As my readers may know, I had just recently went to Australia with my girlfriend. Sydney, to be precise. Whilst there, we stayed at Central YHA. This YHA is just next to the Central Railway Station. This makes its location very convenient for traveling to and from popular or tourist destinations. The hostel is close to Haysmarket or Paddy’s Market and Chinatown. We even managed to walk from the hostel to Darling Harbor.
The Central YHA is rated as a 5-star hostel. Aside from its convenient location, it also has a wide selection of rooms available. I had pre-booked a room with twin bed and a private bathroom. We arrived at the hostel around 11.15am but the room wasn’t ready yet.
There were some lockers available for rental behind the office but we decided against it and went to the adjoined cafe, InCafe, for brunch. We ordered the Big Breakfast which came with 2 fried eggs, half a grilled tomato, 2 slices of toast, 2 sausages, a few strips of fried bacon and a helping of fried mushrooms. It was delicious.
After our meal, we passed time in the cafe for a while as we waited for the room to be ready. When the room was ready, we collected our keys and went up to check the room. The room did not disappoint. It was large enough and even contained a spare single bed underneath the twin bed. The private bathroom was equipped with a hair dryer.
As this is a hostel, do not expect the additional amenities like TV, mini fridge or a safe. Aside from the beds, the room contained a couple of chairs around a table, clothing racks as well as clothing hooks. It may a little sparse for some, but just perfect for us as we just need a room to rest in.
WiFi is available throughout the building but you would need to pay AUS8 for a full 24-hours worth of usage. Alternatively, you can choose to pay AUS4 for a internet card with 1 hour usage. The same card can be used for the Internet terminals located in the lobby as well as the 1st floor. The WiFi speed is pretty ok and the same can be said about the internet connections at the terminals. However, I did experience some lag while using one of the terminals. It wasn’t due to the internet connection and I suspect either the computer specs or the software.
If you need some drinks and the cafe is closed, there are drink vending machines on the first floor. If you are feeling up to going out, there’s a 7-eleven which is just a couple of minutes walk away. There’s also a mini market just beside the hostel. A kebab shop, which opens quite late, is also just nearby if you fancy a late night bite.
Back to the hostel itself, it has security on the main doors after 9pm or 10pm and you would need your key card to get in. The hostel also has fully equipped kitchens, an in house movie theater, a sauna and a pool. Well, the pool isn’t that big but it is still a pool. BBQs and other events are organized by YHA on certain days which you may want to check out. Before I forget, there’s also a bar under the hostel called “scubar”. While I did not visit it, if you like to party, that’s probably one of the nearest place to head to.
While the price of a twin room with attached private bathroom isn’t the cheapest, the price is well worth it as the place is clean, facilities well maintained and the location is excellent. Cheap and good eats can be found in and around Chinatown. The food in the InCafe downstairs is pretty great too. Try their hot chocolate if you have the chance, it is wonderful.
All in all, I had a very pleasant and memorable stay at Central YHA and would gladly recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a good place to stay in Sydney. If I do head back to Sydney, I will most definitely look to book a room at one of the YHA (they have a few other YHA throughout Sydney as well).
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