Finding accommodation for the Melbourne Cup - one of the biggest sporting events in Australia - is never the easiest of tasks, with the race drawing over 100,000 spectators to famed Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne every year. Referred to as "the Race that Stops a Nation" due to its huge viewership numbers, if you're attempting to visit the Melbourne Cup in person it's highly advised to book your hotel as far in advance as possible. The race is held on the first Tuesday in November every year, and it's not uncommon to find accommodation booked out several months in advance.
Due to the extreme number of visitors the Melbourne Cup pulls in to Melbourne from around not only Australia but internationally, avoiding driving whenever possible is advisable, with staying within walking distance to Flemington Racecourse - located at 500 Epsom Road, in the suburb of Flemington, Melbourne - the best idea if at all possible. We've outlined some of the top recommended places to stay in Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup below.
There are few more convenient places to stay than the suburb that's home to the Melbourne Cup itself, and if you can find accommodation in Flemington you'd be wise to snap it up. While it's the best option in terms of convenience, hotel options are limited, with the flagship accommodation facility in the area being the 4-star Quest Flemington Serviced Apartments that sits just around the corner from the track.
In terms of surroundings and environment, the suburb of Flemington is mainly residential mixed with a popular shopping thoroughfare that makes going out before or after the races a pleasant affair, with plenty of variety in terms of cafes, restaurants and other entertainment and dining options easily accessible. Flemington Racecourse is directly accessible via train, with a dedicated station of the same name that lies outside the entrance to the track making staying in other suburbs outside Flemington a decent alternative than fighting for the limited hotel options that exist within its limits.
For a list of Flemington accommodation near the race course that is ideal for the Melbourne Cup, click the link below to book online.
North Melbourne Accommodation
The Northern suburbs of Melbourne are just a stone's throw away from Flemington Racecourse, and the aforementioned Flemington Racecourse Station and trains which service it make getting there from the city a breeze. Melbourne's Northern suburbs are a generally pleasant, relatively upmarket area that offers standard yet comfortable 3-star accommodation up to fully-serviced and catered 4+ star venues.
Accessing Flemington Racecourse is a simple matter of getting on the main line at North Melbourne Station and staying until the final stop at the track itself, so while you may end up paying more for your overall hotel fee to stay so close to the racecourse, it's not uncommon for it all to balance out once taking into account additional taxi or public transport fees, not to mention the amount of time invested (you're looking at a very short train ride of only 3-4 stops from North Melbourne to the track).
From larger names like Rydges Apartments to other smaller hotels, there is quite a large variation in pricing and facilities in North Melbourne - click the link below to browse and book your accommodation for the Melbourne Cup today.
One of the most widely-known of the Western suburbs in Melbourne, Footscray is another option for those looking for a generally cheaper, yet only slightly less convenient, accommodation option for the Melbourne Cup. It's definitely a no-frills option that is more than adequate for getting to the Flemington Raceway, with Footscray Station providing a direct means of access to the track.
Footscray is part of one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Melbourne, with a multicultural shopping district that has a strong Vietnamese presence that is reflected in its larger quantity of Asian restaurants and grocery stores. If you're a budget-conscious traveller, you'll likely be able to snag a decent deal in Footscray at a 2 or 3 star hotel or motel, with other higher-end 4 star serviced apartments also an option obviously subject to availability issues.
To browse and book a range of Footscray accommodation close to Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne cup, click the link below.