Firstly I have to say the hostel was lovely, very clean and with lots of space.....although there was nothing to do. The hostel did have an activities board but for the bar next to them. They had nothing really that good. Canberra closes early in the evening and there isn't a lot to do. Unless you have a specific time table you want to follow two days should be ample. I completed everything I wanted to do in 8 hours. The one interesting thing I did find was the segway tours by the river (where the international flag display is). Other than this I wouldn't stay at the hostel again as I wouldn't be going back to Canberra. The staff seemed ok but weren't the warmest but I find this with larger organisations like YHA. The people aren't really interested in you, other hostels I have stayed in they welcome you like an old friend which is lovely.
The swimming pool and sauna area were ok, the pool was a bit small, two strokes and you would be at the other end. It closed at 10pm. The only good thing about this hostel was that you were allowed to bring you're own alcohol in. I tried to mix with some of the other guests but found myself twiddling my thumbs and drinking alone. No one really wanted to mix with one another. There were also a large number of people aged 50+ and also a lot of children running around which made me feel uneasy. I think that should you be having a good time it would probably of been frowned upon. The final issue is the rooftop, it closed at 10pm so you had to drink in the kitchen or little cafe area where people where using the internet terminals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Canberra City YHA is right in the heart of the nation's capital, 5 mins from the interstate bus terminal. Hostel facilities include cafe, indoor pool/spa/sauna, free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available), fully-equipped kitchen, rooftop BBQ area, TV/games area, and underground bar. Hostel hosts weekly activities and BBQs in summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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