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Reviews of Base St Kilda

Hostel | 17 Carlisle Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia 3182

85.8% Overall Rating

173 out of 203 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (22/08/2014)

Bethan Lloyd-Williams thinks…

"The welcome from the staff was amazing, even for 9am...they are ways smiling an always willing to help. Everytime you pass reception, or a member of the team they are sure to say hello, or ask you…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Nightclub
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • Gym
  • Bicycle hire
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry service
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet café
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Airport Pickup USD 16.95
  • Luggage Room USD 0.89
  • Breakfast USD 4.46
  • Towel USD 2.68

What's Included

  • Linen

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85.8%

Overall Rating

173 out of 203 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Base St Kilda'

Atmosphere
86.4%
Location
94.4%
Facilities
84.8%
Cleanliness
78.4%
Staff
87.2%
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78.4%
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Bethan Lloyd-Williams

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

22 August 2014 Bethan would recommend this property

Liked: The welcome from the staff was amazing, even for 9am...they are ways smiling an always willing to help. Everytime you pass reception, or a member of the team they are sure to say hello, or ask you how you are! The rooms are standard hostel room, although this is the only hostel that I have stayed in during my travels that has an en-suite (obviously shared between those in the room). Perfect location, juš around the corner from the busy high street of St.Kilda and ot a 10 minute tram into the city! Cheap, decent bar with nightly offers and a chill out room where you're able to cook & do your washing! Best Base yet!

Disliked: Can't comment! We enjoyed our stay here.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 60% Facilities - 40% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Francoise Laureys

Alone

Business / conference
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

13 August 2014

Liked: The facilities were clean and the room large enough (I was in the All Girls Sanctuary room) and the location ideal. Cleaning staff were very polite and did a good job. Frequent cleaning of the room's shower room. Lockable locker drawers under the bunk beds.

Disliked: Bad refund policy. Noise. My bunk bed (top one) was located at one metre of a ceiling fixed airconditioning unit. In order for the other girls to get the room to a temperature that was convenient for them, I had to breathe hot, dry air blown straight into my face. I would suggest for future purpose that the distance of the unit to the nearest bed is taken into account, for the health of the person sleeping in that bed. There was a far better location in that room, that was not into anybody's face.

88.6%
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Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Samantha Ierullo

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

16 July 2014 Samantha would recommend this property

Liked: Great staff!! Fun bAr downstairs. Loved the girls sanctuary dorms.

Disliked: Our heater didn't work :( I slept with socks and my winter sweater!

65.7%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Work / volunteering

09 June 2014

Liked: Quite a big room Fairly decent shower Good bar area Good location Can drink alcohol in TV/kitchen room till 8pm

Disliked: Room was filthy dirty and smelt awful. Bunks were really low so can't sit up at all on bottom bunk The carpet was so dirty that our feet stuck to it Stayed in Base hostels all over New Zealand, this is our first in Oz and we couldn't believe how dirty it was. Everyone else we met had recommended this hostel though so maybe we just got a bad room?

91.4%
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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Work / volunteering

06 May 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Close to the beach, very friendly staff.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 60% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

28 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: No

Disliked: None

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Brad Taylor

With friends / other travellers

City break
Partying / nightlife
Visiting friends or family

21 April 2014 Brad would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly, staff were all nice and approachable

Disliked: Brad left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

25 February 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: There was so much going on at the hostel, everyday and night there was something to do and an opportunity to meet new people or try new things! All the staff are really friendly, happy to help and as majority stayed at hostel themselves have great knowledge of area and what to do depending on budget/what you're looking for. Monday Bingo, free hotdogs, free yoga, running club and yours of Melbourne... What's not to love!

Disliked: Only a couple things really, if I were to be nitty gritty; how the kitchen shuts at 11pm every night so that removes the lounge/tv area if you wanted a chilled night. And the Wifi was terrible, only get in main foyer and was very slow at peak times.

77.1%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Yazen Alwaal

With friends / other travellers

City break

23 February 2014 Yazen would recommend this property

Liked: Facilities, location and easy to ge ge friends there.

Disliked: Toilets aren't clean, very noisy during the weekend.

100.0%
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joshua Baldwin

Alone

Partying / nightlife
Work / volunteering

17 February 2014 joshua would recommend this property

Liked: fun, friendly place. great atmosphere and good activities each night lots of fun and great place to meet new people

Disliked: nothing

45.7%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 40% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 20% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife

07 December 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: All "normal" hotels were booked out, so I gave the XBase Hostel a try. If you want to stay in St Kilda (beach), it´s a good location. However, it is a hostel with a bar at ground floor, so it´s packed, dirty and just a straightforward hostel. If you are for a hostel with a nice location and good nightlife, go for it. Note: It is not very noisy in the room due to the bar, you can not hear people partying downstairs. Easy to meet people.

Disliked: Booked the single room ensuite. Ok, it is a hostel, but room is VERY small. Just a bed, no table, no chairs, not very clean (however bead and bathroom were ok). Very small, looks like a quarantine station. Well, ok, it´s a Hostel. However, the single room is far overpriced (other hotels grant much more value for the money of the single room) Nightlife is ok as there is a bar on ground floor. Also other bars around.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 September 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very friendly atmosphere and easy to meet people. Spacious rooms, I stayed in an 8 bed dorm and had a private bathroom, loved the huge lockers under the bed.

Disliked: Having to pay for wifi

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Customer review

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

15 June 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were really friendly, helpful and welcoming and so were some of the other guests. The property is close to public transport into the city and there are quite a few activities you can do locally. They have security at the door every night to keep the rabble out. The best cake shops in Melbourne are located on Acland Street just around the corner. There is a 15-20km walk / bike track along the foreshore that you can easily access which is fanstastic and BASE has a couple of bikes you can hire for the day for a good price. The breakfast was really good value for $5 all you can eat and some of the nightly communal meals were also quite good. The Bingo and Quiz shows are a lot of fun. Overall, this is a pretty well run establishment.

Disliked: There was a problem with the plumbing in the kitchen which was a temp issue but I could only suggest that it was caused by the amount of food people were dumping in the sinks. Despite signs and warnings in the kitchen they really almost need a staff member to supervise the area during the lunch and dinner periods as some visitors were very slothful, didn't clean up after themselves properly and it spoilt things for everyone else. The overnight cleaners had a really difficult job to do because of this. Also, the lack of cups and glasses is understandable given the issue described above but they should have some available to rent on deposit as a cup of tea or hot chocolate at the end of the day is almost a necessity!

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

06 May 2013

Liked: Its location is great.. very close to St Kilda Beach.

Disliked: No close parking, room was not overly clean, the floors looked like they had not been vacummed, the bathroom floor had finger nail polish dropped on the floor and looked like someone had attempted to clean it up but made more of a mess, toilets in the bar were disgusting at the start of the night, and hadnt been cleaned from the night or day before, the hostel was just generally not clean. When we got to the hostel, there was confusion with payment after hostel world took 10% of full cost, i think this was the staff member who did not explain ti overly well for a large group. $20 for a room key each is absolutely not called for when you are with a group. 6 x 20= $120. I think it was more to the point that I had not seen anything one website about deposit for room card. I have travelled before and stayed in alot of hostels... $20 is a bit rich.

The property's response is...

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Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

31 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Plenty to do!

Disliked: Can get pretty noisy at night.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Ambiance

Disliked: Nothing

94.3%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Jessica Hughes

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

07 March 2013 Jessica would recommend this property

Liked: Location

Disliked: Staff could've been friendlier

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 40%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

14 February 2013

Liked: Staff were friendly, cant fault them and the location is great.

Disliked: Cramped rooms, lack of storage, not very clean, over the top partying, was like a nightclub downstairs each night of the week, and guests must pass through the bar/party area to enter or exit hostel or go to reception area which isn't great if your just there for a quiet stay.

100.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

10 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: As well as people travelling with other peoole there was a lot of people on there own, like me, and they were all very friendly. The staff were helpful and nice. The location is good because as well as being by the beach there is a tram stop which gives you access to the city easily and regularly.

Disliked: The only thing that I disliked about the property was thst often the 'chillout' area downstairs was messy due to people not tidying up after themselves but this is not through the fault of the hostel.

85.7%
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Location - 40% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

10 January 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: clean, good atmosphere and friendy people

Disliked: location

88.6%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Charli Beeton

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

07 January 2013 Charli would recommend this property

Liked: Great location, friendly staff, lots of help with booking trips

Disliked: Having to pay for wifi, having to buy a padlock for the lockers (which weren't big enough for your backpack!)

94.3%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Juan Pablo Beltran

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
City break
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife

13 November 2012 Juan Pablo would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and fun!

Disliked: Juan Pablo left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 40%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: If you are a party person this is the place to be, theres always something going on! There was very good security (keycards and lockers) and the staff were helpful at the travel desk

Disliked: The kitchen was a little small but was relatively clean. The dorm rooms only had one toilet and shower for the whole dorm which meant you could be waiting around for a while. For the price, the place is a bit of a rip off - doesnt include breakfast, towels or any extras. Probably can get a similar standard of hostel for a cheaper price

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Claire Torrens

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

29 October 2012 Claire would recommend this property

Liked: In St Kilda. Easily accessible.

Disliked: Cleanliness of bathrooms wasn't great. Had to pay for them to keep my bag.

77.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

18 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Die Lage war sehr gut. Alle sehr freundlich und hilfbereit. Free bbq!

Disliked: Es war jeden Tag Party mit sehr lautet Musik. Es war fast schon nervig. Die Küche war oft sehr schmuddelig, da viele ihre Sachen nicht ordentlich abgeputzt bzw abgewaschen haben. Internet war sehr teuer.