The best accommodation near the MCG

By Dacia Thai,

Looking for a place to crash after screaming your lungs out at the footy? While there are plenty of beautiful hotels in Melbourne’s CBD, wouldn’t it be even better if you could just, like, roll into bed, by staying in accommodation near the MCG? Well look no further, because we’ve found the best accommodation options to recover in after that big event at the G.

Quest East Melbourne

Distance from the MCG: 300m (3 minutes on foot)

Stroll home during cricket season to the super-close and convenient Quest East Melbourne. The hotel takes the mark for location – it’s located directly opposite the MCG and is within walking distance of Melbourne Park, Hisense Arena and the AAMI stadium.

The serviced apartment is great for those looking for practical accommodation, with kitchenette facilities, free Wi-Fi and iPod docking stations. The studio-style apartment also boasts a stylish interior with art deco décor, as well as access to a rooftop garden with stunning views of Melbourne’s skyline and surrounding parklands – great for a beer in the late afternoon sun.

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Mantra on Jolimont

Distance from the MCG: 400m (5 minutes on foot)

The Mantra on Jolimont is also just a hop and a skip away from Melbourne Park, the Holden Centre and Rod Laver Arena – just the thing for keen tennis fans heading to the Australian Open, or concert-goers seeing a gig at Hisense Arena.

The serviced apartments are well-suited to solo travellers and groups, with anything from self-contained studio rooms to two-bedroom apartments available. It’s great for budget travellers who prefer to dine in, as a number of rooms contain a separate kitchen and dining area. On top of that, you can make use of the apartment’s outdoor heated pool and spa, gym and onsite restaurant.

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Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel

Distance from the MCG: 1km (14 minutes on foot)

Melbourne is all about cobbled laneways, creativity and hidden bars… we could go on forever, but first let’s talk about the heritage-listed Hotel Lindrum. The medium-sized boutique hotel is the epitome of Melburnian living, combining modern design and contemporary facilities. It’s not just a place to sleep, but also a retreat to sip whiskey or challenge your best mate to a game of billiards.

The rooms were recently refurbished by interior stylist Bate Smart Achitects, and now feature new bespoke bedheads, commissioned Melbourne artwork and design furniture by Tigger Hall Design. There’s also a gourmet minibar as well as high-quality bathroom amenities supplied by Appelles Apothocary.

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Pullman Melbourne on the Park

Distance from the MCG: 450m (5 minutes on foot)

For those who want a bit more luxury, the Pullman Melbourne on the Park is a five-star, polished retreat for those looking to live it up in one of Melbourne’s most iconic hotels. Overlooking the MCG, Melbourne Park and the lush Fitzroy Gardens, the hotel not only delivers stunning views, but it’s also within a roll-into-bed distance from the G.

If you can’t get a ticket to one of the fixtures, the Pullman opens its Match Day Bar on game days – so if you’ve come down from Brisbane to watch the Lions, you can chill with an ice-cold beer and still hear the roar of the crowd. And if your team wins, make sure to swing by the Park Lounge to celebrate with a drink or two. The hotel’s Gallery Restaurant also offers a gourmet breakfast buffet just in case you need to kill that hangover!

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Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Distance from the MCG: 1.3km (16 minutes on foot)

The Sofitel Melbourne is close to the CBD and also boasts easy access to Etihad Stadium and Rod Laver Arena. Standing on the tree-lined Collins Street, the five-star hotel boasts sweeping views of skyscrapers, parklands and churches. You can enjoy the sights from the privacy of your room, or alternatively, you can soak up the panorama at the Club Sofitel Lounge. The Atrium Bar on 35 also leaves little to be desired, serving the best Champagne, fines wines and boutique beers from underneath a mirrored fifteen-floor canopy.

Each room is furnished in neutral tones and rich textures. By day, the rooms are bright and airy thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, while by night, guests can get creative with the mood-lighting features. Step into the marble bathrooms for an extra touch of luxury – complete with French toiletries.

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Quest Jolimont

Distance from the MCG: 500m (6 minutes on foot)

The Quest Jolimont straddles Melbourne’s entertainment & sporting district and the CBD, with Flinders Street just a short walk away. Located in the leafy surrounds of East Melbourne, the serviced apartment is also close to the Fitzroy Gardens – should you fancy a morning run.

As well as offering fully-furnished and spacious apartments, the Quest Jolimont also comes with impeccable personalised service, such as breakfast baskets, pantry shopping and valet dry cleaning. The staff can even help you organise your tickets to shows, packages, car rentals and airport services.

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Abelour Court

Distance from the MCG: 1.2km (15 minutes on foot)

Abelour Court is well-suited to large groups, with each of the bright and spacious apartments sleeping up to four or six people – so if you’ve got a bunch of mates or a large family heading to this year’s AFL Grand Final this is the perfect spot for you. Some rooms are even provided with a private courtyard or balcony, perfect for enjoying a tranquil sunset view and cracking a few beers before a game.

Colourful accents, timber flooring and Italian tiles ensure no personality is lost in the interior design, whilst the separate bedrooms and full kitchens provide the practicality and privacy for every large group.

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Adara Richmond

Distance from the MCG: 1.1km (14 minutes on foot)

Adara Richmond is the epitome of stylish inner-city living and is ideally set up for pre-drinks with friends before seeing your favourite local or international acts perform at The Corner Hotel. Located in the heart of Richmond Tigers’ territory on one of Melbourne’s major shopping streets, the serviced apartment is a great place to stay for footy fans, fashion addicts and coffee lovers – just look out for all the clothing factory outlets and craft beer bars. Added to that, the MCG is just a five-minute tram ride away.

The rooms are clean, spacious and modern, with contrasting colours and splashes of reds and blues bringing the space to life. The one-bedroom apartment sleeps up to three people and features a fully-equipped kitchen, a washer and dryer, and an open plan living area. To make the most of your stay, why not ask the staff to arrange your pantry shopping – it’s one less thing to worry about if you party a little too hard post game!

Hungover after the footy? No worries – all you need to do is pop down to Fifty Acres. The café is just around the corner and it does a fantastic brunch and unique coffee blends. We recommend the breakfast burrito for a hearty start to your day.

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Albert Heights Serviced Apartments

Distance from the MCG: 1.1km (14 minutes on foot)

If you’re looking for accommodation close to Melbourne’s CBD and the sporting arenas, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments is an absolute gem – traipse through Fitzroy Gardens for access to the CBD, or simply stroll alongside the park via Clarendon Street to reach the MCG or Rod Laver Arena. It’s far enough south that you won’t be running into Carlton fans, but we can’t promise that Collingwood fans won’t be thick on the ground.

The apartments are affordable and are great for families or large groups of friends. Rooms vary from fully-appointed one-bedroom units to deluxe two-bedroom units, and are all spacious enough to relax, cook, or catch up on work emails.

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Stuck for a good breakfast? Why not check out Square and Compass – the sleek and airy café do a refreshingly healthy fare. Try the eggs benedict with apple cider hollandaise for an adventurous twist on the classic weekend favourite.

So whether you’re cheering for the Geelong Cats or the Fremantle Dockers, we hope you’ve found a decent place to crash during the game!

Where’s your favourite place to stay around the MCG? Let us know below!