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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I stayed in this hostel around December time on my own. The staff were friendly at the reception area and helpful. The hallways where the dorms were located were a bit smelly, could be the amount of shoes that were outside the rooms or maybe the carpet. The rooms were average and the bathrooms too. The common area is very... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stayed at the hostel for one night. It was clean and had air con unit and a heater with a TV as well. Bed was comfortable. Great location, central to Northbridge with a good selection of cafes around. Walking distance to the train station as well. The downstairs common area is great lots of choice of seating. The kitchen is... More 

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Thank Marie N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

And That is to say the least! The staff is very welcoming and it's clean and comfortable with everything you need behind the counter providing a little deposit. Pool tables are a bit dodgy but still had a great laugh around it. Beer is not cheap but served with a smile. And of course Swanie, the house bird will give... More 

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Balmain, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

You have to pay for kitchen utensils which is painful, you leave a deposit that will be returned to you once you return the items. However, the kitchen is awful, so avoiding cooking is ideal. The common area has a really cool vibe, people were pretty friendly and drinks cheap.

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Thank Chloe R
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

I stayed at this hostel for two weeks in Perth with friends. I had a four bed female dorm the first week and then I upgraded to a double room due to the room being too small and the lack of space for luggage etc. The four bed dorm was very small and had limited space for luggage etc. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

TOSB is a good hostel with a huge common room with tennis tables, pools, huge tv screen with channels like bein sport. There are 2 kitchens and 3 others tv room. People at reception are really nice. It is true that there is sometimes too many people but you can meet friends. Close to the city and Northbridge is a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a day. Location is good, everything is a walking distance or can travel by CAT bus for free. Free Wifi, but available only at the ground floor. Free breakfast - bread, jam, salad. Anything additional would require cost such as - towel, cutlery.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for a week when first arriving in Perth. The best bit is the location walking distance to the city centre, train station & restaurants. I read the reviews before arriving and do agree the hostel is very run down and could do with a bit of a revamp, it is clean but the carpets are so stained and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

We stayed here from Feb 9th-16th. When we arrived they had no female-only dorms left, but they did the following night if we wanted to swap then. I didn't see the point, so we stayed in a mixed room. It was basic, 3 bunks (6 beds), toilet and showers just down the hall. Clean, but definitely could do with updating.... More 

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

Hi guys:) We really appreciate the feedback and thank you for taking the time. Great to hear you enjoyed Perth and its fab Restaurants! Shame you weren't that lucky with the group of quiet people....our 'Great Hall' with lots of entertainment (bar, big screens, pool tables, table tennis, comps etc.) usually gets real busy. I hope that whenever you come... More 

Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

After arriving in Perth in the early hours of the morning from Queenstown we hung around in the airport for a while knowing check in wasn't until 1pm. Around 12.15 we asked if there was any chance of an early check in (45 mins early). The lady on reception told us our beds were free and she could do it... More 

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

Thanks for your comments. We can appreciate that you were very tired from your overnight flight, but as you have acknowledged check in time is from 1pm. We need time between check out and check in to clean the rooms. If your room was ready/clean, we would have happily checked you in early. We apologize that you felt not treated... More 

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Shuttle Bus Service
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience Perth's most unique Backpacker Hostel. Situated in the heart of Perth in the Northbridge entertainment area and only several minutes away from the rail and bus terminals. Built in 1896 and a State Listed Heritage Building, The Old Swan Barracks offers quality accommodation and fantastic facilities at very affordable prices. Completely renovated in 2008, a stay at the Barracks provides the budget backpacker with the best that Perth has to offer, with a wide variety of accommodation from twelve bed dorms to private rooms. Rates from $25 per night include a free breakfast. The Barracks Bar, located in our Great Hall has nightly entertainment and offers a wide variety of Australian beers, wines, and beverages. Various activities each night include Wed. Pizza night, Thurs BBQ night, pool competitions and DJs. Book early to avoid disappointment. WINNER Best Hostel 2012 in Western Australia WINNER Best Backpacker Night in WA 2011 FINALIST Best Hostel in WA 2008, 09, 10 & 11 ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Old Swan Barracks

Address: 6 Francis St | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth > Perth CBD
Price Range: $22 - $49 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Old Swan Barracks 2*
Number of rooms: 50
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