My friend and I visited Melbourne for the Australia Day long weekend and picked this Hostel based on the good reviews and we’d heard good things about Chapel St.
Overall I would say do not stay here if you are only in town for a few days – yes Chapel St has some nice bars and restaurants but so does the centre, and it is looong walk from the city centre and the train is not cheap.
The décor/facilities are O.K., obviously it’s a hostel so you don’t expect much but there are only a few bathrooms (some accessible only by going outside) and to use the kitchen you need to get plates and things from reception (which is only open 8.30- 5 – not so good if you arrive in the evening). It’s a converted terrace so it’s a bit old and grungy but functional. Lots of info about the area in the front hall.
All three nights we stayed it was very noisy – our room shared a balcony with the dorm next door so all night there were groups of people playing loud music and drinking right outside our window a metre from the bed. A fire alarm was set off at 4am and there was blood all over one of the (few) bathrooms.
Most of the guests seem to be long term. And it did seem like a better set up if you planned to be in the area for a while. If you are in Melbourne to party or plan to stay a long time in one hostel maybe this is the place for you.
The staff were nice and helpful and there was a pretty friendly vibe in the common areas early in the evening/during the day.
Ultimately the hostel is OK. It wasn’t really the right place for our stay (we were visiting the GOR and doing some general touristy site seeing) and next time I would stay elsewhere. But if you’re looking for somewhere to stay long term and you like a drink then this could good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Back Of Chapel is devoted to providing our guests with the best experience. We hope to see you soon.”Back of Chapel is a 150 year old Victorian terrace, which has recently been renovated. We are Located in the South-Eastern suburb of Windsor in Melbourne, Australia. Back Of Chapel is nestled in the core of Chapel Street, which is a vibrant, cultural and popular tourist area in Melbourne. Chapel Street provides an historic setting with diverse dining in many cafes, restaurants and bars as well as innovative architecture with exciting arts and cultural venues. Here at Back Of Chapel we pride ourselves on offering the most fun, friendly and chilled out hostel in Melbourne. All of our rooms are reasonably priced and we cater for many types of travelers. Many of our guests make a reservation for a few days and end up staying for a few months. The diversity and enthusiasm of our guests provide a great family vibe. You can always count on meeting new and friendly people from all over the world. Back Of Chapel also has a dedicated bar for backpackers and friends. The BOC bar features a variety of local and imported beer, wine and spirits all at low prices. Our friendly staff will always make you feel welcome. If you are looking to stay for a few nights or a few months, Back Of Chapel will provide a homely and relaxed feel that will make your stay in Melbourne more enjoyable than anywhere else. Please note that our triple rooms consist of a double bed and a single bunk on top.Hostel reception hours are:8:30am-5pm everyday (closed 1-2pm)Recommended for guests over 18 years of Age. ... more less
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