Whether you prefer your independence, want the opportunity to self-cater, or simply don’t like hotels, there are plenty of reasons why travellers opt for an Airbnb. So if you’re spending some time in Australia’s second city and would prefer an apartment to a hotel suite, look no further – we’ve found the chicest, most stylish place in Melbourne.
Located on Little Collins Street in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, this bright, airy corner apartment features large windows on two sides, plus high ceilings, white walls and wooden floorboards, all of which make the most of the space. Not that it needs it – with a sizeable living room and open plan kitchen, plus separate bedroom and bathroom – you’ve got plenty of room to swing as many cats as you want.
The first thing you’ll notice about the apartment is its artwork, which the owner Natalie has collected on her travels around the world. There’s aboriginal art on the wall in the living room, plus an African wooden chair, nude line drawing and old-timey portraiture, with the majority of comments in the guest book (a great touch) citing the décor as one of the best parts of the place.
Another major strength are the facilities on hand, which go above and beyond the standard fare. There’s laundry powder, pantry provisions, coffee in the freezer, shampoo and conditioner plus guide books and maps to the area. Towels and bedding are also provided, plus a hairdryer, washer/dryer and all the pots and crocks any budding Nigella might need. We did a ‘big wash’ while we were there, finally subscribing to the soothing, stress-relieving practice of doing laundry for the first time in our lives.
The location is also a bonus, with its close proximity to some of the biggest tourist attractions, including Federation Square, the National Gallery of Victoria, Immigration Museum and Old Melbourne Gaol, plus transport links from Southern Cross and Flinders Street stations for if you’re travelling to the MCG or further afield. Shopping-wise, you’re within walking distance to the Bourke Street Mall and Malbourne Central, and there’s a Coles supermarket an easy 10-minute walk away if you want to make your avocado on toast at home rather than eating it at one of the brunch places nearby.
Those unused to city sounds might want to use the earplugs provided at night, but we didn’t have any problems dropping off in the extremely comfortable double bed. (Speaking of, that’s really the only downside we can think of to staying in an Airbnb as opposed to a hotel: making your own bed in the morning – all in the name of independence…) With an easy check-in and check-out procedure, plus great communication, flexibility and countless local tips, we’re pretty smug that we found this great little apartment.
To book Natalie’s place, please visit airbnb.co.uk