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“Big Hostel but great condition” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Urban Central
Certificate of Excellence
Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Big Hostel but great condition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

I stayed here for two weeks and firstly I have to say its not that central. About a 15 minute to the city. Overall though the hostel is great. Each floor has different things, TV, Games, book exchange and video lounge. Yes the videos are still the old VHS/VCR style which is a pain but I suppose they have a decent collections. Another criticism would be that there isn't enough seating in the tv and video lounge and I often found people sat on the ground.

There were nightly activities in the bar which was great and great happy hours. I really enjoyed starting my evening in the bar then heading to town. The staff in both the bar and reception were lovely and very friendly.

The kitchen also offered free tea, coffee, milk, sugar, pasta and rice. There was ample utensils for cooking and plenty of fridge space. Generally I don't like large hostels like this but for me this was a great place to stay. I booked through their website so got a special weekly rate which was brilliant. All the rooms are 4 bed and have large lockers with power points to accommodate all of you stuff. The rooms had aircon and it they were loud but we just opened the windows.

I would recommend urban central. A lot of people stay in St. Kilda's which is nice but most of the people I knew where staying in the city and it was much more convenient

Room Tip: Any of the rooms I thought were the same so I don't think it matters.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Biel, Switzerland
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2011

Room itself is o.k but the A/C is extremly noisy and with open windows you get all the noise from outside. The shared bathrooms are not clean and seem to have no ventilation (and of course no windows).Wouldn`t stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Ireland
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2011

We stayed in hostels all up the coast and this was by far the nicest! The hostel itself was big and spacious. They had vending machines every and personal lockers in rooms, our experience was safe and convenient!
We were originally supposed to stay in St. Kilda, we didn't like the area and were delighted to stay here within walking distance of the city.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank WaveRida
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Hong Kong, China
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21 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2011

The hostel is located pretty close to downtown melbourne, and is close to various sites as well as the huge casino - It is a bit far off from the beach though, so not the ideal for backpackers looking to relax by the beach.
The atmosphere was alright - wasn't a fan of the staff who weren't too friendly nor helpful - a lot of them didn't seem to have a clue.
Breakfast was chaotic and quite frankly, wasn't that good - so just skip it. As many people have pointed out, it does get noisy at night with all the bar goers and drinkers gathering outside to smoke and talk loudly..

wasn't a fan of this property, especially considering how little was offered. They didnt even provide free wifi access.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cchen0204
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2011

I stayed in urban central for a week and a half, and have to say no problems with the place. It's a cheap place to stay, spotless clean, toilets and showers are great, dorms are big and spacious, big lockers in the room to store all your valuables, powerpoints in the locker(bring your own padlock),cheap booze at the bar, kitchen nice and big, on each floor they have different sections like one is tv one is movies another is the libarary. I did have one problem whilst I was staying there, there was no window in the room, it was pitch black and my roommate worked nights so when I was getting up he was sleeping, anyway cut a long story short he attacked me one morning cus I couldn't see a thing in the room and had to turn lights on. Went to reception to complain and they moved me to another room and I even got upgraded to one with an ensuite! Very helpful staff. That's all the good things. Bad things were only rooms with no windows were horrible and stayin on the first floor is a pain cus there is a nightclub separate to the hostel that is quite loud. Other than that 10/10

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Happycamper12345678
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Additional Information about Urban Central

Property: Urban Central
Address: 334 City Road Southbank, Melbourne, Victoria 3006, Australia
Region: Australia > Victoria > Melbourne > Southbank
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Melbourne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Hotel Class:2 star — Urban Central 2*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Urban Central is ideally located in Melbourne's vibrant Southbank adjacent to the famous Crown Casino. The city is a 10 minute walk and with public transport on our doorstep, St Kilda is only a 10 minute tram ride away. Shopping around Urban Central is located close to local cafes, shops and the famous South Melbourne Market. If you enjoy good coffee and eateries Southbank restaurants overlooking The Yarra River are 5 min stroll from Urban Central. On the way to visit Port Melbourne beach you could pick up a bargain at Direct Factory Outlet about a 10 minute from our accommodation venue. Stay, Play at Urban Central! ... more   less 
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