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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   27 Orwell Street | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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Ranked #29 of 130 Specialty lodging in Sydney
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my friend visited this hostel for 4 nights over a weekend in April. We booked this as it was a hostel our cousin had stayed in. We were not disappointed. Everyone warned us about the Kings Cross area where the hostel is located as it was known to be a bit dangerous and not very safe. We did... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a week here at the end of March after coming from a horrible hostel in Bondi which has a rooftop. The Belfast born receptionist was very friendly to us upon arrival and anybody else we dealt with were also helpful and friendly. One slight problem we had was that there was a smell of damp in our room -... More

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Kidderminster, England
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms were ok but can get crowded and hot when full. Location is right in heart of kings cross which has a few interesting characters that may walk past screaming random stuff at times.Easy walk from a night out.half an hour from cbd. Main guy was friendly and helpful but a couple of the staff leave a lot to be... More

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A classic hostel full of backpackers only. Pluses: Helpful reception desk, free daily breakfast, free weekly BBQ, rooms have a TV and fridge, great location, free wifi for 2 hours when checking in, cheap Negatives (only small): loud AC unit, very old decor, chipped skirting boards, old showers, no bar. Overall definite thumbs up

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Spend a couple of nights at this hostel. Had a good time and there was stuff on every night. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms was nice and tidy to be a hostel. The staff was helpful. Free breakfast.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

I booked online from the US. Very efficient, friendly service. When I arrived at Jolly Swagman I was met with the same. The room was a good size and clean with refrigerator, tv, table and chair as well as a comfy bed. Showers/bathroom were clean too. All staff very friendly. Situated around the corner from great restaurants, shops, a grocery... More

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Willits, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I had a wonderful time here. The staff was friendly and it seemed to dray outgoing, fun customers as well. Jolly Swagman is a great place to go. It has a wonderful location, the rooms are clean, and the price is right!

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Kingston, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The location was very very sketchy... but the Jolly was clearly well cared for and loved. The staff were lovely. I had a horrible first room, where the two others in the room were up all night, on skype constantly and stepped on our stuff. The staff gave us a new room, on the top floor, but we could still... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

Short Jog to the Opera House. Crazy fun activities and part of the city.they organized treks to bars and made sure everyone was involved in all activities. As a main central part of the city you can easily plan trips to anywhere! Even good connections if you want to work. You feel like you're part of a traveling family. Loved... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Arrived midday after a short flight from Melbourne with four other friends to be greeted happily during a busy time. The staff were fantastic and the people around were nothing short of lovely. Very central location, only a 15 minute drive to Circular Quay and a mere walk to King's Cross. Had a great stay at the hotel over two... More

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Also Known As:
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hotel Sydney
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hotel
Address: 27 Orwell Street | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 130 Specialty lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Jolly Swagman Backpackers 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Sydney's Backpacker Mecca - Kings Cross - the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel is open 24 hours and it has been the heart and soul of the Australian Backpacker world for over 15 years. We have become famous for giving backpackers the time of their lives. On our doorstep are breathtaking, scenic views of the city skyline, the spectacular Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, all just minutes walk away. ... more   less 
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