Très Charming in Fabulous Richmond
Très Charming in Fabulous Richmond
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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I am Melbourne's longest-running host, and go out of my way to make sure each booking is seamless - I pride myself on value, communication and comfort. Quality linen, beautiful furniture and in an excellent location. This apartment has charm, style and everything you'd need for a fantastic stay, whether it's for business, leisure or a romantic getaway. This cosy little flat has hosted 500+ people from all over the world and absolutely loved it!

The space

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 original Airbnb at the same time!

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.

There's kitchen cupboard space for guests who want to do some of their own cooking, and you're welcome to our impressive array of condiments.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Guest access

- courtyard
- unlimited wifi
- tea/coffee/sugar/milk/Vegemite etc
- kitchen and laundry facilities (Global kitchen knives, Analon cookware)
- hairdryer

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 500 guests and no problems, I like my odds!).

Other things to note

Good Apps to download are:
* TramTracker
* Zomato
(and obviously G**gle Maps if you haven't already!)

Business travel
This listing has essential business travel amenities.

Wireless Internet
Buzzer/wireless intercom

Cleaning Fee $41
Security Deposit $162
Weekly Discount: 11%
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is flexible
Self check-in with lockbox

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!


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

5 nights minimum stay.
From Jan 7 - 10, 2018 the minimum stay is 3 nights.

175 Reviews

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Summer User Profile
July 2017
Loren is awesome. Hands down one of the best places we have stayed in. The home is exactly our vibe, very quirky, artsy, comfortable, close to public transit, shops, restaurants, and close to central Melbourne. The internet works fast. They even left some eggs and food for us in their fridge. Great communication. We absolutely fell in love with their home. Really a gem find, you won't regret staying in their home!

Helena User Profile
January 2016
My boyfriend and I stayed at Loren's and loved it! The apartment has a sweet, quirky vibe and is located a block away from Bridge St, which has everything you might need. Loren was very easy to communicate with before and during our stay and provided useful instructions on how to use the place. Use of the full kitchen and washing machine was great, the shower and WiFi worked well, and the building complex and neighborhood felt safe. Would definitely stay here again!

Josh User Profile
October 2013
Loren rocked our socks off. Super energetic, witty, and a great help to a couple travelers looking to make their home in Melbourne for a year. She knows a ton about the city and has well deserved her 100+ reviews. Bed is really comfortable, WiFi works fine, and plenty of hot water. And the location can't be beat. Right off Bridge Rd...which is jam packed with cafes and restaurants. A stone's throw from Victoria with more Vietnamese than you can imagine. And trams are 2 min walk away...which take you right into the city and all points imaginable. Seriously, stay here.

Michael User Profile
October 2013
Loved it!!! Honestly, perfect location, perfect host, perfect room, everything was perfect! Loren made sure we had everything we needed, and gave us the perfect tips on where to go and what to see. She's an amazing person, and we loved getting the chance to talk with her over a bottle of wine. Count yourself lucky if she can spare a minute or two while you're there. As for the room, it's exactly as advertised. Plenty of parking right out front, easy access to the tram lines, walking distance to everything, and really close to an awesome breakfast spot, Gypsy & Mosquito! Eating there is like the perfect extension of the hipster decor in Loren's place, so it's a must. Anyway, if the rooms available, take it, you won't regret it!!!

Erica User Profile
December 2012
Loren and Ruth are everything you could hope for in hostesses! They made our five days in Melbourne some of the best we had in Australia, thanks to giving us a proper introduction to vegemite, amazing expert recommendations around the city and plenty of hysterical conversations. Their apartment is clean, comfy and adorably decorated, as well as centrally located to getting anywhere you'd want in the Melbourne vicinity.

Elektra User Profile
November 2012
This was my first time using airbnb and the experience was perfect. Loren and Ruth have the most beautiful home, and they are wonderful hosts. They went out of their way to make me feel at home, help me find my way around on the public transport, and recommended great cafes and restaurants. Loren and Ruth are so fun, easygoing, warm and lovely. I can't recommend this place enough – it's a beautiful place, in a great central location. Next time I'm headed to Melbourne I'll definitely be booking to stay here again!

Vivian User Profile
May 2012
We couldn't have hoped for better! Thanks so much to Loren and Ruth for a most hospitable week. They were easygoing and fun; always helpful and super knowledgable as we had just begun our move to Melbourne. The place is beautiful, cozy and in one of the best neighborhoods. Truly amazing hosts who leave a lasting impression.

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Melbourne, AustraliaJoined in August 2010
Loren User ProfileLoren is a superhost.

I'm 32, active, outgoing, open-minded, friendly and reliable. I took my time acquiring a double degree in International Business/Japanese and am now kept pretty busy directing a charity (that has nothing to do with either of course) that I founded in 2013. I have lived in lots of different cities around the world and experienced a host of very different living arrangements (pun always intended), so I was pretty well accustomed to this gig before Airbnb even existed.

I like to run, learn Spanish (my partner is Mexican), travel, appreciate art, shop, wine, dine and board game. I get my kicks from real-life auctions, discovering exotic fruits and vegetables at my weekend farmers market, and meeting interesting people.

Languages: English, Español, 日本語
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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