About this listing
Awarded one of Australia's top hosts by Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and key shareholder Ashton Kutcher in 2011, I have always prided myself on value, communication and comfort. I am Melbourne's longest-running host, and go out of my way to make sure everything's seamless.
This apartment has charm, style and everything you'd need for a fantastic stay, whether it's for business, leisure or a romantic getaway. Our cosy little flat has hosted 400+ people from all over the world and absolutely loved it!
100% of proceeds from this Airbnb listing go towards the running of the charity that I founded in 2013. So you can feel like a hero and stay at Melbourne's longest-running Airbnb at the same time!
** DISCOUNTED RATES BETWEEN 15 FEB - 12 MARCH 2016 **
With the CBD just 3km away (either a short tram trip, bike ride or lovely half-hour walk), Richmond is the best place to experience Melbourne.
The apartment is surrounded by cafes, restaurant and shopping strips (Bridge Road, Swan Street, Victoria Street), shops, boutiques, bars and pubs. Full of natural light, in a very well-maintained building, the apartment is filled with classic antique and vintage pieces.
The guest room is bright and well-furnished, and guests are provided with towels and locally-made organic soaps. We have lots of local guide books, booklets and maps. I'm a public transportation guru, so I can answer any questions re getting around - just shoot me an email!
There's kitchen cupboard space for guests who want to do some of their own cooking, and you're welcome to my impressive array of condiments.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Guests have access to:
- unlimited wifi
- tea/coffee/sugar/milk/Vegemite etc
- kitchen and laundry facilities (Global kitchen knives, Analon cookware)
- hairdryer and straightener in the top drawer of your Art Deco dresser
Interaction with Guests
I will be contactable immediately (via phone or email) if need be, but the space is very self-explanatory. I have a local contact if I'm out of the country for any urgent issues (but with over 400 guests and no problems, I like my odds!).
Bridge Road (once famous for discount shopping, now known more for cafes and restaurants) is literally at the doorstep, then Victoria Street ('Little Saigon' - the best Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine outside of Asia) is just a few blocks away, as is Swan Street (the grungier side of Richmond with great pubs, cool bars, live gigs and sports fans from the MCG). The three strips are parallel - needless to say we have loads of great places to recommend - check out the Guidebook in the profile.
Supermarkets, convenience stores, delis, chemists, specialty produce shops, liquor stores are scattered all throughout the vicinity.
Opposite the famous Melbourne Cricket Ground is AAMI Park, the Melbourne Tennis Centre and Olympic Park - hosting almost every sport you can imagine between them.
There are two tram lines right outside the apartment on Bridge Road, both of which take you directly into the city. Extremely conveniently, the #48 tram will take you to/from the Melbourne Airport shuttle (SkyBus) and the #75 to Etihad stadium.
I'm a walker, myself, and on a sunny day prefer to stroll into the city - virtually a straight line down Bridge Road, past the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground, through the beautiful Fitzroy Gardens (home to the famous Fairy Tree, Captain Cook's Cottage and a gorgeous, free, Conservatory). It takes about 30-40 mins but is an excellent way to see Melbourne.
The tram to St Kilda (which goes along the entirety of renowned shopper's delight Chapel Street) stops a 5-minute walk from our door, and the very cool Fitzroy and Collingwood neighbourhoods are just the other side of Victoria Street - a few kms away. That's where you'll find an abundance of galleries, cafes, artists haunts and the amazing Abbotsford Convent (yoga, vegetarian social experimental restaurant, markets, outdoor cinema, beautiful gardens and the animals from the next-door Collingwood Children's Farm). All about a 30 min walk around the river, which is a lovely way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening.
Other Things to Note
Good Apps to download are:
* The Thousands and/or Broadsheet
(and obviously G**gle Maps if you haven't already!)
The place isn't really child-friendly, so children - as much as we love them - aren't able to stay.
The hot water system is smaller than that of a house, as it's an apartment. Be aware that if you have a full bore water pressure shower, the hot water will probably only last 10 minutes, which should be more than enough. Water restrictions have been very strict in Melbourne over the past decade but I would hope that my kind of guests are conscientious of water wastage regardless!
All we ask is that you respect our home, as you would expect of visitors in your own home. Easy.
Also; if you're going to eat whilst in the apartment, please don't do it in the bedroom (especially on the bed). There's a dining table that's perfect for eating at!