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United Backpackers Melbourne
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

I am staying here for 4 nights. The location is very2 good, i will give it 5 stars for the location, 5 stars for the bed and 5 stars also for the staff here. The staff will let you know anything you wanted to know in Melbourne, they will help you as much as they can. I Just hope the kitchen crew will be little bit strict with the kitchen users, remind the users it is not their home and they don't have their mother to wash the dishes for them, this is not fair to others. This place definitely the best place to stay.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled with friends
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2014

Hello! Thank you very much for your kind words and lovely review - we do appreciate it (everyone loves to hear nice things about themselves!).

Our amazing United Crew love Melbourne - and we love sharing it with our guests and you're right our location IS incredible - right in the heart of Melbourne and all the best it has to offer.

Like you said - sometimes people do take advantage of the kitchen - leaving their mess all over the place (definitely not fair to all the people who do the right thing!) - that's why we have staff in the kitchen 7 nights a week to ensure that people are doing their dishes (though some sneaky folks always manage to get away with it!)

I am super glad that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you back at United one day soon!
Happy Travels
Jess
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United Backpackers

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Reviewed May 5, 2014

I booked 3 nights at United Backpackers and I think it was quite good.
The staff were friendly, helpful and funny :) I like them :)
I chose 12-girl-doom room and that room was almost full when I came. Everybody in my room were somehow noisy, and a bit untidy :) Rubbishes were all on my room's floor. But it was not UBs' fault, right ? :) Luckily, beds are clean and comfortable.
Kitchen is large with enough equipment for basic cooking, a bit messy, especially at about 6-8pm when everyone come back the Backpackers and have dinner :) Bathroom for girls is small but clean, maybe sometimes we need to wait for others since there are not enough spaces. There is no laundry, for me, it's fine since I bring enough clothes but if you stay there longer, it may bring little difficulty. Wifi is free in kitchen and other common areas ( not in bathroom :)) ) , and it's fast so I can eat and upload my photos taken during the day at a same time :)
For my 3-day-trip in Melbourne, I don't have any big complaint about my accommodation and really recommend others to stay in UBs :)

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Hello!

Thank you for leaving your thoughts about your stay at United Backpackers - we're glad you enjoyed your time here! I think we have the best staff in the business here at United - I'm glad you liked them too!

Yep -sometimes we can't control how tidy people are in the dorm rooms (though we try!) or make people do their dishes - though we do have staff in the kitchen from 8pm every night to try to ensure that this is getting done.

Our laundry room is currently being built in our basement - along with our brand new bar and extra communal space - I hope you get to come back and see us again soon!

Happy Travels
Jess
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United Backpackers

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Reviewed April 28, 2014

Great staff. Great environment. Amenities are solid, location is best. Free wifi in the common areas -- the only downside to the hostel is that there's no bar there (currently in the works though!) and the wifi doesn't work in the rooms. Otherwise, awesome experience.

Stay here.

  • Stayed: March 2014
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Wow! What lovely things to say - thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughts - it's much appreciated.

Don't worry! The bar is on its way - we hope to have it up and running very soon - along with our brand new laundry facilities and extra communal space.

Hopefully we will see you again soon
Happy Travels
Jess
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

I booked 3 nights at United Backpackers and it was a very good experience. Good value for money, very friendly staff, and very clean rooms and amazing bathroom.
There is a light and power for each bed so you don't have to look for where to plug your phone or your laptop. Very comfy pillows and bed.
The location is also great, very close to Federation Square and everything.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Hello!

Thanks for leaving your thoughts on your stay at United Backpackers we're glad that you enjoyed your stay!

How good are those bed lights and power points!?! No more searching for the elusive power that can be such a problem in hostels eh? Thanks for noticing how hard we work to keep the building super clean - we have an amazing clean crew who work around the clock to do so.

Hopefully we will see you again soon!
Happy Travels
Jess
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United Backpackers

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

I stayed here from 23 - 26 December 2013 in a four-bed ensuite. The hostel had a great location, was near several trams and the train station and was generally clean throughout. The hostel had opened recently while I was there so there were still some teething issues which I think must be ironed out now. The staff were friendly and helpful in providing recommendations.

For a more detailed review and pictures, please read: http://meowsyy.com/2014/04/26/melbourne-united-backpackers/

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Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Hi Meowsyy!

Thanks for leaving your feedback - and for sharing your great Vine with us - We love it!

Wow - December seems so long ago now! We had been open only a month when you stayed! I would hope that we have ironed out any of those teething issues by now (and we have!). We think we are the perfect base to explore Melbourne over a few days - smack bang in the middle of everything and with staff that love to share this amazing city.

We hope to see you back at United one day soon,
Happy Travels
Jess
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

I stayed here in January when the tennis was on. We stayed twice as went to a festival and then game back before we flew home. The hostel is in a great location, loads of streets and restaurants to explore. They organise various events such as a walk around to show you all the quirky places that are hidden away. Staff were friendly. Free wifi in the kitchen/communal areas. The place is reasonably new and lovely and clean. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2014

Hi Wayne T,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave your feedback about your stay at United Backpackers - it's really appreciated! One of our favourite things is sharing this amazing city (and all its secrets) with our guests - and with our incredible location we are are in the perfect position to do so!

We hope to see you back at United someday soon,
Happy Travels
Jess
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United Backpackers

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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

A great hostel for backpackers or people spending a few nights in the city.
Good location, just over the road from flinders station, this does cause I little bit of noise disturbance if you get a room on the front but nothing terrible.
Staff were very friendly and helpful.
The hostel was very clean, rooms immaculate. All beds have a plug socket and reading light which is really helpful for the modern day traveller. Lockers under beds are also provided. The kitchen was a good size and lots of storage shelves and fridges. Drinking is allowed in the kitchen until 12am and so it can get a bit crowded and noisy in there in the evenings but I great place to meet new friends.
There was no laundry which was a negative for me but apparently they are in the process of having one fitted.
Overall a great hostel.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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JM_travels_sometimes, Manager at United Backpackers Melbourne, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014

Hi there,

Thank you very much for your kind words. We love hearing good things about ourselves (who doesn't!).

We think we are the best located hostel in the city - smack bang in the middle of all the great things this city has to offer. Our awesome clean team work around the clock to keep the hostel spick and span - thanks for noticing! And just quietly - I think we have the best staff in the business!

Our laundry room is under construction and hopefully will be up and running soon. In the meantime we have access to a laundry just meters away.

We hope to see you back at United soon!
Happy Travels
Jess
United Backpackers Melbourne

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Additional Information about United Backpackers Melbourne

Address: 250 Flinders St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia (Formerly Elephant Backpackers)
Location: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Central Business District
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 156 Specialty Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range: $28 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — United Backpackers Melbourne 2*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and find out why travellers voted United Backpackers Australia's best hostel at the Adventure Travel Awards in 2014! It's no secret we have the best location in town right opposite Flinders Street Station and only opening in 2013 we offer you brand new facilities, heaps of sweet spaces including our funky basement bar and most importantly great value for money. Our hostel is full of personality with Melbourne's laneway culture, funky decor and quirky art throughout. All this is served up with a great atmosphere, amazing staff, cool events, top notch security and the best pillows in town! Us in a nutshell: • Accommodation for 290 travellers over 3 levels • FREE Wi-Fi in common areas • Every bed has its own power-point, reading light and locker • Sparking clean bathrooms cleaned around the clock • Designer kitchen & dining room overlooking Flinders Station with ovens and heaps of equipment, hot plates and storage • Underground Chill Lounge open 24 hours • Lost & Found our cool as, Melbourne style basement bar open 7 days • Funky TV Lounge filled with beanbags & free DVD hire • 24 Reception manned with a rock star reception team of Melbourne locals • Top class security with swipe card access, lockers in all rooms & CCTV • Cool free events to show you the real Melbourne experience • Guest laundry open 24/7 • Free luggage storage We have a variety of accommodation options to choose from so whether you are looking to share a dorm from 4 to 12 beds filled with your newest friends, or to splash out on one of our private ensuite rooms, you will find it at United Backpackers! All rooms have: • Lockers • Bedside light and power point for your charging pleasure • Lots of space • High quality, comfy beds and linen • Choose between shared or ensuite bathrooms • Swipe card access • Heating & fans (private ensuite rooms have AC) • Cleaning servicing the rooms daily ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Elephant Backpackers Hotel Melbourne

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