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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Stayed one night , was supposed to stay two, but checked out after a sleepless night with people up outside the cafe downstairs making a lot of noise till 3am in the morning. Staff were pretty unfriendly and unhelpful. I've seen a lot of reviews with complaints about the noise at night and am really unsure as to why they...

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

Hi Sally We're sorry that your stay was disturbed by some guests being inconsiderate of others. With hostels being communal accommodation, they do rely on everyone thinking of others. However, the night manager should have been able to help you with this so your review will help us improve our procedures and improve staff training.

Dubbo, Australia
Reviewed 1 November 2016

School Holidays, nowhere to stay in Sydney as all booked out. Found out about the Railway Square YHA and finished up sleeping in a converted railway carriage. It was airconditioned, close to the shower block and cafe. Very very cheap and really very convenient to the railway and bus networks.

Thank ayling845
Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Very noisy and overpriced hostel. It's in a pretty good location, but I felt that you weren't getting very good value for money at all. The staff are friendly, and it's pretty good for socialising, but I wouldn't stay here again. Wifi was terrible too!

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

Hi Emma We are sorry that you didn't feel you had value for money but are not quite sure where we let you down. We offer a range of rates including weekly stays and also beds from $28 a night (as part of our 15 night ePack that can be used at YHAs across Australia). This is pretty competitive for...

Cardiff, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I fell in love with this place. Arrived December 2015 left August 2016. Took full advantage of the weekly rate that the YHA offers. knew it was not the cheapest hostel in Sydney but worth every penny. The atmosphere is spot on its not to rowdy but good fun and seeing as I worked when I was staying here it...

Thank Rebecca M
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Railway were fantastic to me! The crowd was always good, the facilities were spotless and the reception staff were extremely helpful! Special shout out to Kelly, who went above and beyond in every way to make my time here extra special! Massive thanks to everyone, and I'm sure I'll see you all again before too long!!

2Thank Thomas B
Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

My room was above the entrance which is also the smoking area. Being continually woken up till 2.30am mid week is not acceptable. Staff are helpful and pleasant. If you stay here bring ear plugs and hold your nose when you open any of the fridges.

1Thank Nadine M
Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

This YHA is simply okay. I thought it was a bit over priced and found it disappointing. I was super annoyed that the cleaning staff were taking the sheets off the wrong beds and didn't listen to me when I tried to explain that there were people there and just literally ignored me as if I didn't exist. The people...

Thank Gabasaurus
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Clean, friendly, open all night with affordable accomadation standard with YHA. Built from old railway carriges it has a historical theme and interesting style of accomodation. Safe and locked security available, Internet or phone bookings.... Would stay here again, central to everything in the city...

Thank kiwicanoz
Madison, Wisconsin
Reviewed 2 August 2016

Very modern, clean room (4-bed indoor room). Had only one other quiet person staying in the room which may have biased my opinion a little bit. Location is great, right by the train station, but despite that there wasn't a lot of noise from outside. They have something going on most evenings, I had fun at their Sunday trivia night....

Thank bgm3vn
Lake Macquarie, Australia
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Visit this time to see the Vivid lights. Only negative was no hot water for a shower at 11pm (I was later than usual due to catching up with family for Vivid), other than that was the usual good stay I have come to expect here. My tips for Railway Square YHA - bring earplugs, thongs (for the shower) and...

Thank cb_from_oz

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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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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 

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Address: 8 - 10 Lee St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Price Range: ₹ 1,958 - ₹ 6,698 (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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