All Nations


All Nations

2 Spencer Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tram35 (City Circle), 48, 70, 75, 96, 109, 112 (stop: Flinders Street/Spencer Street) Train Southern Cross
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(03) 9620 1022 or 1800 222 238
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bed bug infested, noisy, filthy, poor security and poorly maintained
5 January 2009
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bed bug infested, noisy, filthy, poor security and poorly maintained
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the location to southern cross train station
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All I wanted was a decent bed and a shower for the night. I love travel and love hostels - as long as they cover the basics. Instead, the room was filthy, stank, poor light etc. I could handle that, all I cared about was bed and shower. The shower - burning hot or freezing cold - no in between. The Bed - INFESTED WITH BEG BUGS!!!!!! You cant feel them biting you, but you can sure feel them the next day and into the next week or so. I was covered in bites that itched constantly and looked like i had a disease. it was like having the measles again. It ruined my christmas. Bed bugs are a sure sign of poor standards and the itching is horrible. I am so mad about my stay here I want to warn everyone. I have noticed other reviews saying similar things and it goes back years. I also notice the only positive reviews mention the party atmosphere. thats always a good thing but melbourne isnt exactly short on good times. As a proud Aussie, I would hate for someone arriving in Australia to have this as their first experience. DO NOT STAY HERE - There is much better hostels in melbourne for less. Plus, the noise was terrible and staff didnt care about my report of a serious fight going on between a couple that involved throwing a tv' down the stairs. Happy travels

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great time in this hostel clean and tidy and new bathrooms even girls only
4 March 2008
Cons
the bar closes at 3am and the stairs
Pros
the bar the prices the good times and breakfast
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perfect times in this place good mates in the bar. breakfast is free in morning if i can get up in time. girls only rooms and bathroom was good to have. really old building on outside but new renovations on inside. its the whole dont judge a book by its cover hostel. i loved it so will you unless your boing and very quite and dont drink maybe. but if your on hoilday and having fun this is the place to be.

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Not too bad, but not too great
23 February 2006
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The noise while you sleep
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cheap, close to train station, friendly staff
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I stayed here only one night because I had to leave early in the morning and this hostel was close to spencer street station. Its a good price for being in the city center. But its much too big and theres not much atmosphere or socializing in the hostel. It seems like quite a few people who were there were working so perhaps its a better hostel to stay at while working. THe biggest problem was the noise from traffic and trams and trains right outside and all night long, whether the windows were open or closed. I would definitly not reccomend this place to somebody whos a light sleeper. But the bar downstairs has different activities just about every night of the week, and you get a free drink upon check-in.

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Anonymous
Has anyone seen the film saw?
17 January 2006
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Shithole, for several reasons..... 1. The cold and damp. 2. The spiders in the showers, yes right above your head! 3.The lack of sleep due to the fucking train track inches from your bed! 4. The bathrooms,pure grim....the film setting of saw for sure,saw the blood!

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Tim
It should be condemned!
6 December 2005
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This may be the worst excuse for a property I have ever stayed in. The rooms are filthy and smell terrible. The showers likewise plus the floor scum. Dining and kitchen areas are alright though combined with the internet and lounge sections. The saving grace, should there be one, are that the staff are friendly if overwhelmed.

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daly
what a dump
10 June 2005
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dirty, smelly, badly run and noisy, everything I didn't want from a hostel. I got bitten by bed bugs and so did many others I spoke to, luckily I found a better place up the road a bit.

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Gabrielle
Cheap place to stay. Free beer. Free food. Free gym.
10 June 2005
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What more do you need? I stayed at 5 hostels in Melbourne, and was dissatisfied with each one of them in some way. Until I discovered the All Nations and it became my home away from home, if only for a couple weeks. Yes, it's run-down. It is dingy, the dorms are poorly lit, the matresses are saggy, the bathrooms are often dirty, it gets the occasional bedbug outbreak, it's next to the noisy train and tram lines and the staff are a little useless sometimes. But the atmosphere is amazing - you can relax or party depending on your mood. The set up of the whole place makes it easy to meet people, and I made some really great friends while staying here. The dining/lounge area is a great place to chill with a book or chat all night with new friends. The bar next door is not your typical backpacker bar. No outrageous backpacker games here. Just cheap drinks (also free beer for hostel guests on sunday afternoon, and free champagne for the ladies on friday night) and decent music. They do have special nights, but nothing too crazy and overall, it's just a good place to get the evening started. The tram stops right outside and can take you directly (if slowly) to St. Kilda, Fitzroy or just around the CBD to see some sights or hit some clubs. I didn't find the location to be at all inconvenient, even though it is on the outer edge of the city center. This is the cheapest hostel that you will find in Melbourne and yeah, it's a dive. But it's also the best. If I haven't convinced you, there's also free breakfast and free use of the local gym. Give it a chance. It may take a few days, but most people grow to love this place. Some people never want to leave it and end up staying months instead of days.

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inge@bhp.nd
very good for the price per bed
29 March 2005
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This is my last hostel in Australia (b4 going to NZ!) and I quiet enjoyed my stay. It is not the newest or poshiest but it was at least $10 cheaper then any other hostel in the city and facilities were fine. In my 5 days in Melbourne I have used gym 3 times and bar all 5!! Highly recommended from me!!!!!

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dangermouse
Not that may positives
25 November 2004
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All Nations is problematic to review because it has some good features. Overall though its not a great place to stay. Positives: The bar is decent (if tiny). Its a good way to meet people and the entertainment is pretty good. Amenities are pretty solid: decent kitchen, work centre, tv lounge etc etc. Free gym!! This is the best thing. You get free use of the local gym which was great. Bad things (in short): Reception didnt seem to know their arse from their elbow and there were often looonngggg queues. The place resembles 'the shining' in full on horror mode... It is just rank. Many things were broken down (more toilet and showers were out of order then working). The location isnt actually all that great. The ones to the north are much better off (thou the tram is right outside). What sums it up is this: we asked for a twin room cos we were jet lagged. We specifically said we were paying more for this cos we needed sleep. So we get put in a room right next to the 24 hr train line (that shook every 5mins). Then we get woken up very early by drilling work outside our room. Bits of ceiling actually were falling around us! I thought id stumbled into Bagdhad not bloody Melborne!

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sss7
L.O.V.E.L.Y
25 July 2004
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We stayed at All Nations for 5 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Having its own culture with the pub and the daily activities made the whole experience soo fun! The staff like the receptionists and manager (who by the way is really cute ;p) are warm, friendly and helpful, making us feel very much at home. The toilets were surprisingly clean (they were cleaned pretty often) and adequate (we never had to wait for our turn). Our dorm room 220 was comfortable, spacious, relatively clean, and allowed for interactions among the other dorm mates from various nations. Location is accessible as it is situated next to the free city rail tram stop. Breakfast was a time to meet people and the food provided was yummmy! (Loved the oats!) The tv room had a nice, relaxing atmosphere, showed alot of movies throughout the day and was a good form of entertainment for the nights. The pub next to all nations made getting wasted really easy! (drinks were damn cheap!). All in all, a LOVELY place to stay in melbourne! :)

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artyg
What an amazing bunch of people
1 July 2004
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All I have to say is that this is by far the best place to stay in melbourne, the whole of australia even. I have been here for six months and have had the most amazng time. In no other hostel will you find such an assortment of people as you do here. and even better than that...everyone get's along. Sit around the kitchen table for a few hours if you've got nothing to do and i guarantee you will have a group of twenty going out that night with you. There may be problems like sometimes the cleaners go mad and decide not to clean anymore, but it doesn't happen so often to make this place a dump like some have said. those people who don't like it are probably losers anyway who annoy people or get kicked out. Love all nations......

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jodi_w
I love All Nations
12 June 2004
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I spent five months in All Nations and I loved it. Sure it's not the cleanest place in the world but it is friendly. I love the staff there and the fact that you can do work for accom (saved me lots of money). I had loads of fun in the bar - many many hours spent in there. OK, so maybe you won't like All Nations if you're only staying there a few days but you'd be surprised at the amount of people that end up staying for months...

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cunningminx
Definetly not the best
8 May 2004
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I stayed in this hostel for two weeks back in 2002. Yes it is situated in a bit of a handy place and yes it is cheap if your funds are limited but I wouldn't recommed this place if not. Its a bit like staying in a rundown old hotel with too many people and definetly too many stairs! The beds were old, the rooms are shabby and the hallways very dark and uniniviting. The staff were helpful and it handy to have a bar bext door but this fails to detract from the overall gloominess of this hostel. I was glad to leave for friendly climes.

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Robin
Oh, so UGLY
14 February 2004
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Man, that place is... lacking, at best. An unbelievable place, I thought I could tolerate the dingy, 40-watt bulb lit bedroom, and then I stepped into the bathroom... Enough mildew in there to make me forgo the shower for a couple days. Nasty.

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Samuel Birbeck
Better to find yourself a nice dumpster.
13 January 2004
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Long story short: messy, smelly, dirty hellhole with rude staff and an arsehole manager. If you choose to stay here (???!?), pray you don't have any problems, because you're not going to get any help. RUN. RUN WHILE YOU STILL CAN.

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trigger wonderhorse
big smelly dump good for drunks on a budget
8 January 2004
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i wouldn't stay here nor reccomend it, staff were ok but hostel was dirty, bedbugs in my room, toilets stank and the noise from outside was intolerabel, trams, cars and trains rattling by all night. it was like Jake Elwoods bedroom in Blues Brothers.

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Anonymous
One of the worst I stayed in
27 September 2003
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I had the misfortune of spending a week here, including New Years Eve 2001. Incompetent and rude staff, small, smelly rooms, and what seemed like toilet facilities that had never been cleaned. Urine on the seats, brown smears on walls, you get the idea. It was close to the trains, making it one of the noisiest places I stayed. On the plus side, they did provide free bread and cakes (probably day old bakery left overs) which was a nice idea. Just make sure you get there before the other scrotes do and wipe their hands all over them.

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Anonymous
Look, it was not brand new hostel but it was fine.
8 August 2003
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It had more atmosphere then most of the other hostels I've stayed on the east coast. Bar was fun and room was clean.

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Kevin Brady
Terrible is too small a word
7 May 2003
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This place is dirty, smelly and noisey. The staff overbooked the hostel every night we were there and dished out the rooms on a first come first served basis. If you like wallowing in your own filth, go for it. If you have any self respect, stay away!!!!

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Anonymous
Great fun hostel at fantastic location and very cheap
24 March 2003
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Well I had great time at this place. Booked only 3 nights and stayed 2 weeks! Could not belive how cheap it was,when other hostels where $4 more per night.

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