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GERTRUDE STREET FITZROY - with its multitude of cafes, bars, pubs, boutiques, restaurants & art galleries you never need to leave Fitzroy!
But if for some reason you decide to, the city is a short, pretty stroll away or just jump on a tram at the end of our road and you're there in no time. Carlton is just on the other side of one park, Richmond on the other side of another park, so you can walk to the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, etc.
I have 2 rooms available - the other listing is http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/72576 -
and this listing is for our room on the ground floor of my large 3 level home just off the wonderful Gertrude Street.
This is an excellent spot for guests in Melbourne for a short time who want to live like a local. Or for those lucky folk who are moving to Melbourne (nice choice!) it's a great landing pad while you look for something permanent.
Located in between action-packed Brunswick and Smith Streets, this is a fantastic, diverse area full of great cafes, restaurants, wonderful local pubs, art galleries, parks, live music venues, decent architecture and the Melbourne Museum. The beloved #86 tram ('tramily') and #112 are just at the end of the road.
All only minutes walk away are:
CAFES - Sonido, De Clieu, Arcadia, Birdman, Enoteca, Rosamond, La Niche, Storm In A Teacup, Grub, etc...
PUBS - The Napier, The Union, Workers Club, Builders Arms, The Gertrude, Grace Darling etc...
BARS - Radio, Brown Couch, Southpaw, Alia, YahYahs, Mr Wow's etc...
COCKTAIL BARS - The Everleigh, The Elk Room, Dirty Secrets, Black Pearl, etc...
RESTAURANTS - Moon Under Water, Belle's Diner, Anada, Ladro, Charcoal Lane, Cutler & Co etc...
VINTAGE STORES - Lost & Found Market, 84 Smith Street, Smith Street Bazaar, Vintage Garage, Nook, Used etc...
BOUTIQUES - Obus, Edgely, Akira, Left, NomD, Bruce, Signet Beaureau, Handsome, etc...
GALLERIES - 200 Gertrude, Dianne Tanzer, Seventh, Australian Galleries, Print Workshop, Charles Smith Galleries etc...
VINYL - Title Books & Records, The Searcher, Northside, etc
HAIR//TATOOS- Barbarella, Biba, Dr Follicles, Rosie & Claire, Cherry, Tattoo Magic, etc...
SPECIALTY STORES: Aesop, Crumpler Bags, Smart Alec, Books for Cooks, Spacecraft Design, Shop Sui, Rose Chong Costumes, Little Salon, Cottage Industry, Metal Couture, etc...
the list goes on ... and on....and on...
The house has all the mod cons mixed in with vintage collectables. And rare in Melbourne in that it is very light and bright.
You are welcome to help yourself to the kitchen on Level 2 which has organic breads & muffins from our local Fatto A Mano organic bakery. If you want to cook there are organic oils & herbs etc to get you started and plenty of cupboard & fridge space.
Breakfast - help yourself to the OJ, muffins, organic breads, yummy spreads & fair-trade teas ... the coffee on our doorstep is too good to justify keeping coffee in the house (seriously, there is no coffee in the house). Melbourne's 'The Age' newspaper is delivered every morning.
As I Airbnb a room on the top floor of the house too so you might see me, or other guests, in the kitchen or elsewhere on Level 2.
Your room has a super comfy queen bed, desk (wifi is throughout the house) and dvd player (help yourself to the dvds upstairs). You have your own private toilet and you & I share the bathroom down the hallway as my rooms are also on the ground floor.
There is organic shampoo/conditioner/body wash in the bathrooms, please help yourself. Ladies, yes there is an excellent hairdryer, hot rollers etc.
FROM THE AIRPORT - I recommend "StarBus Airport Shuttle" - door to door service from 5am till 7pm, 7 days. Cut and paste StarBus Airport Shuttle into your search engine for more info. Or a taxi for approx $55 is the fastest.
Needless to say, I love it here, you will too!
Smoking: strictly outside-outside with the doors closed please :)
My friend and I recently visited Melbourne and had a wonderful time, which wouldn't have been the same if we hadn't stayed with Ramona. She was a perfect host; making us feel welcome and taking an interest in our itinerary, yet encouraging us to get out and see Melbourne! She went above and beyond for us - recommending must see places, offering her wisdom on anything we asked, and even booking in a reservation at a highly-sought after restaurant, when we ourselves couldn't secure a booking.
Her personality aside, the accommodation was absolutely charming. The place is filled with welcoming natural light, has its own unique decor, and has every thing you could ever need. I had a better sleep at Ramona's then I do in my own bed!
The location of house ended up being perfect for us too - located in probably the more artsy district of Melbourne, we were surrounded by fantastic shopping (including op-shops), bars, and amazing eateries.
Although only staying with her for three nights, I feel like I know Ramona quite well and would highly recommend any one stay with her. I wouldn't even consider staying anywhere else for my future Melbourne trips.
Great location. Great host. Awesome time!
Fabulous fitzroy gorgeous Gertrude states it all. Ramona's accommodation was fabulous in every sense. The room was exceptionally well equipped. The little extras made it such a beautiful experience. Beautiful flowers in the room a bath robe and smoke towels. The organic body was and shampoo something was a delightful surprise. The living area so warm and welcoming. So much space and the organic bread juice tea and soy milk for breakfast more than I could have ever asked for. I absolutely loved Ramona's accommodation and cannot recommend it more highly. I already look forward to returning again. Ramona was so incredibly helpful and keeps an impeccable place that was so warm and homely to come back to .
This was the perfect place to stay during my time in Melbourne! Ramona's home is right in the heart of Fitzroy (the best neighborhood, in my opinion!) within a short walking distance of all the best cafes in the city. The place is lovely, full of wonderful vintage details and little extras that made it a truly special place to call home for a few nights. Ramona is a very attentive host and made sure I found my way there easily, and even helped call me a cab upon departure! My room was as described and very comfortable. Highly recommend staying here!
Ramona Audrey is probably the best host, after over 50 rentals(mostly in Europe and NYC) I have ever had!! She is gracious and willing to help with any information the guest needs. She provides detailed arrival instructions (even a preferred, more convenient airport shuttle (Starbus v. Skybus) to her flat) and agreeable house rules, so there are no surprises for either party. The flat is modern, spotless, and efficient, and use of kitchen is permitted. She provides wonderful artisan breads, teas and juices for breakfast. The decorations, from the 1920-30s are arranged in an artful mode, make the flat most hospitable and relaxing. Her area of Fitzroy is also of that era and gentrified, with many restaurants, shops and pubs, with convenient tram service to all ares of Melbourne. Audrey provided updated information during my 9 night stay of other guests' arrivals/departures, and they were all well mannered.
I have been to Melbourne 4 times for the Australian F1 race (a great event) and I am hopeful when I return in 2015 Audrey will again accept me as a guest. I have complete confidence in her abilities and recognize the care with which she maintains her flat, even more so that I do not have to search for an alternative. Audrey is a great example of what a good host should be.
Ramona is an excellent host, and her place is lovely, and is walking distance to everything. I can't recommend it highly enough
Ramona's apartment is beautiful and very big, especially the two terraces are great. We felt at home right away. The apartment is located in a quiet street in the trendy Fitzroy area, right next to Gertrude, Brunswick and Smith Street. Ramona is a lovely host and we had a great time - much better than if we would have gone into a hotel.
Ramona has thought of everything, folks! You will not regret your stay in Fitzroy, and you'll want to come back again & again!
Thank you Ramona for an awesome stay! The location is prime within Melbourne with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants. On top Ramona is extremely helpful and knows the best spots by heart. It was both entertaining and really great to explore the area.
The house is really nice, beautiful in the morning and evening, great space. Next time I would go ahead and book the larger room even.
Staying at Ramona's is a real pleasure.
Ramona is an excellent host. She is considerate, eco-conscious, friendly and always happy to offer advice. The room and house reflect those values and is stylishly decorated.
The room is nice and comfortable. It is well decorated and has a little bureau of local information should you need it.
Next time I would like to try out the third floor room (in a separate listing) - we had terrible jetlag and would probably have liked a separate bathroom so that we didn't feel like we would wake anyone up in the night.
The house is in a great location for experiencing the hippest shopping hub in the city, Gertrude Street and Brunswick Street so if you love good food and interesting fashion and homeware boutiques you're in luck. It's also well connected by tram so getting into town is also easy.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.