Melbourne Connection


Melbourne Connection

205 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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daly
Bloody marvellous
10 June 2005
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We all expect different things from our hostels and some of the other reviews surprise me. There has been a change of management recently and the guys there now were great. Free pasta night, quiz in the basement bar, loads of DVDs, took us to Ramsey St and to the Aussie Rules, ( I would never have gone onto the MCG playing surface if I hadn't stayed here, even hads a kick for goal after the match) Hostel clean friendly and very easy going, made friends quickly, not the quietest but in my experience, quiet means boring.

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BIANCA
DON'T GO THERE.
29 March 2005
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I DIDN'T WANT TO WRITE THIS REVIEW BUT AFTER READING ALL THE CRAP WRITEN BY THE HOSTEL MANAGER UNDER "Anonymous" I HAD TO TELL YOU....DON'T GO THERE. NOISE.SMALL ROOMS WITH MANY BEDS.STAFF THAT DON'T CARE ETC ETC

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aakhan
Very Good Location, Clean, Secure and Friendly
8 February 2005
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I have recentley stayed (Jan-2005) for 10days. Locations: Just perfect. 2 minutes : from SKYBUS terminus so this take care of your travelling need from the Airports 2 minutes : from Spencer/Flinders Stations and various Tram Lines - You are connected to the CBD and other city locations Security: adequate You get a door key when you check in / please bring yr locker (lock and Key) We had a good understanding (dorm 4 person) ; when going out lock the door. Hostel Itself: No Smoking and No drinking policy (in the hostel) I stayed in a dorm (4 persons) : U receive clean sheets / pillow cover and blanket on arrival Locker's which are a bit narrow (so you cannot push yr back-pack in it - is a bit of a problem - anyway I used to keep a small bag which contain some valuables) Toilets: Were cleaned daily / (hot/cold water available) Kitchens: Were cleaned daily You have plates / mugs /gas / coffee /sugar /cereals on the house - bring yr own milk/eggs/pasta etc.. and cook a good hot meal. TV: Fox connections and Video library. Management: Bruce/other folks found then friendly, co-operative. All in all its a nice place to stay (economical) ; I had made good friends so the stay was more pleasant. I would reccommed especailly for the Location and also its nice / clean and friendly environment.

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arsenal69
A clean friendly modern hostel
30 April 2004
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If you are looking for a clean, friendly, quite hostel thats close to local transport, inside the cbd district, a block from the skybus airport shuttle for those early morning get aways then look no further than the melbourne connection hostel. With other amenitys on offer, free foxtell to keep up with worldwide sport, free internet on arrival, video libary for those wet days, laundry on sight, and friendly knowledgable staff who know the area like the back of there hand. A helpfull booklet was on hand for things to do in melbourne, as well as all the local beaches, bars, and trips that where available, including car hire companys, they made my stay very easy and i felt i didnt miss out on anything, including sports events, firework shows, and all the festivals from jan-may. As well as doing there job the staff are active in taking out groups from the hostel, melbourne cup day, pool nights, bowling nights, and go-karting, as well as all the trips down to the local bug bar, which brings the guests closer together in this small idealy placed hostel, which is minutes away from elizabeth street. This is my third summer at the connection hostel, and compared to some hostels and yha's ive stayed at i rate this one very highly.

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Anonymous
Ok place but not the greatest
29 March 2004
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The Hostel is OK, and a decent place to kip - but will never win any awards for it's facilities. The rooms are very clean and tidy - never a spec of dirt anywhere - unlike the bathrooms which will make you shudder, with rust and mould around the windows. Its also a fair treck from the centre of town. I timed it as a 15 minute walk from Elizabeth Street, and that is past the dodgy strip bars on King Street. There really aren't any good bars nearby, so a night out means a long walk. However the small, boxy, TV room DOES have sat TV, and there is the free tea. The staff are fine, but the lack of reception in the evening is a pain. The big problem with this place is noise - the slightest cough in one room can be heard in the next room (walls are paper thin, and the false ceiling means that the top of the walls doesn't go over them. Also all the rooms downstairs open off the main kitchen - so if anyone is up late, you will have to be too. Worse, last night I was forced to stay up to 4.30am listening to someones great party in the next room. Music pumping... so a complete sleepless night. I'm not impressed. Probably thats why there are signs everywhere with rules on no booze and no music... but the party orientated guests don't seem to notice that all that much. In general it's OK and cheap-ish, but the general consensus is that if you are after a good nights sleep - or be close to the action - go elsewhere. If you are after a glowing review from the owners... read below.

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Anonymous
Highly recommended
20 February 2004
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Great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. Very clean and comfortable, exceptional value for money. Facilities were good, including free video hire, satellite television and good value internet access. I would be happy to recommend this hostel to anyone.

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adammehmet35@hotmail.com
great&frendly and cheep
18 February 2004
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It is a great place to be freindly staff close to every thing in the city you can not beet the staff are great thay do the best thay are open from 8 am to 9pm monday to friday and at weekend 8-12:30 and 5:30-8:30 i recomend it.

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Anonymous
Excellent-great small hostel
6 January 2004
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Had a great stay here, the fact the hostel is small encourages friendships between guests. Office was open from 8 am till 9pm at night, great staff, breakfast was included along with free Tea and coffee, there was also free video hire and satellite television.

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Anonymous
Small, clean & friendly hostel - great atmosphere
6 January 2004
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I had a great stay the hostel was clean and the staff very helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a stay, convenient for public transport, Airport shuttle and city attractions.

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jhtrvlgrl82@yahoo.com
Had a lovely time
29 April 2003
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I stayed here in July of 2002 for a week. Had quite a lovely experience there. The staff were quite friendly and helpful to all my needs since I had just arrived in teh country and was travelling alone they treated me well and booked all my tours for me and dealt with the tour operators when I had a problem with one of htem, it is definitly a quieter hostel if thats what your'e looking for, a lot of long time people staying there so not as social or party atmosphere as some places, but I found everyone staying there quite nice and met some great people. So if you're lookin for a quiet place or long term would definitly reccomend it.

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maijakennedy@hotmail.com
Clean but unfriendly!
21 February 2003
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I would not recommend this hostel! The only good thing about the hostel is that it is fairly clean. The hostel is closed from 12 noon until 5pm (normal business hours), so you have to arrive either before or after that which is not convenient! They lock the door early in the evening and then don't answer the buzzer if you've been locked out! The also don't allow any alcohol on the premises even though they don't sell it themselves. The also don't allow use of the kitchen before 8am, so if you have to check out early, you don't get to eat!! When we wanted to extend our stay for one extra night they told us that they had sold our beds on us and that we would have to change rooms if we wanted to stay! Then we thought that we would find a different hostel all together because we thought the staff was so unfriendly, so we asked if we could store our luggage. They told us that we were only allowed to store our luggage until 12 noon, which was one hour away! They are definetly not understanding of backpackers needs!

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Anonymous
definitely not recommended
28 December 2002
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I wish I had spent my first night in Australia somewhere else...to cut the story short, I found out upon arrival (right after midnight) that the "single room" I had previously booked online was a tiny ground-floor storage set up as a room just hours before my arrival. Needless to say, the room had no heating (the outside temperature was 7°c ...) and the bed linens were both thin (no blanket that night) & smelly. Next two things I wouldn't recommend the hostel for is the location- definitely not as central as they say (unless the proximity with the casino is what you're after...)- and the not so friendly manager. I know this may sound like a disaster, but you can have my word here...this place is one of the very few disappointing hostels I've known in years of travelling worldwide

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steve_daly78@hotmail.com
well worth it!
28 October 2002
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great location, very clean, staff helpful and friendly plus they got me a job on the first day. 24 hour internet terminals useful. Made lots of friends so plenty of addresses for future travels. I can definitely recommend this place.

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Neil and Karen
Very Disappointing.
2 September 2002
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After reading the reviews we expected much better. We booked a double room over the phone only to find we had twin bunks on arrival. Their attitude was one of "if it's a problem, you don't have to stay here". The beds smelt although the bathrooms were very clean. The renovations are still a long way from finished over a year after the first review. The kitchen was small and there was no real atmosphere due to the amount of long termers. Close to the train station but quite a walk from the action. Not recommended.

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Anonymous
Very nice hostel
18 January 2002
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This hostel was lovely. The rooms were clean and our twin had a mini fridge. The kitchen was modern but there was no oven. There were plenty of pots and pans etc so cooking was a breeze. The staff were friendly and helpful. The only downside was the bathrooms. The toilets were in with the showers so the floors were always wet. Location was good, about 10 mins walk into the main street and 5mins from the spencer st train station (airport shuttle). Overall a great place to stay.

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A and L
Good quiet location, and has good potential
14 May 2001
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A very quiet hostel, run by a nice British guy, and has the potential to become a great hostel when all is completed. The upstairs rooms are awaiting re-vamping,although are still good, however downstairs ones are very nice with wooden floors. The bathrooms are always kept clean, and a TV lounge with sky TV is provided. The only downside is the small kitchen area with no oven as yet - only 4 hobs and a microwave. More of a hostel where working backpackers stay, so enjoy the freedom whilst they're out! Nice to also see wheelchair access at the entrance.

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