First of all, this place has the potential to be a nice hostel but they lose when it comes to cleanliness and customer service. We spent 3 weeks here mostly because it was cheaper than downtown and because it was close to Bondi beach.
This place is overall very dirty. The toilets are at times appalling. They should clean them more often. The kitchen is absolutely disgusting after about 8pm when people have made dinner. For some reason this hostel can't find a way to keep their kitchen clean. They should look into how the other YHA's arrange this. The kitchen is very tiny and almost always overcrowded, you have to fight your way to get a pot and a pan if you can find one that's clean.
The top deck has a nice view of Tamarama beach, but that's about it. There are almost no seats so people just sit on the floor. Several of the clientele openly smokes weed on the roof and staff doesn't seem to care at all which was a bit strange. Having said that, there was a police bust in one of the shared rooms when we were there.
The weekends can be extremely noisy and the staff doesn't bother to stop the drink binging party next door until about 2am... probably great for the people partying but not for everybody else who just wants a night sleep because they have to get up early in the morning.
In one of the rooms we stayed in the window leaked water when it was raining, but other than that the rooms were OK.
Internet connection is expensive at $1 dollar per 15 minutes... or $8 per day if you have your own computer.
Cleaning clothes is ridiculously expensive and will set you back another $4 per wash + $3 to use the dryer for 45 minutes. The clothes does not get clean or dry...
Just a final note.
Most staff are very friendly and helpful, but you know when you meet that one person behind the counter that you immediately know shouldn't be working in a service job and handle customers? A person like that can ruin the entire stay. YHA should check up on their staff and either send them to some serious training or weed out the bad apples and get new staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bondi Beachouse YHA is located at Australia's famous Bondi Beach and is a great hostel for backpackers. Stay near the beach but close to the centre of Sydney. Awesome beach views from rooftop. Friendly and helpful staff. Free snorkelling gear, body boards and surf boards for hire. Internet cafe, movie room, games room, self-catering kitchen, BBQ, rooftop balcony and weekly backpacker activities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bondi Beachouse Yha Hotel Bondi