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Sydney Harbour YHA
Ranked #2 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
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“Best hostel experience..forget about budget hotel, sacrifice some privacy and gain more!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

Stayed for four nights at this hostel, which is located right smack in The Rocks area, and has a very good location in Circular Quay. Facilities-wise, I would say top notch for hostel standard. If you don't really value privacy (I spent the bulk of my days touring outside), go for this hostel, instead of a budget hotel...Rooms are clean and are at very satisfactory conditions, at the price that you are paying..shower facilities are nice and clean ( because it is housed in quite a new building), and the free-access rooftop balcony has panoramic view of the opera house....reception staff were friendly and open to give suggestions..there is also a very communal and convivial spirit in the hostel, with the staff organising Burrito night, rooftop BBQs to bond travellers.....Security-wise, it is along the same road as the five-star Shangri-La hotel, just a few buildings away, so it is quite safe.

This will be my base in Sydney, whenever I am in town...

Just one very very minor grouse: it can be quite hard to locate the hostel for first-timers, as instructions on the hostel website is not too clear. I got lost for 20 minutes trying to figure out the place, but once you find it, you will remember the location....

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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YHA_Backpacker, Public Relations Manager at Sydney Harbour YHA, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Hi Kenneygoh

Thanks for your review of Sydney Harbour YHA and we are glad you enjoyed your stay.

With directions, because The Rocks does have many small back streets and can be confusing, we do provide a detailed map and directions as a pdf on our website. We strongly recommend people use Wynyard station, not Circular Quay as it is then a flat easy walk to the hostel.

We look forward to seeing you back soon.
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Gold Coast, Australia
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

My husband and I and another couple stayed here for a weekend (Fri & Sat night). We were initially worried about what we would encounter as we were older than the Youths we thought they were talking about in their title! :D … we were pleasantly surprised, there was a huge mix and variety of ages and nationalities which was lovely…the staff were very efficient in their laid back style. The location of this place is fantastic..right next door to a buzzy pub with great beer and pizzas which was great as we arrived late-ish on the Friday night, and in the thick of the Rocks markets, Lord Neslon brewery and Circular Quay :) We had booked the accommodation at the last minute and options were limited so Friday was in a deluxe en suite and Saturday was in a 4 bed mixed dorm. The deluxe en suite which was brilliant, it was a clean and tidy room with a modern bathroom, comfy bed and tea and coffee making facilities… it reminded me of an Ikea basic bedroom, everything modern and functional. No TV (but we weren’t there for that!) but towels and soap too. All the top floor rooms had been allocated so we didn't have a view of the harbour and unfortunately at about 5am I could hear people leaving down the metal stairs right next to our bedroom and it went on for some time literally reverberating through the bed. I am a lighter sleeper than my husband who didn’t hear a thing! The next night we shared with our friends in the shared dorm. This room was definitely more weathered than the other but the beds were great and it’s organised so the lockers can give a bit of privacy. The lockers have plugs in them so you can charge all manner of things while you are out! There were some innocuous looking marks on the ceiling of the bathroom that could have been wiped and the walls of the room were kind of scuffed heavily from, I guess, many bags scraping in and out as these are the cheaper option. No towels here and so we asked for some and they gave them happily. Our room #006, again we were in an unfortunate position right below the room that is used by large school groups or other organisations and at 5pm the thumping was ridiculously loud as the children had a fabulous time running up and down for an hour before dinner….consequently Sunday morning was the same at 7am…it was like a herd of elephants! So we didn’t have a lie in…we got up showered and went out to enjoy our last day in the Rocks area of Sydney. We didn't use the amenities but they have a great idea where you can buy all you need to cook your own breakfast and fantastic espresso coffee too! Would definitely stay again. :)

Room Tip: We assume the higher floors would have been less noisy as #006 is right under the recreation room fo...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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smarik
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

I loved the sydney harbour YHA. It is located in a great part of Sydney, in Circular Quay which is in walking distance of the harbour and close to transportation to wherever you need. The staff is friendly, the rooms are simple but clean and totally adequate and, like a hostel, the have a ton of activities you can join and they will help you book any kind of tour you're interested in. And, it was much cheaper than any other hotels in the area!

Room Tip: I chose a room with a private bathroom and was very happy I did. It was much more like a proper hote...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Stayed at this hostel for 2 nights of my Australian vacation.Because of the size of it there is more a hotel atmosphere to it rather than the laid back hostel feeling.The room was great,very clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful.The kitchen was immaculate as well as the lobby and guest rooms.Good location and great view from the top floor balcony.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

the good: very nice view from top of the hostel! you can see the opera house and also the harbour bridge. clean rooms and really clean kitchen, quite modern, good location

the bad: too expensive, but yeah you get what you pay for..

Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Hawaii
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

I stayed here for two nights with my two teens and we couldn't have been happier. The cool archeological dig atmosphere was awesome...we loved reading about the area and seeing the excavated areas. The main lounge/kitchen area is bright, well furnished and a great spot for hanging out. Fast, cheap wifi throughout, even in the rooms. Staff was terrific -- answering our questions, making suggestions, etc. Other guests spanned the spectrum from young backpackers to families to active seniors. Our room was a triple with bath and was terrific -- clean, spacious and comfortable. Even had a partial view of the Opera House! We've stayed at the Four Seasons in Sydney before, and actually liked this more. We'll be back for sure.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2013

YHA Sydney was our first ever Hostel experience. It was the best way to ease into hoteslling!

It was clean, new, trendy and perfectly located steps from Circle Quay and the Opera House. You cannot beat the location and price of YHA, and the rooftop patio was actually one of our highlights of being in Sydney. It's just a perfect place to hang out and catch some sun on a late afternoon and to get the best views and pics of the Opera House. It's surrounded by restaurants, bars and tourist attractions. Just Stay Here!

Rooms have individual lockers in them (BYO Lock) and they are plenty big enough to store your travel bags, valuables, etc. They even have electrical outlets in them to charge your stuff while they're locked up.

The only complaint we had is that the air conditioning was a really poor setup. We visited in Jan, so it was really hot! You have to request the front desk staff to turn it on. I think it can only be turned on for 12-hours at a time. So every night you have to remember to ask them, and the room heated up to 30C+ during the day. It turns off automatically if the window is open. That's cool. But the micro-switch was faulty and so the AC never seemed to work. Our room mates didn't seem to get the concept of needing the window to stay closed...so, enter the endless heat cycle... Even with the window open, the room stayed quite hot at night.

The Australia Day BBQ on the rooftop was very cool. Met some interesting people and had a great time. Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Remember to head to the rooftop patio for stunning views of the Harbour.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sydney Harbour YHA
Address: 110 Cumberland Street | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > The Rocks
Amenities:
Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 136 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sydney Harbour YHA 3*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only backpacker hostel in Sydney's historic harbourside Rocks precinct! Explore Sydney's colonial history, walk to all the city's major sites whilst staying in the heart of the city. Multi-share and double/twin accommodation, all with en-suites and many with Harbour and Opera House views. Plus free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available). The place to make the most of your visit to Sydney! ... more   less 
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