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“Promised so much, delivered so little.” 1 of 5 stars
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Chili Blue Backpackers
144 Victoria Street | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia   |  
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Ranked #95 of 134 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
2 reviews
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“Promised so much, delivered so little.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

After seeing great reviews for this place we booked in for our first night in Sydney. Arrived to find the reception floor being dug up by workmen. The room was dark and smelly. The toilet and shower locks didn't all work. The kitchen was dirty and you had to pay a deposit for plates and cups. Wifi (which was free) was weak and often cut out. Had to stand in the street to get a good reception. The free breakfast consisted, of 1 boiled egg, a piece of toast and a slice of cheese. A nice touch but nothing special. Stay if you don't mind bunking with rowdy inconsiderate people, can put up with a sleepless night and don't mind living in mess. Everyone else, avoid.

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Honestly the worst place I have ever satyed in my life. I did not checked the reviews before arriving there and I really regret about it.
The staff is rude, rooms are dirty, etc.
Please avoid going there!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Ulm, Germany
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

I looked for a cheap hostel in Sydney, Kings Cross and found the Chilli Blue Backpackers. I paid $20 a night but you get what you pay for!
The room was small but OK. You have to go through very small steps to get to the bathroom which was a shared one for boys and girls (I don't mind) but you only can lock 2 of the three doors.
There are also two toilets for both, just sliding doors and you can't lock them!
When I had my dinner in the kitchen I get a warm welcome from a fuc**** big cockroach.
I was glad to have only one night there. The next day I had little bites all over my arm, not sure if they are from lice or bed bugs but anyway that sucks!!!
Worst hostel ever. If you look for a great hostel in this area go one street further to the Jackaroo! Maybe the best hostel Sydney (for me it is!).

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Athens, Ohio
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Our experience with CHILIBLUE BACKPACKERS HOSTEL (144 Victoria St, Kings Cross) in Sydney, Australia, has been the worst hostel experience of our life. We have visited hostels in many countries in Europe, Central and South America and have never experienced something similar. The place is dirty and full of drank people with odor of beer in the whole building, Drank women and men in underwear in the halls. We arrived late at night and even the men in charge was very drank. The place does not seem to follow any sanitary and order rule. The bathrooms were dirty and you could not sleep all night due to the noise. The kitchen was also dirty. They ask you to pay in advance if you are paying by credit card. We were stupid enough to pay in advance for four nights. We decided to leave the horrible place after the first night. The owner did not refund our money for the other three nights. I think they make you to pay in advance on purpose, so that they can steal your money if you decide to leave. I think the Australian authorities should close this place or at least to fine them. I cannot understand how they are allowed to function. This place is making Australia a bad experience for tourists and it is damaging the Australian tourism. Every body has the right to leave a place if you do not like it and it is a dangerous place. I feel our human rights were violated and that our money was stolen.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I stayed there for few days, when we visited Sydney. The location is very good and close to everything and everything you need you find close to this place. BUT. All the rooms are impossibly smelly and they are also quite cold. Bed has only very thin blanket. At this hostel stay a lot of people for a long stay and they are making party every evening and some of them are very noisy when they go to sleep. So be careful if you will need sleep. I also found that they provide towels, but that´s not true.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Stayed for Christmas and New Year 2011-2012. Kitchen was pretty grim and the communal area quite impractical and uncomfortable. Small outdoor smoking area was okay but hostel was very strict about sitting out there past ten o clock which felt a bit petty. Service at reception was adequate but the guy on reception tried to fleece us out of more money when we extended our stay so watch out for him! Wasn't much atmosphere there or sense of fun. Entertainments girls were very man-orientated and rude to other females who checked in, ourselves included. Bathrooms were frequently covered in poo and sick and the cleaners took a long time to clean this mess up! Location is perfect for young travelers who want to party in Kings X

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Agnes Water, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Good:
Location - centre of busy Kings Cross & stones throw from most bars/clubs.
Internet - free internet on computers for up to 20 mins if there is a queue but sometimes there isnt and 30 mins is all anyone needs usually.
Other - They do throw away old food bags which is a necessity in hostels.

Bad:
Just about everything else. Awful layout for a hostel. Tiny stairways not suitable for luggage. Dark everywhere, smells, run down decor, small socialising areas, bad atmosphere - the backpackers working for accomodation were rude and unwelcoming. The receptionist never smiled - we were overcharged then when we said it was extortionate he got rude/defensive before refunding us.

Weren;t told where our room was just told to cough up money then pointed to the coridoor. We had never stayed in a hostel so werent aware of deposits for cutlery/crockery or hostel night out which took us a while to figure out. Other hostels explain how everything works upon arrival. The lack of respect around the place meant people didn;t care about making a mess of the toilets or having loud sex in the communal showers. Rooms were like saunas. Couldn't wait to leave and would never return.

Room Tip: Avoid upstairs as it's hard to manouvre with luggage but they may well be quiter.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 144 Victoria Street | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #95 of 134 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE NEW MANAGEMENT AND RENOVATIONS HAVE BEEN UNDERGOING SINCE MAY 2014 Comfortable, clean & central. What you are looking for? Welcome to ChilliBlue - the perfect place to base yourself in Sydney. Whether you are coming for a night or two or staying for months you will find that Chilli Blue will provide the warm friendly, clean and comfortable home away from home that you have been looking for. ... more   less 
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