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Back of Chapel Backpackers
50 Green St, Windsor, Stonnington, Victoria 3181, Australia   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“This is the place to stay.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I stayed at Bag of Chapel while traveling around Victoria and from the the moment I checked in until the moment I left I had an amazing, relaxing and fun time.

This hostel is all about the people, it's not the typical hostel where everything is about making money of people.

The hostel is run by two chilled and nice guys: Aaron and Josh and it is cleaned daily by a lovely lady called Kelly. They are all super easy to get on with.

When I checked in Aaron was absolutely lovely, I had to pay my $10 deposit for the room and locker keys and then after a few hours I went back to reception to get my plate, my soup bowl, my mug and my cutlery so I had to pay another $10 deposit (in case you break them of lose them). Once again Aaron in reception was very nice, He didn't have any change and give them to me anyway and just said to give him the deposit once I had some change.

I didn't see him for a few days after that, when I saw him again and gave him the money he was cool with that. No drama.

Every one staying at the hostel was very nice, chilled and having a good time. Everyone was friend with everyone.
We never kept the room doors locked cus the atmosphere was lovely and we all trusted each other.

At night time no one looks after the hostel but they have cctv which gets checked all the time, so if you are thinking of staying there and take advantage of that you better look for another place. This place is for people who want to have a good time, relax, have a good holiday, make new friends and share stories.

The hostel has a back yard with a big table, chairs, bbq, an area where you can park your bike and an area where you can put your clothes to dry after you do your washing. The back yard gets cleaned daily too.

The kitchen is very clean too and it is open 24/7 (which it doesn't happen in hostel I have been before). So if you want to cook at 4am you can. Absolutely great.

There is a chill out area with a huge couch, big tv, dvd's, play station and books which you can borrow.

Windsor is lovely funky area, packed with with bars, grocery shops and cool tattoo shops too.It is also very close to the train station and to trams.

I wish every hostel was like Back of Chapel and I really recommend you to stay there. During my stay I saw people leaving and going to other hostels but they were ALWAYS coming back and checking back in.

Thank you for everything.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 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, May 18, 2014
Hi breathindeeply,

Thanks for a fantastic and detailed review.

It's great to see such a positive review from an experienced traveler, and senior contributor. This reinforces us that Back of Chapel is heading in the correct direction.

Thanks for calling me "chilled and nice" the $10 Kitchen deposit is an attempt to keep the Kitchen in a cleaner state. It seems to be working a lot better as gets now have complimented us how how much better it is.

You have mentioned so great aspects of Back of Chapel,

-lovely atmosphere
-24/7 Kitchen is clean (most of the time)
-Windsor is a lovely funky area
-wishing every hostel was like Back of Chapel

We hope the rest of your travels around Australia were fun and exciting.

Thanks again for mentioning all these important factors.

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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Sydney, Australia
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My friend and I visited Melbourne for the Australia Day long weekend and picked this Hostel based on the good reviews and we’d heard good things about Chapel St.

Overall I would say do not stay here if you are only in town for a few days – yes Chapel St has some nice bars and restaurants but so does the centre, and it is looong walk from the city centre and the train is not cheap.

The décor/facilities are O.K., obviously it’s a hostel so you don’t expect much but there are only a few bathrooms (some accessible only by going outside) and to use the kitchen you need to get plates and things from reception (which is only open 8.30- 5 – not so good if you arrive in the evening). It’s a converted terrace so it’s a bit old and grungy but functional. Lots of info about the area in the front hall.
All three nights we stayed it was very noisy – our room shared a balcony with the dorm next door so all night there were groups of people playing loud music and drinking right outside our window a metre from the bed. A fire alarm was set off at 4am and there was blood all over one of the (few) bathrooms.
Most of the guests seem to be long term. And it did seem like a better set up if you planned to be in the area for a while. If you are in Melbourne to party or plan to stay a long time in one hostel maybe this is the place for you.

The staff were nice and helpful and there was a pretty friendly vibe in the common areas early in the evening/during the day.

Ultimately the hostel is OK. It wasn’t really the right place for our stay (we were visiting the GOR and doing some general touristy site seeing) and next time I would stay elsewhere. But if you’re looking for somewhere to stay long term and you like a drink then this could good.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 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 18, 2014
Hi Mimi K,

Thanks for posting your detailed review.

Unfortunately you caught Back Of Chapel at a bad time. I believe during checkout you mentioned about the guests in the next room. I gave them all a warning that that behavior cannot continue. We did evict them the next day because they were unable to respect our wishes. We apologies for the fire alarm to go off at 4am in the morning. There is not much we can do about that. All bathrooms are cleaned from 8:30am and maintained throughout the day.

Unfortunately a couple of consecutive unlucky and rare events occurred during your stay which would of made it less comfortable than it would of been without.

If you decide to come back down to Melbourne I would suggest to give us another try so we can prove that not every night is like the one you had.

We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip in Melbourne.

thanks,
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

a real home away from home , only meaning to stay two weeks ive ended up being there for four months, back of chapel has a certain charm and a lot of character . receptions very friendly and will help with anything . being small and intimate it has a real family feel about it. highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed August 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, May 18, 2014
Hi Holly_nz1991,

Thanks for posting your review.

You have definitely chosen some choice words like Charm, Character, Small and Intimate. That's how we would like to describe what Back of chapel is and should be like.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay with us!

thanks again,

Aaron
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Back of Chapel has a certain charm that you can find only in few place in Australia. Friendly and particulary well located on Chapel street, B.O.C has offered me all I needed during my stay in Melbourne. Plain breakfast every morning, free internet and foxtel on a big TV screen to chill out. It is not a cheap 4 or 5 stars hotel, it is just a great place to meet people you will never forget. You intend to stay few weeks in Melbourne or you are passing throught BOC is a place to stay around the place to be !

  • Stayed November 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 18, 2014
Hi ADL44,

Thanks for writing your review. We love to read how you enjoyed your stay and it will not be a memory forgotten.

Thanks again,
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Excellent little hostel with a perfect location, tram/train stops around the corner, lots of bars and restaurants in within 2 mins walk. Cool atmosphere with all the backpackers. Staying in a private room which is great. Extended the stay it's that good.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BackOfchapel, Manager at Back of Chapel Backpackers, responded to this review, May 18, 2014
Hi willtomo,

Thanks for posting your review.

It seems you are not alone with making a booking and extending your stay because you enjoyed it here. That's always great to see. We hope the rest of your travels around Australia are lot's of fun.

Thanks,
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Hell, Norway
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

It is a really nice quiete little Hostel, in one of the best Areas in Melbourne. Location is perfect, supermarket, tramstation, Bars, Restaurant, Nightclubs and lots of shops and markets are just around the corner.
The Atmosphere in the Hostel is more like a litte family, because the Hostel is not too big. Free Wifi and free Breakfeast is an extra plus on the list and the prices are fair. ( Just the to smal frige and the missing oven is a bit annoying)
Really enjoy my stay here with some awesome people, good location and the very friendly and helpful staff.

Cheers Matt

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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 Matt K,

Thanks for posting your review of Back of Chapel!

We think free Wifi and free Breakfast is a must for any backpackers these days. We are in the process of upgrading the fridges to provide more space for every guest.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay here.

Thanks again,

Aaron

(4 bed dorms with the balconies are the pick of the hostel)
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Back of chapel backpackers is a nice, shared house type of hostel. Rooms and kitchen are cleaned everyday by the nice cleaning lady and the owners Aaron and his brother are nice, normal friendly guys. After visiting five other hostels in Melbourne, I decided to stay here for the next 1,5 months, like most of the backpackers here. Location is pretty ideal, Chapel st offers restaurants, stores, nightclubs, gyms and grocery stores. st kilda beach is only 25min walk distance and trams go there as well. Trams takes you easily to city center (CBD) in 10mins.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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 Ripatius,

Thanks for posting your review.

It's great to read that you stayed in 5 other hostels in Melbourne and chose to stay with us for the rest of your time in Melbourne.

Thanks for stating our location and how easy it is to get around from here using the Melbourne public transport system.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Australia,

Aaron
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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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