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Canberra, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Sydney YHA is always a safe option. Clean rooms, lockers in rooms, plugs for each bed, excellent equipped and spacious kitchen. 8 Share Carriage can be noisy because they are located next to the train platforms. But no problem for one or two nights.

Thank Flobsi
Preston, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 6 March 2014 via mobile

I've visited this hostel a few times but my only actual stay was for one night in early March. I booked into an 8 bed railway carriage and was immediately impressed with the room. Despite being an 8 bed dorm there is still a good amount of space to store belongings and move around. The beds themselves are comfortable, and... More 

Thank SourEnvy
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 February 2014

I have stayed here twice. Both times I was either catching a train out, or coming in on a train. The regular shared rooms are ok; although it can be hard to haul luggage up the stairs. I prefer the Carriage Car dorms, they are all ground floor and a reasonably quite considering they are adjacent to Central Station. The... More 

Thank MissN_R2
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 February 2014

I've stayed at Railway Square YHA 3 times and loved it every time. It has a great location, right near trains and buses and within easy walking distance to many attractions. In addition the place is clean, bright and airy. There is a really nice communal area with lounges and coffee tables etc, as well as a communal kitchen. Opposite... More 

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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The staff were unfriendly, unwelcoming and pretty much had a conversation amongst themselves about Facebook for 10 mins while I stood in front of them before checking me in. The place is cold, no atmosphere. Backpackers in the lounge area do not talk to each, they keep to themselves. Weird! Most of them are here for long-term and looking for... More 

1 Thank wondering_UK_nomad
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 January 2014

Railway Square YHA was my last stop on my trip around Australia. I chose it on recommendation from a friend I met along the way. The location is fantastic right on the train station and even being that close there was no train noise which was great! However, with this being my first time in a YHA I can't say... More 

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YHA_Backpacker, Front Office Manager at Railway Square YHA, responded to this review

Hi Cyrskas. Thanks for your review and for your very comprehensive feedback. YHA discusses all reviews with hostel managers and staff, and will especially use your comments on customer service for further training at the hostel. Our property maintenance team have inspected the bathrooms and some work will be done to resolved the issue in the shower, which is a... More 

London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2014

This was the last place we would be staying at when we were in Sydney and we wanted to make sure that we were within easy reach of the local transport facilities and also attractions. Well this place was perfect, after getting the airport train to the central station the hostel was literally next door and so easy to find,... More 

Thank Chris L
Lismore, Australia
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

This is the best hostel I have stayed at. It was incredibly clean, the kitchen was huge and the rooms were homely for a hostel. The bathrooms could have had a little more ventilation when it came to shower time, and reception staff were a little abrupt but that's all I have as issues. I'm definitely staying here again without... More 

Thank Lauren D
Melbourne, Australia
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2014 via mobile

Have stayed 2010 for march mardi gras. a bit expensive for backpackers but it is good location especially you from airport hop in hop out train station save your time.tidy,big,clean and close to everything helpful staff.but only one problem is you have to pay for the to store your luggage which mean make me not very happy with that, because... More 

Thank cherryluvtravel
united kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2014 via mobile

I only stayed here 1 night, but from what I saw was very nice. Friendly staff, lots of kitchen facilities and everywhere was clean. It's not very close to the harbour, definitely need to grab the 555 bus which is free and transports you from central station to circular quay.

Thank Keely0207

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Tiger-flanked archways on Dixon Street mark the entrance to the “little Asia” of Sydney. A walk through Chinatown is a feast for the senses where aromas, tastes, sounds and visions of dancing tigers transport you to a different world. Chinatown visitors can expect a melting pot of Asian food at the neighbourhood's specialty delis and groceries. From yum cha to handmade noodles, BBQ ducks hanging in the window to Asian sweets and bakeries, there is something for all tastes. Paddy’s Markets is the largest flea market in Sydney where you can find souvenirs, clothing, gifts and fruit and vegetables at unbeatable prices. At night, Chinatown comes alive with entertainment including theatre, nightclubs and bars that are open until the early morning.
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Sydney's most laid back hostel, Railway Square YHA adjoins Central Station, in the heart of Sydney's backpacker district. Stay in one of the funky railway carriages on the former Platform Zero or one of the comfy rooms in the historic 1904 main building, now converted into contemporary accommodation. Hostel features a spa pool, free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available), 24-hour access, tour desk, indoor and outdoor communal areas, self-catering kitchen. Walking distance to the best pubs in Sydney, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Please note that our pool is currently under renovation and might be out of action. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Railway Square YHA

Address: 8 - 10 Lee St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Price Range: $39 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Railway Square YHA 3*
Number of rooms: 63
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“Carriages are a little quieter, there are lots of backpackers here but they are wonderful people.”
 of 5 bubbles ayling845, 1 Nov 2016 | Read review
“the train carriages are super awesome and unique but slightly smaller than the rooms and you are by the train station so it can be nosier.”
 of 5 bubbles O2097VUrebeccam, 13 Oct 2016 | Read review
“The carriages may be fancy, but they are somewhat quite smaller than the classic dorms.”
 of 5 bubbles 57JamieJB, 26 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Approach from Railway Square bus interchange - walk 50 m, behind the Adina apartment block.”
 of 5 bubbles janetabula, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“DO NOT stay in room 204 or anywhere near the communal kitchen- there are speakers blasting music until 10pm.”
 of 5 bubbles LouisaA19, 14 Nov 2015 | Read review
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