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Sundsvall, Sweden
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57 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 May 2014

I spent five days at this hostel and I had a great time. I slept in a 8-bed railway carriage dorm. My room was just next to the train platform and during the day you could see trains coming in on the other side of the platform and people walking by just outside your window. Very little noise though, I... More 

1 Thank Rullknufs
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Amazing experience of a first time staying in a hostel. The staff were friendly and helpful, cheap lockers to rent while I adventured around Sydney after checking out, clean facilities, and couldn't get a better central location! Wished I stayed an extra night. Thanks Railway Square YHA.

Thank Karina C
Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 April 2014 via mobile

Clean hostel everywhere, bed quite comfortable. Shower very big, clean. Lots of floor space, big kitchen, enough facilities not to have to wait for other to finish. Internet a ripoff at $5/day or $10/3 days. Breakfast food and drinks cheap e.g. $3 tea. Bring your own padlock; enough lockers but they sell padlocks for $10 each. Daytime lockers available at... More 

Thank AmytaKotiya
1 review
Reviewed 7 April 2014

The staff were very arrogant and put out when I asked them for help. The room stank of weed but I guess that was luck of the draw.. Would definitely go to another one though there's loads better ones. You had to pay for wifi and the kitchen area wasn't very clean. It didn't have a very homely feel at... More 

Thank Jack9408
YHA_Backpacker, Public Relations Manager at Railway Square YHA, responded to this review

Hi Jack Thanks for your feedback and we are sorry you didn't enjoy your stay at Railway Sq. This hostel does have a 24 hour reception and we encourage guests who encounter any illegal activity like drug use to always contact staff who will take appropriate action. The kitchen is open 24 hours for the convenience of guests and cleaned... More 

Los Angeles, California, United States
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81 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2014

This place is the nicest hostel I encountered in Australia. So clean and modern! It's very large, but handles it well. The only thing that made me sad was paying extra for wifi. I also would like to comment on the location. It is very central on of course convenient to the train station. However, I honestly would have liked... More 

Thank Olivia K
Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Hostel rates are pretty steep in Sydney however, Railway Square YHA offers some of the best rates plus it is located right beside Central Station and is within walking distance to loads of F&B joints and shops. We stayed in the private room for 2 nights and had everything we needed. There isn't any wifi or telly in the room... More 

Thank Joaney J
Blue Mountains National Park, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2014 via mobile

I stayed here to have a place to sleep after a night out in Sydney. Being my first solo youth hostel stay, I was a bit apprehensive, but everything turned out to be wonderful. The staff were cheerful and very quick with check in and out. The common room and kitchen were great to chill out in. I stayed in... More 

1 Thank Catey W
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2014

Have stayed here about 4/5 times. Reasonably nice hostel, not the best, but not the worst. Beds are somewhat comfortable. Only 2 power sockets in each room which makes it a little annoying when other people are charging their stuff. Bathrooms looked a little depressing but were fairly clean overall. Check in staff have always been extremely helpful and happy... More 

Thank Timmy_Titans
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63 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2014

Location - right beside the central railway station. A quick walk down the stairs has a convenience store and a small hand full of food places, most cheap and cheerful. Across the road subway and a few other places. Also on George st is the bus stop for the free 555 bus which takes you to circular quay ( stop... More 

Thank bellaQld
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2014

Stayed here from 28 Feb to 3 Mar 14, this hostel is located close to Central station and was really convenient to get around. Also walking distance to Chinatown, Paddy's market and even to Oxford street. Facilities were clean and satisfactory, rented a towel for just $A1 and there were sufficient power points for us. (Stayed in a 4 bed... More 

Thank mariemalice

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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: €27 - €94 (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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