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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
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    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Singapore, Singapore
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8 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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County Tipperary, Ireland
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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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45 reviews 45 reviews
23 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Good location, close to the library, northbridge, trains, city. Cat Bus nearby. Probably really good place if you want to go clubbing and have somewhere close to stay with some friends. Very loud. Unbelievably hot in summer. Average in terms of cleanliness. (Australian standards of hygiene). The bathrooms were ok when I was there, and I think the girls in... More 

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Burnie, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Excellent location, over the road from the Library (free internet) and the Museum. Only a few minutes walk from the main bar and club strip of Northbridge. Only a short stroll to the CBD. Clean linen provided. My bed (and pillow) was very comfortable. The room has only a fan and no AC but didn't need it, it was a... More 

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Broome, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I personally do not understand all the negative comments. If you are a backpacker with a laidback attitude, wanting to meet people from around the globe, have a good time and have tolerance of others, I thoroughly recommend this place. I came here as a solo traveller & although not to the standard of hostels where you are paying $35+/night,... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nothing is great about this place but its location, shared rooms without AC and shared bathrooms so what will you expect? noisy all night poor self-services breakfast .. I feel this place is like a prison and the difference is that this prison has reception. I would't recommend this place for solo travelers who are looking for a quiet night... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This hostel is very big (really!) is extremely closed to the center of the city and is not so expensive. That's all. I find it very dirty and untidy and not enough organized. There are 4 pools but you have to pay. Idem for wifi and to use pc. I stayed there for one week but if I'll come back... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Rooms are very cramped & bathrooms weren't the best, one lot of showers were out of order when we stayed. Corridors smell like feet & our room door had to be kept open because it used to get stuck closed. There seemed to be a few shady characters in the hostel, particularly in the (tiny) kitchen. Also had an issue... More 

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