What Is The Best Part Of Melbourne To Stay In?

Becoming a temporary resident of Melbourne while you work on a project here? Well, ‘Melbourne’ is a big place, and could mean as far north as Doreen and as far south as Frankston! So, don’t let your company just pick any old part of Melbourne… it could mean a lot of extra commute time, less convenience and a much less enjoyable stay in Melbourne for you.

That’s why your local guides at StayCentral are here to help. We’re going to answer the question that even Melburnians themselves disagree on: what’s the best part of Melbourne to stay in? Let’s find out!

Melbourne CBD

Connected to over two dozen tram lines, a hub for corporate activity and fast-paced cosmopolitan lifestyle with loads of amenities: the CBD is often the best part of Melbourne to stay in. This is especially true if you’re working in the CBD, because the daily commute is never longer than 10 minutes, whether it’s by foot or by tram. In terms of lifestyle, it doesn’t get much better than the CBD, with its host of cafes and restaurants, access to parks and gardens as well as supermarkets, chemists and other services too.


A 5-minute tram-ride away from the CBD is the sophisticated Southbank. A hotspot for entertainment with its cultural venues and sprawling Crown Casino complex, Southbank apartments offer fantastic views of the city and Yarra River.

Southbank is often the best part of Melbourne to stay in, particularly if you’re attending conferences in one of its many hotels.


Vibrant and funky Fitzroy – one of the cultural hubs of Melbourne. Brimming with artsy cafes, pubs, boutique shops and unique accommodation options, Fitzroy is the best part of Melbourne for those who want a hip-happening stay in Melbourne while not being too far from the CBD. Less than 10 minutes on the tram, and you’re in the Bourke St Mall.


Equally vibrant is Fitzroy’s neighbouring suburb of Collingwood. Cafes, pubs and restaurants line Collingwood’s famous Smith Street, which is just 10 minutes to the CBD via tram. Collingwood presents an excellent combination of urban convenience and residential living, with access to supermarkets and the nearby Fitzroy Gardens – one of the city’s most beautiful parks.

Honourable mentions

Also look at these other fantastic, central parts of Melbourne:

  • Coburg
  • Brunswick
  • Prahran
  • Port Melbourne

Whether you’re best-suited to a swanky CBD apartment or a converted warehouse in Fitzroy, StayCentral has the right accommodation option for your stay in Melbourne. StayCentral provides exceptional corporate and long-stay apartments all over Melbourne, curated with careful attention to detail to make your time here enjoyable, comfortable and convenient. Browse our quality serviced apartments and make a booking today.