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The Old Swan Barracks
Ranked #37 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Perth
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“Good atmosphere”
Reviewed January 15, 2009

I stayed in an executive double room for 2 nights. (not dorm)
It comes with linen, fridge, TV and fan ( no A/C, towel) I enjoyed staying there.
This building used to be barrack, as you can imagine. I don’t know if it is the reason, but this backpacker is so huge, spacious. The executive room is big enough, whereas, common bathroom is not big enough. There are only 3 cubicles(toilet, shower, respectively) on the floor I stayed. I reckon that it is not enough for the capacity of the backpacker.
There are bar, DVD room, TV space, Internet space, kitchen, laundry room and ATM machine at entrance. I saw the sign “gym” but I didn’t have a time to find out where it was. Reception desk is 24 hours. You can buy good espresso at reception ($2), various snacks and soft drinks. The soft drinks are so plentiful, which I really like. Free breakfast is included (6:00-10:00) but I missed it (*.*)
If you have to leave your luggage after check-out, they have storage room, but $5 per luggage a day. ( to my surprise, it is not free :-( …. )

Staffs are quite OK, they might not be very friendly, but they just do their work. Location is great, it is just in front of a museum in Northbridge.
Credit card is accepted only when it costs over $150. Probably there is no room with private bathroom, but this is my guess, you should ask.
I don’t think this place is noisy, I slept well in the room. This building is old, but I really like the atmosphere.
You will be able to find its official website easily, but if you want to see more pictures, I took a lot ! Don’t hesitate to ask me.

  • Liked — location, atmosphere, you can get snacks&drink easily at reception desk(when I was in Perth,it was holidays,,, so no shop was open nearby)
  • Disliked — common bathroom
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 13, 2009

They said "includes continental breakfast" They should have said supplied weet-bix and bread. You must return your bed sheets and key by a certain time or you don't get your bond my back. If you pay up front don't expect your money back if you don't say there one night because you are sick of the bed bugs. Just make sure you don't take the bed bugs home.

  • Liked — It look good from the outside and the front enterance.
  • Disliked — Bed bugs.
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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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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