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“Best hostel in Melbourne” 5 of 5 stars
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Back of Chapel Backpackers
50 Green St, Windsor, Stonnington, Victoria 3181, Australia   |  
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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“Best hostel in Melbourne”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Me and my boyfriend stayed here for a month whilst we worked in Melbourne and were so sad to leave. The people you meet are so friendly and chilled and the hostel itself is lovely. Really well managed, brilliant free breakfast and great location! Perfect place to explore chapel street. Definitely the best place to stay in melbourne!

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Hi Gabz,

Thank you so much for posting a review for Back of Chapel. We absolutely love your title as well!
Back of Chapel has been trying to improve every day and there has been many upgrades since you left. We hope to get some more done before the summer season picks up again.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around Australia.

thanks again,

Aaron
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I have been staying here since the middle of June this year.my intention was to stay a month but found myself still here 4 months later.Aaron and Josh are very accommodating if you need help with anything.It is just off Chapel St which has all the cafes,bars and restaurants at your door step.Good environment and people come through here and make it feel more like a home than a hostel.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 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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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Hi Ross,

Thanks for taking your time to post a review.
It was great having you as a guest for the duration of your stay. Many guests we have end up staying for longer than expected just like your situation.
we hope the rest of your travels were just as fun as your time staying here.

all the best,

Aaron and Josh.
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

I recently relocated to Melbourne and stayed here for 10 days, really quiet as backpackers go, had a private room with a big comfy bed, the location is great, the staff were helpful and friendly. It's more of a big share house than a backpackers.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Hi Fakecarl,

Thank you for posting a review for Back of Chapel. Our guests continually say that one of the greatest features is that we are like more of a big share house with a homely feel. We hope that the rest of your time in Melbourne was fantastic.

Thanks again,

Aaron
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Back of chapel is a very good hostel, it's cheap and the location is perfect, cause you are near to lot of bars, restaurants, clothes chop and supermarket. it's an hostel with a human size, so you feel comfortable. The rooms are clean and you have a balcony :). Shower and also good.
I think it's the best hostel if we compare price and quality.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Hi Alex M,

Thanks for taking your time to post a review for Back Of Chapel Backpackers. We think the Balconies for the 4 bed dorms and private rooms are awesome too!
We hope you have some more fun and exciting travels after your time with us.

Thanks again,

Aaron
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

I arrived in Melbourne in June and stayed here till October.Its easily the best hostel I've stayed in during my two years stay in Australia.The location on chapel street is perfect.I was working during the week and had no problems with noise.Its always clean with great showers and laundry services.It has a homely feel to it as you get to know the other people staying here due to its size.Aaron and josh are very helpful and are always looking to improve.If I ever return to Melbourne ill be definitely returning.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Thanks for posting your review. That's great to hear that we are your favorite hostel in your 2 years of travelling around Australia. If you do come back I'm sure you will see and improvement from when you checked out. safe travels!
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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

I booked in for two weeks after moving to Melbourne to look for work at the end of July and I'm only now about to leave to continue my travels. I'll actually be a bit gutted to depart because of the risk my next port of call might not be anywhere near as cool!

There are a few people who have lived there for a while (working and/or studying) so there is a relaxed, domestic vibe at times which I think is quite nice - a bit of a sanctuary rather than it just be a high turnover/full blown party all the time which is what I imagine it to be like at some of the bigger chain hostels. I put my washing out on the line out the back the other day and then sat out the back in the sun with a coffee and played guitar. It was really nice :). That's not to say people don't enjoy their big nights in/out - it's full of vibrant, young travelers and close to so many bars that it's kind of unavoidable.

If I need accommodation when I come back to Melbourne I would definitely put this place at the top of my list. Josh, Aaron and Kelly have all been really lovely to deal with and they maintain very high standards. On the whole pretty much everyone I've met while I've been there has been really considerate as well which is great.

Also, if you're coming for work they have a job board which I know a number of people (including myself) have picked up a range of work from.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Thanks for writing such an informative review. It shows that we are a backpacker for short term guests. We try and make Back of Chapel comfortable and affordable and because of this guests keep on extending their reservations. If you do come back we would be more than happy to have you here. safe travels,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

An amazing hostel with very helpful staff and a great atmosphere. Very close to all the excitement, bars, cafes and shops of Chapel Street. Also close to good transport links to the CBD and other areas.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, February 26, 2014
Thanks for posting your review. Chapel st is fantastic and we are close to trams and trains to get to the city or other areas.
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Address: 50 Green St, Windsor, Stonnington, Victoria 3181, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Stonnington > Windsor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Windsor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Back Of Chapel is devoted to providing our guests with the best experience. We hope to see you soon.”Back of Chapel is a 150 year old Victorian terrace, which has recently been renovated. We are Located in the South-Eastern suburb of Windsor in Melbourne, Australia. Back Of Chapel is nestled in the core of Chapel Street, which is a vibrant, cultural and popular tourist area in Melbourne. Chapel Street provides an historic setting with diverse dining in many cafes, restaurants and bars as well as innovative architecture with exciting arts and cultural venues. Here at Back Of Chapel we pride ourselves on offering the most fun, friendly and chilled out hostel in Melbourne. All of our rooms are reasonably priced and we cater for many types of travelers. Many of our guests make a reservation for a few days and end up staying for a few months. The diversity and enthusiasm of our guests provide a great family vibe. You can always count on meeting new and friendly people from all over the world. Back Of Chapel also has a dedicated bar for backpackers and friends. The BOC bar features a variety of local and imported beer, wine and spirits all at low prices. Our friendly staff will always make you feel welcome. If you are looking to stay for a few nights or a few months, Back Of Chapel will provide a homely and relaxed feel that will make your stay in Melbourne more enjoyable than anywhere else. Please note that our triple rooms consist of a double bed and a single bunk on top.Hostel reception hours are:8:30am-5pm everyday (closed 1-2pm)Recommended for guests over 18 years of Age. ... more   less 
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