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The Original Backpackers
The Original Backpackers
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7

Very good

256 reviews

256 reviews

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7.8

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
Exceptional for walking
Parking
Available
Walkable places
Jimmy Lik’s Restaurant and Bar

60 m

Kings Cross

150 m

Wayside Chapel

190 m

Bourbon Restaurant

200 m

Old Fitzroy Hotel

200 m

Popular landmarks
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

1.1 km

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

1.5 km

The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk

1.7 km

Sydney Opera House

1.9 km

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

1.9 km

Closest landmarks
Soho Bar & Lounge

70 m

KX Fitness

190 m

Peppermint Lounge

200 m

Blakes Pharmacy

210 m

Bar Me & el Rocco Jazz Cellar

270 m

The Original Backpackers

160-162 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia, 2011 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Strategically situated in Potts Point, allowing you access and proximity to local attractions and sights. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sydney Opera House. Rated with 3 stars, this high-quality property provides guests with access to restaurant and fitness center on-site.

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Highlights

Located in heart of Sydney

Front desk [24-hour]

Airport transfer

240 meters to public transportation

Inside city center

Facilities

Airport transfer

Car park

Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

Front desk [24-hour]

Golf course [on-site]

Fitness center

BBQ facilities

Luggage storage

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Sydney every 14 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money6.9
Distance to city center7.6 km
Location rating7.8
Nearest airportSydney Airport (SYD)
Distance to airport8.7 km

Rooms available at The Original Backpackers

Double Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Twin Room (2 Single Beds)
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 single beds
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Double Room with shared bathroom room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed
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8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Dormitory
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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  • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
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  • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Single Room with Private Bathroom
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  • Room size: 11 m²/118 ft²
  • Non-smoking
  • 1 double bed
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10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
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  • Room size: 38 m²/409 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 bunk bed
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The Original Backpackers?

Check-in is from 09:00 AM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to The Original Backpackers?

The Original Backpackers is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of 10 AUD. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Original Backpackers has a car park on site, as well as additional parking nearby if the first car park is full.

Is breakfast offered at The Original Backpackers?

Start your mornings right, with the continental and buffet breakfast options offered at The Original Backpackers.

What is the smoking policy at The Original Backpackers?

The Original Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What is the closest train, metro, or bus station to The Original Backpackers?

Kings Cross Railway Station is the closest train, metro, or bus station, about 240 m away from The Original Backpackers.

What restaurants are nearby The Original Backpackers?

Restaurants including Ms G's, Apollo and Cho Cho San are popular in The Original Backpackers’s neighborhood which is known as Potts Point.

What popular shopping places are close to The Original Backpackers?

Located in the Potts Point area, The Original Backpackers is close to great shopping choices like The Family Jewels, Hordern House and Macleay on Manning.

What are popular attractions near The Original Backpackers?

Guests at The Original Backpackers can easily visit Kings Cross, Wayside Chapel and Daffodil Park located in the Potts Point area.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to The Original Backpackers?

The Original Backpackers is located in the Potts Point area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Macleay Point.

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What people love about The Original Backpackers

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "Very friendly staff"

    YY

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    March 29, 2022

  • 7.6

    Very good
    Location

    "The location was really good, right beside the train station."

    Melissa

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    November 5, 2019

  • 7.6

    Very good
    Staff 

    "Staff really friendly."

    Melissa

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    November 5, 2019

Property ranking|Compared to 1,235 Sydney properties
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Room comfort score
6/10
Location score
7.8/10
Value for money score
6.9/10
Service score
7.2/10
Better than
85
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
79
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
76
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
76
%
of Sydney properties
Overall rating:

7

Very good
256 reviews
Cleanliness
6.1
Facilities
6.3
Location
7.8
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More about The Original Backpackers

More about The Original Backpackers

The Original Backpackers

Get the most from an urban escape in Sydney when you book a room at The Original Backpackers. Located right in the city center, The Original Backpackers saves you time and travel by letting you wake up right in the heart of the best neighborhood. Experience the joy of multiple options for activities at this convenient location! The Original Backpackers is a perfect starting point for numerous sightseeing and tourist choices, with a location just 1.8 km from the Sydney Opera House.
Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing the best in services and amenities. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Getting from and back to the airport can be easily arranged with the hostel's airport transfer services. Guests can enjoy convenient available parking right at the hostel.
Front desk services including concierge service, luggage storage and safety deposit boxes can assist with your needs. Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hostel's ticket service and tours. Packing light is possible at The Original Backpackers thanks to the hostel's dry cleaning service and laundry service keeping your clothes clean. Feeling lazy? In-room conveniences like room service and daily housekeeping let you get the most out of your room time.
Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hostel.
Designed for comfort, all guestrooms offer a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. For your comfort, some rooms at the hostel are equipped with linen service. Some rooms at The Original Backpackers even come with extra design features such as a balcony or terrace. In-room entertainment amenities including the television is provided in some rooms.
In some select rooms, you can find a refrigerator and a coffee or tea maker at your disposal. It's good to know that bathrobes and towels are provided in some guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Every day at The Original Backpackers begins with a delicious in-house breakfast. Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hostel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hostel, for whenever you get hungry. A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hostel's karaoke rooms.
Light snacking is available day or night with the hostel's vending machines. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen.
Hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the salon, located right at the hostel. Check out the hostel's fitness facility to stay fit and firm on vacation. Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hostel's tennis court, golf course on site and hiking trails.
Get social at the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests.


Dining and things to do

Every day at The Original Backpackers begins with a delicious in-house breakfast. Enjoy the morning bliss with a sip of good coffee at the cafe located in the hostel. A variety of convenient and tasty dining options are waiting for you at the hostel, for whenever you get hungry. A memorable night with your travel companions can be had without going far, at the hostel's karaoke rooms.
Light snacking is available day or night with the hostel's vending machines. Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen.
Hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the salon, located right at the hostel. Check out the hostel's fitness facility to stay fit and firm on vacation. Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hostel's tennis court, golf course on site and hiking trails.
Get social at the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests.


Around the property

Experience all the sights and local attractions of Sydney with The Original Backpackers as your base. Acquire some cultural knowledge with a day at The Rocks located 2.0 km away, where you can see famous works by local artists.


Reasons to stay here

Find some of the city's best deals here with rooms 92% cheaper than other options.
Find some excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining better than 89% of the city's other accommodations.
Guests who stayed here really appreciated the room comfort, scoring it higher than 84% of accommodations in the city.

Amenities and facilities
Good
Facilities

6.3

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Golf course [on-site]
  • Hiking
  • Karaoke
  • On-site entertainment
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Ticket services
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Coffee shop
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurants
  • Room service
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Heating in public area
  • Laundry service
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Salon
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

For the kids

  • Family room
  • Playground

Land sports

  • Golf course (within 3 km)

Access

  • CCTV in common areas
  • CCTV outside property
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Security [24-hour]
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Car park [on-site]
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
Location
160-162 Victoria Street, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Very good
Location

7.8

Airports

  • Sydney Airport (SYD)
    8.7 km 21 min drive
  • Bankstown Airport (BWU)
    21.8 km 38 min drive

Public transportation

  • Kings Cross Railway Station
    240 m 1 min drive
  • St James Railway Station
    1.0 km 19 min walk

Hospital or clinic

  • Blakes Pharmacy
    210 m

Shopping

  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    1.5 km

Convenience store

  • EzyMart
    290 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    130 m 2 min walk
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
    1.1 km
  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    1.5 km
  • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    1.7 km
  • Sydney Opera House
    1.9 km
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
    1.9 km
  • The Rocks
    2.0 km
  • Darling Harbour
    2.0 km
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    2.5 km
  • Bondi Beach
    5.2 km
  • Manly Beach
    10.2 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Jimmy Lik’s Restaurant and Bar
    60 m
  • Soho Bar & Lounge
    70 m
  • Kings Cross
    150 m
  • KX Fitness
    190 m
  • Wayside Chapel
    190 m
  • Peppermint Lounge
    200 m
  • Bourbon Restaurant
    200 m
  • Old Fitzroy Hotel
    200 m
  • Blakes Pharmacy
    210 m
  • Daffodil Park
    210 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Children 0-17 year(s)
Stay for free if using existing bedding.
If you need an extra bed, it will incur an additional charge.
Guests 18 years and older are considered as adults
Must use an extra bed which will incur an additional charge.
Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from09:00
  • Check-out until10:00
  • Reception open until00:00

Getting around

  • Airport transfer fee10 AUD
  • Distance from city center7.6 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)33

The property

  • Number of bars/lounges0
  • Number of floors2
  • Number of restaurants0
  • Number of rooms 40
  • Year property opened0
  • Most recent renovation0

Reviews of The Original Backpackers from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
6.9
/
10
Cleanliness6.1
Facilities6.3
Location7.8
Room comfort and quality6.0
Service7.2
Value for money6.9
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9+ Exceptional (8)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (10)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (15)
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Mar - May (8)
Jun - Aug (10)
Sep - Nov (12)
Dec - Feb (9)
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9.6
Exceptional
YY from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 4 nights in December 2021

Exceptional”

Very friendly staff

Reviewed March 30, 2022

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8.0
Excellent
NOR from Malaysia
Group
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 4 nights in June 2019

Very good”

This place is great for backpackers and on vacation with friends. Not really recommended tourist with kids or with elderly, as they may need bigger room.

Reviewed June 21, 2019

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7.6
Very good
Melissa from Ireland
Couple
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in October 2019

Very good”

The location was really good, right beside the train station. Staff really friendly. The room was fine, clean and did what was needed.

Reviewed November 05, 2019

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5.2
Zofia from Poland
Solo traveler
8-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 1 night in November 2019

Switched hostels”

I have never had to change hostels before actually spending the night until this one. It’s dirty, rooms are cluttered (sure, you could say it’s up to the guests, but you could also impose strict rules what can and cannot be kept/done in rooms like it’s done in other hostels), it’s very loud, smells of weed inside. If you want peace and quiet, you won’t find it here. It’s chaotic, I was first assigned to one room, which turned out to be full. I was then assigned to another one, which, despite booking a female dorm, I was supposed to share with 2 other men. The only good thing was that when I requested a refund, they gave it to me right away.

Reviewed December 02, 2019

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4.8
Alexzander from Malaysia
Solo traveler
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

Regret”

Stayed in a Private Room with attached Bathroom. Location is good. Bed & Pillows were really comfortable. However, cleanliness is bad as there were about alot of cockroaches on the floor and was afraid they might get on the bed as well. Complained to the front office, and was cleaned. But the cockroaches appeared again the following day. There was also no wifi connection. Staff told me that it is normal that the wifi does not work. The attached bathroom is small. Would have rather stayed somewhere else for the price i paid.

Reviewed June 12, 2019

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4.8
JEN-YU from Taiwan
Couple
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in April 2022

Welcome to Cockroach world”

There location was good but we waited to check in for long time. They said you can ring them when office close but I couldn't contact for helping. The room was so disgusting that the bed had many hairs and many cockroach at room or around kitchen

Reviewed April 30, 2022

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3.6
Mitchell from Australia
Group
Quadruple Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in August 2019

Not worth the price”

The location is very convenient and the rooms did their job, but the service wasn’t very good, every little thing cost money, and it was overpriced for a room with only bunk beds. Yes it’s cheap at $100 but you can invest in better hotels for $150 plus. Regardless, it did it’s job for the time being.

Reviewed August 13, 2019

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3.2
Tamara from United States
Solo traveler
10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 6 nights in February 2019

Acceptable”

Cockroaches were everywhere, and when I asked they told me all hostels in Sydney would have them, which isn't true. There was a police incident regarding someone in the building, a guy who tried to break into a woman's room and ended up shoving her into the street and pushing her into parked cars and trees. The police were called, but the guy got away. When I asked the staff about that they said he's done that before and would probably do it again. I asked if they would let him come back and they said yes. This place is not safe. It's also right at King's Cross, which is an incredibly sketchy area.

Reviewed February 14, 2019

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3.6
Paula from Australia
Solo traveler
Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
Stayed 4 nights in May 2022

Acceptable”

If you like party, it is for you. Don't have silence. I stayed in room with bathroom durin 4 nights, and it was not cleaned.

Reviewed June 01, 2022

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2.8
Liraz from Australia
Solo traveler
10-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

Disgusting place”

Filthy hostel, the worst I’ve been in, everything is old, broken and dirty, don’t recommend at all!

Reviewed January 28, 2020

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2.0
Jacob from Australia
Solo traveler
Double Room with shared bathroom room
Stayed 1 night in December 2021

Keeping people who have COVID”

Was allowing two people with COVID to stay there. I was informed by one of the other guests and immediately left.

Reviewed December 25, 2021

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7.2
Very good
Amanda from Indonesia
Couple
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in December 2016

Value for Money Private Room with Private Bathroom”

With location so strategic within the city, one minute walk away from Kings Cross station and surrounded by lively neighborhood of Potts Point and Darlinghurst, it's really easy to go every where during our 3 days stays. Kings Cross is within the same line to Bondi and its only one bus ride away from the famous Opera House. We opt for private room with private bathroom, and I must say it's really value for money. You won't find private bathroom anywhere below $110/night within the area. Despite the building itself is very old, but the room is quite nice and new. We had some trouble with cockroach the first night, but otherwise it's quite clean. The shower is good with hot water, they had well working fridge, tv, and also electric heater for your morning coffee.

Reviewed December 15, 2016

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8.4
Excellent
MICHAEL from Australia
Solo traveler
Single Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 1 night in June 2017

VALUE FOR MONEY!”

Stayed here for three nights in June 2017 in a single room w/ensuite and although very basic, the room did the job! most staff were accomodating and just across the road from King's Cross station, what's not to like! cheers guys!

Reviewed July 11, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
Taylor from Australia
Couple
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

good value for money”

we stayed in a double room with private bathroom, you get what you pay for really, was affordable, nothing glamourous. staff were laid back and chilled. not too much noise. overall it could have been a lot worse

Reviewed August 02, 2018

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6.8
Good
Jing-Yi from Taiwan
Solo traveler
6-Bed Dormitory -- Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in November 2016

Nice place for backpackers overall”

Nice place if you don't mind the room and bed too much. Kitchen and laundry close at 10pm might be a little inconvenient. The area (around Kings Cross) is full with strange crowds at night and might be a little noisy. But the staff is very friendly and helpful!

Reviewed November 28, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Ali from Australia
Couple
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 4 nights in November 2014

Perfect Stay”

Location. Safety. Staff

Very pleasant stay and very calm place. Saturday and Friday night would be a little noisy but excellent otherwise.

Reviewed November 09, 2014

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7.0
Very good
Angelo from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in October 2014

Good for a short stay.”

Location, value for money and the people.

Only had a short stay in a 4 bed dorm. Definitely suited my needs, close proximity to the city and nightlife, great value for money 7.5 out of 10.

Reviewed October 14, 2014

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2.0
Yuan from New Zealand
Family with teens
Double Room with Private Bathroom
Stayed 4 nights in May 2018

Very disappointed that we decided to check out 2 days earlier ”

Our room is next to the kitchen and dinning area . There were couple young people still talking and laughing loudly at 2 am right next to the sign “ please keep quite after 10” And that it understandable because that what hostel usually like as it is a place for young people to have social event and sometimes they go out of control . What disappointed is when I discuss this issue with the manager of the night I was literally told “ this is a hostel , next time book a hotel” The other staff was fine and trying to help us by change our room to a less noisy part of the backpacker, but there wasn’t space available which was fine coz I could see their altitude is trying to help us and solve the issue . Whereas this particular manager are so proud of the backpacker that he said “ we are fully booked because it is a lovely place” A place where the response to a issue is “ next time get a hotel isn’t really my idea of a lovely place .

Reviewed June 07, 2018

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2.8
ADAM from United Kingdom
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in May 2018

cheap and nasty”

rule one AVOID GROUND FLOOR.AND STAIRS AREAS CONS STAFF ARE NOISY ..NO RESPECT TO PEOPLE.SLEEPING AS YOU CAN HEAR THEM DURING THE NIGHT ....ESPCIALLY RECEPTION STAFF DO NOT TRY KEEP NOISY LEVELS DOWN , even with noisy guest . Kitche is a health hazard with dirty towels , watered down soap. the 10$ deposit for culterly is a joke !!! as what you get is valued at 1$. rooms smells...hate be here in su.mer due late of fans. wifi slow , and have ask for ticket to use it everytine you use up 500mb with is NOTHING ! 500 MB I OPEN A EMAIL and browse for 5 mins ...... go to another hostel , this is below budget hostel ....trampville i never stay here again ..even if free

Reviewed May 28, 2018

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2.0
Junko from Japan
Solo traveler
10-Bed Dormitory -- Female Only
Stayed 3 nights in October 2017

smells bad”

the worst hostel I've ever been. kitchen is too small and oven and everything is sticky. floor is too old to smell bad. and the price is expensive. I claimed I want to cancel. the master says "they will clean up my room tomorrow." but they didn't. I asked him again and he said that he will do it tommorow." but they din't again. the street has alot of back packers, you can find better place I don't recommend this hostel. deposit is $30.

Reviewed October 12, 2017

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