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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed August 30, 2014

10 years ago my partner stayed at the Old Swan Barracks and he remembered it as a decent place where you get good value for your money. Therefore we decided to book it again- such a disappointment! Initially we booked 5 nights through their homepage but checked out after the first night. For a hostel (even in Perth) it is...

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Oranjestad, Aruba
Reviewed August 19, 2014

I didn't know much about Perth when I got here, but I quickly learned that this place is very centrally located! Everything is within walking distance. The hostel is also super welcoming and cozy. Free breakfast also a plus, and they have a great big social place. You usually only get 1 hour of free wifi a day, but front...

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England, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We found out from the itinerary on our STA package we booked that we was staying in the Old Swan Barracks, so we looked up reviews on the Hostel. To our dismay a lot were rating this hostel terrible, there was lots of complaint about the bad services, lack of cleanliness and the horrific smell. I thought to myself that...

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Reviewed June 11, 2014

The first time I came to this backpacker, I felt unwelcome. If you want to meet people, it's not here ! The girls bathroom is really dirty, same as for the kitchen but quite okay. The first week, i was is a girl dorm which was "nice" but for the second time i was in a mixed dorm and it...

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Reviewed June 10, 2014 via mobile

Myself and my girlfriend had been working around Perth for the past couple of months and had been staying with work colleagues who very nicely put us up, however we needed somewhere in Perth a couple of nights before flying out and the old swan barracks was really decent priced and was easy to book into, the staff here are...

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Busselton, Australia
Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Location is excellent, close to train, night clubs, Perth & Northbridge The building is tired, the beds are old and not very comfortable, the furniture is old. Strange rule, they prohibited people from bringing in their own sleeping bag. Unfortunately it was a cold night and the bedding provided was not sufficient. Fortunately I had an extra sweater and...

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Timbuktu, Mali
Reviewed May 23, 2014

The Old Swan Barracks are located just north of Perth Central station so all of Perth CBD is accessible by walking. The rooms are a little small but are quiet at nights. The kitchen is of a decent size there are plenty of hobs and even an oven!!!!! The best bit about this hostel though is the massive hall/communial area...

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 15, 2014

Stayed in the hostel for a month, but only because I was working full time and didn't have the time to look for a house share! I stayed in an 8 bed mixed dorm, the room was cramped, with nowhere to sit and not enough lockers in the room for everyone! Luckily I managed to get hold of one before...

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Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 13, 2014

I booked into the swan as my first hostel when arriving in Perth, looked decent but when I got there the staff didn't seem very interested in helping or giving information, the room was very run down and dirty, very often got cleaned by staff and when it was it was the quickest clean ever. Bathrooms weren't too clean and...

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Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed April 28, 2014

I have been there a couple of nights. Room , bathroom and kitchen are filthy. The whole hostel stink. It s an huge place but very old and poorly maintained. Top of that expensive for what it is. Pictures don t match the reality too.

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  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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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: $21 - $56 (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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“Always get the private room or better”
MJyrgen, Oct 31, 2016 | Read review
“Go for the back of the hostel if you can but not too close to the common room”
marien556, Jul 27, 2016 | Read review
“Don't stay here, stay a little further out for a more comfortable stay.”
162kirstyf, Feb 8, 2016 | Read review
“Rooms on the back are better as quieter and better isolated from noise”
matteovignoli95, Jul 27, 2015 | Read review
“if you don't want a busy room, book a smaller dorm room - less people less luggage!”
g92f, Jul 24, 2015 | Read review
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