A backpacking party deserves a good night’s rest on a cozy bed after a long day of trotting across the city and viewing one breathtaking sight after another. If you are a backpacker on a tight budget combing through Melbourne for cheap accommodation, you don’t really have to look very far for a comfortable but economical place to stay.
There are many low-priced hotels, hostels, and flats dotting the inner city and also the residential areas, so looking for a place to stay will not be much of a problem. Still, you and your backpacking buddies need to take note of a few things before finally deciding on where to spend your night.
Aside from a comfortable bed, here’s a list of things for you to might want to consider when scouring for cheap accommodation in Melbourne:
Group size. Unless you enjoy traversing the city alone, make sure that the place has enough rooms for your entire group or at least enough space if you are travelling with a big group. But if you’re only part of a small group of four or below, you can share a room that’s big enough and ask for extra cots or portable beds.
Accessibility. You will also want a location that’s not too far off major roads and landmarks and one that has easy access to ready transportation in case you are constantly on the go. Think of what’s important to you. Depending on what you need, you might want to look for a place near banks or ATM machines, restaurants, or drug stores, etc.
Amenities. In some cheap hotels, it’s a huge bonus if you can get extra perks such as cable TV, Internet access, a gym, a swimming pool, a spa, a lounge, a pub, or even free breakfast. This might depend on how long your stay is going to be. If you’re only planning to stay for a night and then move on to your next destination in the morning, you can choose to go for a place that offers only the basics. For those with a long itinerary, a place with a laundry service will be very handy since you can only bring a few clothes with you.
Security. Melbourne may be one of the most liveable cities in the entire globe, but any wise backpacker knows that being constantly on the move in an unfamiliar place involves a fair sense of caution. Your backpack contains your life for the duration of your trip, so looking out for your belongings should be as automatic as breathing. Opt to stay in rooms that have a safety-deposit box installed for you to store your passport and other travel documents.
Backpackers everywhere would agree that the place where you choose to spend the night is as important as the stops you make in your itinerary. If you’re worried about your budget, there are a lot of places that offer cheap accommodation you can afford. Keep in mind that you don’t need to be extravagant to enjoy the best of what Melbourne has to offer.