A professional-level kitchen, a large outdoor/covered back patio with plenty of tables and chairs, and fun, happy travellers mark my experience at the 109. There were free-to-use computers in the downstairs common room, nice big screen TV to watch, with movies if you wanted, beanbag chairs, couches, and friendly staff.
I had plenty of room to store my foodstuffs in the generously-sized glass-front fridge, and the facilities were well-kept, in and older building with classic high ceilings. Fun base to launch out onto the nearby town from, and enjoy the night life. Structure is solid enough that where I was sleeping, upstairs, was plenty quiet at all hours
The other part of the hostel, across the street, is the more strait-laced part, for quiet, shy, withdrawn people,and others who are allergic to people laughing and having fun; so this is a hostel with any kind of atmosphere you like. Librarians on the side of the street that houses the 109 office, party people on the other side of the street, though, as I said, if you are sleeping upstairs, what is going on downstairs has literally no impact on your slumber. The look of crestfallen disappointment that a Western Barbarian had wandered into their midst the few times I had to cross the divide to use the computers on the office side were entertaining in and of themselves.
Great place. Would recommend it to anyone, whether loud and outgoing, or quiet and withdrawn, or those who like to have their quiet, zen-like atmosphere, but only have to walk across the street for the noise and excitement they can monitor and observe for their thesis on hostel psychology.
They will book activities and trips, and the owner is friendly and available when I needed to talk, so, in all, a great place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our quiet hostel is located on Carrington St. in a well-maintained, quiet building. Here you'll find a variety of comfortable, affordable & friendly accommodation right in the heart of the city. All of Adelaide's city attractions are within a short walk from the hostel & we can help you explore the rest of South Australia and Australia. We are moments from many great restaurants, attractions and special events - everything a traveller wants. ... more less
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