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Sydney Central Backpackers

16 Orwell St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

I arrived in may and since that day I never moved in another place. the hostel is in a perfect location, 20 minutes to bondi beach an 10 minutes from the city. the people here are friendly, every night there is something to do ( club with free entry , free drinks ) The rooftop is wonderful , perfect for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I've been in 3 three hostel in a week and i can say this is the best one. The woman from the reception helped me a lot in many times always smiling. This for me it's the most important thing, find people who are ready to listen you without considering you a number.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This was definitely a shock and surprise after staying in several hostels all over Australia. After experiencing THE worst hostel I have ever been in (do NOT stay at Asylum Hostel in either Cairns OR Sydney - the owners are giant, thieving cokeheads), this one definitely surpassed all of my expectations and then some. Great, friendly staff that actually answered... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Stayed here for a week , had a great time. The bedroom was clean and tidy, the location was good only a short walk to the sites of Sydney. Staff were efficient and helpful, kitchen was a bit small but had all the facilities. Other guests were fun and the hostel organized nights out, at some of the local bars... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Stayed there for a few months in 2014. The best hostel of King's Cross. - Excellent location halfway between the city and the beach. - One huge rooftop with a panoramic view on Sydney. - Many different activities organised : movie projection and barbecue on the rooftop, rock climbing, surf-trip... and many more ! I recommend this place as a... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

where to start with this hostel... I can honestly say this is the worst place I have ever stayed in, the rooms are tiny, rundown, and the smell of them alone is enough to make you sick, we stayed on the bottom floor which was absolutely terrible the kitchen reception and communal areas are at the bottom of the corridor... More 

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This hostel is in a great location and you get breakfast and WiFi included, but it's still not value for money. The social area is very small - the kitchen is along a busy corridor and gets very crowded and its very messy and untidy. Our room smelt so badly of damp and we were even unlucky to see a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

It was quite cheap and well located. (kings cross; not city center) More or less clean. Was possible to relax on the top of the roof. Kitchen and reception and "tv room" were in the same room. You don't get wifi in the rooms or on the rooftop. The WiFi is really bad! It's only stable if you use the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and I can safely say this is the worst accommodation I have ever experienced. The rooms are tiny and smelly, and the lack of ladder on the bunk bed makes it almost impossible to get up if you weren't an actively fit person. There is only one shower and toilet per floor however we... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Came here because it was one of the cheaper options in sydney and it was relatively central. These were about the only things this place got right. First and foremost the staff were most definitely the most rude I have experienced in a hostel - everything we asked them was made out to be a hassle and they seemed completely... More 

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Address: 16 Orwell St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 41
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