Really impressed. Stayed there for 5 nights in March. The staff are really great, very friendly and are always ready to help to matter what the problem. Matias at the front desk even helped me break the lock off my suitcase after I locked myself out of it, thanks mate! Staff are very knowledgeable about the area and will help you plan your trips with ease.
I stayed in a 4 bed dorm which was very spacious, with a lovely high ceiling and vintage windows. The room was very clean, linen excellent and beds good quality. The floor is very creaky though, so be careful when getting back from a night out at 2am and try not to wake your roomies! When I saw there was no A/C I wasn't too happy, but the large windows and spacious room made sure it wasn't too warm in there. Fans were provided also, just in case.
Security isn't the tightest, but in a good way. The hostel is small enough to be very cosy and staff seem to know who's there. I prefer swipe card access, but only because a key is easier to lose. Easy access to the front door after 11pm using your room key.
Bathrooms were very clean and near all rooms. Plenty of laundry facilities available.
Location is good, very close to the tram and easy walking distance to the CBD. The VHA shuttle bus to-and-from the airport is very cheap at $15 and is well worth it.
Definitely staying here again next time I'm in Melbourne. Paid $34/night, very reasonable for the space and facilities available. And they even let you bring your own alcohol!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- **NOW FREE WI-FI** Voted Most Popular Hostel in Melbourne - 2012, 2013, 2014 & nominated for Best Medium Size Hostel in the world! 'Located within a grand, heritage building, this is one of Melbourne's few hostels with genuine character” says the Lonely Planet. Situated right next to Brunswick St, the free city circle tram-line, Carlton Gardens and just minutes from China Town, Federation Square and the MCG you won't find a better spot! We pride ourselves on being Melbourne's friendliest hostel and with just 16 rooms and 94 beds we offer a more personal experience. If you are a lone traveller our brand new cafe bar Victoria's Secret is the perfect place to meet fellow travellers. This is not a normal hostel, this is The Mansion Here’s what we’ve got... -free Wi-Fi in all rooms and communal areas -free tea & coffee -amazing outdoor cafe/bar with happy hour at all times for guests -free sausage tuesdays -free wine and cheese Wednesdays -killer darts mondays (the world’s lowest standard of darts) -pristine bathrooms (mostly individual) cleaned 3 times a day! -alfresco themed communal kitchen & dining area all equipment provided! -playstation chill-out area with games -dvd area with over 100 dvds available -large sunny courtyard -guest laundry -free luggage storage -free book exchange -24 hour reception -jobs board for those looking for work most importantly…..the BEST staff in melbourne!!!!!! The rooms….. 16 spacious rooms, with high ceilings, stain glass windows and loads of natural light. We have 12, 7, 6, 5, 4 bed dorms and also 2 Double Private rooms. Each room features: • security lockers for every guest • flatscreen television • spotlessly cleaned twice daily • thick comfy mattresses with all linen provided • heaters and fans Please note that we strictly do not accept guests under the age of 18 unless agreed with hostel management in advance. All guests must provide photo ID upon check in. Management reserves the right to refuse entry upon arrival. ... more less
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