“ Corner Pitt Street and Rawson Place opposite Central Station / Phone: 02 9281 9111. „
Sydney Central YHA
I stayed in 5* Sydney Central YHA when I was travelling in Australia. We stayed here at the end of our trip as we had stayed at other YHA's and they had worked out good value for money and were easy to book.
It cost $120 for a double/twin ensuite room. There are different prices for various rooms and the price will vary slightly for a multi-share adult $30 and $88 for a twin room. One United Kingdom pound is equal to roughly 1.75 Australian dollars.
The hostel itself is very large and has a reception, which is open 24 hours. Even if you are not staying in the hostel you can book trips from here as well. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I found that even if you wanted help with getting work or a telephone card they helped with all sorts of queries.
For security reasons you are given a swipe card that gives you access to your room and will open the main entrance door between 9pm and 7am.
When you are checking out you have to return this card if you don't you will be charged $10. The swipe card it only programmed to give you access to your room until 10am the day you check out (this is also the time you check out at).
The room we got was a lot bigger than other hostels we stayed in and it was fantastic having the bathroom in the room as well as in some other hostels it was not available to us. The room was very simple with a table and bed really.
There were lockers in the room, which could be used as you are advised to not leave any of your bags unattended. You also had a long length mirror and one in the bathroom.
The bathroom was basic again but had a bath and a toilet which weren't dirty but wasn't sparkly either. Really it was what you would expect an upper class hostel to be like.
The beds weren't very uncomfortable either just average really. They weren't as thin as some other hostels. You are not allowed to use sleeping bags on the beds, they will provide you with linen.
The hostel itself has lots of facilities, which you can use, including a laundry, which is open from 7am to 10pm.
Telephones are located on all floors and you can get the international telephone cards at reception if you need to.
There is a room, which they call movie cinema, which really is a large television, which has surround sound. Movies, which are free to watch, are shown daily if you are bored and want to chill out.
The kitchens are located on level 1 and can be rather crowded you may find it hard to get a ring to cook on. The kitchens are open from 6am and 10.30pm however I would advise you to not go at busy times, as you may have to wait.
If you don't want to cook there is a café on the ground floor. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I never went to the café so I don't really know what is like. If you don't like the food in it there is plenty of restaurants nearby.
There is also a bar called Scubar under the YHA again I never went to it so I couldn't tell you much about it.
On the rooftop there is a small pool, sauna and BBQ located on the 9th floor this was closed when I was there as there was thunder and lighting so I never ventured up to see what it was like.
Beside reception you can book any trips or hotels that you may want at the YHA travel. The staff were very helpful and will help accommodate you with any plans you may have. There is also internet beside reception so you can use it when needed.
Overall I found this hostel to have a nice atmosphere about it as the staff were very friendly. It was easy to make friends if you wanted to and there were lots to do.
As the name would suggest the hostel is in a central location and this is very true. If you wanted you could walk to most places in the centre of Sydney. If you didn't want to walk you are a 2 minute walk from the train station which isn't expensive to use. You couldn't miss it all you have to do is go out the door of the hostel and turn right.
If I was ever going back to Sydney and was on a budget I would go to this hostel again as it is clean and has a decent sized room for not overly expensive prices. It is handy to get to places and is everything that a backpacker could want.
It's opposite the bus/ train station so this is extremely convenient. It's fairly centrally located, you would need to use public transport to get a to a lot of places, but Sydney is so big this would be true about most hostels.
Clean and spacious. All rooms contains lockers, which is definitely a plus in my book! Apart from that, just your bogstandard hostel dorm.
Pool (on my first night there was an instructor offering quick scuba diving lessons for free), balcony (very high up with fantastic view), internet (several terminal located in reception - can get busy), cooked breakfast, 24-hour reception, cinema room (with very comfy beanbags).
On my first night, there was a bbq on the balcony, where I was able to experience my first kangaroo burger!
This is one of the best hostels I have stayed at. More like a hotel (albeit a hotel with dorms). However, it is very expensive for a hostel. Yes, you get what you pay for, but personally, when I am budget travelling, I would rather just pay less and get less. ($40 for a 6-bed dorm as of March 2008).
Theres an excellent spread and variety of Hostels in and around Sydney from the overly large IYHA one in the central suburb of Glebe to the little guys hidden away towards the outer sprawl of Australia’s most vibrant city. I decided to base myself near the city center to look for work so Glebe was ideal and the area is nice and relaxed with all the cheap eats and beer benefits of being near Sydney university. The hostel like I said is very big with numerous dorms and singles, trebles etc starting at $15oz a night with reasonable weekly rates, safes for the valuables and good security with great advice from the knowledgeable staff although there are regulations so if you want a break from the rules of the IYHA try the smaller YHA down the road with a much more laid back feel and a free breakfast to start the day. Glebe is a nice relaxed rustic suburb with mossy Victorian verandas and studenty restaurant cafes littering the streets. Its only 30 minutes walk or 15 on the bus or train with excellent Metro pass available at the hostels efficient reception. The building has a cool sun roof with a tiny swimming pool and games area to play a spot of pavement Chess or just enjoy the view up there of the cities twinkling night skies. The area is locked up at midnight to keep the noise down although it does offer a chance to have a quick snog if you cop off. They serve cheap meals in the common room although it’s a touch small for the size of the hostel which also I’m afraid means a busy communal kitchen folks with stuff going walk about. Sheets are an extra 3 bucks if you don’t have a sleeping bag, it’s quite nippy at night here in the winter time so pack one if you have one. The main but seedy area of Sydney for hostels and especially work visa traveler’s is Kings Cross the exceedingly red light area and popular play ground of the cities more salubrious characters so don’t go there if you want to sleep atn
ight although the rooms and dorms are much cheaper if your down on the dollars. Coogee beach and Bondi have hostels and cheap rooms and all the benefits of staying by the beach. The Bondi hotel offers English premiership soccer late at night for the large British contingent that rocks up here on the year out. The surfers too take up a lot of accommodation in and around the beaches so try and book ahead. To and from the airport is quite a way out with only a few hostel touts doing pick-ups. Best to take the bus into town and then go from there on the highly reliable public transport system. Australia has a lot of experience of hostelling and is ideal for Virgin and student traveler’s on the first tour of duty so to speak so take that picture out of your head of 40 beds toe to toe and washing up duties at lunch time. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
I discovered this hostel through the really useful lonely planet internet site. It was the only accommodation that I actually booked before setting off on my travels. I wanted a place to stay for my 1st few nights until I found my feet. The site said that the hostel was friendly and clean which sounded good enough to me. I wasn’t disappointed when I arrived the hostel was big bright and above all clean. The drawbacks to Sydney central are that it is short stay only and it is a large hostel which makes it less personal and so harder to meet people. On the upside however it is clean, fresh and in a very good location at the top of George Street. I stayed there twice and wouldn’t hesitate to go back should I ever be lucky enough to get the to back to Australia.
Heritage listed building housing a luxurious hostel with panoramic views of the city from rooftop and outdoor area, heated pool, sauna. Self-catering kitchens, dining rooms, laundries, games room, TV rooms, locker hire, limited parking, group facilities, meeting rooms, disabled access and 24 hour security access, YHA Travel desk, internet, bistro, convenience store. Regular activity program includes pub crawls, sporting events, free market tours, movie nights with free popcorn and BBQs.