Harbour City Backpackers is centrally located, only 10minutes walk from the opera house and 5minutes from St James Metro station. When you arrive to Harbour City the exterior looks pleasant and this is due to the fact that it used to a swanky hotel. To enter the building you will press the intercom button and the cheerful Aussie behind reception will let you in. The reception is located on the ground floor, as is the kitchen and communal room. Rooms at Harbour City range from 8 bed dorms, 6 bed dorms, 4 bed dorms and doubles.
Using the security card, one can enter their room, and if this is a dorm room, the beds are BUNKS. But again security is high on this hostels agenda as lockers are provided in-room and also on the ground floor, but do note that you will need a padlock. After dumping your pack off the most likely thing you’ll do is have a shower, but be warned there are only 3 showers on each level for each sex. The toilets are dirty and seriously need a good clean.
The communal area has a small television which has cable, and 4 large sofas, two of which are very tatty. Furthermore in the communal area there are 4 computers for guests to use to check their emails etc. The kitchen area is large, clean and has plenty of fridges to cater to all the guests belongings. There are adequate facilities to cook your own meal, but do note that you should wash items before use as cleaning up after yourself doesn’t seem happen here!
The hostel is quite far away from bars and eateries, however the hostel provide ‘entertainment’ each night and this normally includes catching a bus outside to Kings Cross, where you will get some free drinks etc. The hostel also get special discounts.
The bunks are creaky, and the sheets dirty in places, and beware as some guests despite being told use sleeping bags, thus bringing bed bugs into the hostel.
There is a rooftop area where one can go and chill out or bronze in the summer time, and also on the rooftop one can get FREE WI-FI.
Unique Quality: free breky
Directions: Next to Domain Car park
I dont know why this place is called Hotel instead of Hostel.
I really enjoyed my stay HCH. Staff was nice, kitchen was big, enough washing machines, some computers to use, roof top BBQ, rooms were big enough. I met nice people there, even one Finn couple. I got really weird accent when living in the same room with another longterm stayer, who was this man from Scotland.
Unique Quality: Nice views from the roof-top, Tv room, small library and videoroom. Heaps of info.
Short (maybe 10-15min) walk to the city center.
Directions: Opposite the carpark, behind Hyde Park and Saint Mary's chappel
This is a great hostel though sometimes it could be a bit cleaner, but... it's a hostel. You pay 125$ for a week which is not too expensive. You can get cheaper hostels, but these are usually located in Kings Cross, which is not the place where I want to stay. The people working in the hostel are very friendly and almost all of the backpackers I met here are great aswell. There are a few tv rooms with foxtel and on every floor there is a balcony, which is a great place to hang out. The kitchen facilities could be improved but this is also a great place to hang out.
Unique Quality: The Harbour City Hotel has four stories, 222 beds. It's located on a prominent corner block in Woolloomooloo, Sydney. It's bounded by Sir John Young Crescent (west), Crown Street (east) and at the rear of the building Cathedral Street (south).
Opposite The Harbour City Hotel are the 'Domain', and the entrance to the Domain car park. The Domain is often used as an entertainment venue located in and around the Domain grounds there are playing fields, walkways, a cafe, and the Art Gallery of NSW. In the background Sydney's horizon ccan be seen with Centre Point Tower being the most prominent feature.
Also nearby... Sydney's 'Hyde Park' and 'War Memorial' are just a short walk from the hostel.
Directions: Take the train to St. James' Station. Take the Express Footway of the Domain Carpark and cross the street at the end of the carpark. And you've found the hostel. Or.... take the Airport shuttle for only AUD 7.00
This was my first backpackers space @ Harbour City Hotel. The idea of staying in this type of accommodation was conceived (while in Bangkok) for three main perceived opportunities: experience, mingle, save.
EXPERIENCE. The double-decked beds and buy-your-own lock lockers were familiar sights as I was staying in a dormitory during my entire college years. But having mixed nationalities as roommates was untested ground. My first night roommates were 2 Germans, 1 lady South American and 1 British.
MINGLE. Or so I thought. My lady roommate and one of the Germans were working til late and the rest were busy looking for jobs. It seldom happened when you chanced upon someone still awake when you arrive or already awake when you leave for the day and vice versa. But when that moment occurred the conversation was limited only to whispered his and hellos before tucking themselves in inside their sheets. We didn’t even know each others names except from where we came from. I had a chance for a real conversation with the British guy one night when he offered me a glass of his red wine but as he was to leave very early the next day for some days of adventure in Canberra, the conversation never really lasted. It was a nice try but I gave up the idea.
SAVE. For 6 nights and 7 days, I paid only AUD125.00. Cheap! The heated showers and comfort rooms were cleaned everyday and the entire building were kept sanitary. There was free daily breakfast from 7-9am of coffee/milk, bread, butter and jellys which i availed only once. You can also do your laundry and internet surfing for a fee. The place was very serene and conducive for sleeping if not for their beddings which were very thin for a cold unheated rooms. Despite wearing my thermal pants and sleeves, i ended still shivering in the wee hours of the morning. ( I added xtra shirts the next time. My roommates were soundlessly sleeping with their camping mats.)
Directions: Very near to St. Mary's Cathedral.
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Address: 50 Sir John Young Cresent, Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales, 2011, Australia