Once a month, I will be doing a review of various things, airlines, accommodation, tours and certain travel related things I’ve found to make my life easy when on the road
During the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens weekend I decided on staying in Brisbane area. I live some distance away from Brisbane so it was fesabile to stay in Brisbane City that weekend.
So I chose to stay at the Brisbane City YHA (YHA) and the main benefits, especially on that particular weekend is the LOCATION.
I prefer to be close to Suncorp Stadium, particularly when there’s a rugby match on as when I’ve got equipment to carry or I’m going to have a few bevvies with my mates on the Caxton Street precinct.
But also I love to be able save a few dollars when it comes to travelling, whether it’s locally or even internationally, and the Hostelling International (HI) brand are, without of doubt, the premier hostel worldwide.
YHA Australia is a membership-based, not for profit association, with all profits going back into the hostels and the experience they provide.
However you do not have to be a member to stay there, it is usually a $4 or $5 increase in price per night but having membership does have its benefits, particularly if you decide to travel overseas to any HI Hostels around the world.
These costs you pay for membership will seen immediately with the minimum standards that are kept at each hostel, eg; cleanliness, guest experiences and guest interaction.
The YHA is Brisbane’s newest hostel located in the Upper Roma St area of Brisbane City. It is a 600m walk from the Roma Street Transit Centre, which is the major transport centre in Brisbane, with long and short distance buses and trains stopping at the Transit Centre.
It is also a short walk from Brisbane’s major attractions, Southbank Parklands, Queen Street Mall, Suncorp Stadium and the Brisbane Sign to name a few.
The YHA sleeps 373 persons in varied sleeping arrangements, from dorm styles, twin rooms, doubles and even family style rooms as well. All rooms are equipped and modernised with air conditioning which was essential that particular weekend with the temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius.
After a few little insights to the Hostel, the YHA and also HI as well, here is my full review of my experience at the YHA Brisbane City.
PLEASE NOTE That I will be discussing my experiences in a 4 bed female dorm with ensuite.
SERVICE: Upon arrival I was welcomed with a smile and the greeted me with much professionalism, they treated me like they were expecting my arrival.
Upon departure unfortunately was a different story, the lady was very unhelpful and rude, especially when I asked if I could put my bag in storage for the day until I returned as it was not possible for me to take my bag to Suncorp Stadium with me.
She demanded that I had to pay money to use a locker and was not helpful in anyway.
When it was revealed by another staff member that I was the one reviewing the premises, her demeanour completely changed and she was more than happy for me to put my bag in the day storage room at no charge and wanted to look after me as much as she could with other requests I had.
A few days later I returned as I wished to finish the photography for the review, and she did not greet me, she gave me an access card with a scrowl on her face.
The great thing, unlike other Hostels, Reception is open 24 hours. However between 11pm & 6am, service is limited, if you are planning to arrive or leave between those hours, management does ask that you notify them prior to arrival.
ROOM: Was immaculately clean and on the bed were clean sheets + a pillow & duvet was available for you to make your bed.
I managed to get a bottom bunk which is great as in Australian and Kiwi HI Hostels they do not reserve your bunks nor do you have an assigned bunk given to you whereas in other HI Hostels I’ve stayed in around the world, they do have this option; which is beneficial for those who may have movement issues but still want to travel on a budget.
You will get some noise from the train line underneath the building however it’s variable on how much of a deep sleeper you are.
The room has timed air conditioning which is permanently set on 24 degrees Celcius. The room also come with individual reading lights and individual lockers, however there was not enough power points (just 2 plugs!) in the dorm to cater for the guests, it was lucky I had a power pack so then, others in my room could charge their cameras and phones.
ENSUITE BATHROOM: Standard bathroom, the shower did have a bad smell from the drain, and the shower head just sprayed and needed a good dose of CLR (a chemical used to eliminate calcium, lime or rust build up) however, there is also a shared bathroom which was a lot better as it’s cleaned more frequently with a decent showers and no drain smell.
HOSTEL FACILITES: There is a wide range of facilities at the YHA with a full kitchen, refrigerators and individual pantries for anyone wishing to cook their food, and why not when you have an amazing outdoor dining area with views looking over Brisbane CBD and the Southbank Parklands area.
There is also a games room, lounge, quiet room and also a bar and cafe as well on site. All the facilities were well maintained and easily accessible. The bar and cafe was reasonably priced, however I did not eat there so I am unsure on the portions or quality of food.
There is parking on site, however it is limited, the YHA does recommend to check in advance if they have any parking available. Due to its location to Suncorp Stadium, on event days there is parking restrictions in the area, which means parking on the street is a no go unless you wish to have spend a few hundred dollars extra on your travels or have the risk of having your car impounded.
You can park your car at the Brisbane Transit Centre, however it is VERY expensive, with it costing anything over $100 for a few hours of parking on event day.
The YHA also offers a tour desk and bookings at other YHA’s in Australia if you wish to move on to another location. They can help you if you wish to visit attractions such as Lone Pine Sanctuary, Suncorp Stadium or the XXXX Brewery.
LOCATION: The YHA is located at 392 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane City, and is about a 600 metre walk from Roma St Transit Centre. It is a 2 minute walk from Suncorp Stadium. Across the road in The Barracks Precinct there is a Coles Supermarket where you can purchase groceries for a reasonable price, and there is also cafes and restaurants that are on the more pricey side, and a great cinema if you find yourself looking for ideas on a rainy day. It is also a 2 minute walk from the Caxton St precinct which has some of the best nightlife that Brisbane has to offer.
OVERALL: The premises, the location and what they had on offer for the guests were excellent, lots of space, lots of touristy opportunities and accommodation to be booked in and around Brisbane at the YHA.
The room could do with some small updates such as more power plugs and not having the air conditioner set on a timer as well, as during the weekend I stayed, it was exceeding 40 degrees Celsius. Other than that, it was a comfortable very tidy room, the bed was in a good state plus was a clean mattress.
Service was very much hit and miss, I got excellent service on check in however upon check out I was given rude, condescending service which quickly changed upon discovery that I was “that guest” reviewing the premises.
YHA BRISBANE CITY
392 Upper Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Ph +61 7 3236 1004
Lauren stayed at YHA Brisbane City as a guest of YHA Australia.
Check out this YouTube video for a more interactive feel of the premises.