The Bottom Line
- Decent location near Queen Victoria Market and central train station
- Good bar with plenty of libationous events
- Quiet (whether that's a con is a matter of personal preference!)
- No in-room wifi
- Well organized scene at the friendly front desk
- Comfy common area with fireplace and TV
- Decent bar with adjacent outdoor deck
- Tour desk can book trips around Melbourne, Victoria and all of Oz
- The rooftop could rule -- for now, it's a great place for city views
- Remarkably clean kitchen for being a wee bit cramped
- 4-10 bed dorms and private rooms with king sized beds and private baths available - about $75 Australian dollars
- Walk to Queen Victoria Market
- Book a day trip Great Ocean Road (wow)
Guide Review - Nomads Industry Hostel - Melbourne, Australia
About two minutes from Queen Victoria Market and fifteen from the heart of downtown Melbourne and Federation Square, Nomads Industry hostel has what you need, including laundry area, kitchen, travel desk, and a bar. Nomads bills this Melbourne hostel as a flashpackers place: true, it's got outstanding rooms and an upscale feel, but needs a lotta electrical outlets and in-room wifi to truly qualify. In the meantime, internet access is available off the lobby in a Global Gossip incarnation (spendy, but easy).
Not an earthshaking party palace, but clean and friendly; group dinner efforts are a plus here as the kitchen's central location, just off the outdoor deck, makes mealtimes natural social events, especially since a free dinner is offered nightly. (You can find the party scene across town at the Nomads Pint on Punt in St. Kilda.) Great espresso early a.m. in the bar, and comfy couches by a fireplace for rainy day hanging.
The hostel has a potentially awesome rooftop area -- the powers that be should take a page from the successful Sydney YHA Central hostel book and make it magnificent. In the meantime, enjoy the sunset from on high, but not the sunrise -- staff told me it's kept locked in the wee hours to prevent -- ah -- accidents.
Melbourne Nomads Industry Hostel DetailsNomads has hostels across Australia and in Fiji, Vanuatu, and New Zealand, and a hostel discount card program.
- Nomads Melbourne Hostel
196-198 A'Beckett St -- very near Melbourne's Queen Victoria market and about ten minutes from the Flagstaff train station and a free city circle tram stop
Melbourne 3000, Australia
Phone: 61 (02) 9328 4383
Fax: 61 (02) 9299 7790
Email -- info at nomadsindustry dot com
Visit their website
- Christmas holiday reservations may be hard tocome by -- reserve well in advance
- $1 off with Nomads card (see hostel discount cards for more)