We stayed here after an awful night's sleep in a dorm room in St Kilda; the cost for two people in a dorm got us a private room in the Claremont so I would definitely say to couples travelling in Aus that you should consider this option.
Okay, so the rooms aren't the most spacious but the beds are comfy, there is a television with loads of channels and the place is absolutely spotless. In fact, it seems like the cleaners never stop working all day. There is also breakfast included which is only cereals and toast but they get really nice bread from the nearby bakery and you get condiments, fresh juice and tea/coffee. You can also have unlimited hot drinks throughout the day.
We ended up staying here for ages as we kept extending our stay as we were looking for jobs/somewhere to live in Melbourne so got to know the staff quite well and they're pretty much all so friendly and helpful. This also meant that we probably stayed in about 5 rooms all together and I will say that there is a lot of inconsistency across the rooms. Some are far bigger with clothes rails and fridges whilst others are basically just a bunk bed in a tiny room. Also, in the summer the rooms are soooo hot and stuffy - they do provide a fan but it doesn't really help.
The bathrooms are always immaculate and there are enough that you don't ever really have to wait to use the shower (The bathrooms are shared.) Plenty of school groups stay here which some of the other reviewers criticised but it's fine as obviously there are teachers there ensuring that they're not noisy/messy which is more than can be said about the people who frequent hostels ha!
Would definitely recommend this place and wouldn't hesitate to stay here the next time we visit Melbourne, it's next door to the train station which takes you about 10 mins to get to city and it's round the corner from Chapel St which is awesome.
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