My partner and I stayed here for a week whilst working in Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa before getting our own flat and having moved from the hostel next door - Zing.
It feels a little older than Zing, but the building itself in its day was probably not too bad on the eyes! The price wasn't too bad either, not dirt cheap, not excessively expensive, but you get what you pay for in Sydney.
First of all, the staff were friendly, helpful and informative which was great...they even helped us to obtain our own flat by being a "landlord referee" for us.
The room we got was a private double and was reasonably large, had a fridge, a TV and plenty of storage space for the backpacks! The shared bathrooms were quite old, cold in the winter (although I am sure in the summer they would feel better) and at times there were not enough bathrooms. As I was working during my stay here I couldn't really afford to wait around to jump in the shower, so that was an inconvenience but not the end of the world.
As with many hostels, it seemed a bit cliquey where the long-term 'residents' all knew each other and it felt a bit awkward at times because of this. The kitchen, while not a bad size, was always cramped at conventional meal times, which makes cooking hard, and means that eating out was often a simpler thing to do, despite not being so cost-effective. The last thing you want after a long day at work is to be elbowed and shoved out the way when you just want to cook some dinner! If however you are just travelling and meeting new people as you go around on the organised nights out, then the kitchen probably wouldn't seem such a daunting place! On the plus side there were lockers in the kitchen so your food is in no danger of getting taken by hungry travellers!
The location is good, its just a street away from the main King's Cross street, including the station, bars, clubs and a few cafes and restaurants. If it is your first time in Sydney then you probably won't believe your eyes when you see the main strip at King's Cross, it is certainly an experience, but one you get used to alarmingly quickly! It is also just a 20-minute walk into the CBD up William Street, so if you fancy saving the pennies, you can always get into the city that way.
I would say it could be worth staying here if you are on a budget, however if you have some extra money, it might be worth moving to a slightly more expensive hostel/hotel. Of course, when you are on the Australian wage you could quite easily afford your own place most places in the city if you intend to stay for a prolonged period of time.
The private rooms upstairs are a little more expensive, but a little further away from the courtyard...
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