In December '05 my girlfriend and I stayed here in a double room with ensuite for 3 nights. We weren't quite sure what to expect from the hostel or the Blue Mountains region in general, but happily we found it to be an overwhelmingly positive experience.
This YHA has apparently won the accolade of 'best hostel in Australia' several times over the years, and with good reason. Only 10 mins walk along the high street from Katoomba train station (that's one heck of a hill though!), this spacious and open Art Deco building is manned by friendly and knowledgable staff (in the main) who really make the place what it is.
On check-in we were provided with clean sheets and towels, as well as an information sheet giving invaluable details about the hostel's facilities, Katoomba itself, and even a number of notable walks in the area. It turned out the famous '3 Sisters' were all of 15 mins walk away, or 2 hours if you take the scenic route like we did! Ridiculous amounts of additional info about other attractions in the local area is also available here.
Our room was clean and basic as you'd expect from a YHA, with a double bed (and single bunk above), bench/luggage rack, small desk and chair, full-length mirror, and even a framed photo of a local beauty spot for that homely touch. Our private toilet/shower-room was large, fairly modern and spotlessly clean too.
The large communal areas are all well-maintained, from the well-equipped kitchen to the adjoining dining room, reading room, lounge, internet room, laundrette, TV room, rear patio and barbeque area... The kitchen was also a great place to get chatting to the other guests!
Maybe it's something to do with the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Blue Mountains, but there was a real sense of calm here, of mutual interest, cooperation and respect. Everyone here, staff and guests alike (ages ranged from children to sprightly pensioners), seemed to realise how special this place was and were keen to keep it that way.
This was easily the best hostelling experience I've had to date. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the adventure capital of NSW, stay at this award-winning YHA hostel and enjoy the log fire, cosy warm rooms (many with ensuite), great kitchen, fast internet, all in the heart of Katoomba. This is the best value budget accommodation, located in the heart of Katoomba. Chose from a range of rooms including multi share, double/twin and family rooms. Relax in the large lounge, self cater in the kitchen. Housed in a beautifully restored historic National Trust building, the hostel is close to breathtaking scenic lookouts, and local cafes and pubs. Save with YHA discounts on heaps of activities, tours and attractions from the hostel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Mountains YHA Katoomba