Who are we?




noun: apart-hotel

1.   a type of hotel providing self-catering apartments as well as normal hotel facilities.

Welcome to the first blog post by the team at Melbourne City Stays. We thought we’d start by introducing ourselves and what we do here. In the future, we will tell you about promotions, specials, new apartments, upcoming Melbourne events and expos as well as some of Melbourne’s most famous attractions.

We’re a small close-knit team. Based in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling CBD, with many years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industries. Alongside Melbourne City Stays we also run Australian Coastal & Mountain Tours, a luxury private tour company in Melbourne and surrounds. Let us know if you’d like to see the 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road or the penguins at Phillip Island! If you’re interested in a cheeky wine tour out to the Yarra Valley, we can take you there.  Check us out at www.acmtours.com.au

So, who are we?

We are travellers ourselves. We see the world through your eyes. That’s what makes us who we are. We know what you want, and we’re here to provide it.

Peter, the head honcho, started the business way back when... He had an idea, a hobby, a dream. Wanting to provide quality accommodation for travellers to Melbourne. With the convenience of inner city and the comfort of self-contained apartments with kitchens, laundry facilities and en suite bathrooms. Starting with a house at the beach, renting it out to holiday makers, the idea grew, ‘inner city living’. First with one apartment, then due to popularity the hobby became a career. Now, 5 years later, with more than 25 apartments across 5 buildings within walking distance to all of Melbourne greatest attractions. The dream was realised long ago, with the notion of luxury, comfort and convenience continuing. 

Anthony, Started out in the hospitality industry 15 years ago and never looked back. In 2008, he, along with Peter, through a love for travel, exploration and passion to share their adventures, started Australian Coastal and Mountain Tours (ACMT). For the both of them it has been a rewarding journey in the small business world. Anthony’s love for Victoria and Australia makes his job at ACMTours an easy one, creating unique experiences for travellers from all four corners of the world. Anthony’s wife is Canadian, and they spent 7 years living in Montreal, raising their 2 gorgeous kiddies. In 2014, they returned to Australia, Anthony brought with him a new world of experiences that he applied to ACMT, and Melbourne City Stays.

Carolyn, born and bred Melbournian, started out in the industry 10 years ago. While completing her university studies, she’s worked at some of Melbourne’s biggest function centres as well as managing cafes, restaurants and worked in hotels all over the world. After completing her degree, she moved overseas, lived in France, Germany, New Zealand, the UK and Ghana. Over a period of 4 years she spent much of her time overseas working with small businesses, developing their systems and product. Now, back in Melbourne, she’s putting years of hospitality and tourism experience into Melbourne City Stays.

But, why are we here? What is Melbourne City Stays?

Melbourne City stays provides short and long term accommodation to travellers, families and business people alike. Whether you’re after a city view, a balcony or somewhere quiet, I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for with us.

We love the industry and hosting you on your trip to Melbourne is the best part, whether you’re here for a few nights, a week or 3 months, we are here for you. We love to welcome families exploring the city, couples on a weekend break and of course weary business people who are looking for a good night’s rest.

Here at Melbourne City Stays we get the opportunity to meet great people; whether you’re looking for adventure, excitement, culture, or Melbourne’s amazing hospitality, you’ll find it with us.

So, we mentioned convenient locations…

All our apartments are right in the heart of Melbourne CBD, and within the free tram zone. By choosing to stay with us, you are opening yourself up to all of Melbourne; famous Degraves St is less than 5 minutes walk from all our apartments, grab a coffee, some breakfast or a glass of wine, while watching the comings and goings of Melbourne walk by. Venture into the heart of Melbourne’s shopping district; The Emporium, Bourke St Mall, H&M and even DFO South Wharf are all a stones through away. Feel like some dumplings? No problem, wander up Swanston St and you’re in China Town, as easy as that. Headed to Melbourne for the footy? Whether it’s at Etihad or the MCG – follow the crowd, feel the excitement, the atmosphere, you’re just a short tram ride from the action.

And the hospitality that surrounds all our apartments?

We can’t help coming back to the food, Melbourne is the world’s mecca for hospitality! Fancy a Spanish themed weekend trip to Melbourne, no worries, or perhaps a taste of Italy? Japanese or even Middle Eastern? Have a croissant for breakfast, sushi for lunch, perhaps even High Tea from Hopetoun Tea House in the Block Arcade, and then tapas, a burger or award winning steak for dinner; all in the heart of Melbourne; all within a hop, skip and a jump from your apartment.

And back home, in your apartment, fancy a quiet night in? Perhaps a glass of wine and some home cooking? Each of our apartments are within walking distance to Coles and Woolworths, but if you really want to make the most of your time in Melbourne, why not head to The Queen Vic Market, get some amazing cheese and salami, open most days, and a easily accessible, just a quick tram ride up Elizabeth St. And if you’re after a bit of adventure, why not head over to South Melbourne Market? Featuring great local fruit, veg and meat as well as homewares by local designers. Our tip- head out there on a Saturday and grab yourself a doughnut! OMG not to be missed! 

Find out why Melbourne is the most liveable city in the world when you stay with us. We look forward to meeting you, greeting you and welcoming you to our home, Melbourne.