So, you’re coming to Piano Pivot Live 2020! We can’t wait to see you on Thursday, 23 January. But you might be wondering about the best places to stay in Melbourne for the conference, which we’ll explore in this article.
Obviously, we’d love as many teachers as possible to stay with us at Rydges.
After a busy day of learning and connecting with other teachers, you can relax immediately in your stylish hotel room and skip the travel back to off-site lodging destination. You can also join us for an extra drink and maybe even dinner, if you’d like, on the first night.
Rydges is a four-star deluxe hotel located in Melbourne’s CBD — the bustling central business district. It is well-placed in the heart of the Theatre precinct on Exhibition street and closely situated to boutiques on Collins Street, the Chinatown district, and enjoyable walking/running routes.
The hotel features modern rooms with Rydges signature Dream Beds, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs. In addition, you’ll enjoy access to a heated rooftop pool, Genesis gym, and a restaurant. The Locanda Italian Steakhouse Restaurant and Bar is a classy spot for upscale drinks or healthy eating options.
Further, the best thing is that your room rate includes breakfast! You won’t even need to leave the hotel in the morning.
Read more on our vision about Piano Pivot Live in this article.
Given that January is a busy time during the school holidays and with the Australian Open on, prices for hotels are already quite high.
Thankfully, as delegates of the PPL conference, we’ve locked-in discount rates for you to stay at Rydges, right in the heart of Melbourne.
Current Rydges room rates start at AU$561 per night. However, we’ve locked in a discounted price of just AU$290.
That’s US$199 and includes breakfast.
One word of caution: act quickly to secure your Rydges room. Our special room rates are only available through December 22, 2019!
As the conference date approaches, lodging in Melbourne will be increasingly harder to find due to the Australian Open happening simultaneously. Therefore, here are some alternate options as you consider the best places to stay in Melbourne.
We’ve curated links to some of these options on the PPL website:
PPL conference is located in the heart of Melbourne and close to all public transport links. Consequently, this also facilitates easy commuting if you prefer the quiet of surrounding areas in greater Melbourne. Therefore, here are some other ideas for where to stay in the greater area.
AirBnb provides hotel alternatives that appeal to those wanting a unique, home-like experience. Further, a variety of budget-friendly price points are generally available.
AirBnb hosts offer everything from single rooms to entire flats. Hence, if you’re planning an extended stay in Melbourne, this could double easily as a vacation hub. (Look for some Melbourne-area travel tips coming soon!)
Another accommodation option is Quest Serviced Apartments, one of the bigger apartment chains in Melbourne. Most Quest apartments include Wi-Fi, kitchenettes, and fridges, or dining options to purchase separately.
Quest on Lonsdale is walkable to the Exhibition St. conference location.
Available Room Types: Studio, 1-room Apt, 2-room Apts. Prices are starting at $273AUD.
Wotif.com is another handy resource we use for specialty hotel bookings here in Australia. Wotif is a good source for last-minute deals on lodging.
What are you waiting for?
Save your seat for this one-of-a-kind event here: pianopivotlive.com.
In conclusion, we can’t wait to see you in January! We hope you’ve found this information helpful.
Found a great gem of a location for your trip to Melbourne?
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Know any great accommodation ideas I might have missed? Let me know in the comments!
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.