Bag These Beds: 5 Unusual Places to Stay in Melbourne

Melbourne’s quirkiest sleeps


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Tired of the same old conventional hotels? Looking for a more exciting place to rest your head? As one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, Melbourne has plenty to offer in way of quirky accommodation. Below we’ve gathered together the very best unusual stays, from a forest-themed Airbnb to an urban campsite.Β  Β 

1. Converted Church House

Step through the imposing doorway of this converted church to discover one of Melbourne’s quirkiest accommodations. Just a 30 second walk from the bustling Smith Street and close to the CBD, this is an ideal base for sightseeing. While the building retains its old church charm from the street, inside the dΓ©cor is sleek, open plan, and stylish. A fragrant herb-filled terrace provides a relaxing spot to soak up the Melbourne sunshine.
Find it on Airbnb hereΒ 

exterior of the church housePhoto β“’Airbnb

2. NotelΒ 

As the name suggests, Notel is not a hotel in the traditional sense. Six classic Airstream trailers have been shipped over from the USA and lifted up onto the rooftop of a car park to create this innovative sleeping experience. A hidden entrance to the rooftop adds to the theatre, which Notel sees as an integral part of the anti-hotel experience. Each trailer is carefully designed and filled with luxury linens, toiletries, and a free mini bar. A private spa is also available for those who book the exclusive β€˜Airstream with Benefits,’ which overlooks Flinders Lane.
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one of the streamline trailers at Notel

Image Credit: @notelmelbourne

3. St Jerome’sΒ 

Camping may not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for accommodation in Melbourne, but that’s what St Jerome’s provides. Located right in the heart of the CBD, this rooftop campsite offers an urban glamping experience like no other. Astroturf and potted plants sit in contrast to the site’s impressive views over the Myer building. The General Store offers a selection of drinks, while communal bathrooms supply that true campsite experience. Certainly one of Melbourne’s quirkier stays, St Jerome’s swaps sleeping under the stars for city lights.
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the tents at st jeromes

Image Credit: @stjeromesthehotel

4. THOW (Tiny House on Wheels)

Though tiny, this house certainly doesn’t compromise on comfort. A king size bed, large shower, and full kitchen are all packed ingeniously into the space. It also comes with a window made for stargazing, positioned perfectly above the bed, and a small garden for alfresco dining. A short walk to Melbourne’s trams and in touching distance of a number of microbreweries, THOW proves that sometimes the best things do come in small packages.
Find it on Airbnb here

exterior of the tiny house on wheelsPhoto β“’Airbnb

5. Forest Retreat

Hidden within an unassuming building in the CBD, this apartment offers a forest retreat at the heart of the city. Trees, rocks, fake grass and wood-clad coffee tables fill the living room, while there’s a leafy living wall in the bathroom. The cloud-themed bedroom with its statement fluffy light fitting is guaranteed to give you a peaceful sleep on the softest fabrics. Despite its rustic theme this apartment is also fitted with all the mod cons, including a smart TV to put your feet up in front of after a busy day on the town.
Find it on Airbnb here

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