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Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel
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UK
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94 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Nice stay”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights while in the Blue Mountains. This was the first hostel we stayed in and have a private ensuite room.

The room was a good size, quiet and thankfully because it was quite cold and wet no problem with having to open the window to let in noise :-) Bathroom was huge and the shower worked well.

The only issue (and to be fair not the fault of the hostel) was that the bed had a foot board. My husband is 6'7 and I am 6' so we did not fit in the bed very well.

It is close to town which is good.

It was just such a shame the weather was so bad when we were in Katoomba!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Beerwah, Australia
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

Nice place to stay ! big locker where you can put your backpack ! the laundry is free ! Big kitchen ! the staff is friendly ! free barbecue ! some room are too small, it's a fact ! but it's a nice place !

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed one night here and saw went worth and katoomba falls. The girl Sam behind the desk was very helpful as to the surrounding hikes and eateries. Great place!
Stayed on a one bunk two person room. They have a nice outdoor patio and great free facilities and common room as well.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 20 February 2014 via mobile

This was a great hostel to stay in even if it was for only one night. We took advantage of the free laundry services (however u pay $0.50 for the soap if you don't have it) and the free wifi. Pool table was good and staff were very helpful. The dorm room was nice and big so it made you feel like you were with less people. The matresses were very comfy and were real (not the typical slab of foam)! The only negatives to our short stay were that our sheets had a bit of an odor (may have been damp but hard to tell), and the bathroom in our room had no shower curtain so water got all over the toilet seat. As a result, you had to wipe off the seat after other people showered with LOTS of damp toilet paper, which seemed incredibly wasteful.

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2014 via mobile

The place is nice, the free laundry a good thing but the management is horrible. They make many mistakes and claim it is full when them beds are empty.
They should change the staff. For the rest the place is very nice.
Wifi does not work most of the time.

  • Stayed December 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

A really great hostel in terms of ammenities. A massive kitchen and common room with lots of things to keep you entertained. Also the rooms are a great size, with large lockers and plenty of room. The staff we saw were really friendly and helpful and we were even able to leave our stuff when we first arrived and prior to check in.

Compared to alot of places I've'e stayed this place offers exactly what you want from a hostel (though it could be a little cheaper - we paid $28/pp for an 8 bed dorm). Those reviews on here that are negative seem to fail to recognise that this is a hostel and as a hostel its really well set up.

HOWEVER the reason I have given it 4* and said I'm not staying again, is it's proximity to the train station. In our room we had a choice: close the window and melt in the heat or keep the window open and be woken every time a frieght train passed through - which is often!! The noise is ridiculous and neither I nor my fiancee got much sleep. It sounds like the train is passing through your room!! Its a real shame because other wise the hostel is great. I just need sleep!

(Also for whoever runs the hostel, please wait to clean bathrooms after the checkout time! My fiancee got a particularly disgusting look from the cleaner for wanting to use the shower at 8:00am!!!)

Room Tip: Try to make sure you're as far from the tracks as possible!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

With this hostel being the first place to start when I have come to beautiful Katoomba and the Blue Mountains, it was the warmest and nicest welcome I could just have imagined - and this in the center of Katoomba in walking distance to everything you need, no matter if it is shopping, going out for a beer or having a look at the Three Sisters. The building itself is very clean and inviting, especially when you go inside. There is a huge open space where you can meet other backpackers from all over the world and share your experiences with them, either in the huge kitchen that has everything you need for cooking, from pots to pans, spices and even bread, or in the huge living space which is the most comfortable common room I have seen so far. My personal advice: get yourself settled after a long day in front of the fire place, that was incredibly awesome before spring temperatures started to get warmer. Staff is amazingly friendly and helped my boyfriend and me to get the most out of our short term stay in Katoomba with excellent recommendations for walking tracks and activities. We spent the night in a 12 people dorm, very clean with ensuite bathroom and lockers for each one of us, where everyone respected the others, so we had a really calm and relaxing night. I definitely recommend staying at the Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel when traveling to the Blue Mountains - along all my travels, this is the best hostel I have stayed with so far.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel
Address: 144 Bathurst Street, Katoomba, New South Wales 2780, Australia (Formerly Central Blue Backpackers)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Blue Mountains > Katoomba
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Katoomba
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Mountains Backpacker Hostel was opened on May 1st 2009. We are the closest hostel to Katoomba Train Station (turn right from the station and follow Bathurst Road). We have a wide range of clean dormitory, dormitory en-suite, private, private en-suite, family and family en-suite rooms. We cater to travellers, families and can accommodate up to 160 guests. Our lounge is great for all guests, with lots of room to mingle or find a quiet corner in front of the fire. Test your skills on our FREE pool table, FREE table soccer table, FREE guitar or play one of our many FREE board games. The kitchen is spacious, well stocked with utensils and 6 large ovens. Just out from that is a summer BBQ space and courtyard garden. Not only do we have our great reception, friendly staff and clean facilities, we also offer: FREE wi-fi throughout the hostel FREE computers and low priced printing (b/w) FREE games and rainy day activities FREE luggage storage (just leave us a review!) FREE on street parking FREE lockers in all dormitory rooms FREE to use TVs in the lounge and all private rooms FREE tourist information and laundry services In addition, we can help you with Blue Mountains visitor attraction tickets and much, much, more. Please ask! ... more   less 
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