The review below has explained this place perfectly. The excellent thing about it is its location, in the heart of bondi, just meters to the beach, shops, bus stops, my friend and I arrived thinking perfect, their directions to the hostel on website were also spot on.
We booked the christmas and new year package months in advance when planning our trip to australia, thinking we didnt want to be left stranded that time of the year if things got booked up and because it seemed they had planned a fantastic 10 days of activities, free dinners and organsied trips..this is what they were advertising.
In reality it was shocking, a complete shambles, the staff were nice the first day of arrival upon check in ...then didnt care the rest of the time...they just shoved free 'goon' at you...dont get me wrong I love free goon! but thats not just what I expected when you pay 1000$ for 10 nights!maybe not helped by the fact they had to sleep in the tv room as the money grabbing manager sold their beds and the sunloungers outside to paying guests! ridiculous! also meaning we couldn't use the tv room for its actual purpose which was annoying. The free food was either not when it was meant to be, didnt show up at all or was in a different place... so if you were not there you got none, chilli night on the beach?! was not on the beach was at the hostel and even then there wasnt enough for everybody. Pancakes appeared some mornings at a ridiclously slow pace others not at all. Christmas days lunch was chicken, a lettuce leaf, 1 slice of tomato and 2 slices of cucumber and a piece of bread which we were starting to eat with fingers as they hadnt put cutlery out! oh my bad actually we did get a piece of chocolate cake and a cracker yippee!! There were cockroaches in the kitchen, dirty bathrooms and not enough lockers for even half of the guests. If I can prevent just one person of not booking a bed here I will be happy, please dont waste your money, I did meet some amazing people and made the most of the festive season but that was no thanks to the hostel. Its a shame as I think it could have great potential in an amazing location...it just needs organisation! a cook employed at christmas if you are going to advertise all these wonderfull meals and a bit of love to tidy up the place and passionate staff would go a long way. For now avoid its a total rip off and will leave you disappointed especially if you book to spend your christmas and new year here.
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