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“Started off awful, turned it around” 3 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 #12 of 27 Melbourne B&B and Inns
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“Started off awful, turned it around”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

We arrived here after a very long drive and after a long stressful search for the free parking we got a space.
When I walked into reception I described where we parked to check it was free and the guy was not helpful at all in fact sarcastic.
Anyway we paid the deposit for the key and got charged for getting the cash out and went to our dorm. We walked in and no one said hello and although having a bathroom in the dorm sounds good all it did was smell of urine.
So we went downstairs and upgraded to a private room and the attitude changed completely. We no longer needed to leave a deposit for a key and the guy was suddenly helpful.
He told us there was club above our room AFTER we had paid. But the private was really nice and clean !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 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 October 27, 2013

Had a great time at this hotel. The bedroom was great for the price (was in one of the studios). Was quite loud at night in the room from the nightclub upstairs but that was pointed out on the booking website so can't complain, in fact it found myself up there chatting to people.

Great location only a few minutes walk from Acland st. Only thing that I can really complain about is that my card never worked for the outside door so had trouble getting back in after hours. The staff tried to get it working a few times (and were otherwise very helpful and friendly).

The food downstairs at the bar is great too. Would definitely recommend staying here, just bear in mind the noise on weekends. If that's not for you probably not the right place.

Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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MissB109, Front Office Manager at Hotel Barkly, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your review and all your comments. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and ventured to the bar and enjoyed your evening. We hope if you come to St Kilda again you will choose to stay with us.
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

The staff are really friendly and helpful. The people that stay here are always nice and welcoming. I made friends in my first hour here. The bathroom is a really nice size. I was expecting a small shower but it's very roomy. The beds are comfortable as well. It's in a lovely place. Walk to the beach and shops and bars. Just a tram ride to the city centre.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, December 5, 2013
Thank you for your review and your comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay here with us.
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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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Holland
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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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Address: 109 Barkly Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3182, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 27 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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