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Published June 18th 2011
There are plenty of budget accommodations around in Melbourne, but with so many options to choose from, which ones are the best to stay at? What I look for in a hostel are reasonable prices, comfortable and clean bed, and decent bathroom and cooking facilities. A lot of travelers like to talk about the atmosphere of the hostel or the good night's sleep they got, but I believe that it truly depends on the people staying with you.
The hostels that I have listed are highly regarded amongst the backpacker community, and now are for you all to enjoy a budgetary good night's rest.
Conveniently located just a block away from the Queen Victoria Market on A'Beckett St, Nomad's offers the budget traveler a stylish experience. Having been awarded the 'Best Hostel in Victoria '07 & '08' by TNT Golden Backpack Awards, the recently refurbished Nomads Melbourne provides a complete package of comfort and style with a whole range of goodies including a funky in-house bar & café, cinema lounge, 24 hour reception, laundry facilities, internet and Wi-Fi access, small guest kitchen which provides free pasta, rice, tea & coffee, and finally, a sun deck to bask up the Melbourne rays.
Nomad's offers a wide selection of sleeping arrangements, ranging from deluxe ensuite king rooms, single and multi-share private rooms to the standard 4 to 10 bed shared dormitory rooms. All guests are provided with nice clean towels and bed sheets.
The one thing you should look out for during your stay at Nomads is their fun and impressive list of daily event specials: Mexican Mondays: Enjoy a fiesta with free pool Trivia Tuesdays: Test your might in the game of Trivia. Madass Wednesdays: Shake your body with some Salsa Dancing and enjoy some Karaoke. Brave Karaoke singers are rewarded with a free shot. Bombastic Thursdays: Be adventurous and board the Jager Train. Friday Ladies Nights: Beer specials and drink specials for ladies such as free Champagne between 5.30pm and 6.30pm and every time the bell rings. Sambuca Saturdays: Happy Hour & extremely generous half price shots of Sambuca Chill in Sundays: The lazy Sunday vibe starts off with free open pool from 3pm
The very sleek looking and multi-award winning Urban Central is nicely located right adjacent to the famous Crown Casino. This hostel offers a high class accommodation experience for the budget traveler with sleeping options consisting of ensuite dormitories, private doubles, family rooms and mixed dormitories. All dormitories are provided with clean towels and linen, a personal reading light, a free personal locker and since the dorms can only fit a maximum of 4 guests, you can be assured that you will receive a nice sleep, depending on who your dorm mates are, of course.
Free breakfast, which is usually cereal, toast and orange juice, is available every day between 7.30am and 9.30am. Free tea and coffee is available throughout the day, as well as free pasta and rice, and on every Monday, a free weekly meal is provided.
Other facility include internet, security passes, adequate cooking facilities and a great lounge bar which offers free entertainment and extremely cheap drinks and very generous happy hour specials such as $6 beer jugs and $2.50 wine and sparkling wine for the ladies.
Quietly located in the suburbs of North Melbourne, Melbourne Metro YHA offers a comfortable and peaceful sleeping experience for the budget traveler. It's a hostel that is very generous in terms of service, space and atmosphere with delights such as a state of the art kitchen area (which looks like it belongs to Gordon Ramsy), a cool lounge room fitted with a pool table for chilling out, and a rooftop barbeque area, perfect for catching a glimpse of the Melbourne city while having a snag.
From 4 to 8 bed dorm rooms to private double/twin ensuite rooms, The Melbourne Metro YHA has plenty of sleeping options to choose from, all fitted with clean and fresh bed sheets and towels. A weekly list of activities make sure guest are given a great experience during their stay with activities such as Wednesday Movie, the Queen Victoria Market Tour, the Monday Travel Auction and weekend trips to watch an AFL game.
The Melbourne Metro YHA offers the standard 10% discount rate to YHA members. For more information on YHA membership and its benefits visit the YHA website.
The Nunnery seems to be a fitting name for a hostel located within Melbourne's bohemian sector. Set in a decorative Victorian exterior, The Nunnery is a hostel that just spoils the budget traveler with love and warmth by providing cozy 4 to 12 bed dormitory rooms, glass stained windows and some sweeping creaking staircases. All guests are provided with bedding sheets and towels, a daily continental breakfast and free servings of tea, coffee and hot chocolate throughout the day.
Another load of free goodies provided to guest are the weekly specials, such as homemade soup, homemade ice cream, BBQs, Sunday morning pancakes and wine tasting sessions.
The Nunnery also holds a very comfy lounge room fitted with large leather club sofas, a warm fire place and a TV for guest to relax and mingle and swap travel stories with one another. The staffs at the Nunnery, also known as the Nuns, are dedicated in providing the budget traveler a great Melbournian experience with their fun, friendly and chilled back vibes.
All Melbournians know that St Kilda is the hippest place to be in terms of a night out. With only a minutes' walk to the coolest bars and cafes in town and a short stroll to the beach, Base Backpackers is by no means an exception.
High rated among international travelers, Base Backpackers offers a stylish sleeping experience for the budget traveler with an informative and happy staff, a huge modern kitchen, and a funky bar with loads of daily specials.
The sleeping options include a double private ensuite and the standard shared dormitories with a selection of mixed 4 bed, 8 bed and 10 bed rooms. All guests are provided with their own lockers, clean sheets and a security swipe pass.
For guests staying for more than 3 nights, a free shuttle bus transfer from Tullamarine Airport is available. Call upon arrival for more information on the shuttle bus services.
Other facilities include a travel desk, dependable Wi-Fi access, laundry rooms, a girls only 'Sanctuary floor' where female travelers can sleep the night feeling comfortable and safe.
The only danger you should be concerned about is that with all their great services and facilities, you might just spend your entire stay inside the building!
I had a fantastic time staying at Nomad's Industry when I was in Melbourne! The dorm rooms were spacious, and even though we shared the space with about 10 other people, we still had our own room.
The staff are all very friendly and very efficient, and they had great facilities.
I also loved that there was a great little bookshop just down the road (can't quite remember the name) that had some very reasonably priced books and great service. Nomad's was also a very short walk to most of the places we needed to be.
Just a hint: don't tell the people in the hostel you've flown to Melbourne to go listen to an author speak. Apparently it's not very cool.
Thanks for the great round-up, might check out one of these others next time in Melbourne.