Stay in Style: 10 Best Hotels in Melbourne, Florida

Although Cocoa Beach and the port get a lot of the tourist love, Melbourne, Fla., is one of the biggest cities on the Space Coast, Fla., and it's a great place to visit if you want to be in the heart of the action. 

Melbourne boasts some of the best shopping, bars and restaurants in the region – and some of Melbourne's top hotels are within walking distance of the bustling downtown. 

Of course, the Melbourne zoo is a hit among families, which makes hotels like the Days Inn a popular choice. 

Or stay just east on the beach. Melbourne's beach, south of the more popular tourist beaches, is known for its pristine, powder sand, great surfing waves and less busy stretches – especially during off season. Our favorite beachside hotels include the Hilton, where every room has an ocean view, and the nearby Doubletree, with its upgraded suites and great balconies. The newly renovated Crown Plaza is another beachside hotel not to overlook. 

Other hotels, like the Courtyard, may not be located right on the beach, but they are located near the airport or other popular attractions. 

Melbourne also is home to some budget-friendly lodging options, such as the Fairfield Inn. It's not fancy, but it's convenient and a great price. 


Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Melbourne Airport
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The Melbourne International Airport is within a mile away from the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Melbourne. Also close by are the Melbourne Square Mall, Andretti Thrill Park, Brevard Zoo, Brevard Bowling Center and the University of Central Florida, among other attractions. All spacious accommodations here have well-equipped kitchens. All units also come furnished with free wireless Internet connections, cable televisions, individual cooling and heating units and telephones with free local calls. Ironing facilities, desks and hair dryers are available in some accommodations. The Suburban Extended Stay Hotel Melbourne (Florida) provides business guests with photocopy and fax services. This three-story hotel also offers a fitness gym, laundry facilities, a multilingual staff, a news stand, a picnic area and an outdoor parking area.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: As the name implies, this hotel specializes in extended stays. It's pretty basic, but located near the mall and other attractions.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Melbourne Palm Bay/Viera
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Guests at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Melbourne can easily reach a number of tourist sites. These include the Kennedy Space Center, Coast Stadium, Henegar Stadium, Brevard Zoo, Palm Gardens Golf Course, Melbourne Greyhound Park and more. The hotel is five miles from Melbourne International Airport. There are 83 guest rooms at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Melbourne. These are complete with free wireless Internet connections, LCD televisions, coffee makers, mini fridges, ironing equipment, work desks, ergonomic chairs and telephones with voicemail features. Private bathrooms come with hair dryers, shower/tub combinations and designer toiletries. Some rooms have sofa beds and whirlpool tubs. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Melbourne houses a full-service business center and a 352-square-foot meeting space, as well as an outdoor heated swimming pool, a fitness center, vending machines, safe-deposit boxes and laundry facilities. Guests are served with a complimentary continental breakfast daily.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: The Fairfield Inn is ideal for business travelers, with a business center, meeting space and even ergonomic chairs in room.

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Crane Creek Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
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The Crane Creek Inn Waterfront Bed & Breakfast in Melbourne is more than your typical B&B. This stunning property features everything you might expect at a higher-end chain resort – a wide breakfast menu, beach equipment, DVDs to rent, books and more – but with personal charm and a unique touch. All rooms are individually decorated, with private bathrooms and entrances. Crane Creek offers its own private dock, off which you can fish or watch for alligators or manatees. Grab a book and relax by the pool or in a hammock, before you take a canoe or paddleboard onto the water.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: This is the best bed and breakfast in the area, with many special details.

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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 Melbourne's Best Hotels because: Hot breakfast, an event social hour and a great location make this hotel a popular place for extended stays.

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The Days Inn Melbourne is easily accessible via Interstate 95 at Exit 180. Interesting sites to see include the Andretti Thrill Park, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne Square Mall, Florida Tech Botanical Gardens and the Brevard Zoo. The Melbourne International Airport is located two miles from the inn. Guest rooms at the Days Inn Melbourne are equipped with modern conveniences. Among these are cable televisions, clock radios, ironing facilities, hair dryers, coffee makers and telephones. Some rooms are provided with refrigerators and microwave ovens. The Days Inn Melbourne is a two-story property with exterior corridors. This Melbourne accommodation provides an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour front desk, laundry facilities and a parking area that can fit trucks, buses and RVs. Complimentary treats include a daily continental breakfast and wireless Internet access.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: Perks here include a free continental breakfast and close proximity to the Melbourne airport.

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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 Melbourne's Best Hotels because: Although this hotel is not on the beach, it is close to other popular Melbourne attractions.

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Radisson Suite Hotel Oceanfront
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The award-winning Radisson provides easy access to downtown Melbourne, as well as some of the Space Coast's best attractions, restaurants and shops. Rooms here are fully equipped (down to iPod docks and mini fridges) and spacious, with floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony views of the ocean. Take a dip in the outdoor heated pool, unwind in the Jacuzzi and work out at the 15th-floor fitness facility – which boasts an ocean view, too. Take advantage of the beach equipment, cabana rentals and laundry facility. Grab a bite to eat at the multiple on-site restaurants, including Lena's Cafe, The Down Under Pub and a pool bar.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: This oceanside hotel has a great location and multiple on-site restaurants.

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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 Melbourne's Best Hotels because: The Doubletree is one of the top places to stay in Melbourne, right on the beach with top-notch suites – and views.

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Crowne Plaza Hotel Melbourne - Oceanfront
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When you stay here, you stay oceanfront. Rooms include free Internet, a microwave, refrigerator and cable TV. Suites feel like a home away from home, with full kitchens and living rooms. The fitness center is open 24 hours, and the hotel can hook you up with whatever beach rentals you could need. The newly renovated hotel is well known for its expansive meeting and banquet space (excellent for weddings). The Crowne Plaza has everything: a business center, outdoor pool, Ocean Reef Spas, a free airport shuttle, surfside lounge, ocean deck and on-site restaurant, MARiSOL. The Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront is near the mall, zoo, air force base and other Space Coast highlights.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: This newly renovated hotels is on the beach. Stay in a suite and you'll feel at home.

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Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront
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The Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront is directly on the beach and is close to some of the Space Coast's best attractions, including the Kennedy Space Center, Sebastian Inlet, Greyhound Park, Space Coast Stadium and the King Center for the Performing Arts, and is only seven miles from Melbourne International Airport (MLB). The eco-friendly, green hotel offers 200-plus guest rooms and suites which all include complimentary WiFi, 37-inch HDTVs, kitchen appliances, ironing equipment, dataport phones, Hilton Alarm Clock Radios, luxurious bedding, upgraded bathrooms and balconies with stunning views. Some rooms come with separate living rooms and dining areas. For business travelers, the Hilton Melbourne features a fully equipped, 24-hour business center and large meeting space. In addition, guests can spend time in the outdoor heated swimming pool, spa tub and 24-hour fitness gym.

Recommended for Melbourne's Best Hotels because: Every room has a view of the beach here. Plus, the beachside tiki bar is a great place to relax.

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