fireplace, a Sonos sound system, high ceilings, and enough light-filled rooms to make you want to stay forever. Right in the heart of South Yarra, the bustling hubs of Chapel Street and Toorak Road are within walking distance, and they're just a few reasons Luma House makes the Best Airbnb Melbourne list.
Entire Apartment On The Corner Of Chapel Street & Toorak Road
Stop hunting, because we've found one of Melbourne's best Airbnb's south of the river. This modern, sleek and north-facing apartment is in the perfect location, right on the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road. Despite being in such a buzzing spot, the building itself is pleasantly quiet, so you won’t be disturbed by the hustle and bustle down below. With the variety of restaurants adorning Chapel Street, you’ll never go hungry, and Toorak Road famously has some of the best shopping in Melbourne. Best of all, the apartment building has its own pool and spa facilities, so make sure you bring your bathers.
St Kilda Beachfront Apartment
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 the 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.
The Best Melbourne Airbnbs In The West:
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 no 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.
Moon Light House
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.
The Best Airbnb's A Little Further Afield:
Melbourne has some stunning Airbnb's, and Victoria has some of the best Airbnb's too. Those looking to go just a little furth afield should check out this converted barn in Red Hill, which is one of the most exquisite stays in Victoria, situated in the primo wine region where you’re only ever a stone’s throw away from some of the state’s leading wineries. The barn has serious farm-style charm with a white-painted weatherboard exterior and verandah that look out onto the property with its very own olive grove, vines, and dam. Inside has been fitted out to keep you comfortable and cosy with an open-style kitchen with a large island bench, spacious dining area, and lounge area for soaking in the rolling hills that surround the property.
Cape Schanck House
Head toward the other coast from Melbourne and you'll another of the best Airbnb's 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. Located in the quiet region of Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula, this stay is 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, 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.
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