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Bingley, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friend and I booked in to stay at the hostel for a week. We left after 2 nights it was that bad and were not refunded. We have stayed in many hostels and this one is by far the worst. We noticed many people leaving during our short stay here and everyone we spoke to was having a bad... More 

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Thank rabbitmuncher
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome location. Right by the beach and right by all the good restaurants and bars! They also have many things to do or rent out. Also a great place to find work. Awesome workers and people that are staying there

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Thank Lindsey R
Moggill
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10 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am sorry about the bad review. But this place is really nasty. Everything is so dirty and smells really bad. There was no soap in the bathroom and some of the door lockers were broken. Staff was okay. Can't tell anything about the breakfast. Did never eat there because the kitchen was disgusting as well. Locating is nice but... More 

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Devon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

An excellent beach , sister to Bondi beach up the road and with that becoming a popular destination for all. The Surfside is located on the seafront on top of a Maccas. This is a brilliant place with amenities , breakfast and some great people. One of the highlights of NSW and a must for anyone. Well suited to social... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

The people that give this hostel anything more than a one star are either very naive or very drunk and have no recollection of their stay. The rooms are filthy, the bathrooms are disgusting, I've travelled the world and can honestly say this is the worst place I've ever stayed. God forbid anything ever happened here as safety rules are... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 30 March 2016

Stayed there for one night and that was enough, I could no sleep properly, rooms are full of BED BUGS, I was eaten alive and had the marks on my body for over a week, and if that wasn't bad enough the place is filthy, one staff in the reception with beard maybe the guy is English not Australian, very... More 

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Thank metal6666
Seriate, Italy
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Reviewed 16 March 2016

- RUDE staff - 3$ compulsory to pay for the "cleaning" - no ladder at the bunk beds, you need climbing skills - very BAD cereals at the FREE BREAKFAST - NO POTS just pans in the kitchen - the stove takes literally 25mins to get hot - you can SEE small COCKROACH wandering around the kitchen - no WI-FI... More 

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1 Thank de4thelement
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

The WORST hostel I have ever stayed at. I spent 4 nights here with my boyfriend and another female friend. First of all, upon arrival we were asked to pay extra money because the host said the listing price online was only for one person. They blamed Airbnb for this mistake. Beware of this when booking. After this was sorted... More 

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Essex
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Reviewed 11 March 2016

as soon as we walked up to the place we could tell it was going to be unpleasant. It felt very unsafe and didn't have a nice feel to it. The man who owns it was very rude and seemed a bit too keen to grab your money off you before you can even look around the place (what a... More 

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1 Thank Alesia G
2 reviews
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Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

Worst hostel ever !!! Staff is VERY rude never see that ! No free wifi, bathroom was duty with blood on the floor and wall. I had no blanket but i had to pay a FEE for it !!! Drap were duty too. The room are small with too much beds, and with no lockers !!! You have to pay... More 

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Additional Information about Surfside Backpackers

Address: 186 Arden St, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Randwick > Coogee
Price Range: $25 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 17
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“all bad, dark rooms, over crowded and filthy”
 of 5 bubbles metal6666, 30 Mar 2016 | Read review
“dont's step in this place”
 of 5 bubbles de4thelement, 16 Mar 2016 | Read review
“brilliant staff good views great times”
 of 5 bubbles C881YPjeffb, 21 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Don't book a room at all here”
 of 5 bubbles SidneyVdA, 3 Nov 2015 | Read review
“there are no good rooms. stay somewhere else”
 of 5 bubbles 562davew, 14 Jun 2015 | Read review
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