I stayed here for over 3 months before and had a trip defining stay. It was unreal! People, staff and overall experience. I came back 6 months later for 3 days and it was a very different experience, so my review will be addressing that. The communal area/reception has been renovated and looks great but everything else has remained the same. This renovation has cost the customer a 30%+ increase for essentially the same stay experience, and they stopped the weekly rate which is another notable point. its a lot more quiet now and harder to meet as many good people, wifi is ok but no longer free and the hostel doesn't offer complimentary luggage storage anymore, also the kitchen/dining area has bugs. Seen two (one was a cockroach) on the food prep areas in two days. Don't expect to sleep past 7 am if you're on the construction side of the building, it's beyond funny how loud it is. Also, make a point in avoiding the new manageress, the big lady. She's hugely unwelcoming and clearly hasn't worked much, if ever, with customers.
Now the good points.
Most of the beds are really comfortable.
Location is awesome.
Big communal area and kitchen (pick off-peak times to cook)
Security is good,
The cafe is great but higher priced than many
I like the showers, not everyone agrees but I like them
There is a good cinema room, not great but definitely good.
The roof is perfect in the summer.
You can definitely still enjoy you stay if you prepare for the negatives but I decided to leave for a cheaper better place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discovery Melbourne is a large city backpackers conveniently located right in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. Enjoy a free breakfast each day between 7am - 9am, newly installed Global Gossips WiFi throughout the entire building, and if you stay with us for 14 or more consecutive nights, a FREE airport pick up from Tullamarine. (*Conditions apply.) Features include a basement bar, cafe, cinema, job & travel agencies, rooftop with BBQs and 24 hour reception with great local staff. For travellers looking to share accommodation we have 4, 6 & 8 share dorms and also 10 - 16 share dorms for those looking for an even cheaper option. For those wanting some privacy we also have basic private double, twin & family rooms. All rooms have shared bathroom facilities, heating and linen. Our events program offers guests many opportunities to explore and make friends! Discover amazing street art & hidden secrets on our free walking tours & head out of the city on our free markets & beach bus tours! Our bar The New Disco Bar has cheap drink specials including Happy Hour until 8pm from Wednesday - Saturday! Great DJs get the dance floor pumping and a huge range of events, such as poker nights, Minute to Win it and Ladies night on a Friday. If it's great coffee & food you're after, the chefs at our licensed cafe serve up delicious food 7 days a week including all day breakfast and some of the best pizzas in town! Our fantastic Melbournian staff will make you feel right at home 24/7. Our overnight security, CCTV, lockers and swipe card access will ensure you and your belongings are safe! ... more less
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