King Street Backpackers


King Street Backpackers

197 King Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tram 86, 96 (stop: Southern Cross Station/Bourke Street); 55 (stop: William Street/Bourke Street); 12, 109 (stop: Lonsdale Street) Train Southern Cross
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(03) 9670 1111 or 1800 671 115
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well placed Sleep
16 February 2007
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batrooms a bit on the mouldy side
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Central: a street away from train station.
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Friendly staff. all common areas at entrance level. large 16 bed dorm well laid out but obviously cramped. would stay again

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Fine hostel that's well worth considering
12 August 2006
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High turnover of people, rubbish Internet
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Comfy/secure dorms, clean bathrooms
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This was the first hostel I stayed in in Australia and I was pleasantly surprised, especially as it was surrounded by strip clubs. I found the facilities to be clean and well-maintained though I didn't use the kitchen. Though free, the PCs had been locked down to the point where I couldn't even access my Hotmail account, and other sites were really slow to display. Turnover seemed to be really high - after 3 days in a 4 bed dorm, I'd already had 7 dorm-mates. I'd stay here again.

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A very nice place to stay in the centre of the city
9 August 2006
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Couldn't really find anything
Pros
Clean, safe, and very nice guests
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Nice place to stay, very clean and safe. It is just next street to the train station so you can walk there with your backpack without having to hear the trains in your bed. The were some strip clubs near by but they were classy places and with the funky bars close by, the whole area had a carnival atmosphere. A few of us went out and had really good night. Well done.

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Typical big, city centre hostel
2 July 2006
Cons
Dull atmosphere
Pros
Freen food
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This is your typical large, city centre hostel. Friendly enough staff but a high turnover of guests means you don't really get to know anyone and therefore a dull atmosphere. The hostel itself is clean and tidy, and the dorms are small but well laid out with partitions seperating the beds. The price is fairly high (especially the private rooms!), admittedly they do dish out a lot of free food! I thought the area surrounding the hostel was fine, not at all dodgy although there is a stripclub next door.

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Good hostel surrounded by strip clubs
11 May 2006
Cons
It made me sick
Pros
Free food nearly every day
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Staying anywhere in Melbourne during the Commonwealth Games was a bit of challenge. You were lucky to get a bed unless you booked weeks in advance. The Friendly Backpacker was no different. Not a spare bed in the place for the whole week I was there. It is a fairly modern hostel on 3 floors so be prepared to hump your backpack up to the top floor. The staff are generally friendly and helpful, offering tour advice- booking you on Neighbours tours and the like- and handing out free maps of the city. They even gave away some free tickets to the Comm Games. Most days there is something free on offer- breakfast everyday to those who get up before 9, free pasta nights once a week, free pancakes on a Sunday. It is a good place to stay generally- in a dodgy area of the city though and surrounded by strip clubs- but I couldn't help thinking there was something missing, it just lacked a bit of atmosphere. Oh and I got the flu while I was there which doesn't help!

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DeanoOfOz
Great place to meet people.. its up to u to have fun.
15 January 2005
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I had a 2 day stop over before heading out on a self drive of the great ocean road. But those 2 days were enough of a sniff to make me want to come back here. When I did return, it was almost for 8 weeks or more. I truely had a great end to my travels and this was a very good way to end it all. - Place I feel is designed in away to allow alot of social interaction with people.. What you do with this or how you interact with others is all your own choice. the place isn't perfect, but what places is? The staff are a great bunch of people and they all have travelled. I'm actually Big Dean from JMT of leeds review of the place, All I suggest, is group up with others and go and see the sights of melbourne together.. this way, you'll understand you can never truely be on ya own in any city in the world, in a kind of backpackers like this one.. Some of the great staff there where: Andy, heath, Helen, Dave and many more.. I found the friendlys to be a small sociable backpackers, that had its own share of daily events on, to keep you interested and the staff are more then willing to proudly point you in the directions around melbourne. The place is there for you to make what you will of it. Enjoy!

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Jmt
JUGS OF FUN!!!
11 November 2004
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What can i say, the place is clean, fun, friendly, Big kitchen and lounge, don't bother booking anything with the miserable cow of a travel agent tho. Loads of stuff arranged by shane(neighbours tours, pub crawls etc). Check out bug bar across the road( hi to matt/max/russ and the lovely Jo!). U can chill out there and get smashed(i didn't drink, honest!)and matt will cook u some grub if he can be arsed. Watch out for the Freindly residents, Big Dean, midget lover phil, Michael Owen looky likey Jamie, and Bevan. Although they will have left by now know doubt. I was on my own and these guys made it a blast! Right in the centre of town, secure as well, best place to be by far! Free brekkie, internet, What the hell do u want from a hostel? get there now, Go!, Faster!

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fimbo1977
Friendly by name, friendly by nature
20 September 2004
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I only stayed briefly as I wanted to get away from the city centre, but the hostel is one of the best in Melbourne and lives up to its name. Its pricey by some standards, but there are various deals like free internet daily, etc, to compensate. They have an entertainments manager who runs stuff practically every day, so even if - like me - you are there by yourself, you soon meet people and get stuck into the action. Good kitchen too, clean facilities, and nice staff.

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Anonymous
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10 April 2004
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i have no complaints about the friendly backpackers but be warned do not trust the lockers as when i was there numerous thefts occured from lockers being broken into

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Anonymous
it's good if you have a poor sense of hygiene
26 February 2004
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Well the first impression of this place was so filthy. I stayed there for three nights and nobody came to sweep the bedroom floor and the entire hostel smelled like someone's shoe or sweaty armpit. It may be good for you Pommy fellas who can happily stay at the same hostel for months and personalise the bedroom as you wish by spreading your personal belongings all over the room (as you can read other comments those who gave it five stars literally lived there) but for genuine backpckers this hostel not an ideal place. Its good location and air-conditionings were plus points. Kitchen too small, TV room too small and it was 25 bucks a night not 22 bucks as listed.

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Anonymous
Average...
24 February 2004
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I'm talking STANK, I couldn't work it out, they were cleaned daily but would stink of stale p1ss 5 mins after the cleaner left! Girls toilets smelling like your stereotypical gents! The TV areas were quite small, with only 1 TV actually working properly I think. Also the video didn't work. The kitchen was a decent size with alright facilities and a good size dining area and lounge. Free internet use daily - half hour if you can book a spot and can be bothered... Free pasta each week - not half bad! Disabled facilities which is the first I've noticed in a hostel...

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Anonymous
The Friendly Backpackers is so much more than friendly
24 December 2003
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WE stayed at the friendly backpackers for 3 months and had a marvellous time. The staff were really helpful and were always happy to answer questions, hanging out at reception with the cool staff was like free entertainment at times, the hostel was clean and tidy and in comparison with most hostels this one stands above the rest. The activities that they run are designed to help people interact and this is great if your travelling alone. Can't recommend this place highly enough. If you don't like the friendly backpackers, then go stay in a hotel 'cause you obviously dont know what it means to be a backpacker.

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Anonymous
Lives up to it name
26 November 2003
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Only meant to stay here for a few weeks but ended up here for 3 months. Location is superb and staff are fantastic. Decent sized rooms with individual reading lights so you don't have to wake up the entire room and there's a partition between each bunk so you don't wake up looking at each other. Also 1 double bed per room which is well worth hanging round for. Free breakfast if your up in time, free tea & coffee all day, free pasta once a week aswell as free 30 mins free internet per day if you book early enough. True the TV rooms are small but they are comfortable enough & the hostel has now installed a large screen down stairs for movies & big sport events. Runs a weekly pool comp & pub crawl with associated hostel (The Green House) on Wed & Thurs which is a great way to meet people particularly if travelling on own. Overall one of the best hostels that I have been to in my year in Oz .

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Anonymous
Staffs are friendly but it's too noisy at night
2 July 2003
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i stayed the friendly backpacker hostel for 6 night. It's abit noisy at night where you can hear door banging. There is no heater in the room, cold at night, need 2 blanket. Job assistance not really they just put it in the notice board.

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Erik
Boring hostel
27 June 2003
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How can people stay here for 4 months? This is the hostel with the smallest TV room in the world! The basement is boring, with nothing to do, and no fun at all. The price is very high: 23 dollars a night! They advertise with free internet, but there is only one, which is very slow. Free Coffee and tea is alright and the location is in the middle of centre! That's maybe the only reason to go?

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Peter
A boring Hostel at best
14 October 2002
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I was dissatisfied with this hostel, after reading the other reviews and deciding to stay i did not have a good time

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Anonymous
best hostel in melbourne
15 October 2001
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had the best time in oz here, mainly because so friendly, and staff helpful vis-a-vis tours and GOING OUT - pub crawl with sister hostel is excellent. safe, FREE INTERNET, tea/coffee. next to 7-11, spencer st station (where airport bus + trains adelaide/sydney come in).

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Sonia
Best hotel in my 12 month trip
13 June 2001
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I arrived in Melbourne only planning to stay a week before heading off to sydney.........4 months later i was on the way to syderrs. The friendlies was a fantastic place to meet people and feel that you were safe as well. All staff were fab (especially Steve),if you are visiting melbourne then DO NOT MISS OUT ON THE FRIENDLIES

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