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Alice Springs YHA
Southampton, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“It's ok, but not great.”
Reviewed 3 October 2011

I wouldn't tell people not to stay here, but I can't say that it's truly wonderful.

This hostel suffers from the same problem that many hostels in the area do: it's too big. This results in a much less comfortable atmosphere, where you aren't made to feel as special as you would do in another smaller place. I don't blame the staff at all: they were highly professional and helpful. But the simple fact is that they don't have the time to get to know you properly.

Still, the hostel is spotless, well located and nicely decorated. I especially liked the kitchen, where there was plenty of room to cook and meet other people.

The dorms are ok, but again, 16 people to one room is ridiculous: it's clearly done only to make money. It leaves you feeling slightly anxious at all times, especially with the signs on the wall appealing for help with lost this, stolen that. Lock up your stuff!

Oh, and as always, internet is expensive. This is the same all over Oz, but I will try to change things one hostel review at a time! Charging for internet is absurd: almost nowhere else in the world does, these days.

I didn't have a bad time here, just not a great one.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2011

Before going to YHA in Alice Springs, I stayed in YHA in Melbourne and Canberra, which I thought was worth my money. My experience in Alice Springs of the YHA was so different (even though they charge you the same than in Melbourne and Canberra YHA). It was dirty: the kitchen as well as the room I was in. And imagine that when I got home the bedbug bites came out on my skin. The only good thing about the hostel was that every night the staff was showing Australian movies on a big screen outdoors. The other was that this hostel is located in the very center of the town.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

Stayed here twice before and after an Uluru tour, like most of the rest of the hostel!

The private double was fine, nothing special but clean and a reaonable size. The pool was pleasant and we had it ourselves each time we used it. We didn't really use the kitchen but it seemed ok. The shower facilities were adequate but the second time we stayed we realised there were ones which were nicer. Staff were extremely helpful. There is a place to leave bags while going on the Uluru tours and they will also look after valuables. Our laptop didn't fit in the safe boxes but it was put in the office for us.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2011

Pleased with how clean and tidy and organised everything was (not being a big fan of slumming it!). The kitchen was well equipped and clean. The pool is a bonus. We had a comfortable night and it was convenient for the town.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 27 May 2010

This place is very well located in central Alice Springs, near to the "sails". The site used to be a drive-in cinema, and the history is kept alive with nightly outdoor film screenings. The staff were very helpful, organising groups of travellers for airport transfers (More people in a taxi = money saved) and storing bags for those going off on an Uluru tour (i.e. almost everyone). The pool is tiny, but very welcome to cool off. And you need to cool off a lot out here!

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Alice Springs YHA

Property: Alice Springs YHA
Address: Cnr Parsons Street and Leichhardt Terrace, Alice Springs, Northern Territory 0870, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Red Centre > Alice Springs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 29 Speciality Lodging in Alice Springs
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,204 - ₹ 4,336
Hotel Class:3 star — Alice Springs YHA 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique and friendly hostel located in an historic former outdoor movie theatre. Right in the centre of town, close to transport, shops and sights. Multi share, twin/double and family rooms available. Kitchen, laundry, pool and free Wi-Fi hotspot (Premium Wi-Fi Plus also available). ... more   less 
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