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Reviews of Habitat HQ

Hostel | 333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda Melbourne, Australia 3182

88.6% Overall Rating

457 out of 492 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (03/03/2015)

Craig Cox thinks…

"I had no problems it was the third time I stayed I would recommend to anyone really nice place"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fax
  • ATM / cash machine
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Elevator / lift(s)
  • Internet café
  • Television room

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

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88.6%

Overall Rating

457 out of 492 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Habitat HQ'

Atmosphere
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78.4%
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Cleanliness
88.8%
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97.6%
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Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

11 July 2013

Liked: It was clean, rooms were good for a hostel.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Steph Abfalter

With my spouse / partner

City break

19 June 2013 Steph would recommend this property

Liked: Definitely value for money! New facilities at a great price.

Disliked: There was no bar (lol). But you could BYO so it was not so bad :)

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

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

28 May 2013

Liked: Staff were pleasant. From other reviews it seems it's a great place for youngsters and partygoers.

Disliked: The location - we were shocked that the area seems to be 'red light district'. It's also quite far out of the City.

The property's response is...

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

Nathan Bible

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

27 May 2013 Nathan would recommend this property

Liked: My 'short stay' in Habitat and Melbourne has now gone on for 4 months and counting! This is largely because of the 15 hostels I have stayed at in Australia, Habitat is without doubt the best! A great social atmosphere is created by the staff and guests making it easy to make friends, with someone always available to chill or party with. There are some great free weekly events put on to keep everyone entertained (including quizzes, bingo, karaoke, a bar crawl, live music), along with plenty of prizes to be won! The hostel has the benefit of not being too big that it alienates solo travelers, and is not too small that it gets boring. The comfy lounge and TV room areas are great to relax in and are accessible 24/7 (with dvds available, as well as fox sports to keep up with all important premier league matches!). As there is no bar you can bring your own drink into the hostel, with the courtyard and lounge becoming lively in the evenings! Free WiFi is also a big plus; reasonable connection with a large daily allowance. There are also a couple of PCs to use if needed. The Kitchen is the best I have come across in a hostel so far, quite big with plenty of storage space and ovens (which you don't always find in hostels). That's not to mention the free breakfast on offer everyday (cereal/toast), pancake breakfast on Wednesdays, unlimited free tea and coffee, and free weekly BBQ in the summer months! The hostel is generally clean and tidy by hostel standards, and the aircon throughout the hostel is very good at keeping you cool in summer and warm as the winter chill sets in. The bathrooms are also quite clean and there are plenty of toilets and showers so that you are never waiting. The staff are friendly and helpful with queries, letting you know what's going on in Melbourne every day. A special mention to Sinead, Jess, Pam, Ella, and Spencer; who are always happy to have a chat and help keep things fun every day! There is also a travel desk in the hostel so that you can book all your tours etc. 15 mins walk to the highlights of St Kilda (Beach, Luna Park, Fitzroy St, Acland St); there's plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. Be sure to check out the St Kilda night market in the summer and Lentil As Anything for some cheap food! The nearest supermarket (ALDI) is within 5 mins walk and is also the closest spot for all important goon purchases. 50m outside of the hostel is a tram stop that takes you into the heart of Melbourne in 30 mins, or you can get to Chapel Street in 15 mins.

Disliked: Largely nitpicking, as I have had such a great time at Habitat, but a few small points for improvement. They need more cups in the Kitchen, and sometimes it gets a bit dirty in kitchen and lounge when a lot of people are drinking (as can be expected in a hostel to be honest!). A bit on the expensive side in the summer (peak season) but still worth forking out the money for. Also bear in mind that the hostel is 30 min tram ride from the city centre.

94.3%
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Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

10 May 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I stayed two nights in this amazing hostel!! The staff is super-friendly and very helpful, I felt comfortable from the first moment on! It has a great atmosphere, music all day and some special events everyday like karaoke in the evening! A highlight are the new and wonderful bathrooms (best while traveling for 4 months). The whole hostel is very tidy and clean. Felt more like in a hotel than in a hostel. Good kitchen with free breakfast. Met nice people. Could continue with telling how great it is.. just go there and see it by yourself!!!

Disliked: If you wanna go to the CBD you have to catch a tram but that's the only thing I didn't like. But if you wanna explore St.Kilda it must be the BEST place to stay!!

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

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

07 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The best hostel in Melbourne! They offer free breakfast (cereals and toast), free tea and coffee, have a nice kitchen, nice lounge area, large TV room and great courtyard. Everything is air conditioned (of course not the courtyard) and they have free wifi with a maximum of 400 mb (?) per day. If your over datalimit, you can walk to the state library which is the corner to use their free wifi. Upstairs there are nice dorms with large lockers under the beds, there is air conditioning you can set yourself. There is a spacious bathroom, which is clean (of course that's depends on the other guests, but they try to keep it clean). The staff is really nice, friendly and helpfull. You can walk to the beach in 5 minutes and it takes 15 minutes by tram to the city centre. Tram stops are in front of the building. Supermarket (Aldi!) is a 2 minutes walk.

Disliked: When I stayed there, there weren't enough cups, bowls and plates.

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

07 April 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free transfer from airport and free wifi and breakfast

Disliked: Lots of long term stayers, new people aren't as welcomed as in other hostels by guests.

The property's response is...

100.0%
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Emily Sanders

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 March 2013 Emily would recommend this property

Liked: Excellent hostel! Free airport transfer for 3+ nights booked (shuttle costs $18 to take back to airport). Very friendly and helpful staff-knowledgable about local activities and places to eat. 15 minute walk to beach and Acland Street (main shopping/food area). 5 minute walk to Aldees and Coles markets. 20 minute tram to Melbourne CBD (myki card for travel is cheap-ask staff). Hostel has nightly entertainment. Only complaint is that I'm not a partier and this seems to be a big party hostel at night - had a few nights with roommates coming in late and VERY drunk and disruptive. Appreciated lockers under beds to secure items. Lots of seating in common area and plenty of places to charge electronics. Free cereal and toast for breakfast. I'd recommend eating at Lentil as Anything (pay what you think they deserve) and get ice cream at 7Apples. I'd return!

Disliked: Emily left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

07 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: nice location, close to the beach. I went to watch little penguins at that night, very cute.

Disliked: room is too small. aircon was a bit noisy.

The property's response is...

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
City break

07 March 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice rooms! Nice roommates. Clean.

Disliked: The worst coffee in coffee automate ever - couldn't even drink it. Only 1 computer out of 5 was working. When cheking in I can sign in and pay but cannot use WiFi before 2 pm. Didn't get the logic in that one.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

12 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: awesome staff great place to get to know people great place for the st. kilda beach nice party options around AWESOME HOSTEL

Disliked: it is expensive and takes 15 minutes to get to Melbourne City Center, so if you are mainly here to see Melbourne City maybe a Hostel downtown is better for you

The property's response is...

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Katharina Geppert

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

10 February 2013 Katharina would recommend this property

Liked: Nice atmosphere in relaxed St. Kilda!

Disliked: Katharina left no negative feedback.

100.0%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

hayley diggines

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

07 February 2013 hayley would recommend this property

Liked: Clean friendly good atmosphere fun

Disliked: hayley left no negative feedback.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

03 February 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Loved being so close to St Kilda and not far from city. Location was great. Staff very cool. A lot of opportunities to meet people with so many events. Only there for a couple of nights, would have loved to stay longer. Room was really clean and bed most comfortable from my travels so far.

Disliked: Nothing to dislike at all. Top stay!

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kate Blocki

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

17 January 2013 kate would recommend this property

Liked: large free safe locker under bed, eco theme, free herb garden, friendly staff, lots activities, common area really chiled, all guests friendly, not lots of long term claiming space, friendly staff, lots of large fridges, located at tram stop.

Disliked: the showers downstairs female the water does not drain towards plug so whole area is wet all the time, need squeegy brushs to push the water away.

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Chris Patrick

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

16 January 2013 Chris would recommend this property

Liked: Good hostel with plenty to do and friendly staff.

Disliked: Nothing

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

27 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice communal areas, good tv room, plenty of space to chill or to socialise. Bathrooms are fine and kitchen is a good size. Hostel organises good events and has tour booking facilities.

Disliked: The hostel desperately needs to buy more plates and cups etc. most times we went to make dinner or a drink there was either nothing (literally) in the cupboard or very little. Often gave up and did someones discarded dirty dishes so we had something to use :-) showers need curtains to stop your stuff getting soaked. If you are a light sleeper request a room not on the ground floor.

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christopher holt

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

19 November 2012 christopher would recommend this property

Liked: Lots of entertainment provided

Disliked: christopher left no negative feedback.

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

Customer review

Alone

Visiting friends or family

18 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great Atmosphere and everybody was friendly

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 40%
Location - 40% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year

03 November 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: high quality of beds, bathrooms, kitchen comfortable lobby and tv room

Disliked: unconfortable spring matress

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

jennifer bridges

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

02 November 2012 jennifer would recommend this property

Liked: Great kitchen facilities. Plenty to go around on the free breakfast. Heaps of events. Walking tour of Melbourne cbd and at Kilda very helpful. Staff answered any questions we had. Definitely look out for spencer. He totally made our trip! Did so much to help us out and make sure we knew where we were going and what we where doing! Besides being hallerious he's a life saver with all his maps and advice!

Disliked: Lots of long stayers and people working so you have to be extra outgoing if you want to mix in with other guests. Can be a but daunting

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

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

31 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: HQ is very suitable for people in wheelchair

Disliked: The sheets were a little bit dirty

The property's response is...

57.1%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 60% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 20% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Sandra Olga Purwanto

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

30 October 2012

Liked: Hair dryer.

Disliked: Breakfast close too early

91.4%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Its most clean. They have everyday a free activity. The people are very friendly and helpfull.

Disliked: They were booked out, so I cant stay longer here without reservation.

100.0%
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adele swanton

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife

24 October 2012 adele would recommend this property

Liked: The atmosphere was great and the staff always happy to help with any queries.

Disliked: Just one noisy night with residents when I had an early start to work the following day.