Where to stay for the 2021 Australian Grand Prix

The best accommodation in Melbourne with easy access to the Albert Park circuit for the 2021 Australian Grand Prix on November 18-21.


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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. On the plus side, the Australian dollar has fallen against international currencies over the past few years, making prices more attractive for foreign visitors. Melbourne has also embraced Airbnb and there is a wide selection of rooms and apartments for rent on Grand Prix weekend. For the best deals and highest-rated accommodation, we recommend booking well in advance.

Where to stay for the Australian Grand Prix?

  • Melbourne CBD: The city centre has a huge supply of good hotels and is really well connected to the circuit via free trams.
  • Southbank: Next to the Yarra River across from the CBD, Southbank has restaurants and nightlife, including Crown Casino. Also close to the circuit.
  • St Kilda: Melbourne’s oldest beachside suburb is close to the circuit and has a great selection of restaurants and nightlife. Free trams to the circuit on race weekend.
  • South Yarra: An upmarket area very close to the track, South Yarra has a good supply of apartments and hotel rooms.

Budget Accommodation for the Australian Grand Prix

Melbourne has a wide selection of backpacker hostels, most of which are located in the center 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, you’ll pay around $80 per night for a private 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 YHA

A popular budget hostel in the center with a cool rooftop terrace. A single bed in a dormitory room costs less than $50 per night on Grand Prix weekend.

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 around $40 AUD per night.

Comfort Hotel East Melbourne

Within walking distance of the city centre and plenty of hip restaurants, this well-rated hotel is also close to public transport. Double rooms  from $135 per night.

Mid-Range Accommodation for the Australian Grand Prix

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.

Great Southern

Well-rated hotel within the CBD, walking distance from major sights and trams to Albert Park. Doubles from just under $175 per night on GP weekend.

Ibis Little Bourke St

Right in the heart of the city center with excellent access to shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Plenty of trams nearby to get you to the circuit. Doubles from $175 per night.

Amity South Yarra

Great location in South Yarra, close to both the shopping, restaurants and nightlife of Chapel Street and within walking distance of the circuit. Spacious 40m2 studios from $230 per night.

Luxury Accomodation for the Australian Grand Prix

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 center or nearby, making them convenient for both access to the circuit and the best shopping, restaurants and nightlife the city has to offer.

Mantra St Kilda Road

Modern, luxury aparthotel just across the road from the Albert Park circuit! Studios with balcony, kitchenette and aircon from $380 per night. Larger apartments with 1-3 bedrooms also available.

Melbourne Marriott

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 $490 per night.

The Westin

Located on prestigious Collins Street in the heart of the city centre, The Westin offers all of the benefits of a trusted 5-star international hotel brand. Double rooms from $550 per night.

Grand Hyatt

Located on one of Melbourne’s premier shopping and business streets, the 5-star Grand Hyatt is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and Federation Square. Doubles from $550 per night.

The Langham

One of Melbourne’s finest 5-star hotels, The Langham has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment. Located next to the Yarra River in Southbank. Double rooms from $625 per night.

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, theaters and bars. Double rooms from $1200 per night.

Where do you recommend staying in Melbourne? Leave a comment below!

1 thought on “Where to stay for the 2021 Australian Grand Prix”

  1. Mirko Naidofski

    I have stayed at the Art Series “The Blackman” for the past 3 years and found it a very comfortable hotel. A bit pricey around $250 to $300 a night for 2 adults & a child.

    The hotel has paid car parking but after lunch Saturday & all day Sunday the parking is free on the street, but beware the local council’s employee of the month will pounce immediately after 8:30 am Monday morning if you are still there!

    Its walking distance to the track but pretty close to the northern end of the park so it is a long walk but doable as it is flat

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