Overall this hostel has much to recommend it: a great many positive features and extras that you don’t find everywhere. For example: printer, free computer lounge with internet and Word & Adobe, decent wifi in the rooms as well, free washing powder, free tea and coffee (and milk), and other cooking basics, a fan, fridge and desk and good desk chairs in the private rooms. The owners are friendly and helpful and have clearly gone out of their way to equip the hostel with features valuable to travellers.
As far as the more regular features go: bathrooms are clean and showers have hooks and shelves to keep your stuff dry; there are only two toilets (per sex) and four showers for the whole hostel, but this never seemed a problem; beds and linen do seem better quality than some hostels, as promised on the website. There is air-conditioning so the rooms and passage ways are cool even in 30+ degree heat. It is on a quiet street, close to the central markets and Chinatown, and a 20 min leisurely walk to/from North Tce.
Definitely a good deal for the price, especially if you are sharing. And it will be perfect for some, especially the overseas traveller on a long trip who can take advantage of the many features to plan and recuperate. It may indeed provide the best private room budget accommodation in Adelaide.
Having said that, it was not for me. I have not stayed anywhere else in Adelaide, but have stayed in places I preferred in Hobart, Melbourne and Brisbane for a similar price. My complaint is not with the owners at all, who are helpful and generous, but with the building. Its structure means that noise carries. My fellow guests were actually pretty quiet, but you can hear people walking down the corridor and, from the double room that I had, in the kitchen. The hostel is quite small and a good third of the rooms are at least this close to the kitchen. There are also these unusual light spaces, complete with pot plants, between most of the rooms, so that one of the walls has large windows facing this light space. There are curtains, but a good deal of light comes in, especially when your neighbour has their light on. The kitchen, eating area, lounge and bathroom areas are also all down the same end of the building in a semi-open plan, so can seem a little crowded or claustrophobic. This is really personal preference, but may resonate with some: I found the ambience of the space uncomfortable, and I did not enjoy good sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our quiet hostel is located on Carrington St. in a well-maintained, quiet building. Here you'll find a variety of comfortable, affordable & friendly accommodation right in the heart of the city. All of Adelaide's city attractions are within a short walk from the hostel & we can help you explore the rest of South Australia and Australia. We are moments from many great restaurants, attractions and special events - everything a traveller wants. ... more less
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