Hostel Review – Nomads Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Nomads Melbourne

Sum it up: Raucous hostel on a busy, loud street.

My length of visit (for your reference): 1 night

Cost: $24 AUD ($19.20 USD)/night for a 16 person dorm


Hostel Basics:

  • WiFi: Yes, but only downstairs near their travel shop affiliate.
  • Breakfast: Ha! It was listed as free pancakes. But what they have is a few bowls, each with pancake  mix, pasta, rice, sugar, etc. I was literally laughing out loud at it. Compared to Flinder’s, it was a total joke.
  • Guest-Use Kitchen: Yes. Seemed small given the size, but I only made my free pancakes, so I can’t really say.
  • Bar/Kitchen: Yes.
  • BYO: No. Nomad’s are dry hostels.


Location: Super close to the transit center and about 10 minute walk from Federation Square.


Airport Transfers: No. Located 5 minute walk from the airport bus.


Hostel Overview: Would you go back? Definitely NOT.

I liked Flinder’s Station Hostel, but thought I would try something else when I went back to Melbourne. I regret it. Nomad’s was SO loud – both in the hostel and the street. The dorm was a mess – people’s things everywhere. The light switch to the room was so hidden I had to go back to the front desk to get help finding it (and he was familiar with me already because I had to go back three times because my key didn’t work). There are beautiful, large windows in the room. Sounds great, right? Try again – there are no coverings on the window, so nothing blocking out the street lights, or the sun as it rises (which was the saving grace when I looked for the light switch for 10 minutes). I’m not one to fuss over noise, but the lack of coverings on the windows means that you will also hear every noise from the street – that is, if that noise isn’t drowned out by what seemed like tap-dancing lessons happening on the floor above.


Need to Know: Bring ear plugs and eye covering if you plan on staying.


Pros/Cons: Located really close to the transit center, the travel shop seems to have good deals. Don’t plan on getting a peaceful, restful night’s sleep.


lovingly, jess