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5 Tips for Choosing the Best Accommodation for Families

5 Tips for Choosing the Best Accommodation for Families

Melbourne is an amazing family holiday destination, offering a wide range of activities that are sure to please the whole family. Renowned for its vibrant culture, there are plenty of family-friendly attractions to check out, from the world-famous Melbourne Zoo to the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the Eureka Skydeck, as well as a range of museums for the whole family to enjoy. You can also enjoy the Melbourne City free tram zone to explore the best that the city has to offer.

When it comes to choosing a Melbourne hotel, discover the best accommodation for families at Crowne Plaza Melbourne. Located just moments from many of the city’s top attractions, enjoy stunning views of the Yarra River and the City Skyline from your room and relax knowing all your family’s needs are taken care of by our friendly team.

If you're looking for Melbourne accommodation for families but are not sure what to look for, here are a few things to help you get started.


Location, Location, Location

Location is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting a hotel stay for your family. Choosing a hotel that’s conveniently located near popular attractions, restaurants, transport and entertainment will make your vacation far more enjoyable, knowing the kids won’t ever have far to walk.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne is conveniently located in the heart of the city, making it a great choice for families who want to explore the city. You’ll find us on the edge of the iconic Yarra River, the Royal Botanic Gardens, and the vibrant shopping and dining scene of Melbourne. Plus, public transportation is right on our doorstep, so your family can explore the city with absolute ease. For those flying into Melbourne, the distance from Melbourne Airport to Crowne Plaza Melbourne is only around 25 minutes by car, with the hotel placed around the corner from the freeway exit.

Some of our favourite picks for popular, family-friendly Melbourne attractions include:

  • A family fun day out at Luna Park in St Kilda
  • Let the kids go wild at Melbourne Zoo
  • Explore the many exhibitions at ACMI and the NGV
  • Ride the free city circle tram from Flinders Street and explore other popular and historical Melbourne landmarks
  • Catch a sporting match or live concert at Marvel Stadium


Facilities and Amenities

When looking for a hotel, it’s important to consider the types of on-site amenities and facilities to ensure your family has a comfortable and enjoyable stay. Does the hotel offer interconnecting rooms, or larger suites to accommodate families, or are the rooms limited to twin share travellers?

At Crowne Plaza Melbourne, you’ll find a range of hotel facilities and services designed to make your family stay feel like a home away from home. Relax and soak up the sun in our outdoor heated swimming pool, complete with sun lounges - or make the most of our 24-hour fitness centre, which is filled with natural light, state-of-the-art equipment and even floor space for yoga.

Look out for fun kids’ activities at the hotel during the main school holiday periods like a Craft Room and a Games Room to keep the young ones entertained. From upscale hotel dining to amazing leisure facilities, Crowne Plaza Melbourne is where core childhood memories are formed, giving families everything they need for a truly memorable stay on the riverfront.


On-site Dining

Considered the most important meal of the day, what better way to start your holiday than with a delicious buffet breakfast at Yugo Restaurant each morning? Kick start your day with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or tea, while you sit back and watch the kids treat themselves to the gourmet selection of freshly prepared buffet dishes. Enjoy a variety of hot and cold options, including eggs, bacon, sausages, pastries, cereals, yoghurt, and more. Plus, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options ensure every member of the family enjoys a delicious breakfast. Better still, enjoy breakfast on us when booking with one of our special offers.

For a delicious and convenient dining experience, from the comfort of your own room, be sure to try a meal from our extensive in-room dining menu. Offering a wide variety of dishes, from light snacks to full meals, it’s sure to impress even the fussiest of eaters. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a cosy family dinner in front of the TV, tuck into dishes made to satisfy your appetite. The In-room dining service is available Monday to Friday from 6:30 am – 10:00 am and Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am – 12:00 pm. The dinner service runs daily from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Enjoy an all-day menu at our casual Californian-inspired cafe, Pow Wow, featuring light snacks, bar bites and fresh coffee set to awaken your senses. Grab and Go options include light breakfast pastries and toasties - all freshly prepared daily.

If you’re looking to venture out of the hotel to explore the city’s famous food culture, chat with our Concierge team first to discover the best family restaurants, offering Pan-Asian, Asian, French, Italian and Indian cuisines, all within walking distance.


Family-Friendly Rooms

When looking for a family-friendly hotel room, there are a few key features to consider. Interconnecting rooms are a great option for families who need more space and privacy. These rooms often come with two separate bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing families to have their own space while still being able to spend time together.

In-room entertainment is also a great feature for families. Look for a room with complimentary WiFi, as well as a flat-screen TV, and streaming services to keep the kids entertained while you relax and enjoy your stay. Suites are another convenient option for larger families, featuring separate bedrooms, a living area, and a designated dining area.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne’s guest rooms and suites are set up to be an ideal choice for those seeking modern and comfortable accommodation for families in the heart of Melbourne. Select from 432 One Bedroom Suites and Hotel Rooms with twin and interconnecting options as a base for weekend getaways and family holidays. Enjoy plush bedding topped with crisp and cosy linen, plenty of plump pillows, and blackout curtains. This will ensure everyone gets a great night’s sleep and wake up ready to explore the best that Melbourne has to offer.

Melbourne Accommodation Offers

Make the most of your visit to Melbourne with one of our exclusive offers on accommodation for families. Whether it's a weekend getaway, a summer escape or a celebratory stay, you can enjoy the best of the city's culture right on the banks of the Yarra River.

Wander Melbourne's iconic laneways, watch a game at Marvel Stadium, spend the day exploring museums, exhibitions and festivals, or indulge in the city's shopping - all with your inner city oasis waiting for you at the end of the day.

Whether you are planning a family holiday in Melbourne or looking for a quick weekend getaway, look no further than Crowne Plaza Melbourne. Better still, come stay with us and we’ll take care of everything as part of our Family Getaway offer!


Enjoy a delicious family breakfast and then let the fun begin. Our knowledgeable concierge team will be more than happy to help recommend the best family activities in the area. Plus, when you book directly with us, you can enjoy maximum flexibility - with the option to cancel free of charge up to 24 hours before your arrival. Book your stay today.

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