I’ve been talking about Victoria Hall (known as Space Hotel now), my 3 days accommodation in Melbourne several times. Now let me take you in and around Victoria Hall. In my opinion hostel in Melbourne is quite expensive. That kind of money would have paid for a comfy stay in say 4 star hotel in Malaysia. Thank God it’s not New South Wales or Queensland or the accommodation $$ would be even high up. Yes, yes I convert la.
I found Victoria Hall through TripAdvisor (ranking 17/91 in Specialty Lodging). This hostel had poor and terrible reviews in the past. Since undergoing major renovation works (until end of 2010), the reviews have been improving to ‘very good’.
Victoria Hall. As you can see the rooftop, top floors and ground area are under renovation. The shared kitchen is currently at its sorry state. Functional but a little sore.
Our room is on the first floor – left most of this picture.
Our renovated budget twin room for 3 days. It’s a little small (remind me of Hong Kong hotel) but it suits us just fine. On the right is wardrobe, table and chair. Paid AUD74 for 1st night (Thursday) and AUD76 x 2 for 2nd & 3rd night (Friday & Saturday). Just like that RM650+ gone. No breakfast, clean towels are provided and shared bathroom.
Security card swipe is needed to access rooms, communal bathrooms & toilets, game/gym/lounge/movie areas, each levels and front door (after dark). So it’s pretty safe. 🙂
All in all I love this place. Great location (only 12 minutes to my favorite Queen Victoria Market) and near to tram station. and I bet the place will look awesome once it’s completed.
Alright let’s continue my day 3.
We said we wanted to go to Queen Victoria Market again a day before we go home but found out QVM doesn’t open on Wednesday (the day we planned to go) so we have to go today, day 3.
We choose to walk again since the Saturday morning weather is very pleasant plus there is no point on wasting $$ on tram tickets. Sure there’s the free City Tourist Shuttle Bus that pass QVM but you won’t get to see anything. Walking is the best way to get to know the place you’re visiting.
While I was passing by City Baths, I chanced upon rosemary & bay trees behind City Baths’ mini garden. So healthy & green unlike my rosemary. Haha
We stopped by the deli hall aka dairy produce hall to grab our favorite boreks before heading to the general merchandise section.
Bought a Ugg knee-high boots there @ AUD70. Nope it’s not from the ‘UGG’ brand but it’s real sheepskin. Oh so comfy!!! 🙂
Do you know that even if the UGG brand doesn’t exist this kind of boots will still be called Ugg boots? Ugg boots has been a generic terms for sheepskin boots in Australia and New Zealand.
I had spicy pork bratwurst for lunch @ AUD5.50 while my sis had chicken souvlaki also @ AUD5.50.
Now it’s time to head back to our hostel to download our goods. 🙂
Stay tuned for day 3 (part 2).