My wife and I decided to be a tourist in our own city. We wanted somewhere close to Melbourne's CBD, St Kilda's beach, The Dockland precinct and Carlton's classic Lygon Street. We settled for the Blackman one of Melbourne's newest 5 star hotels. What a find. Centrally located on St Kilda Road minutes from Albert Park Lake and Fawkner Park and right next to the tram stop. Anywhere you wanted to go in minutes....fantastic.
We had a deluxe suite which was beautifully appointed with a kitchenette and for once a hotel that has a real refigerator and freezer. The two burner stove top and microwave means you can be self sufficient if you need to be. The hotel has a great restuarant and the Depot de pain is great for breakfast, coffee or cake and of couse great bread.
You absolutely must hire the hotel's e-bikes. These brilliant electric bikes allow you to travel up to 50km in distance and have a speed of up to 33 kph. They are easy to ride and heaps of fun. We took them on th bike tracks around Albert Park Lake, along the St Kilda foreshore to Beacon Cove, then back to Elwood, back to Melbourne's Botanical gardens and then to the hotel with still enough battery power to go further. Forget the car, hire an e-bike it will be the best value you can spend your money on and HEAPS of fun. I know what I have on my Christmas list!!
Cheers Joseph - Mooroolbark