Elizabeth Hostel


Elizabeth Hostel

490–494 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tram 19, 57, 59 (stop: Queen Victoria Market/Elizabeth Street) Train Melbourne Central
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(03) 9663 1685
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Gabrielle
Avoid
10 June 2005
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You have to put a deposit for dishes and cutlery, which is common at a lot of hostels. They neglected to give me a bowl and then tried to withold my deposit for the 'missing' item when I checked out. After 20 minutes of arguing and eventually speaking to the kid who gave me the dishes the night before, I had my money back but was glad I had decided to move someplace else. This place seemed alright when I first arrived. But I soon discovered that my room smelled of urine. Enough said.

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Marka
Poor excuse for a hostel
19 April 2005
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This place has problems. When I stayed there in December 2004 it looked clean inside but that was after a dirty hassel on the outside. I arrived at night and was told my credit card was already charged for a room I didn't agree to. I kept calm but was getting upset with the idea of them having told me two separate times over the phone one price for a certain room but then charging my card without my consent for a higher priced room. We seemed to work it out. The lady behind the counter refunded my credit card and I paid the original quoted price. However, after arriving home I find my bank statement with a higher price than I was originally over-charged for. Granted it's not much, but the place obviously has problems. I did learn one thing: Don't reserve with a credit card if at all possible. And never go to the Elizabeth Hotel.

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Anonymous
Back to the dump of old
24 March 2005
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Make no mistake, this place is dreadful. The recovery in previous reviews must have been short-lived as we found it smelly, filthy, unfriendly and pathetically short of any minimum standards we have encountered in our trip so far. The stench was generated both by the disgusting state of the lounge and 'kitchen' (cesspit) which doubled as the only smoking area in the building. The staff were completely disinterested in us once our money was handed over and relied on stares and scowls as a means of communication from that point. Bathrooms were disgusting (men's apparently worse than girls. Only 1 with a working light which didn't smell like a festival dumping hole, though it would not make much difference were you to pee on the floor in the dark by mistake. On the plus side....free internet, though as this did not work it did little to redeem the hostel / hovel. There are much better places to stay for your money - you have been warned!

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natalie_kong@graffiti.net
no complaints!
27 March 2004
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i do not know what happened last time as the review was quite bad. But what i found out wasnt true at all. Richard is nice! rates are cheap 6 mixed is 18dollar and 10 mixed is 17dollar p person. environment was ok. what i like most is that it is so convenient! -so close to queen elizabeth market and near tram station! want a cheap n convenient n friendly place?drop by here!

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Matthias
sleep finally
22 March 2004
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good hostel. Cleanest hostel i have staying in australia. Good service they have been caring to ask if all is good. I recomend this place.

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Sato
a great accommodation
12 February 2004
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i came to melbourne two weeks ago, and i didn't change hostel, because i think it is good to stay at elizabeth backpackers. they are cheap, $119 a week in dormitory.i think they only finish the rebuilt.everything is new,clean.i can use kitchens on the each floor. i cook by myself and it is easy to shopping because the victoria market is only across the street ant there is a supermarket in the ground floor. they have the very very big tv room with foxtel, and i met lots of backpackers from all the coutries and have a lots of fun with them. this is a problem because there is not pub in the hostel,but it is quiet. they're installing internet on the level 1, they tell us it can be used in 2 weeks. anyway, it is very good to stay.

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Tom
Nothing wrong with it!!
11 February 2004
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I Dont know why they all complain about this place, Ive just moved here from a hostel recommended by lonely planet and it was the pits! Its quiet, clean and safe.If you think this place is bad you should backpack in Europe!!! Is there some reason the complaints come mostly from Australians?

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Steffie
IT'S FINE!!!
16 January 2004
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When I staid in Melbourne I found the Elizabeth Hostel near the Vic Market. I have to say, that they have very fair prices for an accommodation. I paid 17 $ for a dorm which I couldn't find anywhere else. The backpacker is clean and has good facilities. The Backpacker is under new managment and the staff helped me a lot with getting around the place. The backpacker is absolutly save and provides everything you need. I met some really nice people there I started to travel with. I definitely enjoyed my stay!

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Anonymous
DO NOT STAY HERE!!!!!!!!
7 December 2003
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Where do I start? The staff have no idea how to run a hostel, they allow people to stay in a building site, and on floors where the smoke/fire detectors are covered up so they don't work. Richard the "guard" is really rude, threatens people and behaves in a totaly unprofessional way. Avoid, unless you like spending money on an unclean, insecure room and being insulted for it too!

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Anonymous
this Hostel should be closed down
29 September 2003
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We drove to Melboure via the great ocean road, We arrived in Melboure and found this Hostel, we checked in and found the place to be totaly unacceptable in many ways, once we had paid the manager, he decided not to be able to speak English, there was used syringes in our room, the staff (They are Asian) were racist against me ? as I have a Chinese Girlfriend, there were alot of undisirables staying here, I had to stay with my Girlfriend the entire stay of 1 night as she was to frightened to go to the showers or the kitchen by herself, She was confronted by some dirty old man with a grey beard just after we arrived, I recommend that my fellow backpackers would find it cleaner and safer to sleep in a gutter than to stay here, I have travelled the world for the last 16 years and have never stayed somewhere so bad, this hostel does not deserve a star :(

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Michael Chen
Biggest mistake of my trip in Melbourne
1 June 2003
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I read those reviews as i started to go to Melbourne from Sydney in Feb, 2003. All the reviews about this place is absolute right! It's a dirty, awful, unsafe place. Food even would be stolen in fridge. The bed is made noisy as you sleep. Every one just thanks God when he/she checks out... Don't choose this hostel unless you wanna experience how uncomfortable about this one.

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Michael
God Awful!!!
15 April 2003
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What ever you do don't stay here, it would probably be better to sleep in the street. The people who own and work for the place don't communicate very well, there is no security, the place is filthy, it is inhabited by vagabonds and tramps. I would compare this place to Skid row or a homeless shelter. Avoid this place at all costs. I was afraid to go to sleep. Plus its expensive and the "owners" will tell you they have what you want only to get thier and find out they lied, worst mistake of my trip to Melbourne.

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Helena
shithole would a compliment for this place
14 March 2003
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terrible place to stay but we had no choice. we were in melbourne for the grand prix in March 2003 and everywhere else was booked out. the staff cannot communicate in english, they charged the entire 3 nights which we booked by phone to my visa without telling me, there is a grumply old man with a grey beard who wanders round complaining (staff), it smells, its dirty, security is terrible with strays wandering in off the streets all the time. don't go here - its crap. if it had an atmosphere about it then that would be something but none.

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Anonymous
A bitter disappointment
15 January 2003
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I booked into this hostel for a week without reading these reviews first, wish I had. It is the worst hostel I have stayed in, can't wait to leave, it really does stink - I am sharing with a tramp at the moment and it is disgusting. The Management refuse to refund me so I can move on, my budget doesn't allow me to just think "sod it" Cannot recommend it at all - avoid at all costs.

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Kenny Boy
Can't wait to move out!
15 January 2003
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I booked into Elizabeth Hostel after seeing it on the internet and reading recommendations for it imy travellers guide, big mistake!!! wish I come across these reviews first. It is the worst hostel i have stayed in yet in my time in Oz, totally agreewith the previous comments made on 10th January, I think I am sharing with a tramp - the room stinks and it is disgusting. I asked for my money back but was told there is a no refund policy, this is contrary to most other hostels, looks like I am going to have to stick it out or lose out from my limited budget. Cant recommend it at all Kenny Boy

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Student
My room smelt like
10 January 2003
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...the previous occupant had used it as his own private toilet. My bed sheet had cigarette holes burnt in it. The floor had big bad smelling stains all over it. The abundance of dirty old men that smoked and spat in the kitchen indicated that this was a vagrant hostel rather than a backpackers hostel.

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Steve
It's fine!
27 December 2002
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I booked this hostel before seeing the reviews on this site and spent quite a few days in trepidation before arriving there to find I had nothing to worry about! It's not a 5 star hotel but it's of the same adequate standard of some hostels I've stayed in around Oz this trip and far better than others!

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Anonymous
Disgusting
18 October 2002
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This place doesn't even deserve one star, what a disappointment!!!!! We walked off the street and booked two nights accommodation without checking the rooms first. After seeing the rooms we decided we could not possibly stay in such dirty and disgusting conditions, so we asked to cancel our booking and to get our money back. They refused to give any of our money back and the manager would not talk to us. We rang the consumers institute and they agreed that this was infair. Luckily we paid via credit card, we were able to reverse the payment. This was a disappointing start to our adventure in Melbourne.

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Dan
Dirty and Uncomfortable
12 November 2001
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After a one week stay in this dirty, dilapitated "hostel", I made a complaint to the Health Department. I was told by an officer at the department, that Elizabeth Hostel wasn't even registered with them! Need I say more? If wasting your money on a dirty, stinking hostel is your idea of an "adventure holiday", then this is the place for you!

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