I’ve stayed at several hostels in Sydney and my favorite so far as been Bounce Hostel. With a modern and fun design, great location near Central Station, and a fair price, Bounce Hostel should be at the top of your booking list.
Bounce Hostel Review
Bounce Hostel is located in the trendy Surry Hills neighborhood directly across from Central Station making it one of the best-located hostels in the city. Just a few minutes walk from the front door, and you’ll be at the train station where you can go anywhere, including the airport.
Sydney’s main landmarks, like the Opera House and bridge, are another 20-30 minutes walk from the hostel. There is a small Woolworths (supermarket) a couple of blocks away and several small cafes just next door.
The Hostel Facilities
Laundry is available. While you’ll have to pay $4 for washing and another $4 for drying (that’s pretty standard in Oz), Bounce Hostel does provide free washing powder. That will save you about $2 there!
The kitchen is large and spotless. There is a ton of counter space so multiple people can cook and wash at the same time. There is more than enough fridge and pantry space for all your food. Just make sure you label things.
The dining room and common room were large with tons of table and sitting spaces. The large screen television was always playing some big game. The biggest selling feature of the hostel is by far their rooftop terrace and BBQ area. With sun lounges, hammocks, and stunning views of the city, it doesn’t get much better than that!
There is WiFi throughout the hostel, but you must pay for access to it.
Bounce Hostel offers a broad range of rooms with the most common being 4- or 8-person dorm rooms. There are mixed rooms and female-only rooms. And if you prefer more privacy, then there are queen, triple, and quad rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Each room is air-conditioned and has individual lockers for each guest. Bedding is included, but you’ll need to bring your own towel.
I had a great stay at Bounce Hostel. It has won many awards and is often fully booked so if you want to stay here, book early. The staff is friendly and helpful. I was able to store my bag for free in their luggage storage until check in.
My room was clean, and the bathrooms were spotless. I ran into the cleaning crew a few times during my stay, and they were always scrubbing or changing something.
The elevator is small, so if you have big bags, you won’t fit many people in there. It was quite slow too. So maybe use the stairs instead. Plus, you don’t want to miss out on the “street art” in the stairwell!
There are weekly events like BBQ and movie nights that are either free or cheap. The hostel is also very safe and secure as they focus highly on security.
Overall, Bounce Hostel is my favorite hostel in Sydney. It may cost a couple of dollars more than the other hostels in the area, but it’s worth it.
Hostel Quick Facts
- Location: 28 Chalmers St. Surry Hills, NSW
- Cost: $40 (10-bed mixed share room) up to $179 (quad with ensuite)
- Nearby Attractions: Chinatown, Central Station, Sydney CBD
- Languages Spoken: English
- Payment: Cash, Credit Cards
- Pros: Great location near train station, clean, lots of space, high security
- Cons: More expensive than the other hostels in the area