8 Feb 2019
Start your journey by taking advantage of the deals at Somerset on Elizabeth [250 Elizabeth Street]. Book the Weekend Drive Package (which includes $1 valet parking – what a bargain!) when you stay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night.
Meander through the funky streets of Melbourne before making your way to reception and checking in for your weekend in the city centre. Centrally located in the vibrant heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Somerset on Elizabeth is the perfect base to discover the city’s cultural gems. Surrounded by an array of restaurants, shops and recreational activities, the serviced apartments provide comfortable and convenient living, so you’ll feel right at home as soon as you get to your room.
After checking in, get ready to explore the surrounding area. Located a stone's throw away is Melbourne's Chinatown [Little Bourke Street], a bustling shopping and dining district that is a must-do for visitors wanting to experience an authentic Asian meal. Sink your teeth into some juicy dumplings at HuTong [14-16 Market Lane] or sample elegant Cantonese cuisine at Flower Drum [17 Market Lane].
Once you’ve filled up, it’s time to discover some local designers. Luckily you’re in the perfect spot! Explore Bourke Street Mall [Bourke Street], The Strand Arcade [250 Elizabeth Street], QV Melbourne [corner Lonsdale Street and Swanston Street] and Emporium Melbourne [287 Lonsdale Street] to unearth some home-grown designer fashion and the best from international labels.
Another stalwart is the famed Queen Victoria Market [Queen Street], a historical landmark and shopping mecca, where you can find anything from cheese and freshly baked bread to funky designer gifts. It also features a range of small eateries, where you can pick up tasty bites as you meander through the shopping options.
No visit to Melbourne is complete without catching some action on one of the city’s famed sporting grounds. Marvel Stadium [740 Bourke Street, Docklands] is located less than a 10-minute tram ride away along Bourke Street on Route 96. Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) [Brunton Avenue, Richmond] and AAMI Park [Olympic Boulevard, Melbourne] are just as close and easily accessible by public transport. The AFL season begins on 21 March while the A-League is wrapping up for the year, so now’s the perfect time to show your colours.
One of the highlights of a stay at Somerset on Elizabeth is its excellent location, allowing you to pop in for a quick rest or to drop off your shopping. Once you’re refreshed for your evening ahead, venture out of the apartment and hop on and off the free City Circle tram, exploring all the coolest bars and restaurants the city has on offer.
Kick off your Melbourne nightlife tour at the Viking-inspired bar Mjolner [106 Hardware Street] for Thor’s favourite cocktails and Scandinavian snacks, before moving on to Kirk’s Wine Bar [46 Hardware Lane] for fine wine and delectable cheeses. With your appetite reaching overdrive, head to Trunk Bar & Restaurant [275 Exhibition Street] for some substantial American-style nosh, such as burgers and wings. Finish your city bar tour at Whisky & Alement [270 Russell Street], where you can sample rare single malts and top-shelf spirits.
Once you’re done exploring the city, it’s time to return to your stylish home away from home at Somerset on Elizabeth. With 135 spacious rooms on offer, you have a choice of stylish, contemporary one- or two-bedroom apartments all providing the comfort of separate living and dining areas, fully equipped kitchens and modern amenities. Somerset of Elizabeth also features a 24-hour reception, business centre services, and the added luxuries of a jet pool and sauna, fully equipped gym for fitness junkies, and a courtyard for those wanting to spend some time outdoors. If some quiet time is on the cards, you know just where to put your feet up and relax!
After a restful night, enjoy a sleep-in and a leisurely breakfast to make it to your late check-out at 12pm. You’ll also enjoy unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi throughout your stay, making sure you’re not totally disconnected from the world while you experience only the most relaxing of breaks.
The Weekend Drive Package at Somerset on Elizabeth offers $1 valet parking when you stay on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday night. The package is perfect for guests who enjoy their independence when staying in the city.
Need some help getting from A to B so you can discover Melbourne?
Just pop your starting point and where you want to go into the PTV Journey Planner, as well as your ideal departure or arrival time.
The Planner will find the easiest way for you to get where you want to go, plus give you easy-to-follow instructions on how to get there.
For more information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au