I stayed at this backpackers-type hostel July 2-4 2009.
I had a private single, compact room. It had a plug-in heater, large windows to open, a comfortable bed, a small desk, and a nightstand with alarm clock.
I arrived at 1:05pm. Thought I’d be waiting around since the office is closed from 1-4pm but Ian saw me sitting there just after 2:00 & very kindly checked me in. (Very cool after flying overnight from Los Angeles)
My one personal gripe that I shared with Ian was that my room was located in the back near the pay-per-use Internet computers. Even though I was given a key to lock off access to that pay computer area, I mentioned how they ought to put a sign on the door of that guest room so others would know & respect that it’s a room. I put up the closed sign but apparently didn’t lock the doors correctly. People pushed through to use the computers and talk/laugh at various volumes all through the night.
I didn’t go upstairs and used only the showers & toilets on the ground floor. There was 1 room with 2 shower stalls & 1 separate bathroom with 2 toilet stalls and 1 sink.
Nice kitchen to prepare foods and a dining room with plenty of tables to eat & chat with others. Also a separate gathering room with a comfy fireplace. Couches & tables in that gathering room were where guests used laptops & pay-per-use wireless access.
Though located outside the city centre area, it was easy to go to downtown/city centre area. (CBD) Leaving hotel, walk to the left & up the hill, then cross the street--there’s a Link Bus stop in front of the butcher shop. (Convenient to take & get dropped off next to Intercity/Newmans bus station.) When you return from the CBD, it drops you off across the street from the butcher shop. You can also walk to CBD with the SkyTower as a guide. From butcher shop, go downhill through Parnell shop area, up & through Albert Park and down other side of Albert Park. 30+ minutes.
This is a backpacker’s type hostel. People wanting to spend little money and/or meet lots of other travelers stay here. You have to have a sharing/opened mind. There will always be those who talk loudly in/outside their rooms, cook all kinds of foods, walk around like they weigh hundreds of pounds, get cheery as they watch TV, etc.
Despite my personal issue with the coin-operated computer room, I’d stay here again. Reliable/helpful email communication before my arrival & the location of the hostel, and the great atmosphere of mostly cool people/travelers made for a good stay.
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