First and foremost I would like say to everybody who is complaining like crazy: stop it! It's so unnecessary. If you don't want to have to complain, go to something that is called a HOTEL. You know a hostel is very basic and may not always live up to your standards. I was more annoyed by all the people shouting in the middle of the night: I mean, have some decency towards people who are trying to sleep.
As for the rooms: for the first few nights we had a room just off of the common room, close to a toilet and shower. That was not exactly a clever thing there though because the toilet/shower was too small. Whenever someone took a shower, it was a little hard keeping your clothes dry when using the toilet. So after a couple of days we took a 2bedroom ensuite and that was really good. Small but all the things we needed was there.
As for location: could NOT BE BETTER! You are literally around the corner from Bondi Beach and Campbell Parade with places to eat, get souvenirs and catch the bus.
Staff: when were there (late 2010) there was indeed 1 woman who was a little bit, well rude is not the right word, a little less harsh than that. But the woman who was there every morning and the men who were cleaning were all extremely kind and sweet and always willing to help. The cleaners are elderly, but they were the ones who hoisted our suitcases all the way to the upper level (to the en suite room) and every day it was like "hello good morning, how are you?" or "let me know if you would like someone to sweep the room or change your sheets"(no extra costs!)
The hostel was cleaned every 6 hours, but remember that there are a lot of people in a hostel, and if they should clean up after themselves, there would be a lot less to complain about when it comes to clutter and dirt!
So really: I don't know why people are giving this such a bad review. I had never been in a hostel before this and frankly, I was getting anxious just by reading the reviews and it was not that bad at all. We stayed there for 4 weeks and I am coming back again with Christmas 2013 and New Year 2014, another 4 weeks.
Therefore I voted "very good" because "average" for me was a bit of an understatement.
To people reading reviews for advice: don't read into it too much. If you don't fuss about a bit of clutter (trust me, backpackers are not exactly tidy people, unlike myself) and not too much comfort or luxury, this place is very good and good value for money. The location is just perfect.
I can very much recommend getting an en-suite room, I like having my own toilet and shower. Just 1 thing that was a perhaps not that good: we had the en-suite on the top floor and it had bunk beds. Normally that would not be a problem, BUT: I am only 5'4 (1.62m) myself and the bed was even too short for me! But then again, we came at very short notice, so obviously the "normal" rooms you see in the pictures were already taken.
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