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Sydney Harbour YHA, this five-star hostel, doesn't make a good first impression -- not only is it difficult to find, but if you arrive before the appointed check-in time of 2 p.m., you have to pay to store your luggage and you can't access a shower. This was not a good start to our day when we finally found the hostel on one of the hottest days this spring.

The Location

The hostel is located in the Rocks area of Sydney, just ten minutes' walk from Circular Quay (Sydney Harbour). The area is very nice, but also very expensive, so the nice little cafes and restaurants located on the hostels doorstep aren't really affordable on a backpackers' budget. Circular Quay is home to the Sydney ferries as well as the railway and main bus stops, meaning you have easy access to the whole of Sydney and its surrounding suburbs. Alternatively it is around a thirty-minute walk to Sydney Central.

Rooms and Bathrooms

As this is a fairly new hostel, the rooms are all in very good condition and seem to be clean. We stayed in a four-share, which had plenty of space -- there are two sets of bunks, four lockers (which require padlocks), and a small table and two chairs. All rooms are ensuite and in our room the shower, toilet, and sink were all in different rooms, which was very convenient. There are plenty of sockets and two mirrors in the room; the beds are comfy and all linen is provided (no deposit necessary).

Common Spaces

All the common areas are modern and spacious as well as being well looked after. There is a rooftop terrace, from which you can see the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. There is also a BBQ on the terrace for guests to use.

We stayed in this hostel during the last week of a three-month trip and this was by far the nicest kitchen we had seen in a hostel. The equipment was all working and clean and there was more than enough work space for all guests, plus plenty of storage space both in and out of the fridge.

There is a large, indoor seating area with tables for eating and sofas for relaxing -- this is also where the bank of computers is located. The internet is Global Gossip and is pretty fast, there is also around fifteen PCs, so it's quite easy to get online. There is a separate TV room as well, containing a large wide-screen TV.

As well as the kitchen there is a small cafe open between 7 to 10 a.m., which serves breakfast; however it is more of a shop than a cafe, as they only provide you with the ingredients of your breakfast. We booked our room online and paid for a breakfast to be included in our stay -- don't bother. The hot breakfast is a DIY affair where you are given some bacon, two eggs, two slices of bread, and a small tin of beans, which you then have to cook yourself. This wouldn't have been too much of a problem if the ingredients weren't cheaper to buy in a shop, since you are cooking it yourself anyway.

Summary

Overall we enjoyed our stay at the hostel and the bedrooms/common areas were luxury compared to some we had stayed in, however it is slightly let down by our first impression and the breakfast situation. We would recommend the hostel to anyone staying in Sydney but don't expect too much just because it is a "five-star hostel."

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