Staying at the Freeman Lodge is really like living in the home of somebody. It is cosy furnitured, has a books, magazines, games and TV for entertaining. The outdoor area hosts a BBQ whiche often is in use. Bob, the manager really takes to time to get to know the guests and tell travel stories of his life. It is a quiet place, a place for resting and feeling a bit at home. However, try to avoid rooms close to the noisy road.
In the heart of the business district, the superbly appointed Duxton Hotel Melbourne fronts onto Flinders Street Railway Station. Directly across the Yarra River are the shopping and entertainment precincts of Southbank, the Crown Casino and the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre.
The Duxton Hotel is a boutique hotel right in the heart of Melbourne. It is an old Victorian-style building facing Flinders Railway Station. The rooms are of adequate size and I like the breakfast buffet at the basement of the hotel.
Cardigan Street Homestay is actually my friend's rented apartment, it's free of charge, thanks a million. They let me sleep at the sofa but I rather prefer slept on the carpet floor, in fact it was the biggest bed in Melbourne city, unbelievably comfort feels and happy stays.
My wife and I always stay here when we visit Melbourne. As we have alot to do in Melbourne, we spend no time at the motel and use it for showering and sleeping mostly. Consequently we require a handy location, clean rooms and economical cost.
This place fits all those things. The hotel is situated near major freeways for easy access,especially from the airport. There are good shops nearby (24hr k-mart, eats etc) and the motel costs us about $50/night. Added to this is that they also offer a continental breakfast in the morning for $5 which is a great start to the day. The breakfast is as much as you want as long as you prepare it yourself (no problem). The money you save you can spend at the Victoria Street markets, which are great.
The BUG Australia guide is both a great guidebook & forum to tap for reviews from folks who had actually stayed at the hostels you are looking for.
Very comprehensive and useful!
Rated at 4.5 Star
I think this is a little generous and rate it at 3.5 Stars.
Apartments are warehouse style, very spacious and clean.
Shower/bath is a little small
The sound of plumbing can be heard in the ceiling from the floor above.
Losing your apartment keys will cost you $26
Staff are friendly
Fully equipped kitchen
Separate living area
Direct dial phone
Radio / alarm clock
Individual air-conditioning and heating
Iron and ironing board
DVD Player (DVD's for hire at reception)
Full Laundry Facilities
Jet Pool and Spa
Australia is a big place and although we saw a fair bit of it from the air the best way to get some of it`s real flavour is to rent a camper van and drive around. We left Melbourne and drove down the Napean highway to Sorrento to get the ferry to Queenscliffe and the Great Ocean Road.
We chose Calypso campers for our journey, they turned out to be a long way from the airport but agreed to come and collect us, this meant we still had problems getting back to the airport the next day, thanks Pat & Amanda for your help.
I stayed there for a few weeks and obviously it was not the best hotel i have ever stayed:)But i think its not a bad choice for backpackers or budget travellers.They were renovating the entrance when i left the hotel and it was a bit better when i visited later.
I think i will have to consider myself lucky for meeting some good friends that i still keep in touch.
The Downtowner is in a great location on Lygon St., and less than 10 minute walk to the CBD.
If you are traveling alone or with another person, prices can be steep, starting at AU$149 for a single/double, but this seems like a good value for families, with deluxe apartment rooms that sleep 4 at $209.
Rooms are modern and spacious with a nice bathroom. There are laundry facilities available. Apartment rooms and executive rooms have kitchens.
Check the website for more details.
Carlton College is a hostel/student residence. I lived on the student's side here during my time in Melbourne, and stayed a few nights in the hostel when my contract was up. It is set in a 3-story Victorian home. The atmosphere is much quieter than a typical hostel. It is located in Carlton, about a 10 minute walk from the city centre, or a few minutes walk from the tram stops on Swanston Street or Latrobe Street.
The rooms are very comfortable, bathrooms are clean, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is a locked door separating the hostel side from the student side.
If you are going to be living in Melbourne as a student, this is a great place to stay. You meet plenty of people and there are activities planned all the time. The food is edible, but you are one block off Lygon Street so there are plenty of restaurants nearby and a convenience store around the corner.
For the hostel, you can get a night in a dorm for as low as AU$15 or a single or double room for about $40-50. Bathrooms are shared. Parking is available. Internet access, TV lounge, laundry facilities, and kitchen.
If staying here as a student or for a fixed term, you must fill out an application.
The rooms are big and spacious, with all the kitchen facilities. The only disadvantage is the lack of carparks for motel guests with cars.
We spent most of our time in Sharon the camper van parked up on a side street(actually it was a main street and we collected a few parking tickets) in St Kilda. Although we also kipped on our mates floor in the City hostel(not sure if thats its name, but its he massive one in the city centre).
Also one night, we stayed in a motel called Beachside hotel in St Kilda for $35 each in a triple.
This place looks great. I have just booked it over the internet for my upcoming Melbourne trip. It is located in the heart of St Kilda and only a stones throw from all the action. There is also a tram stop close by.
The apartments are self contained and newly renovated. Through an internet specil, I'm paying $95-100 per night which I think is good value in the city
I'll let you know how it goes!
You must book thru; the internet and get a very good deal ( as much as 50% discount ).
Just step outside for the free tram ride to everywhere in Melbourne CBD. Security is good. Every occupant is given the bar-coded
key for entry ( even the elevator).
Convenient location for travellers.
The duke of Wellington situated on the corner of flinders street station and Russell street. Has 22 rooms which include wash basins, air conditioning, a fridge and Sky TV. All rooms have tea and coffe making facilities. The Duke of Wellingon was established in 1850 and is National Trust Designated. It has 3 bars and you can also have a meal of fish and chips bugers T bone steak. Dinner is from 6 to 8 at a cost of 10 dollars. Breakfast is included. Rooms cost for a single 50 dollars to a double or twin form 90 dollars per night. Its within walking distance form Melbourne Park tennis centre the MCG and Olympic park.
You get to meet the locals.
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