Location wise this hostel is brilliant- Glebe is a fantastic place to stay while in Sydney- there are cafes galore and lots of second hand book shops and every type of restaurant you could possibly want. You can walk to the city and Darling harbour and there are buses right outside the hostel too which only cost $2 to get into the CBD.
The hostel is kept clean but on first impressions it is dissapointing to say the least. The rooms are a lot smaller and more camped than we thought they would be. There is only a tiny window that opens so the room smells musty and stale..which also means after a while so do your clothes. Storage is ok in the rooms and you have a cupboard in the kitchen. Utensils are very basic- no colanders or graters or anything and we shared one knife between four of us for the three months we were there.
The biggest problem we had with this hostel was our room mates...the mangers take no time in considering who shares a room and consequently we were with a guy who was around 50 and had been in the room for a year and a half. We get on with everyone but this really did put a dampener on our stay.
Our air con didnt work for the whole time we stayed there despite being told it was "being fixed in 2 weeks time" every week- complaining about it did no good so we just made do with a plug in fan which did very little.
Reception staff are generally unhelpful, unapproachable and couldnt care less as long as you hand over rent each week.
Free laundry usage is great when you can get a free machine which is mostly during the week while everyone is out at work. Being free is a huge bonus though as most other hostels will charge at least $4 for the washing and another $4 for the dryer.
I wouldnt stay here again as we spent most weeks looking for other places to stay..but in saying that we couldnt find a cheaper option in Sydney so sort of got stuck there. Location wise its ideal and price wise its excellent...maybe next time i'd extend the budget though. Couldn't recommend staying in Glebe more though.
- Also Known As:
- Rooftop Travellers Hotel
- Rooftop Travellers Motel