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With competition in the industry heating up and with millions of customers each and every year choosing cheaper, cost-effective accommodation, the standard and reputation of backpacker hostels in Melbourne is ever-increasing. The major hostel booking companies also have ratings systems which, not only helps customers to choose the right accommodation, but also helps to push hostel owners to do more to satisfy their customers as their ratings directly affect how much business they will receive from these booking sites.

Backpacker hostel in Melbourne is one of the most popular hostel destinations, along side: London, Sydney, Rome, Amsterdam and New York and no matter where in the world you are travelling to, you will find a selection of great accommodation to suit both your taste and your budget.

Despite the arrival of budget hotel chains, backpackers still prefer to stay in hostels due to factors such as atmosphere, fun and the social experience of meeting other backpackers.

The hostel industry, once considered a youth only arena, has now grown rapidly with the entry of new players opening deluxe hostel chains. The budget travel sector, such as backpackers, gap year travelers and also families wanting multi-location holidays, has boomed in the last few years and is driven to a large extent by word-of-mouth recommendation.

So when you can, you should try to consult other people, blogs or travel sites to see what experiences they had while staying in backpacker hostels in Melbourne. There are more and more places catering to the budget traveler, and they’re not always up to the same standards. Some of the hostels have been around for a long time, and are not properly maintained. With many newer hostels opening, through a little bit of research, it is easy to find the hostel to suit you for your stay in Melbourne. Make sure you also research the area of the hostel. Some are in the middle of the city which depending on your preference can be great or a little too noisy.

The best recommendations are from friends and like minded travellers. Check out the major backpacker websites such as and and read the reviews.

The other important measures are the awards and ratings. Habitat HQ was awarded Best Backpacker in Melbourne Victoria in the Golden Backpack Awards 2010 as voted by backpackers. And Habitat HQ is rated 4½ stars by AAA Tourism which re-checks and inspects every year.