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Sydney Backpackers
Ranked #104 of 149 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Reviewed August 5, 2012

I stayed as part of a 9-man group after a night out at the casino, so no sharing with complete strangers. For the $30p/p per night we paid, I thought it was alright. It was clean, and I even saw a cleaner in action. Yes, it was a little noisy with street noise as I think all rooms face the street. Yes the ladder situation was grim for the top bunk. Yes, we thought it was cold with only one thin blanket, but considering it would have cost 4x or more to house us all in a regular hotel we were happy - more money for the casino! The tea room looked ok with a large telly and lounges and tables. I could see someone cooking in the kitchen and it looked adequate for general use. Dealing with staff were fine.

I think the cleanliness of the place depends a lot on the other guests and cleaning after yourself is the best way to minimise mess. How can a cleaner come through each hour @ $30p/p per night?

All up, fine for a place to crash after a night out as a group.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

A group of us stayed here for one night. The price was great for what a group of us wanted it for... just a place to crash before heading on a holiday the next day. It was close to everything - shops, resturants, train station, wharf etc. Little did we know that you would get no sleep! The room was extreamly hot, but if you opened the windows to get fresh air it was like the party was in your room! The music coming from down the road was so loud, there were people on the streets yelling to all hours of the morning! The garbage truck and the street sweeper are used as a wake up call, thats if you even got to sleep in the first place! It was constant! If you want a good nights sleep ... do not stay here as sleep is not what you will get! You would be better off partying all night and not bothering with accomodation! As for the shared toilets and showers, they were unbearable! Disgusting comes to mind. There was trash everywhere, the bathroom and toilets looked like they hadnt been cleaned for years! And at times i felt unsafe... guys lurking on the streets drunk. Next time i will be spending the money and staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

I stayed here one night with some friends as it is close proximity to train stations and clubs. We payed with a credit card before we go there and when we arrived a couple of hours earlier than the check in time , the lady behind the counter said that yes the credit card number was accepted and gave us the keys to our room, so they we didnt have to check in later that evening when we got back. Our room was as expected and what we paid for so whilst we were there we were happy with it other than the fact that towels are not provided. However, a week later i received an email saying the we had no paid and that we were going to be charged a fee for no showing up. I contacted the people that we had booked through and explained that we had in fact turned up. Booking.com confirmed this and said that they were going to email the hostel and get them to change their records. Another week went by and one of the receptionists named Dan, called the girl who had left her number in case of damages and demanded that we pay and then proceeded to call her a liar and was extremely rude. It turned out that we had in fact given them our credit card number and all the necessary details but they had not taken the money so it was their fault. Was disgusted with his behavior and will not be staying there or recommending this place to anyone else.

Room Tip: Rooms next to the street are loud at night, and the windows were hard to close leaving the room real...
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Stayed there for the weekend ( 2-5 march 2012), was the biggest mistake. The room they put me in, was dirty and was not fit to be used as a dog kennel. Could not use any of the so call provided lockers, there was rubbish all over the floor and there was no air con. the room, so it was always VERY hot.
Went into the shower on after it was meant to have been cleaned, and found used razor blades on the floor of the shower.
Also had things stolen out of my suitcase, they even stole my pillow of my bunk.
Don't stay there if you would like any sleep during the night, there is not a quite room in the hole building. The other guest in the place and the staff don't give a stuff about anybody else. l complained all the time to the staff, and got told there was nothing they could do. ( More like they didn't want to do anything.)

Room Tip: find another place to stay
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed December 21, 2011

Very basic backpackers with shared rooms with bunks with bricks to sleep on. You get given a bottom sheet, pillowcase and a cotton blanket to make your own bed. No top sheet. No carpet anywhere and very noisy both inside and outside the hostel. Inside noise - other guests partying. Outside noise - rubbish bins being emptied and street cleaners and drunks yelling in the streets all night. Not a restful nights sleep.

We had to wait all day for our linen because the person on the desk could not be bothered getting it for us until we threatened to ring his boss. We had an injured person with us who needed to go to bed and was unable to. Not the way to treat your guests.

Paid extra for a double room that was like a cupboard with no window and cramped. Still had a bunk bed and on entering one of the beds had dirty linen on it. So not much cleaning happening as well. No air conditioning and hot and stuffy.

Room Tip: Be careful when choosing a backpackers. The YHA would probably be better as they have a level of se...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 16, 2011

Hostel is in great location opposite the event cinema in George street. You meet great people there and have a good part on the roof terrace which has a free bbq to use. Hostel rooms are basic but have cupboards and locks to safely store your valuables. The 16 bed dorm on the kitchen level has an ensuite and is cleanist to stay in. The rates are reasonable and cheapest in the city.

Room Tip: 16 bed dorm room on kitchen level is best
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  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2011

This has got to be the worst hostel I have ever stayed in (and I can put up with a lot). It was dirty and disgusting, I was here twice over a three week period and it hadn't been cleaned at all, the dirt was just pilled on top of more dirt. I was frightened the whole time I was here of catching something. Showers and toilets made you feel sick as the stench was unbearable. The only time the free wifi worked was when the police were outside breaking up a fight in the hostel foyer. I wouldn't reccomend this place to my worst enemy.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Sydney Backpackers

Address: Victoria Building 7 Wilmot St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #104 of 149 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range: $20 - $81 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Sydney Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
“Sydney Backpackers is a purposely built boutique hostel located right in the heart of Sydney's CBD, 30 Meters to the Entrance of Town Hall Railway Station. We are in the walking distance to everywhere ‘must-see’ in Sydney for sightseeing and we know what our guests want.”Since we are located in the heart of the city, we are close to the main bars, restaurants, clubs, shops, cinemas, public transport and everything else you might need in this beautiful city!Sydney Backpackers is 1 of 5 hostels in Sydney capable in catering major groups and classified 3.5 stars by AAA Tourism. We are also awarded ‘WINNER OF 2006 CITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS AWARDS’ for an outstanding backpacker in year 2006 and also nominated as a finalist in 2010.Sydney Backpackers is well known from individuals and groups visiting Sydney domestically and internationally and given lots of good feedbacks and complimentary for our good services. We proudly say that we specialize in group bookings as we have know-how of handling groups and have rooms to accommodate a group of up to 150 people or more. We are in the walking distance to everywhere in Sydney for sightseeing (Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and heaps more attractions) and everything you need (shopping centers, supermarkets, cinema, restaurants, transport). This is the best quiet location that you would ever image to find if you think of staying in a budget accommodation right in the middle of the city. Sydney Backpackers is 1 of 5 hostels in Sydney capable in catering major groups and classified 3.5 stars by AAA Tourism. We are also awarded ‘WINNER OF 2006 CITY OF SYDNEY BUSINESS AWARDS’ for an outstanding backpacker in year 2006 and also nominated as a finalist in 2010.Building & FacilitiesRooms to suit 2 to 16 people (20sqm to 65sqm with 3.5-meter ceilings)Free internet access (Wireless)Building under constant 24hr video surveillance Central air conditioning and heater Fridge, Digital TV, DVD player (Single room, Twin/2 bed, 4 bed, 6 bed)Individual security lockers with padlocksFresh laundered & Sanitized white linen and blanketsElectronic key to access your room and the buildingCommon room (Vending Machines)Self-catering Kitchen fully furnishedShared shower booths and toilets Coin Operated LaundryHandicapped facilitiesBBQ facility at the rooftopGreat view of the city (240 square meter rooftop terrace)24-hour video surveillance for the entire building and fire exits. ... more   less 
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