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“Surprisingly good.” 4 of 5 stars
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The Original Backpackers Hostel
160-162 Victoria Street | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia   |  
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Ranked #40 of 132 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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“Surprisingly good.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We weren't planning to stay in a hostel, but the city was full due to a big event that was taking place in Sydney, and the only available option was this hostel. We've paid for a private room, and that was way better than I was expecting. The staff was really friendly, the location is very good. Something that surprised too was the free transfer from the airport to the hostel, saved me some money.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed our stay because of good location, cleanliness in the room (we got private with bathroom), lots of informartion available and extremely helpful staff. They can help with any activity bookings and to get around in the city. Great job, guys!
In hostel there is a big nice kitchen available and big room for hangin' out with fellow backpackers.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Nice hostel, I was really impressed by the building & the street outside lined with trees. The hostel had a good atmosphere, very friendly & helpful staff.

Stayed in a private room. The room was very clean, comfortable and had a TV, fridge and Fan.
It's has been the best value for money hostel I have stayed in while in Australia. . The kitchen has what you need & clean and the TV room is great.

The location was good, closer to a train station and nearby all the bars & cafes.

Overall enjoyed our stay here

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Really great 10 bed room, with a balcony overlooking the road, spacious for a 10 bed. Amazing showers - better than mine at home whilst I was there 4 bathrooms were being redone as well as a couple of rooms. Really good kitchen although a little small and closed at 10pm which is a little early. Otherwise clean, friendly, good TV room, as good a location in Kings Cross as any.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

You get what you pay for. Bathrooms are clean but the showers are not always hot. The hostel is big so it's busy in the kitchen and communal area. Also hardly any forks so go for soup if you cook. They do make people vacate the communal courtyard at 10pm so that's good for noise levels. However they just move to the front garden and carry on so don't get a room overlooking the front or you won't sleep. The staff are really helpful and the location is good. The biggest problem is that it advertises Wi-Fi on the website and front of the building but doesn't tell you that you have to pay for it! What a con! It's not even a good reception.

Room Tip: At the back in a dorm on the top floor.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for a week whilst working in Sydney on a Working Holiday Visa before getting our own flat and having moved from the hostel next door - Zing.

It feels a little older than Zing, but the building itself in its day was probably not too bad on the eyes! The price wasn't too bad either, not dirt cheap, not excessively expensive, but you get what you pay for in Sydney.

First of all, the staff were friendly, helpful and informative which was great...they even helped us to obtain our own flat by being a "landlord referee" for us.

The room we got was a private double and was reasonably large, had a fridge, a TV and plenty of storage space for the backpacks! The shared bathrooms were quite old, cold in the winter (although I am sure in the summer they would feel better) and at times there were not enough bathrooms. As I was working during my stay here I couldn't really afford to wait around to jump in the shower, so that was an inconvenience but not the end of the world.

As with many hostels, it seemed a bit cliquey where the long-term 'residents' all knew each other and it felt a bit awkward at times because of this. The kitchen, while not a bad size, was always cramped at conventional meal times, which makes cooking hard, and means that eating out was often a simpler thing to do, despite not being so cost-effective. The last thing you want after a long day at work is to be elbowed and shoved out the way when you just want to cook some dinner! If however you are just travelling and meeting new people as you go around on the organised nights out, then the kitchen probably wouldn't seem such a daunting place! On the plus side there were lockers in the kitchen so your food is in no danger of getting taken by hungry travellers!

The location is good, its just a street away from the main King's Cross street, including the station, bars, clubs and a few cafes and restaurants. If it is your first time in Sydney then you probably won't believe your eyes when you see the main strip at King's Cross, it is certainly an experience, but one you get used to alarmingly quickly! It is also just a 20-minute walk into the CBD up William Street, so if you fancy saving the pennies, you can always get into the city that way.

I would say it could be worth staying here if you are on a budget, however if you have some extra money, it might be worth moving to a slightly more expensive hostel/hotel. Of course, when you are on the Australian wage you could quite easily afford your own place most places in the city if you intend to stay for a prolonged period of time.

Room Tip: The private rooms upstairs are a little more expensive, but a little further away from the courtyard...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

Don't be misguided by all the awards. You'll find gum, hair, used condoms,... everywhere. Staff was friendly! Some bathrooms are up to date, some are disgusting.
When we're back we're happy to pay more for a hotel.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 160-162 Victoria Street | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #40 of 132 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 40
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