23 Hughes Street
Having stayed in a couple of hostels before, I didn't expect this place to be quite as bad as this place was, though I should have done from the prices. Location -------- This hostel is located in the Kings' Cross area, in fact right at the end of the district. If you're not sure what this area is like and wonder if it's safe at night to get to, let me assure you it is. The nightlife is absolutely bustling down the street through the late night and early hours of the morning. I can't vouch for the later early hours of the morning, as I was never out that late. The actual content of the night life can only be explained by the fact that Kings' Cross in Sydney has the same name as Kings' Cross in London might have. If you're walking from the main Central Business District (CBD) area, you may find it a little bit dodgy when you cut through Hyde Park. The hostel is pretty easy to get to from the railway station. The connection takes you into Central, where you can change for a train to virtually any station in Sydney and it's suburbs. Price is AU$2.20 to get anyhwere in central Sydney as I remember. This includes Circular Quay, which you'll have to change trains for. Foodwise, you'll never be stuck. There are numerous places to grab a snack or a meal in the area, or groceries should you want to cook your own things. There's a 24 hour resteraunt on the corner, whose name escapes me, but believe me, you can't miss it. Bedrooms -------- Most rooms are advertised as having their own TV. Don't bank on actually being able to see you Neighbours playing on it for three reasons. (1) You may not be able see the screen in a multibed dorm. (2) You may not get the reception you desire. (3) There may be other people wanting to watch something else. (4) You may not have a TV. The beds in this place were somewhat old and slightly saggy, though the dorm I stayed
in was less saggy than the double room I stayed in. The rooms have an ensuite bathroom, which may be overrun first thing in the morning as people clamber out for day tours and the like. All I can say is do what you need to when you go. Facilities ---------- Internet facilities here aren't too bad, though you could wander out 2 minutes down the road and get cheaper and faster access. Can't comment on the washing & drying here, but I think there was a very limited number of machines. ie. one. Kitchen was quite small for the number of people in the place. First thing in the morning it's fine to go in, but come the afternoon/evening people have obviously sussed that they don't have to wash up and clear up after themselves as they realise that a cleaner comes in early every morning to clear up. Breakfast is allegedly included. This was an array of food on a shelf, none of which seemed appetising. To be fair there were three loaves of bread put out every morning, with access to peanut butter, conserves and a toaster. A microwave was also present alongside the kettle and unlimited tea for consumption. There were two TVs in the communal areas downstairs, but both areas were far too small to actually settle down and watch anything. The room at the back had a large screen, a video player and an assortment of videos to watch. If only there were more than four bean bags to sit on and watch the wall mounted TV. The second screen was only 14 inches in a narrow living room. Again, with a limited number of spaces to actually sit down and watch. There was a Playstation hooked up to this screen, though I'm not sure if it actually worked. There's a small balcony-type thing downstairs allowing barbeques to be held on the weekends, but I was never there for these. Likewise there were events held downstairs on a couple of evenings such as Quiz evenings. Security -------- I didn't consider this place overly secure as there was almost always a clear route between the outside world to my stuff. Admittedly this route does close down when sun sets, but there wasn't anything in the way of swipe cards if that what you were expecting. Overall ------- Relatively cheap for the price (AU$20-ish) and location. Good short term accommodation for me. Consider some other places. As usual, thanks for reading.