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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I stayed at Sydney Central YHA for one night as my first choice hostel was unfortunately fully booked. The location is great if you are arriving by train or greyhound as the hostel is a stone's throw from Central Station. There are also free hop on hop off buses that pass through the shopping and financial areas up to Circular Quay and the Opera House if you don't want to walk.

The hostel itself was fine. I stayed in a six bed female dorm, which was fairly nice, apart from the fact that I had to wake up early-ish to catch a 7am coach to Canberra, which although I tried to be as quiet as possible obviously upset one of the older residents of the room who decided to complain very loudly! I think this is the issue with a lot of the YHA's in Australia, in that fellow dorm buddies can be a bit hit and miss. I am 30 years old, so whilst I don't want to be disturbed by partying youngsters returning home every night, I also don't want to be told off by an older person for just packing my bags! This put me off staying at YHA's a bit to be honest.

Downstairs, the kitchen and dining areas were spacious and quite nice. There is a cheap-ish restaurant adjacent to the hostel serving good value backpacker meals.

Overall, a safe bet for the city, but there are better options (see my review of another Sydney hostel!).

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank JackieM917
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

When my sister arrived in Sydney with 4 children, I was scrambling looking for an affordable accommodation for them. I found this hostel smack bang in Sydney Central, very close to the train station and china town, which meant lots of shops and restaurant and halal places to eat.

The staff was lovely and very very helpful, the cost for a family room for five is probably the cheapest in Sydney at $145 or less if you become a member. The room is big enough and has a big floor to ceiling window and very clean. It is just infront of the bathroom, which is clean and spacious and has enough facilities- wet shower cubicle and dry cubicle which allows privacy, which was much appreciated.

The cost of internet is also very good, around $5 an hour and printing cost 20 cent a page, which goes to charity of their choice- which was Oxfam sponsor a child, which was lovely.

Given that it is right in the middle of a big city, it is reasonably quiet, but our room is infront of the bathroom and every time someone entered the bathroon, the banging of the door is a bit noisy. It is also a hostel, so young people do get very excited and got into really loud voices- but happy excited voices, not fighting voices. So you will need to tolerate that.

They have a big TV room, dining hall and shared kitchen, all well furnished and equipped, again on shared basis, so a degree of tolerance is needed when one goes into hostel living.

I recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to experience Sydney on a budget.

Date of stay: October 2012
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1  Thank Nenekebayan
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Our check in time was 12:00, to which we arrived promptly. Having booked on line from Ireland we had all the necessary documentation to hand. We filled forms, asked would we like membership, which we declined, and were then told room was not ready, come back in 1hr for key. Our credit card was charged for room plus membership for 1 person! We had lunch in the restaurant adjacent to the hostel while we waited. At 1pm we went to the desk to collect our key & were told to get in the queue like everyone else! At 3pm we accessed our room, having queued outside the hostel for 2 hrs! Staff on the check in desk were less than helpful and some had issues understanding English! Check in policy needs reviewing!!!

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank LizM04
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YHA_Backpacker, Public Relations Manager at Sydney Central YHA, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2013

Hi Liz
Thanks for your review of Sydney Central YHA. We take reviews of all our hostels very seriously and the issues you raised have been discussed with the manager. YHA did change the check in time for this hostel during 2012 from 12noon to 1pm and we think that is where the mix up has occured - you might have booked just prior to the change and received the old information. So our apologies for any inconvenience with this. A 1pm check in time ensures that the hostel is fully ready for new guests after the 10am check out - no mean feat in a building with 550 beds!
If there was an error made with the charge to your credit card, we hope that this was resolved at the time; if not, please feel free to follow up with the hostel manager on this and we will fix it for you.
Finally, we do have multi-lingual staff (who may not have been born in Australia) at reception as we have guests from around the world and we like to be able to help people in their own language if possible. So some staff therefore do not have English as their first language.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

This hostel is perfect in terms of facility and location. The kitchen is not small, but considering the number of the guests, it is too small. The nextdoor bar was noisy in the evening. The use of the Internet cost $4 per day and wifi connection in my room was very bad.

Date of stay: December 2012
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Thank Sak I
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YHA_Backpacker, Public Relations Manager at Sydney Central YHA, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2012

Hi Misocutlet
Thanks for your review of Sydney Central YHA, and the issues you raised. There is actually a second kitchen on the same level as the main one - maybe you missed it. That gives guests extra cooking space which is handy when the hostel is very busy. We're sorry you were disturbed by noise from Scubar. This is run by an independent operator and we are forwarding your comments to them.

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Reviewed December 22, 2012

Honestly, one of the best backpacker I stayed in. It has all what you need. The place is clean and spacious, the beds are great, so is the kitchen and as in all YHA you have activities every day. I really enjoyed the cinema room (with free pop corn, yes!). You'll find a big wall of ads to help you in finding a job and the staff can help you organise your travel.

Other than that, the location is just about perfect, just in front of the station.

In two words : highly recommended :)

Date of stay: August 2012
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1  Thank Hugo B
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