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