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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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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed there for a week in a double private room and it was nice. Room was tidy and not very noisy over the weekends. The staff were friendly. Free WiFi drops connection frequently during the peak hours (5pm to 11pm) which was understandable. During non peak hours it was very fast. Had a mishap on the first day. A cockroach... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I lived there for seven months and I will recommend this hostel to everyone who ever decides to travel to Sydney Australia or would like a home for a while. If you do stay and decide that you love the place like I did - you get discounts in the rooms for your length of stay and coming up to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Location is convenient- easy to walk to the harbour and downtown areas (about a half hour walk) and near a lot of restaurants and pubs. Downside, the place is very overpriced for the quality. We stayed in a private double and the room is basic but nice enough. The keys to the doors were very fickle- we had a hard... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

Facility is old and the price is not cheap. Wifi adapter crashed and the only answer is that they tried to contact the provider. There is not enough storing facility in the room and they have a meaningless small fridge in the room which they could remove and put a bigger locker in the room.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

My boyfriend and I booked a triple room there for 3 nights, but at the moment we opened the door we turned around. There was some one else in the room (maybe living there for a long time) and the room was so smelly and stuffy. As they will not refund us, we had to pay extra to take a... More 

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Cork, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We booked this hostel for three nights as on trip advisor and booking.com it says there is free parking on the street. There is free parking at a maximim of two hours stay so if you dont want to get a fine you basically would want to be moving the car every two hours which doesnt give you much options... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I stayed there for 4 days and this hustle is awesome. The stuff are very friendly and helpful and the reception is open for 24 hours so if you have any problems they will be there to help. There is a free nice breakfast every morning and a free WiFi that is available also in the room. Free compute and... More 

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Branne, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Last september, i stayed with 2 friends in a 3 shared room during 3 days. If rate is pretty good and Kings Cross area finally not so bad, i already stayed here 8 years ago and nothing has changed since then, a renovation would not be a luxury. Breakfast is a joke, you can try the first morning... almost all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very friendly staff, good location, the swagger has everything you need! Can't wait to visit again! BBQs every week and ideal for backpackers and young people! Sydney is an amazing city and the jolly swagman backpackers makes the experience even better!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Stayed in a 4 bed dorm for our last week in Sydney! We ended our trip well! Staff were very friendly and even provided free breakfast and free bbq! Rooms & bathrooms were clean. The only bad thing i have to say was they recommended us to go on this certain blue mountain trip so we booked on and it... More 

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Address: 27 Orwell Street | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Jolly Swagman Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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