No14 Lovel St, Katoomba

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No. 14 Hostel is an excellent, locally-owned hostel with a quaint feeling and plenty of personality. It is an ideal hostel for couples hoping for an inexpensive getaway in the Blue Mountains or for the solo travelers just passing through and hoping for a cozy space for comfortable socializing aside the fire.

The Location

No. 14 Hostel is located only ten leisurely minutes from the heart of town. Once taking the train into Katoomba, exit the train station and turn left (East) and continue onto Gang Gang Street, which changes into Lovel Street shortly after a walk around the wooded corner. Cross to the left side of the road, and the hostel is marked by a short sidewalk gate, flanked by gardens on either side. Major landmarks such as the Three Sisters are approximately 35-minutes away by foot, although metro and touring buses do run throughout Katoomba.

While admittedly less convenient than other hostels in the area to the grocery stores and cafes in the city's heart, the difference is hardly significant in consideration of the hostel's quaint and noticeably quieter setting.

Rooms and Bathrooms

A single coed bathroom on the main floor is provided. Although a bit awkward at first, the cozy atmosphere of the hostel facilitates becoming familiar with your hostel-mates. The dormitories are not cramped, and features "honor system" lockers for rent for a few dollars. Towels are also available for rent for a similar price. Cleanliness throughout the entire home is very high. Many travelers appear to be "at home", and often opt to wander the hostel in socks as opposed to shoes. The beds are very comfortable, although a bit on the squeaky side.

Common Spaces

A single kitchen serves the needs of the entire hostel, which is complete with several stoves, a convection oven, small appliances, a microwave, and refrigerator. There is sufficient cupboard storage for visitors to the hostel, although refrigerated space may be a bit lean when the hostel is busy. Numerous chairs, sofas, and tables are provided throughout a dining room, lounge, and veranda stretching the periphery of the accommodation. Among all of this space, it is very possible to keep to yourself for a quiet evening, although the homey atmosphere facilitates socializing with other backpackers. A single desktop computer is available for travelers, and Wi-Fi is available through the common areas and infrequently within the dormitories.

Summary

This hostel has a charming atmosphere that is not present in many of the mainstream hostels. Special extras are throughout the hostel, such as earplugs, sunscreen, and fresh-baked banana bread, which are available by donation, the proceeds of which go to support an orphanage in Peru. Complete with knowledgeable staff that are available to intelligently suggest trails and sights to fit your interest and ability, this family-owned hostel is an excellent landing spot for an adventure in the Blue Mountains.
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No14 Lovel St, Katoomba
No14 Lovel St, Katoomba
No14 Lovel St, Katoomba
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A Hoosier Abroad
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Published on May 4, 2017

Description

No 14 is an old mountains guesthouse that has been lovingly restored keeping all the original features. We are a family owned and operated business and we have been in the Blue Mountains for over 20 years. We have a great reputation for friendly welcoming staff and beautiful clean accommodation.

No14 is located 10 minutes walk from Katoomba train station and a 10 minute bus ride to all local attractions like Echo Point, Three sisters and all Leura walks and village. Our staff have lots of local knowledge about what to do and where to go in the Blue Mountains area.

We have a beautiful sunny verandah to capture the morning sun, central heating to keep you cosy in winter, and lovely hot showers (even a bathtub) to relax after a hard bush walk. We cater for quiet peace loving travellers who just want to chill out for a few days. We are definitely not a party hostel so come and relax at No14.

We have Free Breakfast and Free WiFi. So come and see us and you won't be disappointed.

Location and Contact

Location

• By Car
• Turn into Katoomba township at the signed intersection (traffic lights) and cross over a railway bridge. Turn left at the roundabout and drive approximately 700 metres. No.14 is on the left as you drive down the hill.
• Allow between 90 minutes to 2 hours from Sydney CBD, depending on traffic conditions.
• By Train
• It is a 2 hour ride from Central station, Sydney to Katoomba station.
• Call 131 500 for train times or view online.
• Walk out to the town side of Katoomba railway station.
• Turn left and walk approximately 500 metres.
• No. 14 is on the left side of the road, after Glenview Street, which is also on the left.

Map

Map

Address: 14 Lovel Street, Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

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Website

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Phone Number: +61 (2) 4782-7104
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Facilities and Amenities

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller

Bedsheets

Breakfast

Luggage Storage

Parking

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

Towels

Board Games

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Kitchen

Laundry

Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Pet-Friendly

Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: 1 month

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: Limited Hours

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)

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