Best Hostels in Melbourne complete overview and guide for backpackersWelcome to the city dubbed the sports and culture capital of Australia: Melbourne. This is your guide to the 3 best hostels in Melbourne, so you focus on exploring the city.

Melbourne is a beautiful multicultural blend of art, fashion, design and cuisine.

Of course, there is no exception with fantastic hostels here either.

We do not have a 5 Star Hostel in the city, so we’ve hand-picked the 3 best hostels in Melbourne for you instead.

What can you expect to see in this article?

  • Details about the 3 top hostels
  • Best hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers
  • Handy map of hostel locations
  • Airport travel tips
  • Packing list

Don’t forget to check out all of our 5 Star Hostels in Oceania!

Here you can find the 3 best hostels in Sydney.

The 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne

Let’s waste no time and introduce the top youth hostels in Melbourne.

Hand-picked by us, of course!

Quick overview:

  1. Space Hotel
  2. United Backpackers
  3. Landing Pads Brunswick

1. Space Hotel (luxury, stylish budget accommodation)

Don’t let the name fool you. Space Hotel is a traveller’s HOSTEL, where luxury meets budget.

This chic, stylish youth hostel is in the heart of Melbourne city – a space designed for your comfort and enjoyment.

We believe it’s a perfect place for couples, solo travellers and friends.

Choose between 4, 6 and 8-bed dorms or a private room. A flat-screen TV and iPod docking station can be found in the latter.

Plus you’re own private balcony in selected private rooms!

Each dorm bed has its very own personal light, secure locker and power point. Linen is included.
There are so many cool facilities; we had to create a list:

  • Blue Moon bar and restaurant
  • Gym
  • Games space
  • Lounge
  • Cinema
  • Large communal kitchen
  • Rooftop with Jacuzzi
  • Internet cafe
  • BBQ facilities
  • Tea and coffee stations

Why would you want to even step outside when you have all this?

Read: 46 things that tell you a hostel is going to be awesome!

The view across the city from the rooftop is spectacular.

Big windows in the rooms, kitchen and communal areas create a bright, open space.

Space Hotel is surrounded by the best shops, cafes and restaurants.

It’s just a 5 minute walk from Melbourne Central Station within the CBD area.

Space Hotel is the best hostel in Sydney for

  • Couples
  • Solo travellers
  • Fun Travellers
Book Space Hotel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

Space Hotel one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

Space Hotel one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

Space Hotel one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

2. United Backpackers (TOP location)

United Backpackers is rated one of the best hostels in Melbourne. Not just by us, but travellers too!

If you want funky decor, quirky art and tons of personality; this is the backpacker hostel for you.

This awesome hostel is recommended for adventurous types and social wanderers.

Included:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 24-hour reception
  • Linen in all rooms
  • Free breakfast
  • Free luggage storage

Dorm beds have a personal locker, power socket and light. Doors work on a secure key card system.

Make sure to ask a friendly staff member about the free, daily tours and events!

On-site there is a super cosy communal TV lounge.

Before heading out to the surrounding CBD area, grab yourself a refreshing drink at the on-site basement bar.

United Backpackers offer the best location right opposite Flinders Street Station.

It’s a 2-minute walk to St Paul’s Cathedral and 5 minutes from Federation Square.

United Backpackers is the best hostel in Melbourne for

  • groups
Book United Backpackers here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

United Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

United Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

United Backpackers one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

3. Landing Pads Brunswick (working holiday paradise)

Easy going, small and open-minded; Landing Pads Brunswick is designed especially for the independent working traveller.

Are you:

  • Travelling solo around Australia?
  • Looking for work on a Working Holiday Visa?
  • Wanting to stay long-term in Melbourne?

Great! Landing Pads Brunswick is the best hostel in Melbourne for you.

Forget big, cold hostels: this one is purposefully small and cosy to create more of a big house-share feel.

Read: 7 types of hostels

Landing Pads has been newly renovated with a brand new kitchen, bathrooms, garden heating and air-conditioning.

Along with the usual included bits and bobs such as Wi-Fi, linen and locker, you’ll have access to…

  • FREE job seeker tutorials and local job contacts
  • Weekly social activities
  • Free big fluffy towels, two pillows and lots of storage

People tend to stay at this hostel for weeks, not days, making this a perfect place to meet new, lifelong friends.

There is no on-site bar, which means you can bring your own beers and chill with the easy-going social vibes of this hostel.

It discourages party animals and strengthens a social culture that suits everyone.

Important: Guests are required to book at least a 7 nights stay.

Why?

This is more like a big house share than a hostel. Staying longer = amazing social environment.

Landing Pads is located in the suburb of Brunswick, only 20-minutes from Melbourne CBD.

There is a handy supermarket just 200m from the hostel.

Heaps of cheap but amazing cafes and restaurants can be found along Sydney Road. It is one of the perks of staying just outside the city centre!

Landing Pads is a top pick hostel in Melbourne for:

  • Backpackers
  • Social butterflies
  • Solo, independent travellers
Book Landing Pads Brunswick here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld

Landing Pads Brunswick one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

Landing Pads Brunswick one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

Landing Pads Brunswick one of the Best Hostels in Melbourne

Best Hostels in Melbourne for Solo Travellers

So you’re travelling alone and want to meet new people. Look no further!

The Nunnery is a unique hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers.

This stunning old Nunnery was built in 1888 and the vintage charm still remains throughout.

There is a different themed event every day including movie night, sausage sizzle and a pub crawl.

Dorm rooms include a social space, and out in the courtyard, you’ll find large seating areas designed especially to encourage guest interaction.

Book The Nunnery here

Let us also mention Flinders Backpackers – another recommended hostel in Melbourne for solo travellers.

Here it’s impossible not to meet new friends in the optional 18 bed dorm!

Make use of the huge communal area, large shared kitchen, pool table and weekly FREE events.

Book Flinders here

Any Discounts or Promo Codes?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or promo codes for hostels in Melbourne. Our 15€ discount code already expired. We are working on a new coupon code for our users.

You can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.

Subscribe to our newsletter. Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Melbourne first.

Map of 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne (locations plus sights)

We’ve created a handy map to help make your planning even easier.

Find locations of all 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne, plus some of the top sights to visit in and around the city.

The best way to see Melbourne is, of course, to Hop-On-Hop-Off!

Fancy heading out of the city to explore?

We highly recommend taking a Great Ocean Road Day Tour from Melbourne.

Are the 3 Best Hostels near Melbourne Airport?

Melbourne is a big city and consequently, there aren’t any hostels near Melbourne airport.

This is because the airport sits 23km (30-minutes) from the city center.

Good to know: there is a 24 hour shuttle bus to and from the airport.

The shuttle will drop you at Southern Cross Station.

From here the tram and train is easily accessible to the city and our listed 3 best hostels in Melbourne.

Flights to Melbourne?

We enjoy Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Oceania including Melbourne, Sydney and more. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Oceania and find the cheapest rates for the area.

Here is our review of Kiwi.

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Over to you

By now we have given you three awesome places to stay on a budget in Melbourne. And we have given you a solid introduction to sights and what to explore.

Do you have any questions? Anything not clear?

Please please bother us with your question(s) and leave a comment below.

We want to make this guide to hostels in Melbourne, Australia as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.

Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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Best Hostels in Melbourne complete overview and guide for backpackers

How to book the 3 Best Hostels in Melbourne?

We fully recommend every single hostel in this list as a top hostel choice for Melbourne!

Here is an extra 15€ discount for Booking.com.

You will receive the discount when booking any accommodation with Booking.com.

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All best-rated hostels in Melbourne

Any questions on booking your hostels? Check out our Guide to Hostels. Also, here you can find all 5 Star Hostels with Hostelgeeks.

Hostel Packing List

Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down
Read the full packing list here.Download Hostel Packing List

FUN Things to do in Melbourne

Remember to book your tickets to the most popular sights in advance.