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The Old Swan Barracks

6 Francis Street | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The barracks was a great place to stay, was there from April until June. The staff Gina, Kumar etc were all really nice as long as you didn't try to sneak booze in. Easy place to make friends, have a lot of good memories there. Good hostel to stay in if your wanting to work but had a party side... More 

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OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed our hostel and we hope to see you again soon! Safe Travels! :) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a centrally located hostel, only a few minutes walk to town, train station and nightlife. Staff were friendly. Dorm rooms are basic but fairly clean, aside from one guest who's suitcase may have exploded. Bar sells cheap drinks.

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OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We are glad you enjoyed your stay! :) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice old building with a great location in Perths city centre. Beds were comfi and showers ok. Everthing was very clean, showers maybe just a little bit old. Really nice lounge area where you can easily get in touch with other backpackers. Would definitely recommend this hostel.

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Thanks for your comments. We hope to see you again! :) More 

Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We were out and about walking around one weekend and decided to stop by here for a cider. The staff at the front and the bar were very friendly and the common room was great. It had table tennis, pool tables and a load of couches to chill at. However, we didn't stay here so I cannot comment on the... More 

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OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Our staff work hard to provide friendly service, and we are glad you found this too. Our common area/bar is a great place for socialising and meeting new people. Equipped with heaps of couches, pool tables and ping pong tables, we think its a great place to unwind after a long day exploring Perth. We hope... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

...Then you just may live through this, but the advertised breakfast is a joke - cheap jam and toast. Rooms are filthy, they only empty the trash bin. The price ~ 30$ for a night is like a bad joke. Don't go there. Bit the Location is good.

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OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. Yes, we do provide a basic free breakfast, which includes toast and tea/coffee. Not all hostels provide this, but it’s an extra service we like to provide. Our rooms are professionally cleaned daily and ‘spring cleaned” regularly, but we understand there may have been an issue with your room and we are looking into it. Thanks... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A good base for exploring Perth, location is great. Rooms aren't super clean and the atmosphere is slightly strange. Free breakfast but you have to pay to use cutlery and plates.. It's an old building so can be very loud at night. We got free Telstra wifi from our room at the front which was great.

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OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments. We are centrally located, only a few minutes walk from the city centre, train station and Northbridge. Our rooms are professionally cleaned daily, but we understand that sometimes other guests aren’t always that tidy. A basic free breakfast of toast and tea/coffee is included. We do ask for a $10 deposit for a cutlery/plate set, this... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the worst hostels I have ever stayed in!!! If you want to socialise with other backpackers then this is not the place to go. Firstly they claim the reception staff are friendly, but they are never there. You have to trade your key in for pots and pans which isn't too much of a problem except... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I don't usually give terrible reviews but this was the worst place I've stayed in in my entire life travelling and staying in hostels. The only good thing is that the location is great. This place is filthy and beds were not even tidied or cleaned. Carpet smells and don't let me begin on the bathrooms. Hair and dirt everywhere!!... More 

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Perth western Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We stayed at the Old Swan Barracks last night when we came to Perth from the country for our daughter's graduation from uni. We needed inexpensive accommodation close to the CBD. After scrawling through outrageously expensive hotels, we came upon the Swan Barracks website. We booked a double room. We knew we had shared bathrooms. That was no big deal.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I stayed in the Old Swan Barracks for a couple of months while i worked in Perth. Not the cleanest or quietest place to live. Had to eat out all of the time as the kitchen was rubbish. Apart from that I had a good time there mainly due to the people I met there and the bar and TVs... More 

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