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Big Hostel

212 Elizabeth St | Surry Hills, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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NSW, Aus
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were arriving by train for a concert a few blocks away so the location of Big Hostel was perfect. There were 8 of us so we booked 2 quad rooms (2 sets of bunks) with ensuite. We had booked direct with them as we found this to be the cheapest option. On arrival at the train station it was... More 

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Victor Harbor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was at this hostel from Monday, March 2 for seven nights as part of my holiday for Mardi Gras and my stay at the venue was fantastic. My six-bed dorm on the first floor had lockers in excellent condition and had new carpet. The hostel has a policy where you cannot bring your own sleeping materials in, so as... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

I stayed at Big Hostel for 4 nights. I was in an 8 bed female dorm. I enjoyed my stay, the included breakfast is a huge bonus. The wi-fi only works in the common area but it was a nice place to sit with AC and a TV and its a great place to meet other guests. I didn't mind... More 

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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

It's clean and convenient and cheap. Take a private room if you can afford it. Location is perfect if you are not fussy about quality of room. Think 3 star Motel with 70s decor and you have it. Close to Central Station and many restaurants and shops.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Over the past 10 years or so we have stayed here maybe a dozen or so times. A stones throw from Central Station (400 metres or so), so a easy to walk even with your bags when arriving or departing. Close to Paddy's market, China town and many restaurants and bars (Maloney's), but not t0o far away from Circular Key... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

For all the backpacking accommodations that I have read for Sydney, this was the one with the highest review but comes with a cheaper price. Stayed for 3 nights and didnt dissapoint me at all from what I expected. Right accomodation for what you pay. Pros: Near the train station and near to the main street. Lots of restaus and... More 

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Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The location is the best factor of this hostel, just 5 minutes away from central station and walking distance of most places it meant I didn't have to spend too much on public transport. The rooms are clean and good sized lockers to use. Friendly hostel although in my experience people only stayed a few nights at a time so... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I stayed here about a week during my month-long trip in Australia, and, I have to say, Big Hostel turned out to be the best hostel I stayed at in Australia! The location is really good. It's about a 10-minute walk from Central Station, and it's easy to catch a bus, light rail, or a taxi near the hostel. If... More 

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Paris, France
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We booked 5 nights in the Big Hostel for our last days in Australia. The staff is very friendly, and the patrons as well. A good mix of backpackers and families. You have a TV with Foxtel in the common room and a free wifi as well. Don't expect anything from the wifi, it's terrible. The common room was pleasant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Stayed here for 4 nights in January. Booked a bed in a 6 person room, which turnes out to be unavailable on arrival. Got a free upgrade to a 4 person room that had ensuite bathroom. In short: It's called big hostel for a reason. There are lots of people ranging from young backpackers to families. The hostel is ideally... More 

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