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“Good but with a significant drawback”
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Backpackers HQ
Ranked #68 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Reviewed March 3, 2012

First the good points:
- The staff are friendly and helpful
- The other residents were also very friendly and sociable
- It has very nice communal areas including one that is out doors
- It looks clean and attractively decorated
- it is in a good location

All in all, we really enjoyed our stay there. But, we did get bitten by bed bugs - both my husband and I were covered in bites after we stayed in 'unlucky room 13' for just one night. As we had a very early start the next day we didn't mention them to the staff. We were also pretty disappointed with staff response to the same problem at another Aussie hotel and just didn't want to have to deal with a similar reaction again. It does seem to be more of an issue in Australia than the countries we have visited before or since and it certainly needs to be addressed.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

If you are really looking for a hostel there cannot be any other choice than this. It is a bit pricey but it has a wonderful lounge and the rooms are quit spacey. However, it can get noisy at night but obviously this really depends on the guests staying there at the moment. Don't bother reading the old reviews, as mentioned it has been renovated and the staff are very friendly and helpful. Excellent location as well.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

I stayed in 3 other hostels in Sydney but none compared to HQ. The courtyard too my breath away. The showers were hot and never ran out of water. The staff were fantastic giving me advice on what to do and see. A refreshing change (staff who want to help!) The Rooms were clean and secure with huge lockers. Everything was perfect. Would never go anywhere else when in Sydney. I love HQ!

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

This place was the best... The staff were really friendly and helpful, they even helped getting me some work while traveling. They have just finished renovations and the hostel looks fantastic, new everything. New Kitchen, new courtyard, new bathrooms and new tv room. NEW NEW NEW!!! And close to evreything in the heart of the cross... A must stay... Enjoy!!!

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

I had been staying at another hostel Zing down the road for week when a friend told me about this place, Zing was really cramped and dirty couldn't believe this place was a hostel the common areas are big and open and the free breakfast is great they even gave us fruit and a selection of cereal can really recommend stay here oh and they have a hostel dog who is adorable

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank BelgiumSam
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

Was such a friendly boutique hostel meet so many great couples and singles who shared stories of there trips got great ideas. Vicky and Simon the managers are so helpful Simon even droped me off at central with my bags to head up north, can't recommend it enough and to think l was worried about backpacking by my self Steve

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Reviewed December 3, 2011

Situated in kings cross its only a 15 minutes walk downtown through the park. Clean room, price ok. Little bit noisy because of the thin doors. Nice atrium, sitting outside near the kitchen. Laundry 4 dollar. Good service! 12 dollar shuttle available to the airport. woolworth nearby and post office. We had a double room with private bath.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Backpackers HQ

Address: 174 Victoria St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #68 of 150 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range: $22 - $59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Backpackers HQ 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Backpackers HQ is a friendly, clean and safe oasis in the heart of Kings Cross. We have just undergone a major renovation to modernise this beautiful building. Our friendly staff will make you feel welcome with FREE Breakfast daily, FREE Internet, FREE airport shuttle pick-up (conditions apply), FREE entry and FREE drinks in local bars and clubs. Our rooms are spacious, clean and secure with beautifully polished wooden floor boards or tiles. Many rooms have en-suites and fridges. All have security locker storage. Relax in our new TV lounge area or out the back in the timber decked courtyard. A great place to make new friends. Our friendly and helpful staff can help you find a job, buy a car, show you Sydney like us locals know it or tell you where to party every night! ... more   less 
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