I came here after staying at another hostel in Melbourne, and I preferred the previous place. This hostel has good facilities however. Nice places to sit around and relax with a good book or watch dvds on a nice TV. The dorm rooms were fine, no issues there. Kitchen good size and nice space to eat your food. Don't leave alcohol in the fridges though, ours went walkabout after just 3 hours of being in there!!
I didn't like where it was situated. It claims to be in Fitzroy, but it's a good 20 minute walk down to the heart of everything on Brunswick Street, so for me it was not a walk I liked doing on my own at night. The hostel is situated on Victoria Parade, a very busy main road, so there is a lot of traffic noise all hours of the day. Plus, there is a common area outside which is fab for socialising, but any times when you do need an early night to get up for an early flight etc, you will have a very disturbed sleep. You can hear EVERYTHING that goes on outside downstairs.
The staff are pleasant and very friendly and helpful. In terms of hostels, it is certainly better than some, but it was not my favourite.
- 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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