11 Stays For An Inner City Break
Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Thursday, July 20, 2017
Not every escape has to be out to the country. In fact, there are just as many reasons to book a trip to the city as there are to make for the coast or rural regions.
For one, you'll never run out of things to do in the big smoke. From landmarks and events to top-notch restaurants and happening nightlife, you won't have to worry about how to while away the hours. Next up, you have the frenetic energy only a buzzing city can have. So if swapping vineyards for skyscrapers sounds like a tempting option for your next getaway, here are 11 urban stays sure to impress even the most diehard city slicker.
Sky Loft, Sydney
When only the most glamorous getaway will do, Sky Loft in Sydney delivers. This is a pad that impresses; a sub-penthouse that gives guests unbeatable views of the Sydney skyline. Plus chandeliers, slick marble benches, leather lounges and a long balcony – a scenic perch for enjoying a glass of sparkling, or your favourite boutique brew, at the end of the day. Sky Loft has three bedrooms and a chef’s kitchen, making it a luxurious abode for a family on a Sydney sojourn, or a group of friends looking to up the ante on their next weekend away. Head down to ground level and find you are only a few minutes’ walk to cafes, restaurants and boutiques to meander. Being in the heart of Darlinghurst, you are also close to Sydney’s big-name sights.
Honey Apartments, Melbourne
A stay at Honey Apartments in Melbourne is as sweet as the name suggests. The apartments are located in the heart of the CBD, and have been renovated to make the most of the building’s original Art Deco features. There’s no chance of small city-living here, with the two apartments boasting an abundance of natural light and plenty of space. The walls even boast eclectic original artworks, some of which are the owner’s own works. Thanks to this stay's Queens Street perch, you’ll be spoiled for things to do. Crown Casino, Southbank and the Exhibition Centre are an easy walk away or jump on one of Melbourne’s famous trams to reach further afield attractions, restaurants and bars. Return to your apartment after a jam-packed day knowing you're in for a peaceful night’s rest, courtesy of the double-glazing on the windows.
Oxygen Apartments, Brisbane
It doesn’t matter if you’re in Brisbane for business or leisure, because Oxygen Apartments is a go-to for both styles of break. Here, you’re on the doorstep of Brisbane’s CBD, and from the hilltop perch you’re treated to balmy breezes and excellent views. The village green, a landscaped patch with green lawn, a long pool and gently swaying trees, is the scene-stealer. Up next on Oxygen Apartments’ credentials are the apartments themselves. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom options, with every apartment boasting fresh interiors and contemporary style. Add to that private balconies, swanky kitchens and open-plan lounges and you have a place hard to beat.
Library House, Hobart
Find literature, landscapes and luxury at Library House in Hobart. This elegant five-bedroom home delivers on incredible first impressions. The house has been immaculately decorated. A room brimming with books lives up to the property’s name and is sure to have book-lovers jumping for joy. There are plenty of sunny nooks to read in, so grab a book from the collection and settle in for the afternoon. Don’t worry about leaving your travelling companions high and dry, because they’ll have plenty of space to stretch out in the living rooms and media room. The home sits in West Hobart and is a short drive to the CBD and Salamanca Wharf.
Skytower Sea Views, Darwin
All Darwin has to offer is at your fingertips when you stay at Skytower Sea Views. The apartment sits on the 14th floor, and it’s this elevated position that gives this stay one of its biggest drawcards: those views. Incredible vistas of Darwin and the bay greet guests from the second you step inside. A wrap-around balcony means the outlook can be enjoyed from any angle. The inside of the apartment won’t disappoint either. The interiors are fresh, white and clean with splashes of blues and teal that match the waters beyond. With its three bedrooms and open-plan design, Skytower Sea Towers is suited to families and groups of friends.
Hackney Stables, Adelaide
Exploring all Adelaide has to offer is made even easier when sights and attractions are within walking distance. Enter Hackney Stables, a recently refurbished dwelling that sits on the fringe of central Adelaide. Behind its cladded exterior, Hackney Stables is Scandi-sleek in its design with a cool white palette, grey-toned furnishings and white-blonde timbers. Three bedrooms are superbly styled, and the lovely courtyard makes a tempting perch to savour morning coffees when the sun is shining. When you are sufficiently caffeinated, hit the pavement to seek out Botanic Park, the National Wine Centre, Rundle Mall or Adelaide Central Market.
Patersonia Cottage, Launceston
A compact-yet-chic hideaway, Patersonia is just the right size for a group of four looking to discover Launceston, in Tasmania’s north. With two bedrooms, two living spaces and a neat, modern kitchen, Patersonia is a convenient base for those in town for a short or long stay. The timber-decked courtyard is a standout and will be a natural go-to for dining alfresco, reading a book or cheersing with a bottle you picked up from the nearby Tamar Valley. The cottage is tucked down a narrow street, and it is a 20-minute walk into Launceston’s centre
Victoria Villa, Perth
Victoria Villa caters to those travellers who love being close to the buzz of a city’s centre, but also savour the peace and quiet a more suburban setting has. From this townhouse’s front door, the core of Perth is only 10 minutes’ away by car. The banks of Swan River are also within walking distance, as are cafes and restaurants. The two-storey pad has three bedrooms; the master has the run of the upstairs along with an ensuite. The additional two bedrooms, plus a bathroom, are found on the lower level. This floorplan could suit travelling families: parents upstairs, kids downstairs. A self-contained kitchen and paved courtyard complete Victoria Villa’s appeal.
Short Stay Apartments on Whiteman, Melbourne
What could be more urban than escaping to a high-rise apartment in the epicentre of Australia’s most exciting cities? Melbourne Short Stay Apartments On Whiteman is just that. On Whiteman delivers both spectacular skyline views and a collection of creature comforts. There are studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments available, so there’s something to suit every need. Every apartment even has its own balcony. The contemporary spaces feature an open-plan living area, plus well-equipped kitchens perfect for whipping up a quick breakfast. It wouldn’t be a true Melbourne experience without visiting some of the city’s top cafés, patisseries and restaurants, and a stay at On Whiteman means you’re close to all three. Don’t worry about overindulging though, because you’ll have access to On Whiteman’s gym and pool.
Balmain Boutique Apartment, Sydney
Balmain Boutique Apartment delivers on both exclusivity and privacy – a definite perk when you’re escaping to a metropolis like Sydney. The apartment is tucked away in the garden of a historic sandstone home and has excellent city views. Guests are treated an off-street car park and a private entrance, and are welcome to use the swimming pool and wander the garden. The apartment has one elegant queen bedroom, a cosy lounge-dining area and a smattering of antiques and art. There’s a modern kitchen too, perfect for catering to romantic nights spent curled up on the couch. Be sure to make time for exploring Balmain. This historic harbourside enclave is home to narrow streets, excellent shopping and excellent eateries.
Thorn Park In The City, Adelaide
This two-storey townhouse is tucked just behind Adelaide’s famous Hutt Street, and has a handy location that means walking to Rundle Mall, Central Market and the city’s arts precinct is a cinch. Thorn Park in the City is a one-bedroom stay that comes decked out with comfortable furnishings and a modern style. Adelaide has an excellent (and burgeoning) dining scene, so you could easily eat out every night. Those keen for home-cooked comforts and an evening in can flex their own culinary muscles in the excellent kitchen