“ 477 Kent Street, Sydney. Tel: 1800 424 444 „
Stayed here in 2003 and thought it was very good. Loved the breakfast - which we got free the first 3 days and found the location wonderful.
The problems we encountered were with the people staying there rather than the hostel itself. Its down to luck who you get lumbered with and on one occassion (we stayed here on 3 separate occassions) there was a very rowdy bunch of britts (they were scouse hoody types) in one of the 10 man dorms, they were a pain in the ****.
Would recommend this hostel - just ask to be moved if you get unlucky!
As far as youth hostels go... I've been in better ones in some respect, but also in worse ones in others. Having stayed in this hostel for a total of a week I was both impressed with this place as well as not-so-impressed. Let me demonstrate: Location -------- Absolutely prime. Could get no better really. Located on the corner or Kent and Druitt Street, except for the flower shop and the Mongolian BBQ resteraunt, this place is perfect for reaching many sights within a short walk. A night out at Darling Harbour, rail links from Town Hall station, and George Street are easily reached. George Street is the main street that works its way up the centre of Sydney. If you head south from this location, you'll soon hit Central station, which is the hub of much of Sydney's rail network to most places. Heading north up George Street takes you towards Circular Quay and the Rocks. A little further up from these places and you'll reach the famous Opera House and the Harbour Bridge respectively. The only place that was a bit far away from this location was the infamous King's Cross, but this could still be reached within a 25 amble up Sydney's streets. Facilities ----------- Security was quite high in the place. You have to swipe your card to get to your floor, either by stairs or the lift (which can be rather annoying). You can only reach your own floor with your card. You swipe again to get into your room, and again to get into the bathroom. Should you forget your card in the bathroom, or leave your card in whilst you venture out for a shower... whoops... a trip down to the front desk is in order. I have to admit that the facilities were otherwise reasonable. As many washing machines and dryers that your heart desires down in the basement. $2 for each. 3 TVs littered around mean a good choice of TV channels. The "kitchenette" consists of a small fridge and a microwave and that's about it.
If you intend on staying here a little while and cooking, forget it. There is little to no cutlery to be seen. The bathrooms are nice and clean, having their sex-divided ones. Curiously though, the dryer in the mens on floor one, was not working when I first got there, and still not about 3 weeks later. Security also lapsed here slightly as the lock on the mens door was also not working for the same period of time. There's a pool table in the basement with also internet facilities onsite. A tour desk is around the corner from reception, where you can book your Oz Experience tours or Blue Mountains ones. Price ----- Not so ideal here. The price of a room varied from $22 a head for a 10 bed dorm room to about $35 a head for a double room. These prices do not include breakfast thought. Breakfast is $5 if you want it downstairs at the bar which adjoins the hostel itself. This can be considered to be a bit much although you can have as many pieces of toast, as much cereal, tea, coffee, tinned fruit, and yoghurt that you like for this amount. I can't vouch for the other meals of the day, as I was never around to see what prices were like. Watch out for pricing of other facilities on-site. Lockers for example are $2/6 for small/large ones. These prices apply for left luggage during the day, though I've stayed in a couple of places that didn't charge you for leaving your luggage behind somewhere secure for the day. The internet is another example. Their onsite facilities cost $2 for 45 minutes. Allegedly. I'm sure I got no more than 30 minutes worth with the way 5 minutes at a time was knocked off my card with it sometimes randomly booting me off the computer. Rooms ------ I stayed in a 6 bed dorm and an 8 bed one. The 6 one was rather cramped, though the 8 bed one was less so. Rumor had it that the 10 bed one was huge! There's a hard hitting tube light or two in each room, so be prepared to be dazzled when
your room mates come in after a night out. Fortunately, there are no lamps in the room for subtlety. The beds, thought still quite new and comfortable, are based on squeaky steel bunk frames. Any movement and everone in the room knows about it. Clean and prestine linen is given on checkin. There's also a duvet to go with each bed, though the polyester cover made me warmer than I'd like to be. Overall -------- A nice, new, clean, hygenic place to be. Not overly friendly people at the desk, but you get by. Slightly overpriced, but prime location. Ideal for short stays. Oh, those of you wondering what the title was about, avoid room 101 at all costs on a Friday or Saturday night if you want a quiet evening in. This lies right above the bar... need I say more?