I will be travelling solo for 5 weeks, feb 2010 via Bali ( 11 nights ) then on to Aus. I am a woman in her forties and a bit worried about all these "party" hostels aimed at the younger backpacker/traveller. Any recommendations (or ones to avoid !) for hostels/hotels that will cater to my needs that is someone who still likes to party on occasions just doesnt want to hear it every night by the other residents! One who is on a budget but not looking for massive dorm share. is looking for relaxed, freindly, clean small dorm/single room kind of places. many thanks.
I stayed at Toad Hall and it was pretty good - nice and cosy, definitely not a party hostel but still friendly and sociable.
In Melbourne, the YHA Melbourne Oasis is exactly what you want. It's a bit further out of the city center, in North Melbourne, on the edge of Royal Park (great for walking around during sunset to watch the lorrikeets go crazy), but there's a tram stop next door, so still really easy to get into the city and back (plus it's a walkable distance as well). The vast majority of rooms here are shared twins (which you can guarantee as a single room by paying double, but which you also have a decent chance in of just not having a roommate at all). Has a very nice lounge for sitting around in and chatting with fellow travellers (if not as nice as it was before they brought in the big TV) - and in general is a nice and quiet place with good atmosphere.
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Here are the best hostels that are less party and should be more suitable.
Firstly the YHA places are generally much better than the average hostel.
YHA Central in Sydney
There are also 2 in North Melbourne (Metro and Oasis) and I did hear that they have just opened a new one in the city
Another option is
Hyde Park Inn Sydney
For Brisbane, a really good one is Kookaburra Inn in Spring Hill. If you stay 7 nights you get one of the nights free. Price is around $55 per night.
Hope this helps
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In my travels the hostels that you can general find a less roudy sort of crowd are the YHA hostels as they are very rarely a party type hostel and ususally cleaner and have stricter rules. The down side is that they are usually the most expensive ones and often are not in the ideal location for easy access to everything.
thanks guys for the information, much appreciated !! they all look good and just what iam looking for.