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Where to Stay: Australian Open

Australian Open Lodging

Australian Open spectators can reasonably stay anywhere in or near the heart of the city and have no difficulty getting to Melbourne Park for tournament matches. The venue is conveniently located at the edge of the central business district, easily accessible by train, tram, bus or taxi. For visitors who prefer to bed down within shouting distance of Rod Laver Arena, book well in advance at one of the following nearby hotels:

 Hilton on the Park Melbourne 
This 400-room highrise at the southeastern corner of Fitzroy Gardens is an easy walk from Melbourne Park, with views from the premium south-facing rooms overlooking Wellington Parade and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Amenities include a spa and fitness center and a heated outdoor pool. The lowest off-peak rates begin at around AU$200 a night, though you'll pay significantly more for executive-class rooms and suites and in periods of peak demand. Information: 
Information: Hilton, +61-3-9419-2000
 Adelphi Hotel 
The design-conscious modern architecture and interiors of this high-end boutique hotel might not suit everyone's taste, but a stay in one of the Adelphi's 34 rooms and suites puts you within a few hundred yards of the entrance to Melbourne Park, and under the same roof as Ezard, one of the city's finest contemporary restaurants. The hotel's most unusual feature is a 25-meter rooftop lap pool that extends over the side of the building, with a glass bottom through which swimmers can see the street below. It's often possible to stay at the Adelphi for around AU$250 per night, but during the Australian Open you're more likely to pay rack rates, which range from AU$550 for the least expensive doubles to AU$1,250 for an executive suite.  
Information: Adelphi Hotel, +61-3-9650-7555
Less edgy than the Adelphi but equally stylish, the Hotel Lindrum is housed in an artfully repurposed early 20th-century commercial building on Flinders Street, across the railroad tracks from Melbourne Park. The full-size billiard table in the lobby pays tribute to a prominent pool hall that once occupied the building (the hotel takes its name from Australian world champion billiards player Walter Lindrum), and there's a romantic little restaurant, Felt, located off the lobby. Rack rates for the 59 rooms and suites range from AU$410 to AU$500, though weekend discounts and other off-peak deals sometimes drop below AU$250 a night. 
Information: Hotel Lindrum, +61-3-9668-1111
 Sofitel Melbourne 
A block to the north and literally towering over the Lindrum, the Sofitel occupies the upper stories of an I.M. Pei-designed office and commercial complex with lofty views of central Melbourne. The property has 363 deluxe rooms and suites with a fitness center and several dining and drinking venues. The lowest off-peak rates begin at around AU$300 a night, but brace yourself for considerably higher price tags for suites, club-class accommodations, and during periods of peak demand.
Information: Sofitel Melbourne, +61-3- 9653-0000
From this serviced apartment building in the revitalized Southbank area south of central Melbourne, guests can take a scenic stroll through the Domain Parklands and cross the Swan Street Bridge to Melbourne Park. Nicely appointed one, two and three-bedroom units are available for short-term rental, with rates typically ranging from about AU$200 to AU$350 per night. All units have full kitchens and private laundry facilities.
Information: Quest Southbank, +61-3-9694-5600
A pricier option in Southbank, the Langham is a full-service luxury hotel set right on the river among the trendy cafes, restaurants and boutiques of the Southbank Promenade and a short walk from Melbourne Park. Off-peak rates for the 387 rooms and suites begin at around AU$275 a night, but during the Australian Open and other periods of high demand you're not likely to get in the door for much under AU$450 a night.
Information: Langham Hotel Melbourne, +61-3-8696-8888