The hottest hostels in Australia

The verdict is in – which hostels did you rate as the best properties in the YHA network in 2016?

You came, you stayed, you rated . . . and these are what you, our guests, judged to be the hottest hostels in Australia.

From the Queensland tropics to the Snowy Mountains and everywhere in between, you – our guests – have cast your verdict on YHA’s network of 80-plus hostels through your online reviews at yha.com.au. Check out which YHA hostels were the people’s choice in 2016 . . .

It’s not hard to see why you ranked Port Elliot YHA on top of the tree, both in the medium category (51-100 beds) and overall, with a bumper rating of 98 per cent – the breezy, historic beach house boasts sweeping views over Horseshoe Bay on South Australia’s scenic Fleurieu Peninsula, and was also rated the best atmosphere in the YHA network. Port Elliot just shaded SA cousin Port Lincoln YHA, an awesome base for adventure lovers that was also rated our cleanest property, maintaining a spotless 100 per cent record.

The idyllic vineyard backdrop of Hunter Valley YHA out-pointed the panoramic vistas of the Snowy Mountains from Thredbo YHA’s veranda to take out the title of best small hostel (less than 51 beds). Maybe reviewers were feeling generous after a few glasses of the local product?

In the large hostel bracket (101-200 beds), the beachy Port Douglas YHA in tropical North Queensland edged out the stylish, purpose-built Phillip Island YHA and Blue Mountains YHA in Katoomba, a beautifully restored art deco guesthouse less than two hours from Sydney. 

Our guests also preferred to sleep in a cell than enjoy views of Sydney Harbour, placing Fremantle Prison YHA ahead of Sydney Harbour YHA in the extra-large hostel category (more than 200 beds). Fremantle Prison has been open for less than two years – as a hostel, that is; the gaol has been around since the 1850s – and this unusual YHA has quickly established itself as a must-visit jewel on the West Coast. 

A massive congratulations to all the hard-working staff who are often named personally by guests in glowing online reviews – you’re the real MVPs.

Our hostels can’t wait to welcome even more guests in 2017 . . . and hopefully give them plenty of reasons to keep the positive reviews flowing!

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