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Flinders Backpackers
Ranked #25 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Reviewed December 5, 2012

if u want a simple nights sleep DO NOT STAY HERE i am an outgoing guy who stayed here with my girlfriend and it is without doubt the worst place i have stayed staff are very poor they do not do refunds which says it all. they seem to allow people to run riot making extremely loud noise throughout the night and take drugs, beds are dirty, rooms are dirty, i can not say 1 good thing about this place apart from the free hour internet they give you when you check in which i am now using to write this. enjoy oz dont stay here :) off to buy a tent.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

Having travelled through 3rd world countries, i have to say this place was worse!! What a joke....for starters, the price is ridiculous for what you get, its the most i have ever paid for a backpackers and it was the dirtiest. They obviously dont give a damn, its all about getting the people in and out, u ar just a number and the staff are not helpful. The room was tiny, the bed was caving in with a pole holding it up in the middle, the doors slammed all night and all morning, they obviously dont want to invest in door stoppers that decrease the noise, the floor was disgusting and the bathrooms, oh wow........filth.........

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

When i arrived at the first day and moved in the room(4-female), I was shocked by the dirty situation. There were so many stuff and rubbish on the floor (I met a mud roommate). It seemed that no staff cleaned up the room. Another shocking incidence was that there was no hot even warm water supply for shower. Although I went there in spring, the weather was still a little bit cold. How come there was no hot water supply. I could only wash my hair but no shower. I asked the staff, but they just replied me to try other floors or there should be hot water supply if I waited for few minutes. However, the fact was the same situation on other floors. How come such terrible? The toilet and the shower area were not clean. The shower curtain was so dirty. They would provide free breakfast (just simple bread and oatmeal) The location is relatively good. It is close to the flinders station. But, I will never choose it. I almostly cried for the terrible incidence. I advise you rather living in YHA with the same price. I dont know why it has 7X% rating.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

Rooms were a bit cramped and the lift was broken, but it was clean, decent bathrooms, free breakfast and free beer some nights - the pool table was broken but hey, beggars can't be choosers, right?

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

the hostel all together is pretty average. small rooms without heating !!! its freezing!! the showers are clean but mainly cold or luke warm.
i was surprised at a big place like this how clean the kitchen is. i think its got an excellent location and good price (150 p.w 4 share) but nothing to stay for longer.
reception staff is very friendly and helpfull and i like the fact that is has continental brakfast every morning.
i would come back but if u looking for a cosy friendly social backpackers .thats not the right place

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I stayed almost a week here, longer than planned. The kitchen is a nice size, the staff are friendly and there is a good tv/pool communal area where you can meet people. We didn't get any noise in our rooms at night. The rooms themselves were small, so you had to keep tidy and the lockers were under the beds which was a bit annoying. But with a nice common room and lots to do in Melbourne I wasn't there much. The bathrooms are clean with plenty of toilets and showers. The location is great. Close to all restaurants and shops and some nightlife. Other places to go in the evening were cheap to get back from if you shared a taxi. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

Overall first impression was ok until I made it to my floor (5); by the smell of it I am guessing that the "No Smoking" rule is optional. The smoke smell in this place is horrendous, even in the shower you cam smell a disgusting mixture of cigarette and pot smoke.

The rooms look nothing like the pictures posted online, they are poorly lit and dirty and the noise from inside the hostel is worse than the noise from the street below.

I have only been here for 3 hours and will be looking for another place to stay tomorrow. Do not waste your money on this place, spend the extra few dollars and stay somewhere that is not completly disgusting. Out of several hostels I have stayed in, this is by far the worst.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Flinders Backpackers

Address: 35 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 153 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range: $24 - $63 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Flinders Backpackers is located in the heart of Melbourne CBD, which makes it the perfect location for every traveller! Every guest gets a FREE breakfast with make your own PANCAKES every morning to start his or her day off right. We have a HUGE common area for guest to enjoy with a NEW Movie room with a 70" TV and endless movie selection, FREE pool table and ping-pong table and a fully equipped kitchen with walk-in cool room. Staying with us will have you living amongst Melbourne's funky cafe and shopping district while only being a few minutes walk away from Flinders Station, South Bank and Federation Square. We offer great value accommodation across seven floors with 2, 3 and 4 bed dormitory rooms, twin and doubles private rooms all with shared bathroom facilities. After a day of exploring what Melbourne has to offer come home to some great events including bingo with great prizes, trivia, movie night with free popcorn and free meal nights. No free Wi-Fi but some of the cheapest Internet around. Our rooms: Every dorm room has individual security lockers, fan, secure card entry, linen, pillows and blankets provided. Towels are also available for hire. Please take note before booking: All guests must have international government issued photo ID in the form of a driver's license or passport and a credit card at time of check in All guests must be 18 years or older. Sorry no children. Flinders Backpackers is in the heart of the busy CBD. As such, guests may be disturbed by noise due to trams, traffic, and people on the busy streets surrounding the hostel. Friday and Saturday night's guests may also be disturbed by noise from the bar in the basement level ... more   less 
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Flinders Station Backpackers Hotel Melbourne

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