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Home Backpackers
Ranked #41 of 142 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
sydney
1 review
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“dirty and false advertising”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

I saw an ad for this hostel before arriving back in Sydney and they made it look great. The only truth in the ad is that its a great location. There is no free breakfast (unless you count leftover bread) And there is no free wi-fi (they charge a fortune to use the wi-fi there) The kitchen is so filthy, I've seen pigeons fly in there before and peck away on the counter! In the end I never bothered using it, guess I was worried what else was living under all the rot. And the cleaners are useless too. The come in, empty the bin and thats about it. And some of the locks dont work on the rooms which of course is bad if your travelling alone. Would'nt recommend it!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Stayed in alot of hostels around Sydney and have definately enjoyed Home more than the others.. Relaxed atmosphere full of great people really helpful staff.. am leaving sydney to go travelling and will definately return to Home when i get back!!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed December 10, 2012

I stayed in the hostel for a fortnight for a very reasonable price. The room was clean, comfy beds and a brilliant atmosphere throughout the hostel. The piratey looking fellow working on reception was charming and full of knowledge of the area as were the two night managers who went out of their way to help me out; real ambassadors for young working men. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable stay, I hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed December 10, 2012

I stayed here from October till November and had a great time here! everybody was really friendly and welcoming and for a girl traveling on her own it made me feel really safe and relaxed. The staff were friendly and helpful and went out of there way to help me and anybody else with anything. The hostel also offer up themed nights such as free pizzas on Tuesday which was great when your trying to save your cash! i have read some of the reviews on here and think they must of been at a completely different place as id recommend this to anybody! Thankyou Home Backpackers for a great stay! Hopefully i will be back soon! Sarah R xxx

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed December 9, 2012

we stayed here from nov 20-dec10 and really enjoyed our stay. The staff were really friendly and helpful offering info and travel advice around the city. Excellent night atmosphere meet some great people here. rooms are pretty basic but always clean provided with fresh bedding. toilets and kitchen were also decent often cleaned by one set of the cleaners

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

I've booked in for a week but will be leaving first thing in the morning. This place is disgusting the toilets aren't clean mixed and have graffiti all over them. the kitchen is absolutely revoulting there's old dishes in there from weeks ago I think even growing fungus, In the room across from me there is blood all over the door and in the kitchen from a domestic violence I got awoken by earlier this evening screaming went on for about 30 minutes then i could hear the girl being thrown across the room. I most definitely do not feel safe or comfortable especially in my bed as it is very squeaky has a very thin mattress and is riddled with bugs. Do not stay here this isn't an exaggeration! This place is a hell hole I think prisoners get better than this and people are paying to stay here.

  • Stayed November 2012
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Home Backpackers
Address: 238 Elizabeth St, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Surry Hills
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 142 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Home Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just a few steps from Central station, HOME Backpackers has everything a Sydney Backpackers should have and heaps more! We offer comfortable budget accommodation right in the heart of Sydney and a jam-packed line up of entertainment each night. Our staff is a mix of travellers and true Sydney-siders who know the best places to party, eat, travel, see and experience. Reception is open 8 till 8, Early and late check in available. ... more   less 
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