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All reviewstrain carriagebig kitchenweekly ratefemale dormlarge lockersdorm roomcommon areaslounge areayour luggagea lot of noisestayed here for nightswould stay here againfree breakfastbeds were comfortablewe've stayedlight sleeperperfect location
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Reviewed January 23, 2014

This was the last place we would be staying at when we were in Sydney and we wanted to make sure that we were within easy reach of the local transport facilities and also attractions. Well this place was perfect, after getting the airport train to the central station the hostel was literally next door and so easy to find, its sign posted when you get through the security gates in the main station foyer!

Check in was a breeze and the reception area was light breezy and very very cool! The hostel is an old cargo shed and lives up to this by having tastefully and fashionably styled itself accordingly. but if industrial theming is not your thing don't worry, the rooms and social spaces are modern and well equipped. The staff upon arrival were polite and efficient, letting us check in a little early and also making sure we had everything we needed for our stay, which was a nice touch.

All the rooms are accessed by key cards and the access to the rooms themselves are by the same card through a gated and security door. This gives the impression that the hostel is safe and secure. The rooms themselves are typical hostel fare and are practical and comfortable, fully Air conditioned and WiFi ready. We had a private double room which was located in the main building, but if you are travelling in a group then i would recommend asking for one of the mixed or single sex dorms which allow you to stay in the carriages on the "station platform".

Bathrooms are large and double as toilets, ventilation could be better in here as at times the smell coming off of the various cubicles was less than pleasant. However the water was hot and drainage was good.

We were here for two nights and we able to easily find our way to and from the various attractions that Sydney had to offer. For an idea of distances i have given a rough calculation based on walking below:

Central Station - 5 mins (its a long tunnel)
Supermarkets (Coles, Aldi...etc) - 15-20 mins
Darling Harbour - 15mins
Bus Stop for Bondi, ANZAC memorial - 15 mins (333 bus takes you Bondi from here)
Aquarium, Wild life Centre, Madame Tussauds - 20 mins
QVB - 25 mins
The Rocks - 30 mins
Opera house - 35 mins
Sydney Harbour Bridge - 40 mins

(your actual time may vary, depending on time of day, heat, ques, traffic, roadworks, time waiting for crossing and if you get lost)

Free maps were available and these proved to be invaluable as it allowed us to find where we were with ease. Plus the staff were on hand to make sure that we knew where a location was before we headed out, as was the case when we went to Bondi, where the staff were able to tell us the right bus number and also where to get it from.

There is secure luggage storage available which comes in the form of lockers, which are paid for by the hour, it can get pricey so best to only use them if you are planning for short term storage before moving on, as it was 5 dollars for 3 hours and then a dollar again for each hour afterwards. But it was secure and easy to use, and the lockers came in all sizes for all types of bags and packs!

Highlights and plus points:

Great location
Easy to find
Great and friendly staff
Good sized, clean rooms
WiFi works in the rooms
Luggage storage
Free maps and booking service
Large airy public spaces
Comfy beds
Secure and safe
Fun and different
Pool

Negative points:

Ventilation in bathrooms needs to be looked at

If your in Sydney for a few days or a few weeks you should make this your first choice for cheap good value accommodation! Its great fun!

Room Tip: If your travelling as a couple a private double may be best, but if you in a group and dont mind the dorm like setting, pick a carriage!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris L
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is the best hostel I have stayed at. It was incredibly clean, the kitchen was huge and the rooms were homely for a hostel.

The bathrooms could have had a little more ventilation when it came to shower time, and reception staff were a little abrupt but that's all I have as issues.

I'm definitely staying here again without question.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Thank Lauren D
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Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

Have stayed 2010 for march mardi gras. a bit expensive for backpackers but it is good location especially you from airport hop in hop out train station save your time.tidy,big,clean and close to everything helpful staff.but only one problem is you have to pay for the to store your luggage which mean make me not very happy with that, because if you get there early and you want go for walk see around they won't look after your luggage. overall, short term stay is not too bad.

  • Stayed: March 2013
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Thank cherryluvtravel
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

I only stayed here 1 night, but from what I saw was very nice.
Friendly staff, lots of kitchen facilities and everywhere was clean.
It's not very close to the harbour, definitely need to grab the 555 bus which is free and transports you from central station to circular quay.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
Thank Keely0207
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Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

I did not find the front desk staff friendly or welcoming at all, and the staff member who served me did not explain where anything was. Other staff I dealt were similarly unsmiling, apart from one lady who was pleasant. Rooms are clean and comfortable but bathrooms were not particularly clean. Security is excellent; location is good for the central station. WiFi and luggage storage are not free, which I was surprised about.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
Thank bex76
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