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“Excellent hostel” 5 of 5 stars
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United Backpackers Melbourne
250 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Elephant Backpackers) (Melbourne CBD)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
1 review
“Excellent hostel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Third time I have actually stayed here and as ever it didn't disappoint.
Constantly clean and tidy, plenty of events happening every day and evening. And very quiet at night too.
In an excellent location too.

Would definitely stay again, you'd be a fool not to stay here while in Melbourne!

Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved United, but there is actually a disadvantage to staying there... No other hostel now compares!
This was the first hostel I stayed in on arrival in Australia, arriving at the beginning of January and staying for 2 weeks. The location is perfect, the rooms were clean, bedding clean (a rarity in hostels up the East coast) and I loved having my own light, plug socket and locker (again a rarity). Free wifi is such a bonus, I didn't realise until I started travelling up the east coast how this doesn't actually happen in any hostels.
Thank you United Backpackers, I miss Melbourne, WHEN (not if) I come back,I'll be sure to stay with you again.

  • Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

First hostel i stayed in Oz and must say one of the best ! Rooms were clean and all staff were really friendly. Location wise it's perfect, right in centre and near all the attractions. Would definitely stay there again. Wifi was good and bar downstairs had fairly good prices for drinks.

Stayed January 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I left my heart ..22 days there ...before leave melbourne I will come back for sure !! <3 staff amazing ..location is perfect..I met many people and part of them now became my daily friends ..well I have been in few hostel before because Unfortunally they had not bed available because of the tennis cup ..let me say is a luxury hostel..!! Thanks guys see u soon

Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed for two weeks while working and had a really great time. Nice people, very modern and clean, air con, great showers/toilets.

The location is probably the best bit - right on Flinders next to tram and trains.

Yeeehewwww.

Stayed January 2015, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

United has thee perfect location and really good sized rooms. The hotel is very clean and facilities are pretty good, although you only get wifi on the 1st floor. Didn't particularly like the staff, weren't very friendly and forever being accused by the "kitchen cop" of not cleaning up in the kitchen .. We are 22 years of age! Quite expensive for a hostel aswell so I would recommend looking elsewhere first as I'm sure you will get a better deal.

Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Hello there,

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback - we work hard to keep the hostel super clean (thanks for noticing!) and yep - it's hard to beat this location isn't it. I'm happy to read there was lots you enjoyed about your stay with us :)

Some things have changed since you were with us in December - including the kitchen cop! As you can imagine, it's a tough job to have - and keeping the kitchen tidy through peak times is hard. For every awesome person like you who does clean up after themselves, there are half a dozen who don't - it can be hard to distinguish sometimes (though of course the way that message is conveyed is super important too).

We also have our super great free wifi in the basement bar, lounge and laundry - I'm not sure if that will have been finished when you stayed!

Happy Travels
Jess
Operations Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant place to stay!
Stayed here for a week and loved every minute of it. The rooms are clean, the beds are comfy, the bathrooms are nice and the staff is really enthousiastic! Loads of activities are set up from the hostel and there are plenty of communal areas to chill and have a chat with fellow travellers. I'd go back there in a heartbeat if I'm ever in Melbourne again!

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Woo-hoo! What lovely things to read. Thanks so much for leaving your feedback - we look forward to welcoming you back to United one day soon (ps: one week in Melbourne is never enough - you have to come back!)

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Additional Information about United Backpackers Melbourne

Address: 250 Flinders St., Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Elephant Backpackers)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Melbourne CBD
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 113 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and find out why travellers voted United Backpackers Australia's best hostel at the Adventure Travel Awards in 2014! It's no secret we have the best location in town right opposite Flinders Street Station and only opening in 2013 we offer you brand new facilities, heaps of sweet spaces including our funky basement bar and most importantly great value for money. Our hostel is full of personality with Melbourne's laneway culture, funky decor and quirky art throughout. All this is served up with a great atmosphere, amazing staff, cool events, top notch security and the best pillows in town! Us in a nutshell: • Accommodation for 290 travellers over 3 levels • FREE Wi-Fi in common areas • Every bed has its own power-point, reading light and locker • Sparking clean bathrooms cleaned around the clock • Designer kitchen & dining room overlooking Flinders Station with ovens and heaps of equipment, hot plates and storage • Underground Chill Lounge open 24 hours • Lost & Found our cool as, Melbourne style basement bar open 7 days • Funky TV Lounge filled with beanbags & free DVD hire • 24 Reception manned with a rock star reception team of Melbourne locals • Top class security with swipe card access, lockers in all rooms & CCTV • Cool free events to show you the real Melbourne experience • Guest laundry open 24/7 • Free luggage storage We have a variety of accommodation options to choose from so whether you are looking to share a dorm from 4 to 12 beds filled with your newest friends, or to splash out on one of our private ensuite rooms, you will find it at United Backpackers! All rooms have: • Lockers • Bedside light and power point for your charging pleasure • Lots of space • High quality, comfy beds and linen • Choose between shared or ensuite bathrooms • Swipe card access • Heating & fans (private ensuite rooms have AC) • Cleaning servicing the rooms daily ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Elephant Backpackers Hotel Melbourne

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