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Sydney Central Backpackers
Ranked #87 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
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“Best Place Ever”
Reviewed May 21, 2008

easily the highlight of my trip. free beer, plenty of hot single women, great entertainment as provided by some hot welsh guy with an amazing tache and an off the rails irishman, amazing roof garden hosting some bangin parties and a nob of a night manager to abuse at the end of the evening.

the only bad thing about this place is the fact that it will make you miss all the other flights you paid for, stay away from home alot longer than planned and probably result in you getting banned from australia for overstaying your visa.

and if you stay too long you'll end up looking like the guy in the photo

  • Liked — 100yards from empire
  • Disliked — john the nob
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 8, 2008

We stayed in Sydney Central for a few weeks, but checked out early. After a few teething problems booking, we arrived to the rudest greeting ever. After a long flight we were tired and just wanted to get to bed. Found our room, it was disgusting. THe sheets had fresh stains on, the smoke detector was hanging from the ceiling, and the plug socet was so worn it had copper wires coming out of it.

Overall the hostel was quite dirty, however the kitchen was reasonably clean, albeit very shabby. The whole place just needs a revamp, and some new friendly staff.

The hostel is advertised having a pool table, of which it doesn't, but hey, thats not the worst thing in the world.

Although there is a sign on the door saying that the maximum stay is 28 days, we spoke to one guy who had been there two years. Many others had jobs in Sydney and were living there. AS they were livung there, they had their own shelves, etc, so no room for our stuff, alo, they met new travellers with contempt, and were also very rude.

Sydney Central advertises to have a lively entertainment scene. There was none. To their credit, they announced on the microphone that anyone who wanted to go out should meet at recpetion, but no one came. So they 'entertainment manager' gave me a ticket to a club, directions, and told me to go on my own as no one else wanted to.

As this was my first hostel I stayed in in Oz, I didnt really have much to compare it to. I felt so homesick here, made worse by the horrible, some even vindictive staff. I woudlnt adivse people on staying here.

  • Liked — Locatton, roof top garden
  • Disliked — Staff and general facilities.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2007

As apparently the best hostel in town I was quite surprised by the arrogant staff, the room which smelled and looked like it hasnt been cleaned for weeks, as well the great view on a wall. The small kitchen was more integrated in the lobby area and the bathrooms were disgusting with mould all over the place. If you wanna have a memorable stay in Sydney, stay away from this hostel.

  • Liked — Wireless internet
  • Disliked — Everything really
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 14, 2006

The best hostel i stayed at in OZ. Its not exactly the Ritz but this is budget accommodation after all. The place is kept clean and the free breakfast is useful. The staff were great and they made a real effort on the social side of things eg organise quiz nights etc. The hostel is not too big either so you get to know people well. (although the communal/kitchen area is a touch on the small side for the amount of guests) If you want to stay at a nice, friendly hostel then look no further, its pretty cheap too and don't be put off by Kings Cross it's not as bad as people make out and I reckon it's a lot safer than Hartlepool!

  • Stayed January 2005
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Reviewed July 28, 2005

The best hostel of our complete round-the-world-Trip. I have never experienced such a great athmosphere in a backpackers hostel before. And we got more than what we paid for and expected to get.
You can get and watch DVD for free, the activities are great and the kitchen and rooms are clean.

Stayed June 2005
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Property: Sydney Central Backpackers
Address: 16 Orwell St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
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Ranked #87 of 140 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Sydney Central Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sydney Central Backpackers has new owners as from this week. We are determined to provide the best value accommodation in the Kings Cross area. Our goal is to make sure your stay with us is one that you will be happy to recommend to friends you make while travelling this big beautiful Australia. ... more   less 
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