Adelaide Central YHA


Adelaide Central YHA

135 Waymouth Street, Adelaide SA 5000
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Clean, Great Staff and Reasonably Good Atmosphere!
14 October 2008
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Adelaide Central YHA is extremely clean, tidy, well kept and all staff are extremely nice.
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I stayed overnight at Adelaide Central YHA at the end of August, 2008. I have never stayed at a backpacker hostel and was hesitant when first confronted with the idea. However, after checking in and going upto my room I was extremely surprised to discover how modern, clean and spacious the "share room" was! All beds were provided with a doona and sheets as they do not allow sleeping bags in rooms to avoid 'possible bed bugs.' Hearing this I was extremely happy as it assured me that YHA Adelaide Central take pride in their cleanliness and are thinking of all backpackers, both present and future. The common room was huge and filled with numerous couches, tables and power points to plug in your laptops! It also had a pool table, table tennis table, and had about six computers with internet access. The common room was connected to a large, spacious kitchen with about five different cooking stations. The YHA Adelaide Central was in a great location within Adelaide city. Transport, shopping, supermarkets and restaurants were all within walking distance and easy to find, although all staff were more than happy to assist with any questions! The atmosphere at the hostel during my stay wasn't as I

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Clean, Tidy, Well-Maintained, Great Place to Chill Out
14 October 2008
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The IKEA Furniture, Cleanliness
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The YHA Adelaide I feel is a great place to stay. The cleanliness and overall atmosphere of the hostel was of great standard. After staying at the YHA Sydney which is of excellent standard, I was not expecting this YHA to be equivalent. As a result, my expectations were not very high. However, I was shocked at how modern, expensive and clean the hostel looked and was pleasantly surprised. Personally, I did have some issues with the layout of the building as it is very easy to get lost as all of the dormitory areas look the same and I found it difficult to remember which level I was on. Luckily, there were only three levels with the common room on the second. It is crucial that the common room is in an easily accessible place and I found that this was the case with YHA Adelaide. The common room was a meeting place for all of the travellers and it was easy to see that most where mingling between the gender, age and race groups. This created a worthwhile, sociable atmosphere which most backpacker hostels should have. I found the staff at the YHA, especially Richard and Tania, very welcoming, friendly and laid back. There are a number of specials and deals happening in the hostel everyday so there was always something to do. If I had more time, I would take part in as many as I could. I was very impressed with the standard, cleanliness and layout of the dorms. The kitchen I also felt was of great standard. There are not too many recommendations that I can make towards the hostel as I was very pleased with my stay. Overall, I was very pleased with the facilities offered at the YHA Adelaide and will certainly stay there again. YHA Adelaide is a great place to stay, relax or socialise depending on what sort of backpacker you are

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It was a great place to stay close to the heart of the city with information about available offers.
13 October 2008
Cons
There was no flair or creative atmosphere, not many group activies so backpackers were more isolated
Pros
It was very clean and well maintained. There was a number of computers for internet access.
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The YHA was a very well maintained place to stay in if your seeking a simple atmosphere. The facilities were very clean and the staff were reasonably friendly but kept to themselves. They had a wide range of bulletin boards advertising current specials and also where locals or backpackers can advertise job offers, sales, etc. I would highly commend the YHA for their organised approach to the layout of the area, but i thought it lacked authenticity. The place needed creativity and flair as it remided me more of an office than a hostel. The entertainment areas were great especially the table tennis and pool table as it gave backpackers the opportuinity to mingle and meet eachother. Even though the backpackers can manage meeting other people in the hostel, I didnt really notice any planned group activities such as a tour or a night out for anyone interested. This would further encourage the formation on relationships between visitors. Overall i think it was a great place to stay if you are looking for a simple, clean hostel that provides basic facilties, but i look for creativity and interest in a hostel where there are many chances for everyone including the staff to get to know eachother which is what the YHA could improve on.

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enjoyable and comfortable stay
13 October 2008
Cons
the smell in kitchen when first arrived
Pros
the common room
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I stayed at the YHA for one night with my tourism class. As i had never been to a hostel before i wasnt expecting much but when i arrived it was the total opposite of what i was expecting. It was tidy and clean in all areas of the hostel. The common area was very spacious and had all new furniture. This area had a tv room, games room, pool table, table tennis and a outside balcony. Also in the common room they had a board with nightly activities that you could win prizes and interact with other backpackers. I stayed in a doom with three bunks. The room was a good size and had big lockers to store your bags. The bathroom was also very clean and kept in good condition. Overall the YHA was a great experience even though lots of people kept to themselves making the atmosphere dull it was a great hostel to stay in.

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Lia
YHA is clean and modern but has nothing special
12 October 2008
Cons
it is very plain and doesn
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the location and reputation
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The YHA is great, but from what I saw from my one night stay it can be a little quiet. The kitchen facilities are great, good showers and the common room is a good place to relax.

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"THE BEST HOSTEL EVER"
1 September 2008
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the friendly and helpful staffs and a great central location
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On the 28th of August, I stayed at the YHA Hostel on Waymouth Street with my tourism teacher and my tourism class. This hostel was way better than I expected. The location was central and fantastic. I liked the atmosphere of the YHA

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Great location, excellent value, extremely clean!
15 August 2008
Cons
Sometimes the front desk staff weren't the frendliest
Pros
The location, price, and upkeep of facilities
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My husband and I stayed in a double room with a private bathroom for 4 nights in July 2008. Of all the hostels we stayed in on our trip, this ranked at the top of our list! We loved Adelaide in general, but the hostel specifically was in the perfect location and was very clean (and I

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Quiet but nice
31 January 2008
Cons
Very quiet
Pros
The kitchen
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I stayed in this hostel for 2 weeks, and although it has quite a quiet atmosphere, I found it to be well run and very clean. The rooms are clean and looked after, and there's the added bonus of having a light on each bed. Always good when you're in a big dorm and don't have to turn the main light on. The TV room is quite small, but the common area is spacious and there are enough computers, so that you don't have to wait very long. The kitchen is amazing. It it huge, and there's so much space to cook whatever you want to. The bathrooms are also big, clean and there was always hot water. The only problems with this hostel, is that like all the YHAs it is quite expensive, and this one seems to be for older people, and there never seemed to be many people there. I don't recommend it if you are looking for a party hostel, but if you want somewhere to chill for a couple of days, then this is the place. The location is also good as it is close by to pretty much everything.

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Dull, but.....
15 December 2006
Cons
a little too quiet
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This hostel is great, but it can be a little quiet. Amazing kitchen, great showers, good common areas, only con is that it can be very quiet, a little too quiet

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very clean, tidy and good facilities
20 October 2006
Cons
not much atmosphere
Pros
kitchen internet
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A very good YHA. the atmosphere is typical YHA - what they lose in atmosphere they make up for in facilities. The kitchen is the best we have seen - lots of cookers, plenty of dishes and pots/pans. a lovely communal area plus extra rooms for tv/reading etc. Excellent internet - fast with lots of terminals. Would recommend to anyone - great location in the CBD. Only downside is that it seems to be used by families as a cheap hotel.

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excellent value
14 October 2006
Cons
not much of a party YHA
Pros
staff are very helpful n friendly
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we loved staying here the staff were so friendly we managed to be able to buy our van from the notice board, all the facilities were not cheap, ie internet the more hours you buy the cheaper it gets and, laundry try and wash early so you dont have to pay for a dryer. there wasnt much of an atmosphere when we stayed but there wasnt many backpackers there so we had a restful few days ahhh. loved sitting on the balcony eating tea when sun going down nothing better. :)

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Tatty and a bit smelly
27 September 2006
Cons
Rooms are very basic, loud, noisy, and rather smelly
Pros
Easily accessible from the bus station
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This is a very non-YHA hostel. Feels like an independent one. Staff very blase, non-welcoming and too cool to be in customer service. This is such a shock as my experiences of YHA hostels in Australia and New Zealand to-date have been excellent. I'm really disappointed. Room was incredibly basic, beds were creaky, and once again, it felt like a cheap independent hostel. And it smells of old socks. I intended to stay here a few nights but didn't.

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Nice and clean hostel with friendly staff
9 May 2006
Cons
maybe a bit dull
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Clean, friendly, spacious rooms
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Nice hostel, very clean and very friendly staff. The rooms are excellent and the kitchen is the biggest I've seen !

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SheenaJade
Nice Enough Place to Relax
12 December 2004
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There isn't really anything bad to say about this hostel...it had a fully equipped kitchen and was clean and quiet with an awesome tv room. The rooms felt very crowded but this was partly due to the backpack sized lockers for every bed so the cramped quarters were worth it. I would highly recommend it as a place for recovering from jet lag but if you want to stay somewhere that people talk to one another go elsewhere. The complaints below about atmosphere are more than justified.

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Marty
Best Hostel my wife and I stayed at ...
26 March 2004
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After seeing a number of the bad reviews on atmosphere ... I guess you need to have priorities on what you are looking for in a Hostel. If I want to party, I'll goto a nightclub in Chicago. I came to Australia to hike and see the country side. Clean showers, no bugs, great kitchens and well organized. It was also in a nice location to walk into central Adelaide and see the city. We enjoyed our stay as we were only there to sleep and clean up. The mattresses where thin and it could get noisy as we were staying next to the ally. I would stay here if you get the chance.

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Anonymous
Fantastic experience
19 February 2004
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I stayed at Adelaide Central a number of times in 2002 and 2003. I think it was the best backpackers in Adelaide I've seen - excellent value for money, clean, reliable.

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Karen
Boring
25 January 2004
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A nice place - if your old and particular. If you want some fun check out one of the hostels. THE YHA always finds a way to make a hostel gloomy.

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Anonymous
Surprisingly good
5 December 2003
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As with many YHAs this hostel is very large, but it has a lovely relaxed lounge area & excellent kitchen facilities and is therefore surprisingly sociable for it's size. If you don't like YHA's then don't stay here, if you do like them then this is one of the best you will find. (Spottlessly clean as well)

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Anonymous
Get me a drink
23 July 2003
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To whoever wrote the previous review. Are you really from Vancouver? All the bases covered you claim, so I went there and I couldn't get a beer. I moved out to a backpackers so I could have a drink, and have some fun. A hostel ran like that YHA is a War Crime where I come from.

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Anonymous
dull atmosphere/sad sight
23 July 2003
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my stay at the y.h.a was shocking i couldnt have come to a more uninviting place if i looked. the staff need to be more aware of their guests needs and also need to be more strict about the privacy of their guests staying there.Its hard enough for tourists finding a good cheap place to stay but to come to a place like this it jus really isnt worth the time and money!

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