YHA Fremantle Prison
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YHA Fremantle Prison

6A The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160 Australia
Prison towers in one colour.
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4.5
#3 of 8 hostels in Fremantle
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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Fremantle Prison YHA has all the added comfort of a modern backpacker's hostel - a mix of private and shared rooms, WiFi, new facilities - all within a charming historic building. If you're brave, sleep in the actual prison cells! This Fremantle Prison hostel has an additional purpose-built building with ensuited private rooms for the luxurious traveller. Perfectly-preserved Victorian-style guards' cottages are also available. Learn about the rich history displayed throughout the hostel during your stay. World Heritage-listed Fremantle Prison was built in the 1850s with the first convicts occupying it in 1855, all the way up until 1991. The women's division of the prison is now the Fremantle Prison YHA.
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Property amenities
Paid public parking nearby
Free internet
Vending machine
Game room
Table tennis
Taxi service
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Parking
Wifi
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Air conditioning
Kitchenette
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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2.5 of 5 stars
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Languages Spoken
English

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6A The Terrace, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160 Australia
183Reviews6Q+A24Room tips

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KiwiAussie2017 wrote a review May 2024
Wellington, New Zealand332 contributions8 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I liked the prison-like appearance of the hostel. I liked that there were lockers to store personal items in the rooms. I liked there was a room with chargers to charge phones and laptops as well as use laptops. I liked that there was a lockable room where I could place the heavy bags because I was departing after the checkout time. There is also a giant chess set for entertainment. There is also a prison tower nearby the hostel which changes colours at night which I enjoyed.
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Date of stay: March 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: There is a kitchen and fridge storage area. You can also dine in that area.
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Response from Fremantle YHA, General Manager at YHA Fremantle Prison
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Thank you for the positive feedback about our hostel. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your mention of its unique history as a former prison. We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. Sincerely,
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EatARoo33 wrote a review Feb 2024
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The thought of staying in prison is usually nothing you would enjoy. Well, we did enjoy our stay at the YHA a lot. We slept in a cell and due to the fact it's a heritage building, they can't install ACs in there, so it was warm at night, with day temperatures of 45 degrees. The fan did not really cool the room down, yet it was fine. We knew what we booked and that it can be hot in February. There are plenty of bathrooms all over the hostel, so you always find a shower or a toilette. The kitchen is spacious and clean. Of course, there are dirty dishes, but let's be honest: most of the guests are adults and should be capable of cleaning their dishes and clean up their mess. It's not the job of the staff to do this. The YHA has a nice, big garden, a big community area (inside) and a community area outside. It was very quiet at night, perfect for anybody, who needs some sleep. The staff was always very friendly and helpful and made our stay even better. It's located right next to Fremantle Prison and less than a five minutes walk from Fremantle market.
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Date of stay: February 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Fremantle YHA, General Manager at YHA Fremantle Prison
Responded 26 Feb 2024
Hi! Thank you so much for your lovely and detailed review! It is so nice to hear you enjoyed your time in Prison and found our place clean and friendly. We do agree with your sentiment that everyone could make more of an effort and clean up after themselves - but we do our best to keep on top of the ones who don't :) The majority of people usually does the right thing. Hopefully we will see you again - maybe when we are not in the middle of a pretty relentless heatwave :) But thank you for understanding that we are a little bit limited by Heritage restrictions - much appreciated! Safe Travels!
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never_ending_adventure wrote a review May 2023
Worthing, United Kingdom236 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The experience was great, staying in a prison and it's great how the place felt. Good kitchen facilities and staff live on site. The beds were quite creaky even with the smallest of movements and the room was quite small for 8 beds, but it was a prison after all
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Good parking, try to get the bottom bunk... I only stayed for one night but the location was good...
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Response from Fremantle YHA, General Manager at YHA Fremantle Prison
Responded 13 June 2023
Dear Neverendingadventure, Thank you for the great feedback on our property. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and made the most of your time in our heritage listed building. It is great to hear that you made use of our communal facilities and that they met your needs during your stay. We understand some of our co-living rooms can be limited for space but as you mentioned we are unable to make many changes due to the heritage listing on the property. We hope to welcome you back to YHA in the future. Sincerely, Fremantle YHA
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Maria Todorovich wrote a review Mar 2021
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I am currently staying at this hostel and can’t express enough how bad the cleaning is. They took away all the cutlery, pots and pans because some people is not cleaning. They threaten to “look at the cameras” if no one cleans but no action is been taken. Reception is not handling this the right way, they were childish by removing all the utensils and everyone’s paying for it. Also bathrooms are poorly cleaned. I don’t know what the people that works here is doing with their time. Definitely not cleaning, but listening to podcasts during their working hours is a priority as I’ve seen today 08/03/2021
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Svetlana_Jam wrote a review May 2020
St Petersburg312 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It was not my first experience with hostels. I stayed at hostels several times in different parts of the world and was satisfied with cleanliness and service. That's why when my friend and me needed a one-night-stay before our cruise around Australia and New Zealand, I didn't hezitate to book this hostel. We needed only the place to sleep, not more. What I can say positive about this place - its location and polite staff. It is in the historical place and it's easy to get a railway station and buses. We knew that the rooms were located in the former prison cells. It was very stuffily there (the weather was not very hot). Besides that at night we found a very big bug (6 cm х 3 cm) in our room. We were frightened because we read that there are a lot of poisonous features in Australia. The toilet room was not cleaned in the evening. It was written that the breakfast was included but it was very poor (extremely) and we left the hostel without it. The towel is not included into the price and you should pay for it extra.
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Florencia B wrote a review Apr 2021
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel might be good for a one night stay, but if you are here for more than that, you will struggle.

They will make you check in and check out constantly (even though the hostel looks empty and has lots of rooms) and personnel is not willing to help. They are sarcastic and no professional at all. Even if you speak to them in a respectful and pacific way they will reply to you super rude and ironically.

Cleaning is literally disgusting, they don’t vacuum the rooms before checking in (and they might keep you waiting until 5pm to check you in because the rooms “haven’t been cleaned yet”).

If you guys change this, you would have the best hostel of Fremantle because the installations themselves are good.

If you guys don’t like your job, is not our fault.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Araceli B wrote a review Apr 2021
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
A good hostel with the worst staff.
I've been in this hostel for two weeks. The staff is awful and they don't know how to be hospitable and even worst, they don't care and they will do everything they can to make you feel not welcome. My worst experience in a hostel.
About cleaning, they clean the common areas every 3 days, the hostel is full at 100% so the areas are always dirty. During my 2 weeks they never vacuumed the rooms, even If I ask If I can do it myself. They do not empty the rubbish bins.
I arrived an hour before of my check in time and I asked to leave my bags in the deposit or reception for this time but they refuse to do it.
I had an issue with the staff and when I told them that I was going to put a complain, they said that If I do so, then I had to leave the hostel.
In short, they kick me out for wanting to make a complaint. The most immature attitude I have ever seen. These people don't know what feedback means.
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Date of stay: March 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Agata F wrote a review Apr 2021
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hostel has the rudest staff that I’ve ever seen, Rueben and Mell are really mean. They treat get guests like if they were their bosses, they have bad actitud, they are not helpful at all, they are also racist and lazy. They forget that we pay to stay here, we are not asking any favor, just for them to do their job. It’s feels like they don’t want you to stay in the hostel because it means more work for them.
They don’t clean the kitchen every day, neither the toilets, you need to beg for toilet paper, and also you get an angry face.
This its really sad because the hostel has good facilities, good common areas and beds
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Federico B wrote a review Mar 2021
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Unbelievable, The employees are the worst ... they have very bad treatment towards customers, they never solve in time. The kitchen is totally dirty, the bathrooms disgusting and they defined removing all the things from the kitchen as "Punishment" since some guests left dirty things and did not want to clean them. I had to eat with a spoon.
Totally incomprehensible
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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GehlKing wrote a review Mar 2023
Cambridge, Canada72 contributions41 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Loved it there, everything was within walking distance. not far from the train station. Always something going on there. Was a really good restaurant around the corner from there. Rooms where very clean, roomy, and i would stay there again
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Date of stay: January 2023
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from YHA_Backpacker
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
Hi Joanne - the hostel is in one wing of the former Prison. The rest of the building is now a tourist attraction, open for tours and visits during the day. The car park you are referring to is the Prison car parking - which is busy during the day but quiet at night. These spaces are run by the local council (City of Fremantle - lots of information on their website) and are $2.20 an hour during the day. There are a few limited spaces up by the entrance to the hostel - please phone and discuss with staff.
Answer from YHA_Backpacker
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
Hi Moira - there are a few spots right beside the front door of the hostel - first come, first served. If not, there is a huge car park about 50 metres away but this is a pay park during the day, but free at night. You need to check the times. You wouldn't have any issues getting a spot here as empty after the main Prison museum closes.
Answer from YHA_Backpacker
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
Hi Adrian - the hostel has a 24 hour reception so you can check in late in the evening. However, it does count as a night's stay. Otherwise, check in is available after 2.00pm each day.
Answer from YHA_Backpacker
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
Hi Mutia - yes, there is heating, and air conditioning, in all the family rooms - so perfect for summer or winter. These are new, purpose built rooms - so no ghosts there!. But there is reports of ghosts elsewhere in the hostel - in the old jail cell wing which are now twin share rooms. There is lots of information about the building displayed, and the staff can tell you more. Enjoy!
CKew asked a question Oct 2017
Singapore38 contributions20 helpful votes
Can my young kids stay with us here? They are 6 and 9 years old. Thanks!
Answer from YHA_Backpacker
Sydney, Australia158 contributions
Hi Ck - yes, of course they can! This hostel has family rooms that sleep four people and have an ensuite bathroom. And then you can use the large kitchen for self-catering. Or you could choose to rent one of the historic cottages - they sleep six people in two bedrooms and have their own entrance, bathroom and kitchen. See all the information on our own website.
KiwiAussie2017 wrote a tip May 2024
Wellington, New Zealand332 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a kitchen and fridge storage area. You can also dine in that area."
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never_ending_adventure wrote a tip May 2023
Worthing, United Kingdom236 contributions10 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good parking, try to get the bottom bunk... I only stayed for one night but the location was good and worth going to for the experience "
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nomad_sam2401 wrote a tip June 2019
9 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"i was told by a family that the family rooms are quiet"
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Christine G wrote a tip May 2019
Greater Sydney, Australia149 contributions75 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"303 was great. At the back of the prison and really quiet"
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Diana P wrote a tip Dec 2018
Cairns, Australia22 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Mention you are a backpacker when booking the Freemantle Prison tunnels tour and receive a discount."
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Which popular attractions are close to YHA Fremantle Prison?
Nearby attractions include Fremantle Prison (0.04 km), The Escape Hunt Experience Perth (0.5 km), and Fremantle Markets (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at YHA Fremantle Prison?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include meeting rooms, laundry service, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at YHA Fremantle Prison?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at YHA Fremantle Prison?
Yes, paid public parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to YHA Fremantle Prison?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Old Synagogue, Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, and Tonic & Ginger.
Is YHA Fremantle Prison located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Fremantle.
Are any cleaning services offered at YHA Fremantle Prison?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to YHA Fremantle Prison?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fremantle Prison (0.04 km), The Fremantle Round House (1.1 km), and Fremantle History Walking Tour (1.1 km).
Is YHA Fremantle Prison accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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