Alfred Park Hostel is a true backpacker. It is the stuff of legends that backpackers write about. Dingy and dark hallways, not well lit up rooms but boisterous and vibrant nights around the common/kitchen areas. I've spent four nights there and I do enjoy the company of Working Holiday guests.
The Good: Located 10-15 minutes walk from Central Train Station in Sydney, Alfred Park is well connected to the trains and bus network. There is a caveat though. This hostel is great for those on working holidays. Not for the casual tourist.
Rooms are air-conditioned (a rarity among Hostels), clean and there are hot showers to be had. Kitchen areas and common areas are large enough.
Staff are the young hip kind but they are very helpful, very approachable and understand the needs of backpackers very well. There is FREE WiFi which is great and internet enabled PCs for those that do not have any form of electronic device or would prefer to type on a proper keyboard.
The Bad: Although close to the Central Train station, most of the tourist attractions are located within the city centre of Sydney. A better located hostel for tourists will be those in the Rocks or within the city centre where you can walk to those attractions. Because to my chagrin, I had to take a 10 minute train ride to the city centre to visit the popular tourist attractions all the time and Sydney is an expensive city already.
The public Hallways and rooms of the Hostel are really dark and are not brightly lit. Not for the faint of heart and the property itself is kind of decrepit.
In short, Alfred Park Accommodation is good for young backpackers who are in Australia for work or working holidays.
NOT for tourists, casual travellers.
If you like boisterous vibrant party backpacking hostel with partiers, this is the place.
If you are a tourist visiting Sydney, or the casual traveler who likes solitude and quiet, this is NOT the Hostel. I hope I made the distinction clear enough. That said, the wonderful staff does make up for the bad points of the hostel and it is cheap. So for my good experience I rate it a Four but i know it is really worth Three.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Village Surry Hills is located smack-bang in vibrant Surry Hills. We're just a 5 minute walk to the city and Central Station, and a quick train or bus ride to the beach. Experience living like a local in a popular and trendy neighbourhood, while having Sydney's most iconic sights at your fingertips! Our quality accommodation is in a heritage building with modern renovations and a touch of industrial style. We've got a range of dorm and private rooms to suit every guest and budget, and a friendly vibe that will have you feeling right at home! Our modern and comfortable communal areas are the perfect place to meet fellow travelers. Cook up a storm with new friends in our communal kitchen and eat alfresco in our dining area. Sit in the courtyard and soak up the sunshine, or chill out and watch a movie in our comfy TV lounge while you plan your next adventure! We offer weekly hostel events including BBQ's, Movie Nights and more, as well as a free breakfast provided daily to start your day the right way. Our friendly staff will ensure that you enjoy your stay, and will happily their local knowledge and tips about the best places to see! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alfred Park Hotel Sydney