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Melbourne Central YHA
Ranked #20 of 132 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2010

The positives were:
1. Location - tram stop right in front which was REALLY convenient;
2. Bar downstairs and cafe two doors down - good cheap food for YHA Central guests; 3. Elevator;
4. Organised cheap activities for guests;
5. Cleanliness was exceptional for a hostel;
6. Substantial security.

The negatives:
1. The noise from outside - I made my booking 4 months in advance when the hostel had practically no bookings and asked for a room away from Flinders St. When we arrived we were given a room facing Flinders St and the noise at night was unbearable and non-stop. When I spoke to them about it and reminded them that I had asked for a room at the back, they said they were fully booked and couldn't move us.
2. Price - It cost us $110 for a private room that was absolutely tiny. You couldn't walk around the bed..you had to walk on top of it to get to the other side. In my opinion, for what you get the price is way too high, considering you can get a deal on wotif.com at a 4 star hotel for around $130.
3. The staff - I have to disagree with most of the other reviews and say that I found the staff rude and unhelpful. I could list a number of things as an example but the one that annoyed me the most happened when we were checking out.....The girl told us "check-out time is at 10am not 10.15am".
4. Atmosphere - there is none.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2010

this YHA is unlike another YHA. very clean , high quality security , kind staff , ,,,
That is so nice YHA .

Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
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melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2010

This YHA is in a great location & only recently opened. Staff are friendly & helpful. Booked my next nights in adelaide for me.
The lounge rooms are a bit small but there is one on each floor.
The roof is a great spot to relax except for the fact it was 43 degrees outside.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2009

The interior of this YHA is completely new & modern. The old facade still reads Markillies Hotel (with a prominent YHA sign at the entrance) - see pic. We stayed in a 3-bed room which although small was enough for us. We were out most of the time, only to sleep at night, so space wasn't a big consideration. For us, this was the ideal base - free City Circle tram (across the road) to get-on-get-off places of interest, Southern Cross Station 5-minute walk away to get to the suburbs, free city coach a few blocks away.
The room we were in backed up to an alley so the dump trucks woke me up in the mornings (but not the kids). Otherwise, it's quiet inside the hostel. And clean & cosy.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2009

Very new hostel. All the common areas were spotless and the bathroom was always clean no matter what time i went in. Cool roof top area.

I stayed in a 4 person dorm room and it was really small. The lockers were also under the bottom bunks in the room i was in. This was a little annoying if you wanted to get your stuff out and the person on the bottom bunk had their stuff all over the floor.

The location is awesome. You can walk just about anywhere in the city or jump on the tram right out in front of the hostel. The bar associated with the hostel was never very busy but a chill spot to hang out for a beer or two.

I think the hostel should have a better common area set up for travellers to get together, but otherwise thought everything was great and would definately stay again... probably in a private room.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2009

Hostel is 5min walk to Southern Cross Station but 20-25 walk to city main shopping area. The free city tram stops at the hostel but it takes about same time as the tram goes a big circle. We stayed 1 nite in double-ensuite room. Room is very small (only enough space for a double bed with 2 side tables) No space on either side of bed to unpack luggage (and we have 1 trolley bag only!) No wall hooks to hang your coat/scarf etc. The space b/w the bed end and wall is so narrow, u got 2b careful not to knock into corners of the bed.Room faces the main road with pub on the ground floor so it's wise to ask for higher floor. We are happy to have a firm and comfortable mattress. Toilet is new but the shower curtain cannot keep keep the water from flowing to the rest of the toilet when u shower..so the whole floor is wet when one showers! u got to wear slippers to use the toilet again. Kitchen is small (about the size of my room) with only 1 tap/sink usable, 3 stoves and a table with 4 chairs. For A$99 a nite here (member's price), I prefer to stay in the city for a couple of tens more.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2009

Stayed in the 3/room dorm. Room were clean. Can get a bit noisy at night if you're staying on the lower levels, with the noise from the pubs downstairs/traffic. Shared bathrooms were clean & adequate (2 showers, 2 toilets). Good value for $.
Only lacking points were:
1. No common lounge on 1st floor dorm. Even common lounges on the rest of the floors were just a small room, into which squeezed 2 computer stations, a 2-seater sofa, 1 tv, and a huge vending machine. Not an ideal place at all for hanging out.
2. Kitchens were very small, though fairly clean. One table big enough to sit 4 persons were placed in the middle of the squeezy area.

We stayed at the Eco-lodge YHA in Apollo Bay too, which upon comparison, fared much better in terms of areas to hang out and the sizes of the kitchen/rooms. Then again, these 2 YHAs are located in vastly different environment (ciity vs outskirts).

If you're planning to stay in a 2-bedroom DBL/Twin ensuite, you may consider forking out another 20 AUD or so to get a DBL room ensuite at the Pensione Hotel (a boutique hotel of sorts), just round the corner of YHA Central.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Melbourne Central YHA
Address: 562 Flinders Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 132 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Melbourne Central YHA 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in the centre of the action and explore vibrant Melbourne with Melbourne Central YHA. Located in the heart of the city our friendly hostel never closes with 24 hour reception and our staff are always ready to answer your questions and help you make the most of your trip. Now with a terrific ground floor communal area opened in late 2014, our YHA offers modern facilities as well as an amazing rooftop complete with BBQ for you to enjoy the city views and meet new friends. On the ground floor and decked out in Melbourne's urban cool style, you'll find our 24 hour reception, tour desk, lounge, brand new self catering kitchen, TV room and Free Hot Spot (Wifi Plus also available for purchase). Upstairs, choose from a range of rooms including 3, 4 and 6 multi-share, twin/double rooms with optional ensuite and exclusive rooftop private rooms. All rooms have lift access and heated with included bed linen and each bed has individual reading lights. There's always plenty to do in Australia's sport and events capital! Melbourne Central YHA is only a short walk to Melbourne's main attractions including Federation Square, ACMI, Yarra River, Bourke St Mall, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Docklands, Crown Casino, Etihad Stadium, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Aquarium and so much more. The free City Circle Tram and the $5 Melbourne Tourist Shuttle stops directly out the front of the hostel and will take you to all the iconic Melbourne sites like the MCG, the Shrine of Remembrance and Rod Laver Arena. Book a room at Melbourne Central YHA and experience Melbourne for yourself! ... more   less 
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