Jewell House, Goderich Street, Perth
I was put off before I got there by the bad reviews out there esp. on TripAdvisor. As can often be the case people who have no problems don’t normally write reviews.
It’s different, certainly. There are people who hang around at times outside as they’re often the smokers of which there seem to be a few. It also has a lot of strange people wandering about but the strangeness tends only to a lack of friendliness and I suspect is due to their being there by virtue of Social Security. Then again, and especially when I was there and Perth was packed out, you get a contingent of Suits and of Fi-Fo people, although I could wonder why they fly in from, & fly out to, somewhere like Jewell House.
It’s kept clean. The place is vacuumed daily, towels replaced daily and each room, if needed, vacuumed as well and rubbish removed. If you want privacy you put out a Do Not Disturb sign and you’re left alone. And the kitchens are clean because there’s nothing in them. No crockery, no cutlery, no cooking other than the microwave. And no plugs in the sinks either.
It’s not a Backpackers. It’s a 10-story(?) high-rise. The common room at the end of each floor (at least on the 8th but the one on the 7th was locked) near the kitchen, at least on the floor I was on, was barely used except once by an extended family who had adjacent rooms near the common room and could happily treat it as an extension. It has a television but a CRT job and unusable, esp. when each room has a decent enough television in it already. Don’t ask me what though as I don’t use them.
The walls are brick so you don't hear your neighbours. The windows are small and have fly-screens. I did get woken one night at 4:30 by someone with their television on at high volume but the noise came through the window from his next door through mine, not through the walls. That was an exception, though.
So, you will need your own glasses, mugs, plates and washing liquid and tea-towel to start, or eat out exclusively, which n Perth can be a problem as everything closes early and even getting food near 2pm is difficult.
I spotted one cockroach so went out and bought some surface spray, which may have been the reason I felt so ill the next day. But no more cockroaches. Hardly an infestation as implied by other reviews and the lack of them - there are plenty around the buildings in Perth - has a lot to do with the way they work at keeping it clean.
The rooms can be tatty but it is, after all, a hostel.
There are three lifts but they have intermittent problems with at least one at any time and the wait for one can be instantaneous or can take a lifetime. You can't use the stairs or you'll set off an alarm.
The main desk is open for 24-hours for 7 days a week, wi-fi is available from each room, there is a fan and fridge in each room and if you upgrade – I don’t believe it’s worth it – to a deluxe room then your wi-fi is free and you can make tea and coffee in your room.
The bathrooms are cleaned daily but can get abusive use from some of its inmates.
There are also cheap meals on downstairs twice a week and vending machines there as well. Hint: don’t get tea from the vending machine.
Basically you could live there and not see anyone. You have your privacy. It’s clean. It’s cheap enough for Perth. It’s walking distance from the two malls in the city and Hay Street and just around the corner from the first Cathedral built in the area which is tiny and just a house but which no-one ever visits. It’s quiet. The staff are friendly and helpful.
However, the Hays Street Backpackers is in front of it down down further on Hays Street past the school and appears to be more aesthetically appealing. I liked Jewell House but for that part of town (Eastern end of the city) I’d try for Hays Street next time.
I did extend my time at Jewell House but more out of indolence about the act of moving than anything else.
It is certainly fit-for-purpose. It lacks character and it's not a Backpackers' but a Hostel.
It's next to the hospital complex and also a 24-hour GPs. They keep their health going 24 hours a day but not affordable food. Still, that's Perth.
At the end of Goderich Street to the west is Lord Street and that's where the newer Cathedral ends.
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