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Melbourne’s Bayview on the Park hotel is pictured deserted on TikTok as COVID-19 impacts tourism

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A deserted four-star hotel is now being ransacked by bored youths during the school holidays after it was forced to close down amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Two boys posted videos of themselves and their young friends exploring the Bayview on Park Hotel next to Melbourne‘s Albert Park to TikTok on Monday. 

The hotel is normally gearing up for an influx of tourists at this time of year as Formula One fans get ready to flock to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix in March – but the race has now been postponed to November.  

Bayview on Park has been closed since March last year and is now a playground for ‘urban explorers’ who like to delve into abandoned properties. 

A pool filled with rain water, litter and dirt at the Bayview on Park Hotel next to Melbourne's Albert Park

Urban explorers entered the deserted venue and filmed what it looks like after closing down amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year

A pool is pictured filled with rainwater, litter and dirt at the Bayview on Park Hotel next to Melbourne’s Albert Park. Urban explorers entered the deserted venue and filmed what it looks like after it closed down amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year 

The hotel's pool is pictured in its normal condition before it closed. The hotel at 52 Queens Road is currently listed as 'temporarily closed' on Google and the latest review was left in March last year

The hotel’s pool is pictured in its normal condition before it closed. The hotel at 52 Queens Road is currently listed as ‘temporarily closed’ on Google and the latest review was left in March last year

TikTok videos show one hotel room has fallen victim to graffiti tags while one of the youths appeared to have used a fire extinguisher in a hallway.

An empty swimming pool collecting rainwater, litter and dirt was also seen in a clip. 

Meanwhile, the function room had socially-distanced seats and was so dusty that the explorers created footprints when they walked inside.   

Much of the furniture such as beds and tables was still in the venue, there were still plates and cutlery in the kitchen and the elevators were still in working order.   

‘It genuinely looks like people were working that day, the manager said “we’re closing because of COVID” and they literally left their tasks and went,’ one person commented in the footage. 

TikTok videos show one hotel room had fallen victim to graffiti tags (pictured)

One of the youths appeared to have used a fire extinguisher in a hallway (pictured)

TikTok videos show one hotel room had fallen victim to graffiti tags (left) while one of the youths appeared to have used a fire extinguisher in a hallway (right)

A Bayview International Hotels & Resorts representative said the hotel was ‘closed down for now’ when contacted by Daily Mail Australia. 

The hotel at 52 Queens Road is currently listed as ‘temporarily closed’ on Google and the latest review was left in March last year. 

Down the street at 6 Queens Road is the Bayview Eden Hotel, which is still operating as normal. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Victoria Police for comment. 

There were still plates and cutlery in the kitchen

The elevators were still in working order

Much of the furniture such as beds and tables was still in the venue, there were plates and cutlery in the kitchen (left) and the elevators were in working order (right)

The dining room of Bayview on Park prior to being deserted last year. The hotel is normally gearing up for an influx of tourists at this time of year as Formula One fans get ready to flock to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix in March

The dining room of Bayview on Park prior to being deserted last year. The hotel is normally gearing up for an influx of tourists at this time of year as Formula One fans get ready to flock to Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix in March

Bayview on Park is across the road from Melbourne’s famous Albert Park, where the Australian Grand Prix is normally held in March. 

Last year’s Australian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic while this year’s has been postponed until November 18-21. 

Melbourne’s tourism industry is struggling due to multiple lockdowns last year. 

Meanwhile, the Australian tourism industry is now solely reliant on domestic tourism due to the ongoing international travel ban.   

Bayview on Park is across the road from Melbourne's famous Albert Park, where the Australian Grand Prix is normally held in March.  Last year's Australian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the pandemic while this year's has been postponed from March to November 18-21

Bayview on Park is across the road from Melbourne’s famous Albert Park, where the Australian Grand Prix is normally held in March.  Last year’s Australian Grand Prix was cancelled due to the pandemic while this year’s has been postponed from March to November 18-21

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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