Why don't you consider staying in Moonee Ponds? It's a well known suburb situated just 5 kilometres from the center. Look through the 2 places available to see which one you'd like to spend a few nights at. Wotif suggests Moonee Valley Views Apartments and Quest Moonee Valley. You should also know that Essendon is just 3 kilometres away from the main city streets. Check out the 3 accommodation options here, which include Alexander Motor Inn & Apartments and Essendon Apartments.
In addition, there are a selection of places to stay near the University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Zoo. The AKOM Docklands and the Park Hyatt Melbourne are closest to the University of Melbourne, while the Melbourne Marriott Hotel and Ovolo Laneways are nearer to the Melbourne Zoo.
For some serious shopping, spend an arvo at DFO Essendon. If you're trying to book accommodation close by, take a look at Essendon Motel and Skyways Taverner. They wont disappoint!
For some alternatives, look at the Crown Towers and the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. They are located 12 kilometres and 11 kilometres respectively from the main center. Wotif also recommends the Docklands Private Collection of Apartments - NewQuay and the Westin Melbourne. The first is 10 kilometres away from town, while the second is 11 kilometres away.
If you'd like to experience some close by localities, consider Melbourne and Brighton East. Journey 11 kilometres to the southeast from Essendon Fields and you'll locate Melbourne. That said, Brighton East is 25 kilometres to the southeast. Hotels and apartments in Melbourne include The Langham, Melbourne and Docklands Executive Apartments. Brighton East options are the Caroline Serviced Apartments Brighton and Quest Brighton on the Bay.
Tullamarine Airport is situated 8 kilometres away from the centre of Essendon Fields. If you wish to stay nearby, you can easily book a night at the PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport or the Holiday Inn Melbourne Airport.
Hotels in Essendon Fields start at AU$75 per night. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.