This is such a great place. I highly recommend it! It is easily accessible. I walked from the Central Station (with my luggage!) to this place. Don't expect to see a sign on George street of this hostel. I walked the street twice before I located it. Their sign is on Ultimo street. Just turn left to Ultimo street from George street and you'll see it. The door looks kinda funny just like one from the movies, but it is it.
The breakfast is very good. They had cereals, bread, jams, and tea.
I stayed in a dorm-type room so each person had his own schedule and it was difficult because each woke up/came home at a different time. Also, my room was on the first floor so I could hear the noise from the street, but hey I'm not there for a five-star accommodation. I was just in my room mostly to sleep at night and be out the whole day.
They had incredibly hot showers which is a big plus for me. I never ran out of hot water for showers.
Overall, it was such a great stay and I am happy I found this place. I will definitely go back!
Myself and two friends shared a 6 bed mixed dorm room with one other woman. The room had two fans... one worked and the other did not. When I asked the hotel manager about whether the fan worked or not, the response was “maybe it doesn’t work” and that was considered sorted.
The room looked as though it had not been cleaned in quite some time, there were stains on the sheets of all three sets that we were given.
The shower was freezing and had no heat whatsoever, which, thank god, came as a blessing because our room was so boiling that when I woke up (if you would call the night’s rest sleep at all!) the only way to get some relief was to have a freezing shower to cool my body temp.
We did meet some very interesting and welcoming people in the tiny common room. The location was bloody fantastic, and the surrounding pubs had awesome happy hour deals ($5 scotch whiskey anyone?).
Overall experience was underwhelming, thank god we only had one night because otherwise I wouldn’t have copped it.
I booked the hostel January when there was an ongoing renovation on the facade of the building. You would wake up in the early morning annoying noise of the construction. There was no lift and you will drag your luggages up using a steep staircase. There were no front desk receptionist to attend to your needs too early in the morning (as i was trying to check in at 7am) or late at night. You will feel too cramped in the small single bed room and toilet as well. The only thing going is the location which is near the central train station, malls and Chinatown.
It really depends on what you're looking for. This place is perfect for me. It's cleaned regularly, has lockers in the room and free breakfast. Located next to paddys market means I'm getting cheap groceries and surrounded by amazing Asian food. On St George's means you're directly connected to multiple tourist attractions and 350 meters away from the central station. It's not a fancy hostel, people do their thing with a pool table and PUB CRAWLS woohoo . People mainly keep to themselves or share a smoke but everyone's friendly and willing to help you out. Not a party hostel at all (perfect for me). A card to have 24/7 entry access. This place is really just convenience (which is why two of my room mates have lived here for extended periods of time). A place that has what you need in a good location for a decent price.
I’d been travelling for the past four months across Asia and Australia and so I am well aware that hostels are not hotels and that they’re often in a bad condition/have bad guests. However this hostel was something else. The kitchen was dirty and the fridges were filled with raw meat out of containers. The bedrooms/bathrooms were not much better- in an entire eleven night stay the bedrooms were not cleaned once, except for the bin being emptied. When we first arrived there was a horrible smell in the kitchen but we ignored it for several days assuming it was one of the bowls of uncovered food in the fridge. However eventually we realised it was a bag on the shelving unit filled with some sort of mouldy liquid. It must have been there for a long time to smell in that way, yet guests seemed to be responsible for cleaning it away as it must have escaped the attention of the staff. The kitchen and communal area was also very small with very limited seating which made cooking/eating an issue every meal.
The clientele wasn’t much better than the cleanliness. There were definitely a lot of friendly guests in a similar position to us, just looking for somewhere cheap to enjoy a New Years/Christmas in Sydney. But there was a Chinese family that appeared to live there who made us feel uncomfortable openly talking about us and laughing at us. There were also a lot of people who drank every night (even though it is banned) meaning that the kitchen was out of use from around 8pm every night for it being crowded by men with alcohol and it was difficult to sleep with them being outside below our window until the early morning. We ended up being put in a 4 bed room with two middle aged men who walked around in their boxers, spoke little English and would sit in the room with a lady facing us whilst we slept. Although I’m sure they were nice guys, I’m unsure why the staff felt it necessary to put two middle aged men (separated from their friend) in a room with two young females.
The location was not that great either, although it is close to the central station you can get trains often from any other station to central if needs be. We later moved to circular quay which I much preferred location wise.
The only reason I’ve not rated this 1 star is because the staff were helpful and friendly and it was bearable for our stay, just unpleasant. I wouldn’t recommend this place, however if you’re looking for somewhere cheap in Sydney for a short stay and aren’t looking to use the communal area much then it’s worth the money you save.