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“The Guesthouse - a good choice” 4 of 5 stars
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The Nunnery
116 Nicholson St., Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia   |  
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“The Guesthouse - a good choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This hostels has two buildings - the hostel and the Guesthouse. We got upgraded in the guesthouse and would book rooms here next time too. The hostel part seemed quite big and noisy. The guesthouse is a cosy house with amazing interior. The bathrooms were quite nice and big and the dorm was good! Amazing breakfast with fresh rolls and bread. Very very good. They offer something nearly every night, so we had free ice cream on enight.

The only thing that was bad is that in the guesthouse the management can not have quite a close eye on the guests and so no one really bothered to clean up after cooking, such a shame. And the wifi is only working 100 percent in the hostel (plus you have to pay for it).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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10 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here after reading good things about this place. However, after travelling for 6 months this is one of the worst hostels I've stayed in.

The kitchen is tiny for the number of people staying in the hostel and is really dirty. People don't seem to do their washing up, I've never seen so many dirty dishes piled up in a hostel, and the tea towels don't seem to have been changed the whole week I was there. It was so revolting I didn't cook in the kitchen.

The bathrooms are dirty. I think the staff do clean them once a day but the residents don't seem to keep them clean, overflowing bins are a common sight.

My small dorm was ok, very hot in the warm weather, no proper air con. The worst thing was the bed bug bites that we all got, not pleasant at all.

The free breakfast of cornflakes and bread was a welcome addition but I defiantly wouldn't stay here again!!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

I have stayed in hostels all over the world and this is very good accommodation. It was clean and the kitchen was well cleaned (3 times daily). You get a towel included and a duvet. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is as with a lot of hostels it charges for weak wi-fi (which I've always disagreed with for the cost you pay) and it had accepted a number of groups for a booking on the same night (hence leaving everyone else to find another hostel for two nights, yes it is a business but they could have filled the place anyway with those already there). Otherwise, great.

Room Tip: Take a dorm/bed away from the road if possible, those trams are LOUD!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The nunnery is a backpacker hostel very close to the Melbourne CBD (approx 10-15 min walk to Flinders St). I stayed in the guesthouse (a bit quieter and more "low key") next door to the main building and was pleasantly surprised with the quality. The rooms are large and clean and you can book a double which is great if your not so keen on sharing.
You do have to share a bathroom but there wasn't a wait any time over the weekend I stayed. The bathrooms are also large, modern and clean! The price may be a little high for backpackers but compare it to CBD hotels and it is fair. They can also organize a shuttle to the airport which was good value!
I didn't use the complimentary breakfast as there are many, many good food choices on nearby Brunswick st and adjacent areas.
I will stay here again if in Melbourne.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere and met heaps of travellers. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

The rooms were quite comfortable and the washrooms were clean. The breakfast was quite plain with bread with spreads and corn flakes. Tea, coffee and hot choc was available. I thought it was a bit overpriced with the value of the rooms and food.

It is very noisy and the walls are paper thin so you will hear your neighbours and everyone in the halls. So bring your ear plugs and hope you're not a light sleeper.

It's in fitzroy neighbourhood and Lygon street, some very cool and unique areas to visit. Would stay here again for the atmosphere and the people I've met.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I was looking on Hostel world.com where to stay for a 3 night trip to Melbourne. The Nunnery came up first. I checked out the reviews and decided to book. I am so happy I did. Nunnery is a great spot. WOnderful location. About 15 minutes from CBD You can walk to everything. For the travelers who are on a budget- free breakfast daily and BBQ on Friday. The rooms were clean. I stayed in 6 bed room. I got on along well with one guy from the UK. lots of young people there backpacking through. They also have pub crawls. Plenty of showers. Didn't have to wait too long. One of the cleanet hostels I have been in. Towel included!! Stainedglass windows were beautiful. Favorite part of this place was the picture of Celine dion and a crazy looking cat from the 80s thanking the nunnery when she stayed there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tongeren, Belgium
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I stayed at this place for almost 4 weeks in october 2012. Very good ambiance, the pub crawl are always worth checking out, there is a free bbq every week(vege-friendly) and the beds are comfortable. Lots of young people so no, this is not a very quiet place, especially going into the weekend. But I will surely return here someday.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 116 Nicholson St., Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Yarra > Fitzroy
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Fitzroy
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 75
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