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Sydney Central Inn - Hostel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

For some reason the second female bathroom on the first floor was closed for most of my stay there, which made it a little longer waiting time for the bathroom facilities. The tv couldn't give me any decent channels. The hostel is RIGHT above a pub. They have a live band every night. That is not helpful if you go to bed early! It is pretty loud, it doesn't go all night but stops about 11-12. A little annoying and detracted from the good parts about this place. Free luggage storage, that was a good thing. Room was pretty good, had a fridge, a table and a tv, with enough space in the room.

I was late getting in, due to a five-hour flight delay. Apparently I was left the last bed in the place, which was in a tiny, stinky, filthy room with three guys who looked and smelled as though they had not showered in recent history. The odor of acrid, sour sweat hung in the air. There was trash and old food and dirty clothes all over the place. They may have been longterm residents. I could not sleep in such conditions and told the manager on the phone. I said that I would rather sleep in the lounge, which he said that I could not do. So I left. I had booked a shared accommodation because I only needed a bed for the night before leaving Sydney again, but this was the worst that I've seen, having stayed in hostels all over New Zealand.

The bathrooms were very old and not cleaned often. The hotel is very loud from all the traffic outside. The location is ok, fairly close to Darling Harbour and Chinatown but a bit of a walk to Circular Quay. I went to check out at 9am when reception opened but the guy was running late and didn't show up for over 20 minutes so I gave up and left. Overall this hostel is ok if you're on a budget but it was pretty average.

My wife and I were on a budget and we booked a private double room with shared bathroom for three nights. The property is located near Sydney's China Town. You can tell the owners put a lot of effort into making a clearly old building look as clean as possible. The room was dated but clean and came with a fridge which was nice. There is a grocery store just down the street so it was easy to save money by purchasing food rather than eating at restaurants. The room only came with a fan, no A/C, so I imagine in the heart of the summer months the room would be hot to sleep in. It was a good location for the price we paid. We were within walking distance of public transit and tourist sights. I would stay here again.

Initially I was worried about staying here after reading previous reviews, but I needn't have worried. I stayed in a single room on the 3rd floor. Yes, there is no air conditioner in the room and you can sometimes hear the traffic on the street (particularly buses). But the staff were friendly, it's in a good location and the rooms were very clean.

Above hostel level, above street level. 3 storeys to lug luggage up narrow stairs. Clean comfortable beds, very good showers and toilet but only one per gender located down the hall. Close to Capitol Theatre, Cnr Pitt & Campbell Sts. Two and a bit blocks to Central station. Check in seemed to be longer than usual with form filling & ID checking. $80 a double or triple pretty reasonable.

This hotel maybe in a heritage building and the facilities are definitely very, very old - in dire need of maintenance - or even a good clean! Yes - it is central to southern CBD and yes it is relatively cheap ($200 for a 4 bed room) but I won't stay here again. The beds were comfortable but there were no top sheets so we had to sleep under blankets that had not be laundered. The shared bathroom was disgusting with a shower that leaked all night. The noise from the surrounding area was loud but bearable. If it is just a bed you need and you have been out in the town - you won't notice so go for it. Otherwise keep clear!

An overnight here cost a whopping $185 for what should be $100 at most. The place is in a great location 5 minutes from Central Station and access to most of Sydney. I was also able to grab a good warm shower in the share bathroom. That was about the end of the good stuff. The share bathroom was basic and generally unpleasant. Silly absences like plugs for wash basins, meaning the waste of lots of water if brushing teeth or shaving, are unusual and annoying. In the very basic room there was no opportunity to use a charger unless unplugging the TV or fridge. The tiny room had a double bed double decker bed so 4 could be accommodated. They would be falling over each other. Niceties like a bar of soap, even a small one, are lacking. Room 218 was up around 60 steps which are steep and narrow. Anyone trying to get a quantity of heavy luggage up or down those stairs would find it difficult and a bit risky. I am not used to hostel accommodation and may be too choosy but I still think the cost unreasonable. The second star in the rating is for location and warm water.

A last minute trip to Sydney necessitated a stay in a Hostel so not to pay exorbitant room rates. Had a 3 person room - a double bed with a single bunk above. I was pleasantly surprised by the state of the room. They supplied blankets, towels and shampoo, conditioner and body wash. While I'd never stay in a Hostel again I feel this establishment was perfectly adequate and is obviously much improved from when some of the earlier reviews were posted.

We had a reunion with friends from the states so we needed somewhere cheap, central and with a few people to fit in one room. This ticked all the boxes. We had no problems. Having no lift wasn't fun with a room up on the top floor but my legs got a good workout. Bathrooms were relatively clean, and the staff were friendly.

428 Pitt Street Haymarket NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Nightclub
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Sydney Central Business District, Sydney Central Inn - Hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of popular attractions such as University of Sydney and Sydney Opera House. This 15-room hostel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a nightclub. Located in central Haymarket, the hostel is also near Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.


Explore the hostel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant.


The 15 rooms have refrigerators. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

Guests of Sydney Central Inn - Hostel enjoy features like a nightclub, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle. Front-desk staff can help with tours or tickets, and provide local restaurant recommendations.

Room options

Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Triple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

1 Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dorm

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

35% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 77 reviews