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Thorn Apr 23rd, 2009 08:49 PM

Melbourne stay - hotel near Mel U
I'm heading over to Melbourne in July with my husband and I'm trying to find a place to stay. He will be spending a week attending a conference at Melbourne Uni (the campus near the zoo in case there is more than one) and I will just be taking a holiday.
We're on a pretty small budget, and we'd both rather spend money on food and entertainment than a hotel room, but since we'll be there for at least a week we want to be comfortable, and he will need space to use his laptop as he will still be working in the evenings. A kitchenette would be nice - just enough facilities to be able to have breakfast (he only eats cereal anyway and I just object to paying $15 for toast and a coffee), and we'd like to have reasonably priced eating options in close walking distance. He'll be back and forth from the conference so we really need to be pretty close to the uni, I'm happy to make treks to do my site-seeing if need be. I've had a look at a few options, but nothing has really stood out. Does anyone have any good suggestions?

DownUnder Apr 23rd, 2009 10:28 PM

The best place to stay would be a hotel in the suburb of Carlton (10 mins. walk from CBD). Melbourne Uni is located there and it is a great area of Melbourne. Predominantly Italian, but a foodies paradise with many, many restaurants on Lygon St. An area full of character in the nicest sense. Rydges on Swanston St. comes to mind but there are several others. and then search for Carlton will give you a bit of an idea. Whatever you do don't miss out on coffee and cakes at Brunettis on the corner of Faraday and Lygon, with Enoteca Sileno and the Hellenic Republic just down the road in Brunswick two highly recommended places to dine. You will have a great choice!

Bushranger Apr 24th, 2009 04:32 AM

Suppose it comes down to just how small that budget is and how close to the Uni you want to be.

You may have looked at a map seeing as you know its near the Zoo and the Uni itself does cover a large area, sitting between Royal Parade [wide leafy type road with trams and side lanes] on West, Swanston Street on East and Grattan St. on south, there being quite a few older style pubs about but they are possibly only eat/drink and/or for cheap student/backpacker accommodation.

Having a look at a couple of places, bobbed up re a conference and quite a few accommodation options with links but looking at costs you're going to be somewhere about $120-150 [Aussie $ at least] for a hotel room [saw [email protected]] depending on what deals could be on the likes of / and though something of a gamble to wait until a few weeks before, July is about as far as you can get from busy time down there - be getting a bit chillier too.
A few you might want to look at if you haven't already are
. which has rooms with more but they cost more too!
. showing on wotif at $148
. but a fair walk, tram available
and one I've stayed in myself a few years ago, The Arden Motel
. - not showing cost but it'll be closer to $100 than the others, including a continental breakfast which from memory is not much more than cereal, toast, juice and coffee/tea already in room.
It is older but clean and comfortable and about 5-10 minutes walk from the SW Royal Pde. and Grattan Cnr. and about the same walk would get you to Latrobe Street where you can pick up the free City Circle Tram - great for getting about all the CBD areas of interest.

Do make sure of getting along to Docklands[Etihad Stadium] or MCG for a game of , night matches being something special but be rugged up.
And while looking will give you an insight to some cheap eats, the Celtic Club, Cnr. of Latrobe and Queen Streets, bar having great basic pub food about $10 and some Irish do jam sessions on Friday nights between about 6-9 pm. and usually a guiness special on offer.

MissB99 Apr 26th, 2009 09:07 PM

Hello Thorn
Do you know where the conference venue is at the University?
Melb Uni has a large campus and the location of the venue would help pin point the closest appropriate accommodation.
In the meantime check out this link to International House which has several options that meet your requirements and budget

MissB99 Apr 26th, 2009 09:22 PM

Here is a link to a map of the University, which will give some idea of the distances

MissB99 Apr 26th, 2009 09:35 PM

I forgot about the visitors apartments at University College

Thorn Apr 27th, 2009 09:34 PM

Brilliant! Thanks folks, some very helpful suggestions there. MissB99, most of the seminars are in the old arts and economics lecture theatres, if that helps.
We are really looking forward to eating out - there are so many fabulous places and it all seems really cheap compared with Perth options.
Oh, and Bushranger, since we don't watch the footy over here, I don't think we'll be making it on holiday either. =) If it was Rugby Union we might consider it.

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