“ An upmarket hostel and budget accommodation with several locations in Australia and New Zealand. „
Reading through these backpacker/hostel threads almost brought a tear to the eye remembering some of the most brilliant memories from my travels.
I travelled Australia extensively staying in many different hostels but it soon became apparent that Base was definitely one of those higher in the quality stakes.
I stayed in Base Sydney, Base in St Kilda, Melbourne and Base on Magnetic Island (reachable via ferry from Townsville on the East Coast).
Each of these hostels demonstrated high quality and excellent facilities which was what prompted us to use them not only once, nor twice but three times!
Each had its advantages whether it was location, staff or design of dorm rooms so I'll list each location and its details below!
Base Sydney was excellently located on Kent Street and was in a fantastic location to access Darling Harbour; The Sydney Opera House and The Harbour Bridge. Base hostels also have an option they call 'The Sanctuary@ which basically offers women only dorm rooms for those who don't fancy sharing their living space with those of the opposite sex (although based on some of the packing techniques I witnessed I can truly understand why!)
The location was the highlight of this hostel as I don't think it could be better situated. The hostel is also linked to a bar which I believe was called 'Scary Canary' which provides excellent social opportunity, especially for lone travellers. The bar holds regular quiz nights/events so if its your first stop, you can be sure to meet people from the off!
The rooms are relatively small and the decor is basic, nothing fancy but it serves its purpose and provides a base (excuse the pun) for exploring all the sights and sounds Sydney has to offer. The staff were friendly and helpful and this was one of the most important factors especially being in a new country thousands of miles from home!
There isn't a huge amount to say about this hostel so i'll move onto the others!
This hostel was by far the best hostel we stayed in througout the whole of our travels. The location was beautiful. To get there, you need to get the ferry from Townsville and take a short bus trip on the Island to the location. One there, the hostel has a pool and is virtually on the beach - a real summer feel! The hostel offers a bar and catering as well as kitchens for those who prefer to cook their own. I found the quality of food on offer very good and the bar was open, clean and very sociable. The staff running it were amongst some of the most accommodation we had met. They drank with us and really looked after us and we ended up staying for a week! You can hire cars on Magnetic Island or grab a bus so you can venture off to see the Koala Sanctuary or just explore the Island in general! The dorms were very clean and the showers were quite powerful which made a lovely change compared with some previous hostels we had stayed in (one particularly bad one ran by a troop of Millwall fans in Surpers Paradise!).
They also offered the option of teepee accommodation however I would avoid this at all costs! As we got on well with the guy who ran it, he let us try a night out in there and to say we got bitten by mosquitoes was an understatement! We woke up covered in bites! There isnt a need to stay in them considerin the other options available.
The hostel offers diving courses and various trips/activities and there is always plenty going on in the evenings - a real must for those wanting a party atmosphere and beautiful setting!
ST KILDA MELBOURNE
This hostel was another example of good clean well located accommodation. St Kilda is a tram ride from the centre of Melbourne so for those wanting to be based in the centre, this probably isnt the hostel for you. This was probably one of the nicest hostels in the sense of cleanliness and also bathroom facilities. It was modern and cleaned very regularly and also acted as a good station for getting out and exploring Melbourne. The bus for the famous Neighbours tours also picks up from here so if this is something on the agenda then this hostel is perfect. We stayed here in May just before coming home so the weather was ok but not nice enough for the beach! It was also a little deflating as many backpackers used this as their first stop so we were leaving amongst many others arriving.
The internet was fast and accessible easily with a small fee and they always had plenty of computers available.
All in all, I would recommend Base Hostels to anyone looking for cheapish, clean well located accommodation in Australia.