My friend and I stayed at the Katoomba YHA for two nights in a double room with a private bath in early August. The YHA is located a 10-15 minute walk from the train station, including down and up a hill (so it's somewhat uphill going both directions...). However, that was the only quasi-negative about the YHA. It was located near a grocery store, minutes from many great restaurants, and it was centrally located with respect to the town and the sights, hikes, views, etc.
The front desk was friendly and helpful with advice on discounts, hikes, and activities. The internet and computers were fast and there were enough to go around. The YHA itself is best described as a lodge - the ground floor has lots of couches and comfortable areas for reading near a fireplace, plus the kitchen area and a TV room. There's a deck for grilling or being outside as well. There were many young people there, but also several families.
Most of the rooms are up a flight of stairs. Our room was spotlessly clean, including the bathroom. The room had a nice view, and a heater, which was necessary given the cold nights in August. The bed was comfortable and adequate. We were very happy with the YHA; it was one of the best 'hostels' that I stayed in during a month in Australia.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Blue Mountains YHA Katoomba