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Surfside Backpackers

186 Arden St, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the worst backpackers I've stayes at whilst being in Australia. Poor cleanliness- bathrooms were basically a disgrace, shower heads broken, doors don't lock, toilet seats handing off, pool of water and sand gathered in the middle of the floor. Gross. Beds are ok however the floors are constantly covered in sand and grit which gets into your bed.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Clean, friendly atmosphere, perfect location on the beaxh. Godd pkace to start your ozzy experience . The staff is very friendly and helpful . You will get to meet lots of people very fast . I recommend this place !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 via mobile

Worst hostel I've ever been to. Dirty, awful place with only drunk and loud people. Bedbugs, and the girls toilet had a big pile of dirty water and hair in the middle of the bathroom. Awful service and no cleaning what so ever. Not quite and nice, more like a party house filled with high and drunk people. I will... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Saw some bed bugs in our very small and packed dirty room. Too warm in there as well. Clearing rarely happens. Good things are that the staff is pretty friendly. There is cereal (not milk) for free at breakfast and location is really good. The rates of the rooms are pretty random and the manager wanted to raise the pay... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I originally booked to stay in the Bondi location however en route to the hostel I was advised that there was a mistake in the booking and that the only available accomodation was with the Coogee location. After spending a night there, the next day I started to have bites and thought that they might only be mosquitos however, it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

At first when I walked into this hostel, I was very offput. It reeked of old beer and was ridiculously loud. However, I do need to take into account that it was Aussie day weekend and a few people got a little out of hand. After Aussie day, things settled down, got a bit cleaner and a lot more quiet.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

the owner of the hostel is really rude and arrogant, the guy behind the desk makes out hes stressed out with too much work, he will be nice one minute and ignore you the next. The girl who works behind the desk is unbelievably rude! the bed sheets don't get cleaned and the kitchen its way too small and for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This was my first time in a hostel so didn't really know what to expect. I tried to check-in during the afternoon but was told to come back in half-hour. Returned to be told to come back again in half an hour. I was told I could leave my bag on this occasion but it would just be left in... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This has to be the worse place I have stayed at in my life. The toilets were cleaned only once in my 10 day stay and the cockroaches were literally everywhere. The manager was rude upon arrival and then never there to deal with any complaints. The electricity did not work in the room and the WiFi was out all... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Plugs in rooms didn't work. No air con or fans. Cockroaches on balconies. Bedding was grim. Toilet repulsive. Piles of dirty paper and hair all over bathroom. Huge puddle in the middle of the floor. Smell from sink was horrendous. Great location but that's about the only positive. Staff seemed disorganised and had no control. People screaming in hall ways... More 

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