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“Don't waste your money!” 1 of 5 stars
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Hotel Barkly
3.5 of 5 Small Hotel   |   109 Barkly Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3182, Australia   |  
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Ranked #11 of 25 Melbourne B&B and Inns
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“Don't waste your money!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Calling this place a hotel is a joke. It is a mediocre hostel at best with a nightclub on the top floor. Staff are rude, doormen... Yes the hotel has doormen because at the weekend it is a nightclub. My friend and I booked a room for a weekend away for her birthday, but we were really disappointed with the hotel and the people that worked there. The room itself was OK, basic...no telephone, no hair dryer, no TV remote. The room had a balcony but you are not allowed out on it. Bed did not have a duvet cover!!!! The club itself on the top floor was soooo noisy until after 2am, so much that the ceiling of our room was vibrating! To make matters worse, we put up with it on the Friday night, on the Saturday we thought we would go up for a few drinks on the way home! We were not allowed in, we were told that the club was not accessible to hotel guests and there was a guest list. However, we had to stand in the lobby and wait for the people going to the nightclub to use the lift before we were allowed to go to our room. The people that were going in and out of the club were extremely rude as well! The lift smelled absolutely awful as well, a mixture of vomit, urine and air freshener! Definitely a place to avoid!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Thank you for your review. All of your comments have been taken on board and passed on to all of the Management team.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We stayed there for 1 months. The staff were really friendly. The hostel is really nice, they do a free breakfast and it's cheaper than other hostels in the area.

The bathhrooms are huge, the only bad are the lighting is a bit dark and the isnt enough plates in the kithcen.

They do a backpacker party on a friday which is one of the best nights we had in st kilda. It was a Neon party and the music was the best, look out for the dj with the shaved hair he was the best

I would stay here again if i come back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Thank you for your great review and comments.. we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay in our hostel St Kilda Beach House... we hope to see you again soon!
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

first off the receptionist was rude, we got into the elevator that smelt like a dead animal and then arrived at our room. walking in it looked nothing at all like the pictures, it wasnt very clean and we had no pillowcase on our pillows which were all brown and stained. after settling in it wasnt so bad... until about 10pm when the nightclub opened and literally all you can hear is the thumping of feat and music all night. i wouldnt reccomend staying here if you actually want to get some sleep.

Room Tip: the whole hotel is just ridiculously noisy
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your review and your comments. My sincerest apologies that you found our receptionist to be rude and also the cleanliness of your room. This is something that was followed up urgently once it was brought to our attention. Our rooms are situated beneath our rooftop nightclub which is open over the weekends and public holiday eves. We try to make sure that all guests are aware of this and all of our booking sites now clearly state this information as to avoid any unpleasant and unexpected experiences. All your comments have been taken on board and changes have been made.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

Been in the Hotel Barkly for 5 weeks now and I love it here. It is great fun, the staff are amazing and very friendly. The location is perfect, near the beach and high street and has good access for transport. Only 20 mins tram ride to the city.
The hostel itself is clean, the rooms are big enough with a good sized bathroom. The kitchen is not bad...but needs more fridge space and kettles for the amount of people staying.The bar downstairs is great fun and lively at weekends and there is a rooftop bar for weekend partying woohoo!
All in all I would recommend this hostel for long-term and short-term stayers. It has everything you need and more!

Room Tip: doesn't make a difference theyr all the same...except 8 dorm rooms have bigger bathrooms...i thi...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your review and your comments. We are so pleased to hear that you really enjoyed your stay with us. Good luck with the rest of your travels!
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Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

All the staff are awesome, the check in receptionists are extremely kind and helpful.
We stayed for 1 month and had a great time, the weather was good and we enjoyed our whole stay in the hotel.

The only downfall is the bar staff, rude and obnoxious!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you for your comments! Great to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us.. it is always a pleasure when guests return and extend their stay!
Sorry to hear that you didnt have a good experience with our bar staff.. this will be addressed with the bar managers.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Stayed in one of the hotel rooms for a week. During the week it was lovely. Rooms are serviced every day. Beds are changed and towels are changed daily. Rooms are big bright and airy with large bathrooms. At the weekend once the rooftop club is in full swing it is rather noisy but then we expected this as we saw it on the booking site and i suppose this is reflected in the low prices.

The rooftop bar is actually a really good place to go for a night out and the recpetion staff are so friendly it made the noise worth it.

So overall a good friendly budget hotel. We will be staying again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, May 31, 2013
Thank you so much for all your comments.
We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Our rooftop bar is open over the weekends and unfortunately the noise does travel through to our rooms, thank you for highlighting that we do mention this on our website - we try our upmost to advise all of our guests about this to avoid disappointment. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your nights up in the club - it is a great way to meet people especially on Fridays as all backpackers in the area come to the club to enjoy the great music and cheap drinks!
We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed in this hostel for 5 months and my stay has been amazing! Stayed in an 8 bed room and not had 1 problem whilst staying there! I have had friends come and go out of the hostel during their travels and requested them to be in my room and the staff accommodated them with no trouble. The rooms are basic with lockers and draws under the beds for your things and an ensuite! The staff are all lovely and help as much as they can! There is a club upstairs that's open on a weekend (which is perfect when you don't want to walk very far to get home!) you can hear the music in your room but you can easily sleep through it and I am a light sleeper! Stayed on the second floor n the noise level was fine for me. The bar downstairs is also a great place to meet new people and there is always something going on each night (such as trivia) and the food is lovely and a good price too!! I will be sad to leave this place as it feels more like a home now, but I have to move on and see other things! Thank you Barkly hotel for my lovely stay and making me feel at home.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thank you for your comments. It is great to hear that you had an amazing stay with us at our Backpacker Hostel, St Kilda Beach House. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and that we get to meet again soon.
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Address: 109 Barkly Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3182, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Barkly 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Barkly accommodation offers comfortable and chic rooms with modern décors and ensuites – the perfect getaway in the heart of the popular and fashionable inner city location of St Kilda.Within walking distance to the buzzing shops, café’s and bars of Acland St, St Kilda’s famous beach and only a 10 minute taxi to Melbourne’s CBD.We are a busy licensed entertainment venue and our popular Rooftop Bar which is open on the weekends is situated above the hotel. ... more   less 
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