We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 134 Sydney accommodations

Jolly Swagman Backpackers

4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   27 Orwell Street | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Jolly Swagman Backpackers to your Saves list
Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 11 more sites!
Ranked #36 of 134 Specialty lodging in Sydney
A recent review
3 of 5 stars reviewed yesterday
travelswithcarlos Sydney, Australia
  • Overview
  • Reviews (180)
  • Photos (29)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (24)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

180 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (24)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I cleaned the kitchen twice daily for free accommodation at Jolly Swagman's for about three weeks this May. Though I had a pretty sweet deal, two hours work for a free night's stay, I felt a bit out of place here. I was there looking for work when I wasn't cleaning. As a result, my partying roommates were a bit... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
12 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed here after going clubbing with mates. Wasnt too happy climbing up a few flight of stairs after going clubbing at the cross. The bathrooms were ok. The room we booked though there wasnt extra security lock on it, the room had a must smell and the tv was tiny. The floor was really dirty and the noise outside didnt... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed for two nights. The room was stinky, bathroom a mess but worst of all: Even though it is advertized to have free wifi (it is actually written in big letter on the building), the wifi is only free for an hour. This is not acceptable because the prize for the additional wifi is a rip off and wifi... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Panaji, India
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

A friendly clean place though a little rickety. Dormitories with clean shared bathrooms, strong bunker beds & fridge though no room heater. Common area with complete kitchen & limited (cereal, mil, bread) choice unlimited quantity breakfast. Value for budget money when the priority is a good night's sleep.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
36 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We stayed there 3 nights. The room was ok but smelling and with dirty carpet on the floor. Bathrooms were always dirty and the most anoying thing was the kitchen opening time. It was almost always closed. When you want to wash your dishes to let it clean for future cooks, the staff is very rude and pushes you out.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newcastle, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

We spent at this hostel for 2 nights. Before choosing it we read some reviews and made some comparison between hostels in Kings Cross and Sydney CBD. Location of the hostel is good and close by train station. However there is also plenty of hostels nearby. We booked a private room. It has double bed, fridge, TV and a basin.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This place is great, the room is a good size, nice comfy bed, small but very good digital tv, decent size in room fridge, sink and mirror. The kitchen here is great, always clean and tidy, exchange key for pots and pans, and good equipment. Oven, gas and electric hobs. Always something on, massive tv and bean bags in TV... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dublin, Ireland
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kidderminster, England
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Jolly Swagman Backpackers, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Jolly Swagman Backpackers? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Jolly Swagman Backpackers

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*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Agoda, Orbitz, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Travelocity, Tingo, HotelsClick, TripOnline SA, HostelWorld, Hotels.com, HostelBookers, BookingOdigeoWL and Venere so you can book your Jolly Swagman Backpackers reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hotel Sydney

29 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (20)
Videos (1)
Hotel & grounds (3)
Room/suite (5)
Other (11)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (10)
Room/suite (4)
Bathroom (1)
Dining (1)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (3)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Sydney with
any amenities


Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Class
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 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Jolly Swagman Backpackers staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer