Over the last few weeks I’ve been stoked to show my parents around Australia and as part of this I teamed up with the guys from YHA Australia, allowing me and my brother to kick back in the hostel lifestyle we’ve become accustomed too without freaking my parents out in amongst goon fuelled chaos!
Our first stop – Melbourne – was the perfect introduction into hostel life as we opted for a family suite at Melbourne Metro YHA. The room itself went above and beyond what we were expecting and came kitted out with a private double room (with an outside balcony!), separated shower a toilet rooms, huge living room (including a sofa, dinning table and TV!), kitchen and a 3 person bunk – double below and single on top.
Not quite the rough and ready backpacker setup my parents were expecting!
The 5 person set up basically gave us more an apartment than hostel room which means heaps of privacy, a place to relax and of course cook without having to deal with a heap of other people – the ideal crash pad after a day wandering around Melbourne city or in our case a series of international flights!
Even though we basically had our own private hostel within a hostel there was still plenty of hostel vibe going on as well as access to all the facilities – including a large kitchen, communal area and all the organised hostel activities…from bar crawls to tour auctions.
The whole YHA setup is in my opinion a much more laid back and family friendly environment than other places I’ve stayed and there’s certainly a larger cross section of ages, which makes it the perfect middle ground for those looking to explore with their parents without breaking the budget or simply for those who prefer a more chilled and borderline flash packer style hostel.
Dont get me wrong there was still a good vibe going on, it was just much more relaxed than the chaos you can find elsehwere!
Dorms start at around $20AUD, privates at around $88AUD and the family suite was $139AUD per night – but things get even cheaper if you hook yourself up with a YHA Membership card, which is a great investment if you intend to use the YHA chain throughout your trip.
As I already mentioned the Melbourne Metro YHA came kitted with everything you’d want from a hostel – kitchen, communal area, tour desk, friendly and helpful staff (the guys there were amazing at helping us out!) and of course wifi, which came as either free or paid if you wanted high speed.
Of course on top of all that our room came kitted out with our own private facilities which was certainly a welcome change…although we did take advantage of them a bit too much and opted for some down time on our own rather than mingling with other travellers!
With the YHA brand come a pretty solid standard of quality too so everything is super clean and tidy – in fact the kitchen was probably one of the nicest and well equipped kitchens I’ve come across on my travels. No skanky pots or mis matched cutlery!haha!
When it came to exploring the city the Melbourne Metro YHA was well placed. Situated just around the corner from Victoria Market where there’s frequent daily bargains to be had, heaps of boutique coffee shops and also an amazing night market where wine, street food and an awesome vibe is on offer – make sure you pencil it into your plans if you can!
If you’re looking to venture into the city just around the corner is the start of the free tram zone – which allows you to easily venture in and out of the city centre free of charge…bargain!
From here you can bounce around the shops, museums, restaurants and most of the stuff you’d want to hit up in Melbourne.
Unfortunately the popular backpacker area and beaches of St Kilda are outside of this – but even still its only a cheap tram fare and about 20mins from the city centre so it’s hardly going to break the budget or be a pain to get to!
If you’re heading to Melbourne and looking for a non party hostel to base yourself out of the Melbourne Metro YHA is a solid choice.
**PLEASE NOTE; I received a complimentary stay with YHA Australia but rest assured all opinions are honest and my own**