[b]YHA Critical Review
YHA, or Youth Hostel Association, Australia, is a youth hosteling association in Australia, and is a member of Hosteling International. They are very highly regarded, and have many hostels all over the country.
I decided to visit one of these youth hostels this summer, the YHA Katoomba, Blue Mountains. This hostel was surprisingly impressive, with a spacious lounge area, and a well equipped kitchen. The bedrooms were very well equipped, with the facilities being very good, with some bedrooms even being en suites and having TVs, which are very uncommon for youth hostels, but welcome. The staff were also very kind and very resourceful about the hostel and of the surrounding area. The whole place felt very warm and timely, and the place had a lot of history about it. Particularly, me and my Dad enjoyed this place mainly because of the ability to cook, and the stunning surrounding mountains.
Although this hostel was indeed, very impressive, there were a few drawbacks. Firstly, YHA staff did offer breakfast, although it was a very pricy $6.50, and it was just the stereotypical toast and cereal. Secondly, the kitchen does close quite early, at about 8:30PM, which is hard to manage if you go out for a later hike, but still need dinner.
Despite these, the hostel is very impressive, and I would definitely recommend this hostel if you are in the area.
Housed in the beautiful Blue Mountains, this is what surrounds the YHA, Katoomba. I enjoyed the scenery just as much as I enjoyed the youth hostel.