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“Oh Yeah HQ, Yeah!”
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Backpackers HQ
Ranked #61 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Newcastle, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Oh Yeah HQ, Yeah!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2013

I stayed here for three months and there is no denying it, this hostel is full of long term stayers however this is something you will find in all hostels around Sydney. When I first came it was a bit hard to get to know people but it’s to be expected with most groups of people who have been together for a while. It didn’t take long before I knew almost everyone in the hostel and I’ve made some very good friends and great memories since. The hostel has a good mix of long and short term stayers so you are always meeting new people but can call the place home if you’re looking to be around for a while.

The hostel is very clean and well kept, has half decent free Wi-Fi and offers a free breakfast. It also has some of the most comfortable beds and blankets I’ve come across on my travels, good shower and toilet facilities and has an amazing TV room with Foxtel.

The hostel is based in the center of Kings Cross one of the most unique and qwerky areas in Sydney, there is no shortage of clubs, pubs and placed to eat in the area and on the weekend the streets are full of characters and likeminded people wanting to go out and party. The Cross is truly crazy but not unsafe, during my time there I never experienced any problems.

The hostel has a ban on being in the courtyard after 10pm so everyone has to move to the TV room to continue being social. This keeps noise to a minimum so everyone in the near by rooms can have a half decent nigh sleep. The hostel does have a lot of rules and sometimes the staff can be quick to jump the gun but this only benefits the hostel and the people staying in it, as long as you behave yourself and don’t do anything silly you don’t have anything to worry about.

I would definitely recommend staying here, it’s got a real homely feel and run like a well oiled machine by the staff. This hostel is perfect for anyone looking to have a good balance between going out and partying but also looking for a decent place to call home through the week.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013 via mobile

I had a 4 dorms ensuite. The bed are very confortable and new. The place was renovated and it is very clean. The free breakfast is very good with fresh fruits and cereal. They always refresh it so they have food for everyone. Thanks HQ team. Matt

  • Stayed August 2013
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Kilkenny, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for three nights in a 6 bed dorm. I have to say the staff are so friendly and helpful, we asked an elderly man working there for directions to an internet cafe and he ended up giving is the best advice on how to spend our day on Sydney! Common area is very nice as is the tv room. Do be aware that there is a $40 deposit per person when you check in. My only real complaint is the noise in the courtyard at night. I didn't have a good nights sleep any of the nights I was there but possibly if you request a room away from the courtyard you'd be fine!!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Cambridgeshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a week. Although it is a nice hostel with good facilities the long stayers really give this hostel a bad feel.
Right from the get go they make you feel unwelcome kind of like you are in their way!. Mostly the staff are great apart from the night staff as you get the feeling they are also long stayers so seems like they find it difficult to tell them to be quiet or clean up after themselves. Hostel is quite clean although they could Hoover under the beds once in a while.

All in all the facilities are ok and the hostel is nice well organised free breakfast a plus. It's good if you are happy keeping yourself to yourself as there is no interaction with others here. Oh and you don't mind being kept up with loud noise coming from the courtyard area even though the signs are plentiful telling you that you can't be in there after 10pm it seems the long stayers can do what they want when they want!.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

I stayed in room 10 for the first few nights. It is a 6 bed mix dorm. Generally it is clean but the room is too small for 6 people. It makes packing of the luggage very difficult. There is water leaking in the room but I believe the leak has been repaired.

We went on to room 20 for the last night. It is a 4 bed dorm and I am surprised that the room is a lot more spacious than room 10. I am not sure about the difference in price as I pay the same amount for all the nights.

The hostel is less than 100m from the Kings Cross station. Kitchen is available for use and there is free breakfast in the hostel. WIFI tends to be laggy. Remember to bring padlocks as lockers are provided.

Overall, the hostel is well-organized and definitely a place to rest your feet.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

It's a perfect location -- even though Kings Cross has a crazy nightlife, this felt like a little oasis. The metro station is practically next door so I used it daily to get everywhere. The rooms are clean, there are lots of power points and lockers for everyone. They close off the main courtyard at 10pm and then everything is nice and quiet. The free breakfast is a plus. The front desk staff is SO helpful and kind. FREE WIFI is my favorite thing! And one tip -- Joe's Coffee is right next door and it's delicious.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Suffolk, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

Great location in the centre of kings cross. Good size rooms that are kept clean and tidy. Friendly and approachable staff. Good common areas- large tv room, outside patio and free BBQ to use when it's sunny. Only draw back is if you have a room on the front it can be a little noisy on a Friday and Saturday night but is expected in the cross.
Reasonably clean kitchen with good facilities-just depends who else is staying in the hostel and if they bother to clean their own things up.
A good hostel to choose if our planning on staying in Sydney for a while-would definitely recommend to other backpackers.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Backpackers HQ

Property: 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 #61 of 137 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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