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“A Welcoming Warm Place to Visit”
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Blue Mountains YHA
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Chorley, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“A Welcoming Warm Place to Visit”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Katoomba YHA is situated in an old (for Australia) building and the main eating/sitting area has retained many original features.
The family room was basic but very clean; it was just a pity that the sheets used were such drab colours. We stayed in winter and the heating system was well up to the task of keeping the room warm. The rooms have TVs and you can borrow a remote from reception for $20, I just reached up and pressed buttons on the TV. The kitchen area is large, clean and well equipped with plenty of gas burners and more than enough fridge capacity. The kitchen is looked between 10pm and 6am if wanting a midnight snack you will need to get the food before this time.
The dining and relaxation area is large with a welcoming log effect fire (unfortunately its gas fired, not real logs).
For essential supplies there is a bottle shop, Coles and ALDI just around the corner, and plenty of takeaways within easy walking distance.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 27, 2012 via mobile

The staff at the hostal was patient and helpful to introduced the surroundings. We also enjoyed the cosy dinning and sofa around the fire place. The rooms condition are good with two split section. Comfortable stay.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

What a marvelous, warm, friendly place this is. The hosts are always helpful and the place is clean and spacious, as well as being a great little Art Deco architectural treat, complete with original sprung dance floor and mini stage from the frolics of the early 20th century. Facilities are abundant for cooking and the rooms are clean and showers hot. It's in a great spot to walk down the road to the Three Sisters lookout and the bus pickup is from outside if visiting Jenolan Caves etc.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

During my first couple of days staying here I had a really bad cold. This hostel provided perfect recuperation - cozy, warm, quiet dorm rooms (apart from one room where an annoying long term resident wanted the window wide open during the night to the objection to the others in the room!), good kitchen/common areas, good TV lounge. Clean, cozy and homely. Bit of an older crowd staying here but then guess that fits with the visitor profile going to Katoomba. Good location on main drag, 2 minutes to nearby supermarkets (think it's a Coles) and numerous lovely cafes. Newly painted as think they had the YHA Australia annual meeting here just after I stayed so period building looked good. Staff were great!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

If you arrive by public transport, you have to walk throught the city center (main road) to reach the hostel. The hostel is near the Aldi supermarket and you can walk down the road (20 minutes) to see the 3 sisters.
The receptionists were very friendly.
You can store your luggage in a locker (not free).
It's possible that you can hear other guests, but we had a good night sleep.

I would recommend this hostel to a friend.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Germany
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80 reviews
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

4 Share dorm

positive:
- friendly staff
- a lot of space in the Hostel
- TV room
- 1 minute to ALDI and another supermarket
- great kitchen!
- chillout zone with couches
- a lot of tours available, f.e. walking tracks with great panorama view

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- no private bathroom

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank CarniGermany
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Darwin, Australia
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101 reviews
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

I first discovered Blue Mountains YHA around 10 years a go when I first visited Australia as a backpacker, I try to go back at least for a night every time I am in Australia.

I recently spent a few days to escape the hustle and bustle of Sydney, being winter, it was very cold but this was soon forgotten when you enter the YHA as the atmosphere soon warms you up.

The staff are very pleasant, knowledgable and always eager to help. The facilities are very good and have pretty much everything you would need, I particularly like the big airy self catering kitchen as you can cook without falling over anyone else or having to queue for your space at the stove. There are two supermarkets within walking distance and pretty much all of Katoomba is within a short walk.

The hostel is very clean and well maintained, it never seems to show any signs of aging in all the years I have been going. There are both private and share rooms, so don't be put off coming herre if you don't like the idea of sharing.

I would happily recommend and no doubt will be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Blue Mountains YHA
Address: 207 Katoomba St, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Mountains YHA 3*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the adventure capital of NSW, stay at this award-winning YHA hostel and enjoy the log fire, cosy warm rooms (many with ensuite), great kitchen, fast internet, all in the heart of Katoomba. This is the best value budget accommodation, located in the heart of Katoomba. Chose from a range of rooms including multi share, double/twin and family rooms. Free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available). Relax in the large lounge, self cater in the kitchen. Housed in a beautifully restored historic National Trust building, the hostel is close to breathtaking scenic lookouts, and local cafes and pubs. Save with YHA discounts on heaps of activities, tours and attractions from the hostel. ... more   less 
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