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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

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04/06/2017 05/06/2017
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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The hostel is simple, but clean, especially the rooms. It's in a very convenient location, near a tube station (Kings Cross) and close to the city center (20/30 minutes walk to the Opera House). It could use a couple more bathrooms.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEWvia mobile

Stayed in this hostel for 6 nights. It's at a great location, close to the train, but walking to the CBD is no problem too. The staff was really friendly and nice. Overall the hostel was okay. Especially looking at the price I've paid. Relatively cheap for a hostel in Sydney. Could be a little cleaner thou. The showers/toilets were...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did not have the best experience here. But, I will say that for the most part the staff were VERY friendly and were always available if you needed assistance! What I did not like was this: - Within the first hour of checking in my friends and I saw 6 cockroaches (EW) and they were crawling on beds... -...

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Quebec City, Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stayed here for 4 nights and it was good. The bathrooms and showers were clean. The rooms as well but it kinda smelled like feet (or maybe that was just the people with me?? lol!)There were lockers in the room which was very good. Breakfast was free and they had cheap or free offered activities. The staff were very...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed here for 5 nights and it was alright. Toilets and showers seemed not always clean, but I think they clean them everyday (some people just leave their trash everywhere). There were lockers in the room which was very good but downstairs as well. Breakfast was free (Toast or Cereals) and they offered activities (nights out, movie nights &...

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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I had to go to Sydney with little time to plan, about a week's notice and only managed to find this place within my budget. i got myself to Kings Cross and stayed for three nights here. I am aware with this type of travelling so only packed necessary items for my stay here, it is close to the entertainment...

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Reviewed 24 March 2017

Not much positive to say about the hostel other then the location. It was only a couple of minutes walk to the tube and main street in Kings Cross. Now for the not so good stuff. I stayed in a double room which was ok size. It was very hot as there was only a small fan on the wall....

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Good atmosphere. Staff lay on lots of activities and we particularly liked the fish and chip supper evening on Wednesday - for A$5 you could not do better anywhere in Sydney. The facilities are good and the hostel is clean and well run. There is a 24 hour reception so you really can book in and out whenever you need...

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Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

Room smells like someone urinated in here, no place to hang out and I've been told to stop playing my guitar in my room at 8pm absolutely outrageous, do not stay here, there's no vibe, just a boring nothing hostel. On top of that cockroaches everywhere, no aircon, hot as hell, small cramped rooms, they should demolish the place.

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Draguignan, France
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Too little space for too many people. You actually step on somebody when you go out the toilet and there was no room to sit down to eat the breakfast provided. Dirty and non functional. No room in the lockers on our check out day. On top they charged our card twice the amount and we have to go back...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Airport Transportation
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Offering FREE Internet, FREE Breakfast and FREE airport pickup (conditions apply) and located in the heart of Sydney's Backpacker Mecca - Kings Cross - the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel is open 24 hours and it has been the heart and soul of the Australian Backpacker world for over 15 years. We have become famous for giving backpackers the time of their lives. On our doorstep are breathtaking, scenic views of the city skyline, the spectacular Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, all just minutes walk away. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Address: 27 Orwell St | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range: RM81 - RM303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Jolly Swagman Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 46
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“Book another hostel”
naomin118, 24 Mar 2017 | Read review
“The double rooms are all on the third floor and there is no lift. If you book a double make sure you are fit enough to climb up and down 55 stairs every time you want something from your room.”
, 21 Mar 2017 | Read review
“Avoid the ground floor, means a trek to the 1st floor for bathrooms. Also these are beside the laundry so kinda noisy. Cleaners start early too! ”
maria_melv, 13 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Get the private room if you can afford it.”
  • Common room/dinning area off the kitchen and front desk back right
Martian59, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“2nd floor is perfect”
germantraveling53123, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
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