Accommodation – 2017 Australian Grand Prix

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From budget to luxury, we’ve chosen the best F1-friendly accommodation in Melbourne with easy access to Albert Park for the 2017 Australian Grand Prix on March 23-26.

Melbourne is a large international city with an excellent supply of accommodation to suit all budgets. Unfortunately, most hotels impose an ‘F1 tax’ on Grand Prix weekend and prices go up across the board. We have also note an increase in prices during the past two years. On the plus side, the Australian dollar has fallen significantly against international currencies in this same period, making prices more attractive for foreign visitors. Melbourne has also embraced airbnb and there is a wide selection of rooms and apartments for rent direct from the owners for Grand Prix weekend. Prices are high, but the personal touch offered by owners can make your experience that much better than staying in a hotel. For the best deals and highest-rated accommodation, we recommend booking well in advance.

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Melbourne has a wide selection of backpacker hostels, most of which are located in the centre or in St Kilda, providing easy access to Albert Park. A bed in a dormitory should cost around $40-60 per night on Grand Prix weekend. If you want more privacy, expect to pay around $80 per night for a private double/twin room in a hostel with shared bathroom. Budget hotels can also be found near the city with a private bathroom from around $150 per night.

Melbourne Central Hostel (YHA)

A popular budget hostel in the centre of Melbourne with a cool rooftop terrace. A single bed in a dormitory room will set you back $45-50 per night on Grand Prix weekend. Reserve on

Urban Central

A modern hostel and budget hotel located at Southbank, close to the entertainment precinct and with easy track access. A bunk bed in a dorm room costs $60-70 AUD per night. Reserve on

St Kilda Beach House

An affordable hostel in the heart of St Kilda’s lively shopping and entertainment with good access to the circuit and the city centre. A bunk bed in a dorm room costs around $30 per night over the race weekend. Reserve via the hostel website

City East Motel

Around 10 minutes east of the city centre by tram, this is a cheap and cheerful motel. Close to Victoria Street, where there are lots of good Asian restaurants. A double room costs from $145 AUD per night, including a continental breakfast. Reserve on


Within the mid-range bracket, which we have classified as between $150-300 per night for a twin/double room, there are many good options in Melbourne. The city centre is home to plenty of decent mid-range hotels. The circuit is easily accessible and there’s a wealth of shopping, restaurants and nightlife to keep you busy after a day at the track. St Kilda also has a good selection of mid-range hotels and serviced apartments, as does the South Yarra area closer to the track.

Best Western Atlantis Hotel

Located in the western part of the city centre, close to Docklands and just 5 minutes from Southern Cross train station. Features a heated indoor swimming pool. Double rooms from $225 per night. Reserve on

Amity Apartment Hotels

Great location in South Yarra, close to both the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of Chapel Street and within walking distance of the Albert Park circuit. 40m2 studios measuring from $210 per night and one-bed 60m2  apartments from $230 per night. Reserve on

Hotel Ibis, Little Bourke Street

Right in the heart of city centre, the Ibis on Little Bourke Street offers excellent access to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Plenty of trams are nearby to get you to the circuit each day. Double rooms cost approx. $240 per night. Reserve on

Bayview on the Park

This well-rated 4 star hotel  is located right next to the Gate 8 entrance to the circuit! Trams are also nearby to take you to the city centre or St Kilda. Double rooms from $330. Reserve on


Melbourne has no shortage of luxury hotels, with most premium international chains represented in the city, including Marriott, Sofitel, Hyatt and Radisson. Five star hotels rooms are generally priced between $400-800 per night on race weekend. The majority of  Melbourne’s 5-star hotels are located in the city centre or nearby, making them convenient for both access to the circuit and the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer.

Melbourne Marriott Hotel

A trusted international brand with an excellent city centre location. Rooms are very spacious and the hotel features a swimming pool, sauna and fitness centre. Doubles from $470 per night. Reserve on

The Langham Melbourne

Located in the Southbank precinct, just off St Kilda Road (with easy access to Albert Park), the Langham is one of Melbourne’s finest hotels. Double rooms cost approximately $535 per night. Reserve on

Crowne Plaza Hotel

The choice of many F1 teams, the Crowne Plaza is a solid 5-star choice in Melbourne and if you are lucky, you may even run into some of the drivers! A double room will set you back around $500 per night. Reserve on

Crown Towers

In the Southbank precinct next to the Yarra River, this luxury hotel is part of the Crown Entertainment complex which includes a vast casino, cinemas, theatre and bars. Double rooms from $1200 per night. Reserve on

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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