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“Most incredibly DIRTY hostel I've ever seen”
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Bendigo Hotel
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Bendigo Hotel
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I’ve stayed in literally hundreds of hostels all over the world, but this is honestly, without exaggeration, the dirtiest hostel I’ve ever seen. I have literally never seen anything like it in my travels. I arrived, and greeted by the lovely staff member who showed me my dorm, to which I was flabbergasted. I let out an “Oh my god” when she showed it to me, and her response was, “yeah, we have a few guys that have stayed here for a while, so it gets a little messy”.

Let me put it into perspective. There was literally writing on the walls. Clothes were absolutely EVERYWHERE – covering the floors, hanging from beds, over door knobs. One guy had even set up his own clothes rack. Opened dirty food (bread, chips, biscuits, cereal) was littered all over the floor – which may have been the reason behind my hearing the scurring of little “animal like” feet on the floorboards in the middle of the night. The lights in the dorm remained on until well past 2am. The entire establishment smelled of cigarette smoke. The “common room” was equally messy, with food, clothes, cutlery and cups all over the place. The bathroom literally had half filled coffee mugs that had been there for who knows how long next to the sink.

I don’t want to turn this into a total tirade against this hostel, but I have photos of every claim I make above (except for the sounds at night, and the smoke smells obviously). I do need to say that the staff were lovely, and that this type of accommodation probably suits long term workers who are comfortable in such unsanitary conditions. I would, however, suggest that travellers who have stayed in hostels in Australia and overseas do NOT compare this to the traditional hostel.

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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Certainly one of, if not the, best hostels I have ever stayed in. Tiff, the manager, is great and helps to create a brilliant atmosphere around the place. There's a long list of awesome films to watch and the character of the place is just perfect. The backpackers also get use of the hotel's large commercial kitchen, a vast improvement on the standard hostel kitchen that's barely big enough for a single person to cook in!
Almost everyone that I have met here in my two separate stays have been very social and chilled out. The one and only drawback to this place (other than having to leave eventually) is the loud music that often plays from downstairs in the evenings but this is more than made up for by the reasonable price and the other amazing features of this place.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 1, 2014
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 1, 2014
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Bendigo Hotel

Address: 125 Johnston St, Collingwood, Yarra, Victoria 3066, Australia
Location: Australia > Victoria > Greater Melbourne > Yarra > Collingwood
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Collingwood
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Bendigo Hotel Greater Melbourne, Australia - Collingwood

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