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2.0 of 5 Hostel   |   212 Elizabeth St | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

5 minute walk to Central Station, 5 Minute walk to Surry HIll everything you could want! clean rooms and bathroom facilities (we had a private twin), great common area and kitchen. Everything you need for a basic trip. would stay again only negative was the pillows they were paper thin - but again it is a hostel so i wouldn't... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Without a doubt one of the best hostels in Sydney. Stayed in a private room over the weekend and was super impressed with how well-maintained and clean the room was. Not only that, but the entire hostel was above par! Staff were absolutely fantastic and were incredibly friendly and genuinely involved with the hostel and the guest staying there. Highly... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I stayed here for a while and I can say I enjoyed every single day, it felt like home. The location is amazing, it´s just a few minutes to Chinatown, Darling Harbour, the supermarket, central station and the main shopping area. The staff is friendly, funny and always helpful. The rooms are big enough (and with aircon/heater) and they clean... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best hostel we stayed in whilst in sydney - well worth the extra money as we have experienced. kitchen was clean and big with enough storage space. Rooms nice, clean and big. Showers are of the same quality very clean. Good staff and very helpful would recomend this place to anyone!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a lovely experience :) I loved my stay at Big Hostel! We arrived early and the staff were happy to check us in to our room ahead of the usual check in time. I stayed in a private ensuite room which was exceptionally clean, super comfy and had extra pillows and towels. The bathroom was spotless and the shower... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Stayed in a 6 bed family room for 2 nights. This is our first time booking into a budget hostel so it was quite an experience. Room furnishing is really basic down to the minimum. With 6 people, there is hardly space to move about with 2 bunk beds occupying most of the space. There were 2 TV screens in... More

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AusHellen, General Manager at Big Hostel, responded to this review

Hello room 305, the rates average around $30 per person here for that family 6 room and the "bare minimum" is definately how we operate, basically a "no frills" hotel that is clean, cheap and safe.. not very spacious and therefore able to provide budget prices - we are rated as a very good hostel so the "no frills" justifies... More

Kuala Rompin, Malaysia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Fantastic location and it's just 5 mins walk to the train station. Big room space where you have enough place to do packing. Overall it's a nice hostel, A free continental breakfast is good enough as a start of the day. Like the shower too. The only things which need to improve is the lounge area looks abit old and... More

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AusHellen, General Manager at Big Hostel, responded to this review

Dear guests, thankyou for your feedback and good review- we also agree that it is time for an upgrade in the common areas and have begun the process of new fittings for the ground floor which will entail new leather couches,lighting and signage - we hope you will be back to experience it's make-over :) regards Hellen(manager) More

Pokhara, Nepal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Single room with en suite for 1 night - room was mall but clean and all I needed - good value. Only negative was the wi fi is only on ground floor and was slow at night when everyone was one - fine in the morning though!

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Wellington, New Zealand
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6 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Strategic location, just 10min walk to the central station when you touch down from airport ( direct connect the train from airport to central) Just opposite the china town, 5min walk to the china town and paddy's market Free breakfast & free wifi !

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New York City, New York
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We had a few nights here recently when visiting Sydney. Firstly, it was super cheap! Secondly, it was in a great location - right near Central Station and we could walk up to the cool Surry Hills area. Thirdly, the staff were awesome! We were really well looked after by the guys at reception, they gave us great recommendations of... More

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Address: 212 Elizabeth St | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Big Hostel 2*
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boutique hostel in a great location.clean,budget and open age friendlywifi is only FREE in our communal areasplease remember we are a hostel and not a hotel- no turndown services or beds made daily sorry.happy to assist with job hunting, apartment hunting,tours and all information needed for exploring Sydney. ... more   less 
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