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Nomads Industry Hostel - Melbourne, Australia

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Nomads Industry's Hostel Common Area, Melbourne

Kathleen Crislip 2006

The Bottom Line

Melbourne, Australia's city of the arts, is home to a fine strain of nightlife and a way welcoming atmosphere which the Nomads Industry hostel exemplifies. You need to sample Melbourne's scene as part of any backpacking trip to Australia: stay at Nomads Industry in Melbourne -- it's clean, it's comfortable, it's a good enough value and the staff puts out some effort to make it feel friendly. Check out some Nomads Industry hostel photos or read more below.

Pros

  • Decent location near Queen Victoria Market and central train station
  • Good bar with plenty of libationous events
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Quiet (whether that's a con is a matter of personal preference!)
  • No in-room wifi

Description

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 Details

Nomads 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)

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