As a mature female solo traveller i booked this one without looking in to it enough and regretted it enough to reduce my 3 night stay to 2. This is definitely a hostel for the younger traveller. Lounge rooms was crowded, the other lounge area required you to climb a ladder above reception. The two kitchens were filthy in comparison to every other backpacker i have stayed at (about 6), i came in to the kitchen one morning and EVERY surface was covered with dishes that werent done. The 4 door share room i stayed in with ensuite was small (and they have bunk beds, fortunately other hostels are starting to phase these out!). I just got the feeling that they had crammed a lot more rooms into the space than they needed to. Another mature traveller warned me that a bus was coming in that night and to expect not to get any sleep as he had experienced two nights previously. It didnt happen to me but it did happen to him. Distance wise it is about a 10 min walk to town on flat land so thats a bonus, they did pick me up from the bus station as well but i got the impression this isnt always the norm. Service was friendly enough but to me the place was just crowded with bodies! HOWEVER, having said that, i definitely got the impression that the young people didnt seem to mind one bit, so not completely ditzing this place, just saying, as the title says 'LEAVE THIS ONE TO THE YOUNG TRAVELLERS'. Oh, and WIFI was available but it was slow.
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