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Hostel's in Sydney - Whats your opinion?

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1. Posted by Juddy (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Hi Travellers!,

Would just like to know peoples opinions of different hostels in sydney, in terms of location and quality...

I want to book for 5 - 6 nights from March 18th. I'm 26 and travelling alone, would like a good social atmosphere but nothing too crazy!. Also want to be fairly close to the city to get to the major attractions but dont mind a 20 min walk.

I have been reading up on the likes of '790 on george' and 'Wakeup' and seen people saying you can't get a good nights sleep because of the traffic noise....any comments on this?

Thanks

Gareth

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I always recommend the Blue Parrott, but as mentioned on here before it's not a party hostel....

3. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

I can't personally recommend a hostel in Sydney since I stay with friends when I'm there, but from what I've heard Glebe Point YHA is a decent and social place to stay.
Glebe is on of my favourite areas of the city (roughly around 15 minutes walking distance from the center) filled with arty shops, book stores and places to sip a coffee. On Saturdays there's a popular market and I found the atmosphere around there is a nice change to the busy CBD.

Steff

4. Posted by Juddy (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

Ok I have been searching reviews for a few days now and i'm torn between Glebe point YHA and Railway Square YHA!.
Maybe i should split my week in sydney inbetween them?? Anybody stayed in either of these and can comment ???

Thanks

G

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

I've never stayed at the railway square YHA, but I assume it's just the same as the central YHA (and the wakeup, for that matter) right across the street: massive and hyper modern with all the conveniences you could wish for - and just missing some essential atmosphere.
Glebe YHA is my choice whenever I return to Sydney. The bathrooms could stand improving, and the TV lounge sucks - but the location is stellar (Glebe is the most awesome neighbourhood in all of Sydney), its rooftop area is superb (especially during the summer, when the lazy hammocks up there provide the perfect way to spend an evening), and the place has great atmosphere.

6. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

I am arriving on March 7th and going to book into BIG for 5 days due to location to where I need to be near then I am undecided between the Pink House over in Kings Cross or Glebe. The PH sounds just what I am looking for but as a single female, walking through the red light district to get home at night is a slight concern.

Anyone ever stayed there before and can vouch for safety? Other than Glebe, there are very few other hostels which sound up to the standard I need (security, quieter but talkative guests)...I know I sound a bit picky but I am not going to Syd to party, I need a solid safe base to get my new life started.

I have exhausted all the review websites now I think. :(

7. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

Head is spinning now from all the hostel review websites.

I need somewhere with very good security as I am taking my laptop. I like Glebe a lot but the Backpackers security doesnt sound v up to scratch.

Pink House sounds ok, as does Eva's but I am concerned about living in Kings Cross.

What sort of security do you get in hostels? I havent even seen pictures of drawers or wardrobes in the hostels. Surely you dont live out of your rucksack?

So many questions...can anyone give any answers?

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 8y

Quoting LusciousLu

What sort of security do you get in hostels? I havent even seen pictures of drawers or wardrobes in the hostels. Surely you dont live out of your rucksack?

You kinda do, actually. It's a rare hostel which'll provide a wardrobe. Most dorm-rooms in hostels in Australia provide basic lockers (bring your own padlock!), which are usually just a bit too small for your large backpack, but fine to keep your daypack and valuables in during the night or when you're off to the bathroom or something. They're definitely not intended to provide perfect security, though, and I wouldn't recommend keeping your laptop in there while you're out for the day. (I at least never did, and always carried my laptop with me in my daypack.)

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 10, 2008, at 12:53 PM by Sander ]

9. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Quoting LusciousLu

I am arriving on March 7th and going to book into BIG for 5 days due to location to where I need to be near then I am undecided between the Pink House over in Kings Cross or Glebe. The PH sounds just what I am looking for but as a single female, walking through the red light district to get home at night is a slight concern.

Anyone ever stayed there before and can vouch for safety? Other than Glebe, there are very few other hostels which sound up to the standard I need (security, quieter but talkative guests)...I know I sound a bit picky but I am not going to Syd to party, I need a solid safe base to get my new life started.

I have exhausted all the review websites now I think. :(

Hey Lucy,

I just remembered that when I went to Sydney for the first time a couple of years ago, I actually did stay in a hostel and that was the Pink House. Back then it had ok. dorms and bathrooms, a nice backyard and living room with a good communal atmosphere and the staff was really helpful and friendly. As for security, you could leave your valuables at the reception, but there was no wardrobes or drawers in the rooms.
And although Kings Cross has the reputation to be a rough area, around the hostel I never felt threatened even if I was by myself at night. There's people out and about all the time, so it's really busy and therefore rather safe.
Nevertheless if I had to chose again, I'd go for Glebe YHA as mentioned in my post before (and Sander's post in fact ;), since it is a much nicer neighbourhood than the Pink House.