Brisbane City YHA Hostel is a clean and central hostel with lots of facilities and decent Wi-Fi, but not the best atmosphere.
The hostel is very accessible from the bus station. It has a Coles supermarket just around the corner and is surrounded by other backpacker hostels. It also has a little cafe next to the lobby. The location in respects with the rest of the city is decent. It's not in the city center, but it's not far away either. Walking from the hostel up to the main road might take you ten minutes, and walking to the south bank will probably take thirty minutes.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The dorm rooms are ideal. They are clean, tidy, air-conditioned, and include comfortable beds and very big lockers that can fit up to two or three backpacks. The only downside to the rooms might be the lack of a personal electricity plugs at each bed. Each guest has one power outlet that's located inside the locker.
The bathrooms are pretty good as well. Each floor has two bathrooms, one for females and one for males. Every bathroom has about two or three showers, two or three toilets, and a few sinks. They also seem relatively clean, which is a tough task with all the people the hostel can hold.
The hostel has a good variety of common areas, but none of them really has a backpackers vibe. The kitchen is clean, big, and has lots of facilities that you can use freely to make your meals. There is a computer room a the top floor combined with a small library. There are two TV lounges, one on the top floor and one at the bottom floor, in case you are too lazy to head all the way to the top.
The roof terrace is separated into a smoke-free area and a smokers area. There is also a pool that closes by night, and from up here you can enjoy an impressive view over the city of Brisbane. The only place where you can get free Wi-Fi is at the reception, in the lobby. This is also the place to inquire for information about the city. The staff always seem nice and willing to provide this information.
It's a good hostel and a good value for the cost. However, it does feel like they want to make money out of everything, so there are not many activities planned by the hostel. On top of that, if there are any activities, they try to get them going in the cafe next door, which is not really backpack friendly.