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Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer who lives on the Bellarine Peninsula. I enjoy finding new things to see and do in the beautiful area that I live in. I'm also a booklover- see my reviews at
Published June 8th 2018
The Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne is one of Victoria's premier tourist attractions. It is quite easy to spend hours perusing the stalls - wandering amongst the various artworks, souvenirs, clothing and foods available for purchase.

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel

But what happens when you're all shopped out and want to visit other areas of interest in the city? You probably don't want to cart all your purchases around with you - especially fresh food items. Wouldn't it be ideal if you were staying overnight in a location within walking distance of the market, yet also in the vicinity of other Melbourne landmarks and attractions?

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
A view of the hotel from the street

Luckily there is an accommodation venue that can cater to this need- Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel. Located on Franklin Street (just off Elizabeth Street), and only a four-minute walk to Queen Victoria Market (according to Google maps, and verified by personal experience), this is an ideal location to board at if you want a quiet and affordable place to stay within the Melbourne CBD.

With a small and unassuming entrance, this is a tidy, clean and secure establishment that is perfect for all sorts of budgets- whether you need a simple one-bedroom room for an overnight stay or a superior two-bedroom serviced apartment for an extended larger group trip. On checking in to reception, you will receive a key that allows you access into the building (the staff will buzz you in on initial arrival) - which further adds to the sense of security in the hotel.

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
The kitchenette has everything that you need for an extended stay

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
The bathroom is quite generous in size

This hotel boasts about having a contemporary style, but unfortunately, the only evidence of this in the one bedroom apartment I stayed in was the desk chair that added the only splash of colour to my room decor. More like a budget hotel room (which just happened to have a kitchenette attached), or student accommodation, the room was nonetheless quite comfortable, besides having little by way of aesthetic appeal.

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
The bedroom area

The queen bed was very comfortable and the bathroom (just inside the entrance to the apartment) was surprisingly large and spacious. The room layout is set out so that the kitchenette and bathroom are located towards the entrance of the apartment, with the bed and living areas towards the sliding glass door and the small attached balcony. Depending on the side of the hotel your room is situated on, you may even get some views of the city's buildings or the street from your balcony.

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
The living area is very similar to a budget student accommodation set-up

This is a comfortable and tidy place to stay if you want to be close to many of Melbourne's attractions, but without the associated noise and bustle of the city. The rooms are adequate for short or extended stays, the staff are lovely and helpful, and the location is convenient if you plan on doing plenty of market shopping.

Nova Stargate Apartment Hotel
A view of the city from the balcony

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Why? To stay at an apartment hotel within Melbourne's CBD
Phone: (03) 9321 0300
Where: 118 Franklin St Melbourne Victoria 3000
Cost: Standard rooms start at approximately $119 but this can change depending on time and availability
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