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“I took one look and left” 1 of 5 stars
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Melbourne Metro YHA
78 Howard St., Melbourne, Victoria 3051, Australia (Formerly Queensberry Hill YHA) (North Melbourne)   |  
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Ranked #39 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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“I took one look and left”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

After 6 weeks in Australia I found out hostel standards on average are pretty low there. You simply cannot compare them to hostels in Scandinavia or Spain for example, which counted for my only (and very positive) hostel experiences.

When I arrived in Australia I had booked the Metro hostel, bc of good reviews here. So I expected something basic, but nice and clean. But what I saw was a down right old and run down place. It felt a bit seventies for me, like an old school, hospital or even a prison.

Staff was very professional though, and I got my money back when I did not want to stay there.

Maybe this is more of a place for teenagers, I guess as a 30 something your standards are higher.

But like I said, this was my first experience with hostels in Australia. Later it turned out most hostels are not modern and comfortable, as they are in Europe. I've seen some after that who were a lot worse. At least, even if Metro is not modern/stylish/comfy..., it appeared to be clean...

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melinda S, Marketing Coordinator at Melbourne Metro YHA, responded to this review, August 13, 2013
Hi Sarina29, thank you for your review. YHA takes all of the reviews seriously and we appreciate your feedback.
Melbourne Metro YHA was built back in the 70's, for the purpose of being a hostel, so you are correct in saying it had a bit of a seventies feel.
We often paint the interior and update our furniture to keep it feeling modern and fresh and are glad to hear that overall you were happy with your stay at Metro.
We appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you again at another YHA.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

I stayed in this YHA in late Feb and was a little disappointed. For a place with summer temps of up to 40 degrees, there was no air conditioning. The room was clean, but the kitchen was such a disaster that I avoided cooking there. The wifi in the building is so slow that nothing loads, and expensive to boot. Location is pretty far away from the nearest tram, and also hard to find. The beds were hard as rock, and some (not all) of the staff were really quite rude. One of the nice things about this place was the little cafeteria owned and operated by a really nice indian couple, the food was lovely and really cheap too! Probably wouldn't stay again, but it wasn't too bad :)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melinda S, Marketing Coordinator at Melbourne Metro YHA, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Hi Lorenna Z, thank you for your review. YHA takes all of the reveiws seriously and we appreciate your feedback.
Melbourne generally receives only a few days of 40+ degrees, but we do understand when it reaches these temperatures it gets very hot. YHA is very serious about the environment and sustainability and that being the reason there is no air conditioning in the building. We do have fans in the hostel to help with the heat. If you ever have difficulties locating the trams or any other location, our reception staff are always happy to help, that's what they are here for!
We appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again at another YHA.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Excellent value.Very clean.We had a room with 4 beds all to our self as the family rooms were already taken.We had to share the bathrooms which were extremely clean
Staff were helpful.Kitchen area good.There is an onsite cafe doing meals and breakfast ( good value).
You can get the tram very nearby to the CBD or walk to Lygon street and Errol street ( great restaurants)
2 TV areas and DVD's if wanted.NO games room which was a let down(pool table).
Otherwise a really good place to stay

Room Tip: All rooms were pretty quiet it just depends whether the guests are considerate NOT to talk too loud...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

I recently took my teenage son and two of his mates to Melbourne for the June long weekend and decided to try this YHA Hostel. It suited our needs perfectly. To keep costs down we cooked our own meals in the hostel kitchen. What I was most impressed by was the amazing 360 degree view of Melbourne from the rooftop access area. Now that I'm familiar of the streets to walk into the city centre I'll definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

For a hostel, this is pretty good. Location is walking distance from the city centre and facilities are great. Best part though? The rooftop area - great spot for a couple of drinks overlooking the Melbourne skyline.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

the good: clean rooms, kitchen is most of the time clean, very nice view from top of the hostel! friendly and helpful staff

the bad: location is ok, bit out of the city centre, next supermarket is 10min walking. The lift is extremely slow, never seen such a slow one.. but the stairs are good ;)

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is very good for a hostel style visit, esp if you are seeking a private room with ensuite.

The room was very clean, with a TV and tea making facilities, and was at the rear so very quiet during the night. You have access to the kitchen and lounge area, so it provides a very comfortable place for a short budget stay.

I have used this before, and would also do so again, and bonus is that it is a short walk from the Queen Victoria markets.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 78 Howard St., Melbourne, Victoria 3051, Australia (Formerly Queensberry Hill YHA)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > North Melbourne
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 112 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Melbourne Metro YHA is a modern hostel located on the city fringe in leafy North Melbourne. This hostel is your relaxed home away from home that's only minutes from famous Queen Victoria Markets and walking distance to all the major attractions - the best of both worlds! Facilities include a tour desk for all your tour and transport needs within Victoria and Australia, free Wifi Hot Spot (Wifi Plus option also available), fully equipped self-catering kitchen, communal lounge areas, launderette, secure car parking (subject to availability - $10 per day) and DVD's for hire. Enjoy the rooftop with panoramic city views as well as a BBQ and lounges perfect for socializing and meeting fellow travellers. Each room is heated and comes with lockers and an individual bed light. Bathroom facilities are shared. Guests can choose from a range of bed types, including 4 and 8 multi-share, twin/double rooms with optional en suite, and family rooms. We can also book groups of up to 120 people, ideal for schools, sporting groups and international exchange programs. Within the hostel there are always lots of great activities on including movie nights, Safari Pete travel auctions, free comedy, wine & cheese nights and a great weekly pub crawl! Activities are updated regularly so check with our friendly reception to see what's on and to get the best local tour and travel advice. Talking about what's on, Melbourne is the events and sporting capital of Australia! Getting around is simple with a free map and MyKi cards available for purchase at the hostel reception. A tram stop is located just 500m from the hostel and the $5 Melbourne Visitor Shuttle Bus stop is only 5 minutes walk which loops Melbourne's best attractions. Take advantage of the cities vibrant events calendar including the Spring Racing Carnival, Australian Open Tennis, AFL matches, Melbourne International comedy festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Cup and year round markets, live music, film, food, art and fashion activities and events. ... more   less 
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