My husband and I stayed in both a double and a king room (both ensuite) for 6 nights in July 2008. From all the advertising this hostel does about being a “flashpacker” hostel, my expectations were quite high. I paid $115 for a king “suite”, which was described as being “like a hotel suite with a private bathroom and a television”. Given the price I paid and this type of advertising, I expected more than the average hostel room, and I am basing my review on this expectation.
The “king bed” was 2 double mattresses put together. I actually preferred the double bed we had for the second half of our stay because there wasn’t an uncomfortable gap in the bed to deal with. I was pleasantly surprised to have a TV in our king room, since this amenity isn’t typical of hostel rooms. But our TV didn’t work, and we made several requests for the hostel staff to try and fix it, but that never happened. Again, I understand that hostels don’t typically offer TVs in the bedrooms, but I think that if I am paying for this amenity, it should at least work!
The room was quite clean and the front desk staff were mostly friendly and helpful. There seemed to be quite a few public bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities to choose from, and the bar/common room had a great atmosphere with plenty of seating and entertainment options. The location was quite good, although the noise from the bar often spilled out into the street and I was woken up by this noise on many occasions.
The kitchen appeared to be extremely small, but I didn’t end up using it, so I can’t say much more than that. We had the free meal twice during our stay, which seemed to be quite a mixed bag. We chose to upgrade to a larger portion when penne with tomato sauce, sausage, and cheese was served, and the $7 charge was quite reasonable considering how a pint of beer was included, which normally cost $8 alone.
There seemed to be a lot of fun themed activities going on in the bar in the evenings, which would definitely be a huge plus for people traveling alone and wanting to meet people. Although the convenience of having a bar in the lobby area was great, the non-happy hour prices were ridiculous compared to what we paid elsewhere around town.
The elevator was the scariest that I have ever encountered!! It was extremely loud (I could hear it opening and closing all night from my room at the other end of the floor), jerky, and temperamental. Watch your fingers because the door closes very quickly and does not have a working sensor to keep it open if something is in the way! I would have definitely taken the stairs had I not been staying on the top floor.
For a hostel, the rooms and facilities were quite good, but I would never compare them to a hotel. Private room rates were very high and, in my opinion, not good value for the money. Maybe dorm rooms/rates were more reasonable? I think the term “flashpacker” more accurately described the hostel 5 years ago when furniture, carpets, TVs, and the elevator were newer..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nomads Melbourne is a backpackers offering travellers a unique backpacking experience. The totally refurbished building at 196-198 A'Beckett St, is located at the top end of the city, right in front of the Queen Victoria Market. With many popular Melbourne attractions, beautiful gardens, fantastic shopping and a wealth of public transport options close by, Melbourne at its best is at your doorstep. At Nomads Melbourne you can indulge in the luxury of a deluxe en-suite king room, relax in style in a single or multi-share private room, or meet your fellow travelers in a 4-10 share dormitory room. Nomads Melbourne will make your stay in Melbourne a breeze. ... more less
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