City Staycation

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When you feel like a getaway but need to stay within your own state, why not book accommodation in the Central business district of Melbourne.
We looked online to find many deals and promotions and decided to stay at Peppers Shadowplay apartments. Taking our two children in tow, an apartment gives us the space we need as a family.


Brilliantly clean, neat & new. The “kids” room included two single beds and beautiful floor to ceiling windows wrapping around a curved wall. Clearly that got the tick of approval.
Our bedroom was tight with double bed and small ensuite. Also included was a generous size kitchenette facilities, three TVs & comfy lounge with meals area. We were out for most of the days so hardly stayed in the room.
The hotel features, pool, gymnasium, library/lounge and restaurant.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we had to book a time slot to use any of these facilities. The pool has a fantastic views & outdoors.
Sadly at 5pm when we could get a booking, no sunshine, I kind of feel it is on the wrong side of the building?. The narrow pool is gently heated, and the kids loved it. Also note pool is closed between 3-5pm daily for cleaning.


Not great signage, so you can easily drive past this one. No car park on site, however, they offer valet for $45 a day or park around the corner at Crown for $10 a day (which is what we did & suggested by reception which was nice of them). We walked everywhere from here as a central base. Alternatively Uber in and around if you have young children.


As always there is lots to see and do in the city of Melbourne.
We saw the amazing and free Triennial exhibition at NGV (book a time online), the Pixar putting greens and the stunning State Library for the first time.
I didn’t rate Imaginaria at district Docklands, an expensive and short activity. It’s basically a few glow in the dark rooms .
It had been a long time since we had walked along the Yarra River, and let’s just say the kids were thrilled to see the fireball towers at Crown casino so close in the evening. You forget how impressive these are.

In regards to dining and due to limited numbers with seating, I would highly recommend booking dinner in advance to avoid disappointment. We enjoyed Gradi at crown, (I can never go wrong with serving my kids pizza ) but the highlight for me was the delicious dinner at Maha . It had been on my hit list for so long. The middle eastern flavours were sensational and the service exceptional.

We had a wonderful stay, clocked up those steps each day and ate till our tummies were full. How nice it is to be Melburnians back in our city.

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Please note this staycation was in no way sponsored or gifted, just my opinion & highlights.

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