Built in the 1970’s by a bunch of hippies the Arts Factory retains the laid back ethos of its founders. Unfortunately its also retained alot of the original decour and structure!
Offering a variety of accommodation types, from themed dorms through to couples retreats the price varies too. I opted to stay in a Teepee.
Sounds cool but it turned out to be nothing but a glorified tent! Beds were basic, storage was minimal. I also thought it was MASSIVELY overpriced at $34 per night – especially considering a proper bed in an air conned, properly clean Sydney hostel is rarely more than $30 per night!
However saying that this hostel oozes atmosphere and there are many activities on site; from yoga through to didge making (see my other blog) and bushtucker walks.
It comes complete with a decent sized – and clean – pool, relaxing hammocks and late night cafe. Also situated across the car park is the Buddah Bar – with its $2.50 schooner happy hour, and the Lounge Cinema – with its resonable priced screenings and sofa seating layout.
I spent many days and nights soaking up the ambience here, however I did it whilst staying at a campsite, which meant I got all the good bits but saved a hell of a lot of dollar!
Cleanliness – 3/5
Atmosphere – 4/5
Facilities – 4/5