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The Old Swan Barracks
Ranked #37 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Perth
Waterford, Ireland
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“no atmosphere!”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Seeing this hostel on a perth map having won a backpackers award we thought it would be ok. First of all, it's not cheap. Cheaper than a hotel but more expensive to renting an appartment! For our $500/week for us both, We shared a 4bed room with really nice people! No air con, but it wasn't hot yet, cockroaches, filthy shared showers/toilets that were full of moths, staff would kill them and leave them on the floors, staff would come hoover rooms and barge into rooms and bathrooms. No privacy at all. One or two really nice staff, the rest are really rude and passive. Charges for internet, when its beside the library where internet is free, even for non members. As a hostel it should provide backpackers with good deals, instead they are making a mint for doing nothing. Lazy, lazy, lazy!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2013

This backpacker has everything you would need, including a bar, snooker, TV, Pay for it Internet.

But this is not the cleanest place on earth. Which means it's average in Perth ( but it means it's under average in European terms).

It's a place to stay and you get some sleep (i was in a 4 dorm) and that's it. I was lucky to have fun people to stay with - so it made the stay OK.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Window glass missing, cramped rooms with no air-con, small kitchens, not enough fridge space, you have to rent cutlery and really dodgy not flat pots and pans, tv in upstairs dining room has no aerial so awful picture and all for $29 per night. Go elsewhere!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Don't expect much being a backpacker and all but this hostel is absolutely disgusting, covered in dust, dirt, grime everywhere. Every room is crumbling down, broken windows, disgusting showers/toilets covered in blood, sick and pubic hair and the females toilets stank of fish and sick for 3/4 days. The staff are not helpful and look at you as if you are stupid. They boast about having cockroaches and bugs all over. Wild birds fly into the kitchen area. No quilts, just get given 2 sheets! Pillows are all stained and stink of mould. Beds are horrendously squeaky. Carpets are stained and stink of sweaty feet... Just an absolute disgrace. Would be okay if they actually cleaned it like their website says they do. Its always brawling with alcoholics and they charge diabolical prices for old washing machines/dryers, very slow internet.. This place is just a hell hole. Would'nt stay here if I was homeless, a carboard box would be better..

Room Tip: No air con so rooms are ridiculously hot and clammy and stink of body odour..
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 Thank CupCake19_12
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Perth, Australia
1 review
Reviewed October 31, 2012

lots of changes to the good, clean hostel, lots of function over the week, verry helpfull and friendly staff, great place to meet other backpacker from all over the world.
verry old building, needs some TLC, but it is verry well looked after by the management.

Room Tip: go there and have a great time
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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Thank peter k
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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 4, 2012

I don't usually write bad reviews as I'm not too uptight about things. If you're staying in a hostel you can expect it to be a different standard than a hotel.

This hostel on the other hand was completely awful. The staff are useless and extremely rude! The whole place is filthy and has signs everywhere warning they will fine you or evict you for various things. The halls have dirt caked in the carpet and the place looks like a frat house that hasn't been cleaned in years. The ladies toilets are right in front of low windows that look out into a public parking lot, the showers had mold and grime an inch thick, etc.

When we checked into our private double we had been there for maybe 20 mins before a man showed up to work on our fire alarm at it was broken. He was there for 2 hours while we had to sit there and wait and it was our last day in western Australia and our only day to explore Perth so we were pretty annoyed. There was a used condom laying on the floor when we got in our room and the staff didn't care at all when we told them.

The free breakfast is some stale toast and stale cereal with no milk (have to buy it).

Stay away from this place!!!

Room Tip: Don't stay here!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank Jenn D
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Brisbane
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2012

got sick as result of dorms, and bathrooms! nothing personal on the cleaning crew, my hat comes off to them...but the state of bathrooms, especially showers disgusting!
no soap, hand sanitizers in bathrooms, no papertowels, plus faulty hand-dryers!

good location though, to restaurants, shops, museums, etc!

anything else to do with place, being referred to our foreign affairs office, and NZ high commission in australia

Room Tip: look elsewhere! (if you see the manager's desk...you see just how poorly run the place is!)
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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4 Thank BrisbaneKiwisteve
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Property: The Old Swan Barracks
Address: 6 Francis St | Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia 6000, Australia
Location: Australia > Western Australia > Greater Perth > Perth > Perth CBD
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #37 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Perth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Old Swan Barracks 2*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience Perth's most unique Backpacker Hostel. Situated in the heart of Perth in the Northbridge entertainment area and only several minutes away from the rail and bus terminals. Built in 1896 and a State Listed Heritage Building, The Old Swan Barracks offers quality accommodation and fantastic facilities at very affordable prices. Completely renovated in 2008, a stay at the Barracks provides the budget backpacker with the best that Perth has to offer, with a wide variety of accommodation from twelve bed dorms to private rooms. Rates from $25 per night include a free breakfast. The Barracks Bar, located in our Great Hall has nightly entertainment and offers a wide variety of Australian beers, wines, and beverages. Various activities each night include Wed. Pizza night, Thurs BBQ night, pool competitions and DJs. Book early to avoid disappointment. WINNER Best Hostel 2012 in Western Australia WINNER Best Backpacker Night in WA 2011 FINALIST Best Hostel in WA 2008, 09, 10 & 11 ... more   less 
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