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    Reviewed March 4, 2013

    The oslo hotel is an older building in the heart of st kilda just 5 minutes from everything, shops, food, bars and the beach. The staff are friendly, theres a decent lounge room, a large courtyard great for socializing, theres numerous bathrooms and even a balcony which is rather secluded at night, a great place to chill.
    I've stayed at the oslo for a couple months and I've never seen any rodents or heard of complaints of bedbugs despite what other people are writing.
    if your looking for a relaxed vibe, nice people and a great location in st kilda then the oslo isfor you.

    • Stayed: January 2013
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    Thank michaelstrife23
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    Reviewed January 26, 2013

    too dirty rooms, excessive loud till 3 o'clock am, kitchen orrible, staff not friendly, luggage 5 dollars !!!!(the only one). the baddest hostel in Australia! the area is full of prostitutes during the night and drunk people and people living on the street. not ok for girls alone.

    Room Tip: follow the hostel rewiews,is better for your safety.
    • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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    1  Thank Merio_Roma
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    Reviewed January 4, 2013

    The Oslo Hotel on Grey Street is almost an institution in St Kilda. The last time I stayed here was some six years ago for a month or so while I was getting settled into Melbourne. I’ve read a lot of the reviews about the Oslo and it’s often the case that people who feel aggrieved about a place are the often the ones who feel most inclined to write a review. That doesn’t mean that the reviewers are necessarily wrong, although a lot are from people who have expectations that this place can’t meet.

    It is a backpackers’ hostel. And it tends to be a party backpackers’ as distinct from something more restrained. This doesn’t mean the place is full of drunks wandering up and down the corridors all night because it isn’t but the layout of the building is such that the open area outside the kitchen is conducive to a fair amount of socialising just as the front verandah and lawn used to be which had to be stopped to appease the neighbours. This accounts for unnecessary criticism of Jonathan, who used to work there and others in at least one of the reviews, getting worked up about trying to quieten people down.

    I've listed it average which in some ways is fair but others it isn't.
    And yes, I did get a room with bedbugs but they promptly sealed it and fumigated it, then left it for a day or so. It's becoming unavoidable especially in backpackers' as they come in on Europeans' luggage. Still, you'd be unlucky to get them, but if you do ask for another room.
    Some large modern hotels are getting instances of them, especially Sydney & Melbourne.

    I’ve come back here when I can afford to go to more modern places. It has an interesting feeling to it. It was originally, so I understand, a colonial army barracks, so there are rooms and verandahs and open areas that tend to meander about the place. Few rooms appear to be alike. And as with any rooms with high ceilings they appear to be bigger than they are.
    There are single rooms, double rooms and dormitories. It has accommodation on the ground floor and two upper floors. One side, the quieter side, accesses a very wide covered-in verandah on both upper floors and faces Grey Street. The other side looks out over the internal open area, not unlike the internal courtyards of Meditteranean buildings.

    The single rooms, the only ones I’ve stayed in, come with an analog TV only and if you’re lucky, a small fridge. Or sometimes a fridge and no TV. Wi-fi is available, but reasonably expensive at the cheapest rate of $10 for 4½ hours, and only runs downstairs but sometimes through some anomalous odd spots even up on the top floor. There’s an internet café down towards Fitzroy street.

    The downstairs area has some accommodation running off the central common area made up of the office, a large TV room with a few vending machines, a cable-internet area for those without laptops, a public phone for use with cheap international tokens and a large area marked out by three large sofas and combination upholstered table/seat in the middle – large enough for a lot of people anyway – and down one of the corridors a bank of secure luggage lockers (but no idea of the cost of those).

    The kitchen, which opens early and closes late, is large with enough burners, pans and crockery/cutlery (the quantity depending on who leaves what behind when they leave or steals what they want before they leave) and large refrigerator cabinet and table to cook up a feast. As with most backpackers’ kitchens and other public areas, there’s always the minority who find it too difficult to clean up after themselves, but still refreshing to see that the majority of travellers do show some communal responsibilities.

    The bathrooms are at each end of each floor, with toilets also outside. On the very top floor the bathrooms can only take one person, or couple, at a time and are mostly open unused space. On the floor below ,however, the bathrooms are deployed with a number of discrete toilet/shower/handbasin combinations, with high partitions for use of either male/female genders. One at one end wasn’t there last time I stayed having just a single toilet & shower taking up the room. These bathrooms have a timed light/exhaust fan which can time-out late at night if you neglect to manually refresh the timer, only a problem if it’s very late, very dark and there’s no immediate prospect of someone else rocking up to use it. The choice then is a streak in the pitch black to find the switch, which could be embarrassing to you, and scary to the other, if that other does come in, or doing everything in the dark. Usually no issue.

    The laundry is off the kitchen and now has a bank of large industrial-grade washers designed for large loads, which is good if you have a large load but if travelling light, is relatively expensive at $5 a load. The dryers are $3. You’ll need $1 & $2 coins for the washer and $1 coins for the dryer which you can get from the office but if washing out of office hours you need to remember to keep a pile of coins.
    A lot of the carpets have been replaced since I was there last and are ok even under bare feet.

    For bikers, there’s a locked and secure area (no roof) but getting them in and out means getting someone at the office to unlock & lock the gates which can be a bit of a hassle. Better the inconvenience though of having them secure than a convenience of not having them secure.

    St Kilda is an interesting place and close to the city by tram, although a walk in occasionally is good. Grey Street runs off Fitzroy and has plenty of places to eat and some great pubs, with the George on the corner. Acland Street, the antithesis of Grey Street runs parallel. The beach, pier and “fun-fair” are a short walk away. St Kilda has character and there’s usually something going on there to justify getting out.

    A pity though that the small bookshop has gone and the Aurora movie theatre is closed (although meant to be re-opening again). There’s still one second-hand (with some new) bookshop on Fitzroy Street and still with a load out-front books at $4 each or 3 for $10, a service I use and after reading flick them back for a discount (books take up too much space and weight) on the next 3 for $10.

    Current staff in Cristina & Alan amongst others are great & helpful.
    I’m hoping John, who owns the place, was joking when he suggested $5 to get a clean towel. I’m sure he was.

    Airport pickups can be arranged but I tend to use the shuttle-service.

    Room Tip: If you're not in a dormitory & like to sleep at night get a room facing Grey Street, or maybe one out back. If you like to party until late then go for the inner rooms.
    • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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    Thank get_there_in_the_end
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    Reviewed November 20, 2012

    It must take a lot of effort to maintain a place in such a sad, awful and neglected state. There was a sense that absolutely nobody cared a hoot about it. I'll bet it has a lousy reputation in the otherwise very pleasant and well-to-do neighbourhood.

    The manager seemed surprised when I said I'd take the room, perhaps as I'm from a slightly older demographic than most of the guests. I booked it as funds were running short for my last night in Melbourne, and there was (apparently) nothing else available below AUS$150 in the city. Besides, I wanted to visit St Kilda and I wasn't after anything fancier than a place to kip for a few hours - I don't choose hotels with a view to spending as much time in them as possible, after all.

    The room was frightful - an uncomfortable bed, little in the way of bedclothes, a rancid sweat-smelling pillow, a knackered and stained carpet. My guess is that most of Australia's prison cells have better furniture (well, even *some* furniture, of any quality!) and more light (natural and artificial) than this room. On the plus side, there were no insect infestations, as other people have reported, and though the shared shower and toilet were basic, but at least they were clean and worked properly.

    It is an interesting existential experience, and a valuable life lesson in realising how much squalor one can take and still not risk one's mortal soul. You discover that you can, after all, survive without most of the things we take for granted. Bring your own towel, though - that's not a "luxury" you'd want to be without.

    • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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    3  Thank ranaphilia
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    Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

    My mates bed broke over me! He fell down right on me and it [--] hurts! Might be a good laugh when I think about it but seriously don't stay there the place suks!! Has a massuve potential to make it great but I don't think the owner knows much of the industry!
    Almost forgot to say that the rates are pretty high for what it is! And strictly no refund given so when you have booked for three nights you are just [--].

    • Stayed: November 2011
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    Thank Bacpacpro
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