10 Best Places to Stay near Malabar, Florida

Malabar, a small community on the Space Coast, Fla., is a great place to stay if you are traveling on a budget. Although Malabar itself does not boast a wide variety of lodging options, you can find an assortment within a 20-minute drive of town. 

Many of the Malabar area's hotels are budget-friendly. The Comfort Suites Palm Bay, the Quality Inn Palm Bay and the Motel 6 Palm Bay are all three inexpensive options that are also centrally located. 

For the more upscale options, head slightly farther north to Melbourne. The Residence Inn Melbourne is close to the airport and offers spacious suites. The award-winning Hilton Rialto Melbourne Place is great for business travelers. The Courtyard Melbourne West is not close to the beach but it does serve Starbucks coffee on site. 

Also look for a handful hotels around here (such as the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne) that offer complementary breakfast, or make your own in the full kitchen at the Residence Inn Melbourne. 

If you don't mind the short 15-minute drive over the bridge to Melbourne Beach, the Doubletree there is a beautiful resort that's closer to the ocean. 

Here are our favorite 10 places to stay if you want to make Malabar your home base. 


The Doubletree is close enough to the Space Coasts best spots that you'll be busy enough to barely need to spend time in your room. But you'll want to. The Doubletree's exceptional hospitality starts as soon as you arrive and are greeted with a warm walnut and chocolate chip cookie. The suites here have balconies or patios with sweeping ocean views. Got work to do? Rooms come with free wireless, work desks, ergonomic chairs and more. Pamper yourself with designer toiletries, curved shower rods and multiple recreational offerings, such as a 24-hour fitness facility and an outdoor pool with a sun deck. Grab a bite to eat on site at the poolside bar or Atlantic Jack's Grill. Seafood is the speciality here, and the views of the pool and deck set the mood for a relaxing meal at one of the Space Coast's best hotels.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: Although it's over the bridge, this great hotel is only 15 minutes from Malabar.

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Motel 6 Palm Bay
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A night at the Motel 6 is as inexpensive as a nice dinner out. Very budget-conscious travelers or people who want to save their money for the nearby attractions (can you say Walt Disney World?) will appreciate the bare-boned rates here. No extras offered, but you can order wifi for a small fee. The Motel 6 Palm Bay is close to the beautiful Playalinda Beach, the Brevard Zoo and the Habitat Golf Course. Plenty of popular restaurants nearby. Or drive just 10 miles to the Melbourne Beach. Traveling through? The Melbourne airport is about eight miles from the Motel 6.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: This motel in Palm Bay is a great place to stay if you have a budget and want to be centrally located.

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Holiday Inn Express Melbourne
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The Melbourne International Airport and downtown Melbourne are situated five miles from the Holiday Inn Express Melbourne. Also nearby are must-see places like the Andretti Thrill Park, Kennedy Space Center, Melbourne Square Mall, Maxwell King Center and the Brevard Museum. The Holiday Inn Express Melbourne houses 68 guest rooms. All units come equipped with wireless Internet connections, cable televisions, work desks, ironing facilities, coffee makers, refrigerators, microwave ovens and telephones with voicemail features. Private bathrooms come with hair dryers and bathtubs. The Holiday Inn Express Melbourne has a business center that offers copy, fax and print services. This five-story hotel also provides an outdoor swimming pool, laundry facilities, an ice machine and a safe-deposit box. Complimentary amenities include a daily hot breakfast and high-speed wireless Internet access.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: Stay here if you want quick access to the hotel, free breakfast and wifi and laundry on site.

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Courtyard Melbourne West
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Convenience is paramount here; the Courtyard is only two miles from the international airport, and it's not far from the best tourist attractions and restaurants, as well as some of the area's most prominent businesses. Check the weather on the GoBoard. Stay connected throughout the hotel with free wifi. Rooms at the Courtyard Melbourne West is a Marriott hotel come equipped with free Internet, cable, ergonomic chairs, desks and optional sofa beds. Suites have microwaves. Relax in the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool, or get ready for that great Florida surfing in the fitness room. Grab a bite to eat, whether that's a refreshing breakfast with Starbucks coffee or dinner and drinks, at The Bistro. Note: The Courtyard is about 30 minutes from the beach.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: You aren't going to get a beach view here, and it's 20 minutes from Malabar, but the Courtyard is a quality, reputable hotel in Melbourne.

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Quality Inn Palm Bay
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Downtown Melbourne is located two miles from the Quality Inn Palm Bay. Several famous sites are also nearby, including the Melbourne Beach, Andretti Thrill Park, Indian Harbour Beach, Cape Canaveral, Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center. The Florida Institute of Technology is just a mile away. Guest rooms at the Quality Inn Palm Bay are furnished with modern conveniences. These include cable televisions, pillow-top mattresses, coffee makers, work desks and hair dryers. Refrigerators and microwave ovens are included in select rooms. The Quality Inn Palm Bay features a fitness room and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. This property also provides business services, meeting/event facilities, free wireless Internet access, free coffee and a daily complimentary continental breakfast.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: The Quality Inn is for travelers on a budget who want to be close to downtown Palm Bay and a short drive from Malabar.

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Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place
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The award-winning Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place is ideally located near the Brevard Zoo, a mall, the stadium, the Kennedy Space Center and more. It's only a mile from the airport, but plenty close to the sand, too. The Hilton Melbourne is ideal for business travelers, with its large meeting and banquet space and 24-hour business center. The 200-plus rooms and suites are spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows and include beds from the Hilton Serenity Collection, complementary WiFi, 37-inch Flat Panel HDTVs, large work desks, Hilton Alarm Clock Radios with MP3 connection, wet bars, sofa beds and more. Guests can take advantage of the outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, laundry facilities and 24-hour modern fitness center, including basketball and tennis courts. Dine at the on-site restaurant, Rustic, with an international menu and fresh seafood, or enjoy a drink at the Rialto Lobby Bar.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: The Hilton Melbourne is 16 minutes from Malabar, but the slightly farther drive will get you nicer accommodations.

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Residence Inn by Marriott Melbourne
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The spacious suites here include free wireless Internet, cable TV, sofa beds and full kitchens. Guests get access to a meeting space, a copy and fax machine and in-room desks. The Residence Inn is an extended-stay hotel that feels like home away from home – with a heated outdoor pool for you to enjoy in the Florida sunshine. Hot breakfast is included every morning, and a social hour wraps up your day Monday through Wednesday. Busy travelers appreciate that the Melbourne International Airport is only a mile and a half from the Residence Inn. It's not far to other activities, such as the space center, the zoo and the planetarium. Some of the Space Coast's best restaurants and bars are nearby, too.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: If you don't mind a 15 minute drive from Melbourne, the Residence Inn offers spacious suites with full kitchens.

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Comfort Suites Palm Bay - Melbourne
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The Comfort Suites Palm Bay offers easy access to Interstate 95 and to several attractions. These include the Andretti Thrill Park, Melbourne Beach, Brevard Zoo, Sebastian Inlet State Park and the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum. The Melbourne International Airport is within eight miles from the hotel. All 83 suites at the Comfort Suites Palm Bay are well-appointed with contemporary amenities. Among these are LCD televisions, free wireless Internet connections, work desks, safe-deposit boxes, ironing equipment and telephones with free local calls. Coffee makers, refrigerators and microwave ovens are also included. Private bathrooms come with curved shower rods and hair dryers. Leisure facilities at the Comfort Suites Palm Bay include an outdoor heated swimming pool and a fitness room. This five-story hotel also provides a business center, a banquet room, valet cleaning services and an outdoor parking area. Complimentary treats include a daily deluxe continental breakfast, weekday newspapers and wireless Internet access.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: The rooms come with daily deluxe continental breakfast, a newspaper, wifi, a fitness room and a banquet room for special events.

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Sandy Shoes Beach Hotel
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Families can rest assured there is enough room for them to spread out in the large family-friendly rooms. At Sandy Shoes Beach Hotel, suites are all oceanfront or ocean view. Sit out on the deck and listen to the ocean waves crash. Rooms also come with fully equipped kitchens. Guest also get access to laundry facilities and rooms have central AC. These rooms are pet-friendly. Community Chapel of Melbourne Beach, Florida Air Academy and Florida Power and Light Company Ice Plant are within driving distance of the Sandy Shoes Beach Hotel. It's in Melbourne, but not far from Palm Beach, making it a convenient and family-friendly place to stay if you're in Malabar.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: This hotel comes with fully equipped kitchens and all rooms have a view of the ocean.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Palm Bay
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The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Palm Bay is just six minutes from Malabar. It's also within 12 miles from Melbourne International Airport. The hotel is also close to the Melbourne Greyhound Track, Brevard Zoo, Patrick Air Force Base, Melbourne Beach and the Kennedy Space Center, among others. Downtown Palm Bay is just a mile away. There are 84 guest rooms and 37 suites at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Palm Bay. All units come furnished with free wireless Internet connections, LCD televisions, work desks, ironing equipment, private bathrooms and direct-dial phones with voicemail features. All accommodations also have coffee makers, refrigerators and microwave ovens, while some have sofa beds. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Palm Bay has a 600-square-foot meeting space and a well-equipped business center. This four-story hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness room, laundry/dry cleaning facilities and wireless Internet access. Guests are served with a complimentary breakfast every day.

Recommended for Malabar's Best Hotels because: The Holiday Inn in Palm Bay is close to downtown Palm Bay and Malabar.

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