It depends what you're after with this hostel. Make sure you check which YHA to start with, as there are two in Byron Bay.
I really enjoyed our stay here, the owners were so welcoming and friendly, it has a real home from home feel. We had a 6 bed room but had it to ourselves (this kept happening in June, must have been a quiet spell!) I agree the lack of lockers isn't ideal, but I padlock my valuable inside my big bag and the rest come out with me, so I normally feel contented with that. The room itself was ok, we had a double bed upstairs with 2 bunks in a room below us, was like a private, quite cute how they've converted it.
The kitchen wasn't huge but fine for what we needed and clean- I can imagine in summer when it's fully booked it would get really busy, but we had no issues. other guests wre so friendly here, all chatting over breakfast, was really nice :)
The bathrooms I thought were fine, only thing I personally find annoying is having to take my own towel to dry my hands after washing them every time, but this is the same in most OZ hostels to be fair. I'll agree though, why choose to clean them at the busiest times of day? I had to dodge the cleaner everytime I wanted the bathrooms or to shower, bit tedious.
Social areas were cool- lots of useful info and free stuff to rent, plus a movie room which was cosy (it was so cold at night in June, we all huddled in here because of the heating, our bedroom was freezing)
I've stayed in Byron before at Nomads, and I'd definately come back to Cape Byron instead. Great place for a couple or individual who wants a smaller more homely environment- Nomads if you're on you're wanting a 24hr party. Didn't sleep a wink when we spent 4 nights there 2 years back, utter mayhem!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Make sure you stay in the heart of Byron Bay - backpacker's paradise with superb beaches and scenery and lots of nightlife. Cape Byron YHA is a purpose-built hostel in the centre of town, just 100m to the beach. Relaxed atmosphere with common areas surrounding a large heated pool and BBQ area. Free use of bikes and boogie boards. Cafe, dive centre and seperate TV/reading room. ... more less
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