If you've been to one, you know the drill. So I'll give you the + and the -.
On the plus side, for just a few dollars more you can avoid that hostel down the street, which is rickety, musty, looks and smells run down - just as their patrons do. This one's professionally run, and the bunks are not squeaky, the mattresses firm and not "coily". The rooms have lockable cabinets for each bunk, and there is free monitored storage on the first floor. The rooms are cleaned daily and the kitchen is more than once. The kitchen is well equipped, however there is no freezer or oven. The location is in the CBD, close to everything you need to be.
On the minus side, you get a hostel that's frequented by student groups and the way, way too old for backpacking crowd; both extremes kill the party vibe. It get's really crowded, and it can be hard to find a quite space. The bedrooms don't have many outlets, so charging your I-everything has you jockeying for position near the outlets around the lounge. The ONE REALLY, REALLY BIG MINUS I HAVE... is that they put a ping-pong table in the middle of the dining room, so when you're trying to eat there's always some jackasses diving over you to hit that ball which lands everywhere but the ping-pong table.You can't understate how annoying that is. (An obvious solution is to move the table to the other side of the room so people can eat in peace but I guess management can't be bothered.) Another minus, bad management for not moving the ping-pong table.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canberra City YHA is right in the heart of the nation's capital, 5 mins from the interstate bus terminal. Hostel facilities include cafe, indoor pool/spa/sauna, free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available), fully-equipped kitchen, rooftop BBQ area, TV/games area, and underground bar. Hostel hosts weekly activities and BBQs in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Canberra City Yha Hotel Canberra