Coogee Beach House is all you need in a budget hostel. Having never really done the hostel thing and being in my late 20's, I was a bit dubious about booking a hostel with images of 18 years olds partying until dawn, commandeering the kitchen and basically being a rendition of my University days, but I was pleasantly surprised with what Coogee Beach had to offer. Okay so as a general rule of thumb, it is more for the younger traveler and did to some extent remind me of student halls, but for the older traveler, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative for accommodation, this is definitely probably one of the better hostels for peace and quiet. Parties aren't actually allowed here - if you are young and looking for the 'proper' hostel experience, you may want to check out one of the other hostels in the area if partying is your thing.
This hostel is very clean - I was extremely impressed! The communal bathrooms are immaculate - this was probably one of my biggest fears - and so is the kitchen. Breakfast is included with bread for toast and cereal that you make yourself and complimentary tea and coffee. The kitchen is also well stocked.
I had a private, twin room which to my surprise had a TV so if the common room (which is very homely and a good space) is too much for you, you can seek the haven of your room no problem. The room was small, but very clean with the standard 1960's carpet and bunk beds with one or two springs digging their way into the night (it's no dreams mattress!), but for a budget hostel it is exactly what it says on the tin and was more than adequate for my first 2 weeks in Sydney.
The staff are very helpful and friendly, especially Pam who was happy to answer my questions about bus routes etc. She even let me store my luggage there when waiting to move into my new place.
The only thing I would say is that it was very cold in the rooms. I arrived at the end of winter (August) and found myself digging through my suitcase for extra clothing at night. There aren't heaters in the room but extra blankets are available on request and if you go in the winter I would suggest an extra blanket! There is no free WiFi which can be annoying but you can purchase vouchers from the front desk which you do not have to use in one go.
You can't beat the location. It is a stones throw away from the beach, which is gorgeous and around a 5 minute walk to Coogee Bay Road which hosts lots of coffee shops. Walk straight up Coogee Bay Road and you come to Randwick which has more shops. Take a left at the top of Coogee Bay Road onto Perouse Road then onto St Paul's street and you'll find bars and restaurants and an old fashioned cinema that I love! It is also excellent for buses. Take the 373, 372 from the crossroads of Arden street and Coogee Bay Road (2 minutes from the hostel) into CBD (City centre) and Circular Quay (for Sydney opera House) or 313, 314 for Bondi Junction.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to a hotel and aren't overly fussy then Coggee Beach House can give you all you need.
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