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"Great location and affordable but just a bit dated and in need of some maintenance and better cleaning. " More

By a verified traveller on Wed 23 Oct 2019

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Hotel Description

Melbourne city backpackers places you in the center of Melbourne, within just a 15-minute stroll of popular places like Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Melbourne Central. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast.

This smoke-free hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a 24-hour front desk. Additionally, you'll find laundry facilities, a microwave in a common area, and a refrigerator in a common area. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

With a stay at this Melbourne Central Business District hostel, you'll be 0.3 km (0.2 mi) from Collins Street and 1.3 km (0.8 mi) from Queen Victoria Market.

Double Room - Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$69* Per night/room 22 Aug. - 23 Aug.

Mixed Dormitory - 4 Beds

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Single Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Triple Room - Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Female Dormitory - 4 Beds

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Female Dormitory - 6 Beds

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Melbourne city backpackers ratings based on 14 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.1 out of 5 2.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Melbourne city backpackers

Everyone (10) Couples (1) Students (2)
3 out of 5

Posted by on 27 Feb. 2022

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1 out of 5
It wasn’t that good in terms of bad location, seedy area and I felt somewhat uncomfortable.

Posted by on 18 Mar. 2020

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1 out of 5
When my 18 year old daughter when to the room there was no bed for her &it was full with she ended up staying in the lounge area till 4am in the morning

Posted by on 18 Nov. 2019

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4 out of 5
Great location and affordable but just a bit dated and in need of some maintenance and better cleaning.

Posted by on 23 Oct. 2019

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1 out of 5

Only stay here if you're desperate

I walk into the room after an early morning flight and hoped to get some rest but the the beds were not made and the mattress was dirty. The room smelt like excrement and made me very sick etc etc

Posted by , from C on 24 Dec. 2016

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3 out of 5

Short stay. Found it fairly comfortable

Pros: Cheaper rate
Cons: Maybe a bit of colour on the walls to brighten it up a little
Location: Cant comment as only a couple of hours spent
I arrived late at 1am and was so glad that someone was still up waiting for me. He was kind and made me feel at home. Though the building itself looked old, I was pleased that my bed was comfortable.

Posted by on 29 Nov. 2016

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1 out of 5

Dirty to the point of making you sick

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Close it down
Location: Good location
The room was extremely dirty with cold air blasting through the vent at night causing me to develop a cold. The bed and the bedding were stained so I asked to have my bedding changed, it was then that "room service" informed me that I could not have a new duvet cover as they don't wash them or change them each time someone leaves i.e. I was using the same blanket that several other people had previously used and it hadn't been washed. I developed a rash across my neck. The internet only works at reception and even then it barely works.

Posted by , from Dubai on 25 Sep. 2016

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1 out of 5

Cheap and close to city centre.

Pros: Location.
Cons: Brighten up rooms. Guests having to move bed linen and bring it to reception was not good.
Location: very close to Stations and CBD.
Room was Spartan to say the least. Bedding had a sour smell. Staff were friendly and helpful.

Posted by , from Drouin Vic on 21 May 2016

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1 out of 5
horrible experience, extremely mean staff,poor sleeping conditions , not worth for what you paid for

Posted by , from jj on 8 May 2016

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 May 2016 by Luke A.

Sorry to hear that, Jimmy. Our staff are usually the most positively reviewed aspect of our hostel.

5 out of 5

best choice ever

Pros: Great service
Location: Close to the southern cross station, which is perfect for any traveller.
They were amazing. So glad I chose this place, I also had the luxury of being upgraded. The breakfast in the morning was the icing on the cake!

Posted by , from NZ on 26 Apr. 2016

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About the Melbourne city backpackers

Location 197-199 King Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Tour/ticket assistance, a vending machine, and concierge services are also featured at Melbourne city backpackers. This Melbourne hostel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 27 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Computer for guest use
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Train station: Southern Cross Station (0.4 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Metro station: Flagstaff Station (0.6 km / 0.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Melbourne city backpackers offers 27 air-conditioned accommodations with safes. This Melbourne hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen access
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Air conditioning

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 5:30 AM

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children younger than 18 are not allowed at this adults-only property. All guests 18 and older are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at Melbourne city backpackers


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

No onsite parking is available. This property accepts Visa and Mastercard. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray. Social distancing measures are in place; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Cash Deposit Required
  • Service animals not allowed
  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Caters to adults only
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Electrostatic spray is used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are available
  • Masks are not compulsory at the property


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Cash deposit: AUD 10 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 35 per person (roundtrip)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • King St Backpackers
  • King St Backpackers Hostel
  • King St Backpackers Hostel Melbourne
  • King St Backpackers Melbourne
  • Melbourne city backpackers Hostel
  • King Street Backpackers Hotel Melbourne
  • Melbourne city backpackers Melbourne
  • Melbourne city backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • This is an adults-only property and guests under 18 years old aren't allowed.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.