Space hotel aims to redefine backpacker accommodation in Melbourne

A new hotel that hopes to market itself to backpackers as well as business people and families has opened in Melbourne.  

The Space Hotel is located in Melbourne’s CBD on the site of the former Vic Hall. The hotel has completely refurbished and redeveloped the old site and now hosts 128 brand new rooms, with beds starting at $28 per night.

It is the first of its kind in Australia and, according to a press release, the hotel hopes to “redefine budget accommodation” and “cast a sense of luxury on the previously dreary and dirty backpacker scene.”

Their website claims, “unlike many Melbourne hostels, we believe living on a budget shouldn’t mean budget living.”

All of the hotel’s dorm rooms feature lockable storage space, high quality mattresses and private reading lamps, while each of the private rooms have flat screen TVs and iPod docks. All guests have access to a restaurant/bar, wireless internet, a fully kitted-out communal kitchen, gym, barbeque grills and laundromat.

For bookings or more information, see their website.

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  • September 1, 2011 at 4:16 am

    “redefine budget accommodation” = more money for a plastic room with a plastic bed and for a bit more a plastic toilet all in a plastic box that you can only pay for with plastic. but Hey, they have a gym.

    Does Melbourne really need another warehouse hostel?

    And “cast a sense of luxury on the previously dreary and dirty backpacker scene.”

    Bit pretentious (adj. 1. Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified).

    They cannot replicate what a hostel is. A proper hostel has personality, Viver. As individualistic as it usually is, it strives for a communal existence in unity. Once it exceeds a certain number of beds it grows to big to sustain what it should be.

    From there it’s just boxes in a bigger box. …more expensive boxes.

    I say support real hostels for real hostel experiences.

  • September 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Hmmm… a “dreary and dirty backpacker scene” huh? I guess I’ll stop scrubbing my bogs, if that’s really the level I’m expected to deliver.

    And, while I’ve not been inside Space (I guess I’m yet to become a Space Invader) so cannot comment about how they plan to make this work, from my experience down ‘ere trying to cater for backpackers… and business people… and families could be a disaster waiting to happen. They’re distinctly different markets, with different desires and behaviour that’s bound to conflict. (Though, again, I’ve not “invaded” Space yet, so perhaps they’ve got this issue sorted).

  • September 1, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Yet another ‘flashpackers’… how novel.

  • September 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Welcome to the industry guys , I hope you are welcomed a little bit better than on these blogs …with so much doom and gloom I applaud anyone investing in our industry whether it be accommodation, travel or transport …wishing your guests a awesome stay whilst they are in Melbourne ..all the best.



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