Looking for a family friendly budget place to stay in Melbourne?
The Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel was our home for 3 nights during our recent visit, and being conveniently located in North Melbourne we didn’t have to sacrifice on location in order to get budget family accommodation.
The Melbourne Metro YHA Hostel is positioned nicely and enabled us to either walk to many of the places to see in Melbourne, or jump on tram No. 57 that takes you right into Elizabeth street in the city.
Even with our two young kids we got out and about on foot and ventured to the nearby suburbs of Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood.
Queen Victoria Markets is close by and Swanston street (the main thoroughfare in the city) was only a 10 minute walk away. We didn’t even have to leave North Melbourne looking for cafes, shops or pubs as they were right around the corner in the main street.
The Rooftop Lounge & BBQ at the Melbourne YHA Metro Hostel
A highlight of the Melbourne Metro Hostel is the rooftop lounge and deck area.
Typically in Melbourne, you’d be happy with views of the Yarra River, but they don’t come at budget prices.
If you take the flight of stairs to the top floor of the Melbourne YHA Metro building, you’ll be surprised at the gorgeous views that await. It’s especially beautiful at night.
There’s a common room and a balcony for you to enjoy them from with a cold drink, or if you’re digital nomads like us, a quiet space to get some work done.
It’s surprising how quiet it is up there. Most people are out exploring the city or hanging out down in the dining area. Which is huge.
The YHA Metro in Melbourne is one of those typical city hostels – buzzing with the conversations of strangers from around the world meeting on a hostel couch and sharing stories. I love being in an atmosphere like that.
There’s a well-equipped kitchen area, which can get a little cramped at full occupancy and you may have to fight for fridge space, but it serves its purpose of reducing your travel costs by being able to self-cater.
Although, it is hard to cook your own food when Melbourne has so many great options only a short walk away. If you insist on cooking, walk down to the Queen Victoria Markets to source your fresh produce, or the nearby supermarket.
And the dining area was large which came with plenty of seating AND a box of toys in the corner that our kids appreciated (as did mummy and daddy in getting some time out during meal times).
Sleeping at the Melboure Metro YHA
We stayed in a 4 bed family room with shared bathroom which consisted of one double bed and a bunk bed for the kids. It was a little small, but being a city hostel you expect that.
Plus, as with hostels you spend more time in the common rooms or exploring the actual city for it to be too bothersome. The beds were more than comfortable for us to lay our heads on at night.
Being an older building the lift was slow moving, especially with a full house, and we found ourselves walking the stairs on most occasions, which probably did us no harm with all the coffee and cakes we’d been consuming.
Other sleeping options include:
- 4 or 8 bed dorm (female)
- 4 or 8 bed dorm (male)
- 4 or 8 bed dorm (mixed)
- Twin rooms (private or shared bathroom)
- Double rooms (private or shared bathroom)
- 4 bed family (private bathroom)
The Melbourne YHA Metro Facilities
All our needs as a traveling family were taken care of.
Don’t feel like cooking or walking down the street for a meal? There’s an on-site cafe that serves wholesome meals at good prices.
The common lounge area was cozy, there’s free DVD’s, computer and internet access, a travel desk, wine and cheese nights, movie nights, friendly and informative staff, an on-site laundry, 24 hour access, and secured undercover parking.
This is NOT a party hostel (non of the YHA Hostels typically are) and we would happily recommend it to other families or solo travelers who value budget accommodation with easy access to the city and public transport AND being located in a safe neighbourhood.
The Melbourne Metro YHA is located at 78 Howard Street in North Melbourne. From Elizabeth Street, catch Tram No. 57, to stop 9 (Cnr Howard & Victoria Sts), turn right and walk up Howard St, cross over Queensberry St and the hostel entrance is 50 metres on your right.
Disclaimer: Our stay at YHA is part of our ongoing partnership