I came here after two nights at Nomad’s. I was placed in a 5 bed female only room and the space seemed adequate for all of us. There are four cubbies but no lockers. The rooms mainly surround a central courtyard where there is a swimming pool. There are toilets on both levels, and a laundry room at the first level. They have internet, but no wifi. You can hire body boards from the reception, but not surf boards.
The kitchen, on the second floor, seemed a reasonable size for accommodating the number of people cooking. There are quite a few burners on the stove tops but only two sinks, so the back-up tends to happen while doing dishes. There seemed to be plenty of refrigerator and shelf space. There was also free coffee and tea in the kitchen. Although the bathrooms were small - four toilets and three showers on each level - people tended to be on different schedules and there weren’t long waits. They did tend to clean the showers around 9am, but you can just go to the opposite floor and use the showers there! The reception takes a $20 key deposit and a $5 cutlery deposit, so be sure to have extra cash.
I cannot say enough good things about the staff here! They are all very pleasant and extremely helpful! When I wanted to stay an extra night and they were full, they encouraged me to continuously check back with them in case of a cancellation, which did happen. They were even able to shift some things around so I could stay in the same room and not have to move my things. They were absolutely great! They recommended places to get coffee, and surf shops to rent boards from. Very friendly, welcoming staff!!
The noise level was much better than that of Nomad’s! In addition, I did not get my ankles chewed by bed bugs - a huge relief that I had taken for granted until my previous hostel :)
I recommend Cape Byron YHA to anyone looking to just relax and enjoy Byron Bay with other friendly travellers!
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- Make sure you stay in the heart of Byron Bay - backpacker's paradise with superb beaches and scenery and lots of nightlife. Cape Byron YHA is a purpose-built hostel in the centre of town, just 100m to the beach. Relaxed atmosphere with common areas surrounding a large heated pool and BBQ area. Free use of bikes and boogie boards. Cafe, dive centre and seperate TV/reading room. ... more less
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