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Central Blue Backpackers - Blue Mountains

A January 2006 trip to Katoomba by Bee Sterling

Quote: We just returned from our Australia trip. The Central Blue Backpackers website shows beautiful pictures, especially of its lobby, which was very lovely. However, to our surprise, the “new luxury hostel” (as indicated on the website) was far from new and definitely not luxury.

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We paid A$75 for an en-suite room, hoping that at least we would get a clean bed and room. Upon check-in, we found that the bed linens and comforter were dirty and very smelly. We had to put our clothing on top of the pillows in order to sleep. The carpet had dirt all over it, literally large dirt balls. The bath towels were also very smelly, and so faded that they must have been purchased years ago. The toilet and sink were very dirty as well and obviously not cleaned by staff before our visit. The blinds were broken and had to be fixed by staff during our stay.Also, as indicated on their website, reception was supposed to be open all day until 6pm. However, when we showed up at 3pm, the ho...Read More