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Westend Backpackers

3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   412 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Footprints Westend)
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We chose this Hostel for a couple of days in Sydney and we booked a double room with private toilet. We usually travel sleeping in Hostels but we never had such a bad experience. The room was quite wide and close to the city centre, stop. These are the only good things. The room was really really dirty, with fitted... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Room is very dirty especially underneath the beds, left over potato chips and some rubbish. Beds are very dirty, full of hairs from previous and stain bath towels. Room is constantly damp and smells really bad. Very disappointing with super low water pressure in shower.Cold overrides hot water, unable to maintain a warm temp with adequate flow. Flow rate is... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The location is great, but we got off train station and walked past 5-10 other hostels so do no need to stay here just for that reason! The staff seemed lovely and had good group/ free activities on but this is where my compliments end. It is dirty, and smells quite bad. It is advertised as 'private bathroom' which sounds... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is DISGUSTING. DO NOT STAY HERE. Do not even visit this area. It's night life is a waste. We came from beautiful friendly Melbourne for the weekend and what a complete waste of money and time. The double room is constantly damp, you must have shoes on your feet the entire time, there is a dripping notice coming... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wifi is slow and in some rooms can't even reach. Elevator skips floors and is unpredicible. Coacroaches everywhere. Dryer don't dry cloth proper. There is 2-3 plugs in every room, where 1 is for aircondition. But the staff is nice

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nomads w, Manager at Westend Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Mads, Thanks for the review! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels! The Nomads Westend Team More

Noumea
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff here were very friendly and nice. They seem to do the best they can with what they have to work with, which is a rather old, cramped feeling building. In March 2014 only one of two elevators was working nd the wait was very long. The hallways and rooms smelled of mold, which was fine for three members... More

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nomads w, Manager at Westend Backpackers, responded to this review

Hi Nadine, Thanks so much for the review. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels. The Nomads Westend Team More

Bordeaux, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Despite the young and friendly team in charge, this hostel isn't the best you could find... The elevator is a real nightmare (only one is working out of two) with 13 floors and no access to the stairs from the outside, you're just bound to wait sometimes up to 15 minutes to go in! (and even if you're in, it... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Whole place could do with a good deep clean! Altho the room gets hoovered often . No fan in room so window had to be open, until huge cockroach flew in!! Nice kitchen area which plenty of people can use at the same time. Sometimes having to wait 15 minutes to get a lift to the 2nd floor!

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nomads w, Manager at Westend Backpackers, responded to this review

Great to hear from you. We have had minor problems with our lifts however both are up and running and we apologize for any inconvenience caused at this time. Enjoy the rest of your travels The Nomads Westend Team :-) More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

We booked one night here to stay before we fly out of Sydney the next day. We have stayed in 4 nomads hostels across Australia and this was by far the worst. We stayed in the 32 bed dorm on the 2nd floor. Only 4 toilets on the 2nd floor & they were disgusting! Wee all over the floor, toilet... More

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nomads w, Manager at Westend Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. We are a backpackers so sometimes backpackers will make a mess! We are then make sure to clean it all up and have a lovely place to stay. Enjoy the rest of your travels The Nomads Westend Team :-) More

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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This has to be one of the worst places I have ever stayed in, I didn't have high expectations from a hostel but this was a horrible place to stay! I stayed for 2 nights in a private room which was quite expensive for a hostel. - The reception area smells like a dirty toilet. - Only one elevator is... More

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nomads w, Manager at Westend Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent review. Our property is cleaned daily and we even have cleaners throughout the evening to ensure we have a great property. We do have a n older building here but our motto is to keep everywhere clean and to make sure everyone has a great time!! Enjoy your further travels The Nomads Westend team :-) More

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Additional Information about Westend Backpackers

Also Known As:
Westend Backpackers Hotel Sydney
Westend Backpackers Hotel
Address: 412 Pitt Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Footprints Westend)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #94 of 130 Specialty lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Westend Backpackers 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The legend that is Westend Backpackers welcomes allHere at Westend we have an awesome vibe, friendly staff, a rocking 7 nightly party planner and we located right in the middle of Sydney….it just keeps getting better.. Westend offers travelers, backpackers, students and groups, funky, cheap, budget style accommodation. We have 4 to 6 shared dorms, double, triple and family rooms – most en suite and for those after something a little bit different you can't forget the world famous 32 bed dorm, "The Church".We want you to get excited about where you sleep so we've put together the BEST 7 nightly/daily party planner which includes a Free BBQ at Coogee beach, Pub crawls and the Stunning Bondi to Coogee coastal walk as well as pub quiz night and the legendary Killer Pool nights.So what are you waiting for book Westend today we are more than just a place to stay…. ... more   less 
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