SmartStay is a clean, efficiency-styled property offering you convenience and comfort while in Melbourne. Our sophisticated swipe card security system gives you 24-hour access and the freedom to come and go as you please... as well as the peace of mind that your belongings are safe when you’re out and about. With trains and trams at our doorstep, Melbourne is a breeze to negotiate. Not only are we close to numerous sporting and entertainment venues and vibrant shopping centres, but we’re minutes away from major hospitals too.
Out and about in CHAPEL STREET
Chapel Street is a marvellous mix of fashion, food and frivolity.
Shop until you drop, browsing from a range of high-end designer boutiques to quirky second-hand shops. Whether you’re looking for cutting edge fashion, or vintage retro, you’re sure to find it not far from home!
And when you’re all shopped out, swing into a local eatery and let Chapel Street’s multicultural delights tempt you. Our local cafes ooze charm and character. Take your pick from Italian, Spanish, Greek, Chinese, French, South-East Asian, Middle Eastern – the range is truly cosmopolitan. Al fresco dining all year round, with space to kick back and enjoy a beer or a coffee and watch the world go by.
Once the sun goes down, Chapel Street teems with nightlife. There are pubs and clubs and bars to suit all tastes. Sing along to ‘Danny Boy’ at an Irish pub, dress to impress in the more intimate surrounds of a small, chic bar, or dance the night away at a local clubs!
Maybe you just want a quiet evening, to take in a movie. SmartStay is a hop, skip and a jump away from the Astor Theatre, an Art Deco treasure from a bygone era. Famous for showing movies of all genres, from all periods, the Astor’s huge program features everything from cult classics to obscure art house masterpieces.
Or if you just fancy the latest big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, the Jam Factory cinema complex is just down Chapel Street in South Yarra.
Chapel Street has everything you could possibly ask for... and more. Its cosmopolitan style and urbanity will inspire and enthuse and entertain you.
We are close to... ST. KILDA
SmartStay is a short walk away from Melbourne's most famous seaside suburb: St Kilda.
St Kilda, home of colourful characters and bohemian life. Cafes and restaurants there have a unique edge, some with a unique history.
The renowned continental cake shops in Acland Street reflect a European/ Jewish history and specialise in classic babka, kugelhof, and poppy-seed cakes. Many of St Kilda’s restaurants display the works of local artists and retain strong links to a creative past. Mirka at Tolarno in Fitzroy Street pays homage to Melbourne artist Mirka Mora. There you can dine, watched closely by winged cherubs and mythically-inspired creatures looking down upon you.
Sunday in St Kilda is market day on St Kilda’s Upper Esplanade, with all types of arts and craft on display and for sale. Handmade jewellery, bags, scarves, pottery and ceramics, wrought-iron pieces and original artwork are just some of the items to be found. A trinket to take home is a must!
While you’re in St Kilda, a visit to Luna Park, the historic amusement park that opened in 1912, should not be missed. The smiling face of Mr Moon is a St Kilda icon, and the Scenic Railway the oldest continuously operating roller coaster in the world!
St Kilda is also known for its great live music venues. The Esplanade Hotel, affectionately known as "The Espy", has a strong history of live entertainment. The Prince of Wales Hotel, aka "The Prince", and The Palais Theatre both play host to a large line-up of local and international bands.
St Kilda is a magnet for the creative, the bohemian and the different. A wonderful mix of laid-back lifestyle and beachside suburb. A must-see for any visitor to Melbourne.
Melbourne is the multicultural capital of Australia. The city’s heart pulses with stylish cafes and restaurants, vibrant shopping precincts, museums and art galleries. Public spaces pay homage to the artistic and theatrical passions of Melbournians, with street art and performers lining the pavements, and gathering-places like Federation Square playing host to public displays, performances, speeches and screenings of international events.
Melbourne's laneways have been transformed from forgotten to foremost, with modern and European-inspired cafes and bars tucked into ornate arcades and basements. Galleries and shops displaying the cutting-edge styles of young designers and visual artists can be found interwoven throughout.
Vibrant shopping centres can be found throughout the city. Waterfront precincts like Southbank and Docklands are home to Yarra River cruises, outdoor cafes and lively entertainment.
A stroll or cruise along the Yarra River provides impressive views of the city skyline including the Eureka Tower, currently the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere, and the distinctive Arts Centre tower.
The art galleries and museums in Melbourne are host to world class exhibitions and impressive collections. The lan Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Federation Square is a public gallery dedicated to showcasing only Indigenous and Australian art, and has almost 25,000 works in its collection. Visitors to Melbourne should include a visit to this cultural gallery, even if they're not art enthusiasts.
As Australia’s sporting capital, Melbourne hosts international sporting events like the Australian Tennis Open, Test Match Cricket at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, rugby and soccer at AAMI Park, and the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park. Melbourne is also the home of Australian Rules Football, a local Victorian sport that has expanded to become a national obsession.
And how can we not mention The Melbourne Cup each November, a world-class horseracing event that attracts competitors and punters from across the globe. Melbourne is reputed to be the only place in the world where everything stops for a horse race.
Many make the annual pilgrimage to Flemington racecourse in their finest clothes with full wallets to drink champagne and toast their winnings!
The staff at SmartStay have extensive local knowledge and will be able to advise you on some of your travel destinations and book any local tours or activities for you. We are committed to ensuring your stay is the best it can be.