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“Friendly and clean” 5 of 5 stars
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Ritz for Backpackers
169B Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia   |  
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Melbourne
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Friendly and clean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Really good value for money - clean and free wifi. More like a hotel this hostel and perfect location - close to CBD and st. Kilda. Really lovely staff and peaceful environment. Only one grumpy member of staff the rest went out of their way to help me. Free pancakes and activities each night. Can feel a hit clicky with lots of Irish long term stayers but on the whole great value for money. I was able the stay here as work full time which is difficult sometimes living in a hostel.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Belfast, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

After staying in other hostels around Australia I found myself constantly comparing them to the Ritz. It is by far the cleanest hostel I have stayed in. The bathrooms are cleaned around 3 times a day, the kitchen is cleaned constantly and the friendly staff are always around if you need anything!! Nothing is too much to ask.
Free wifi, free wine and cheese night, free hot pancake breakfast and free bbq on a Friday! All cutlery and cooking utensils are free and the kitchen has good facilities. Tram stop outside the door.
Very laid back in terms of partying if your not disturbing other guests.. we had a ball! Went as a couple and stayed in a double room which was great!! Cant wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Found this place just a bit of a normal hostel really. Nothing special, not terribly offensive! I've stayed in literally hundreds of hostels and I'll probably forget this one. Good thing about here though was the showers, they were clean and had a cubicle like at home which I loved! Beds were a bit uncomfy but that's just standard with a hostel haha, pancake breaky was a nice surprise! I found it a bit of a walk from the Main Street in st kilda but that's just me being picky it was about 15 mins. Just a normal hostel really!

Stayed April 2014
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Ritz Backpackers looks on first sight like a nice little hostel, but there are way too much guests for the place (all sitting places are constantly taken). It looks like a lot of people from the UK are living in the hostel for a long time and see it as there home. They make a lot of noise. Besides that, the tv room and the free pancake breakfast are nice and it's a 5 min walk to St. Kilda's beach.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I was here last week and left after just one day. There are so many Irish people constantly blasting loud music, making so much noise, stomping their feet. Look I love internationals, but the Irish run the hostel. They are so rude and disrespectful, especially the chicks- constantly yelling and screaming and the LOUD MUSIC. and the STOMPING OF THE FEET. THIS IS NOT YOUR PERSONAL HOUSE OR APT. ITS A HOSTEL - you are sharing with dozens of other backpackers. Maybe they don't want to listen to your IRISH MUSIC all day and night. TURN THAT MUSIC DOWN. At the very least, reception should tell them to keep it down. BUT alas, no one says anything. I DO NOT RECOMMEND STAYING HERE. SO MANY OTHER OPTIONS in ST KILDA FOR SAME PRICE OR CHEAPER where there isn't LOUD IRISH MUSIC AND STOMPING ALL DAY AND NIGHT.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Matlock, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

We found this hostel 5 minutes from the main run of Kilda Beach to be the most friendliest and helpful staff of any hostel we have stayed in. The double room we had was clean and the bed comfortable. We were grateful of the free pancakes cooked for you in the mornings. We found it to be very quiet even though it was above a pub.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

When we arrrived we didn't get the room we booked and the manager didn't care about it. The rooms are not really nice, the people who are staying there are idiots who get drunk everyday, robbing your stuff out of the fridge and throwing it around the whole place. The manager didn't care about that as well, even though he had cameras and could have easily look it up. All in all the backpackers is WAY!! to expensive for this quality.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 169B Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria 3182, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Port Phillip > St Kilda
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty Lodging in St Kilda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 44
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Also Known As:
Ritz For Backpackers Hotel St Kilda
Ritz St Kilda
St Kilda Ritz-Carlton
Ritz For Backpackers St Kilda, Greater Melbourne

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