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The Original Backpackers Hostel
Ranked #23 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 November 2011

I found this a very helpfull Hostel, they managed to accomodate us short notice after a mix up boking at another hostel.
i have styed here twice, Its a friendly homely hostel, i found 90% of the people were nice,the rooms are clean (aside fromone room we were in for one night which had LONG term male occupants who were rrediculously antisocial and messy but theis is no reflection on the hostel itself. ) Good amenities, Plenty of bathrooms, and a good kitchen. also a movie room(always as the lights off)
Unfortunatly although its a perfect hostel if you are sightseeing - close to the train station, and reasonable walk to the city, in the heart of the party central but still quiet, I would not stay here again dueto the lack of social space. after 10pm guests are nolonger alowd in the socail areas due to Sydney law reguarding Noise levels, unfortunate for such a nice hostel, head to your room the movie room or out to a bar at 10pm then its a perfect place to stay.

Room Tip: anys rooms are good! upstairs front facing have a balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

Stayed in this hostel for two weeks after a very bad experience of a hostel in Central and loved it. Staff are friendly and helpful and we met some great people.

First night we stayed we had a twin room with en suite. Clean and tidy, own TV and DVD player, towels and couldn't fault it at all.

We moved into a four bed dorm after this purely to save money and we're happy with the room. Usual dorm style but the room was pretty big. High ceilings, fan, wardrobe space, TV, DVD and was quite clean.

I think the thing to remember with this hostel is that it is an older building so it is never going to look clinical in its cleanliness.

Kitchen was well equipped although you did have to play a fun game of "Hunt the cup" in the mornings.

The only issue for me was the showers, the bathrooms themselves aren't too bad. Lots of space to get changed etc but depending on what time you go for a shower you can end up having a cold one. Trick is to go early early in the mornings or wait until late morning/early afternoon.

They have a BBQ every Friday for $5 each and you get burgers, sausages, chicken, salads, potatoes, sweetcorn etc. Plenty of selection!

They also organise nights out and I would say that Friday's/Saturday's are the most popular.

I would definitely recommend this hostel to others.

Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2011

Stayed here in April 2011 with two friends at the start of a four month trip, and I would recommend this hostel - it has a really good location in Kings Cross, close to nightlife, and only twenty or so minutes walk from The Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House.

We paid 28 dollars a night for a room in an all females dorm, which was a nice enough room with lockers (bring your own padlock!). HOWEVER we were put in a room with loads of girls who seemed to be living in the hostel, so even if we came in at 12 - not even drunk! - we'd get shouted at for being to noisy.... so I'd recommend going for mixed dorms if you want to enjoy Sydney's nightlife because they seemed as nice inside as the all female dorms but you're actually allowed to have fun... this could have just been my experience but as a general thing throughout our trip we found this to be the case!

Bruce at reception is always happy to help out with things to do in Sydney, and the hostel puts on events at clubs and restaurants to get you cheap food, drinks and free entry. Also the hostel has a big kitchen with free basic essentials, although it shuts at 10 so don't do what we did and be forced to eat cereal on your first night in Sydney...

All round good hostel, bit expensive but that seems fitting with all of Sydney. Have fun!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

My boyfriend and I are staying here at the moment, and we literally fled from their neighbours Chili Blue (don't go there!). What a relief! The best thing about this hostel is the staff, who are very friendly for a change (I experienced otherwise in Australia). The rooms are alright, and you their silence policy really works. The tv room is cosy and the building is pretty.

The only things that could be improved: more bathrooms, faster internet (it's not high-speed at all, but very very slow) and a bit more ventilation in the rooms. But overall, I'm happy we're staying here!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

Although there aren't very many toilets, staff clean them twice a day. Event every night with free drinks! Huge rooms. Quiet at night. Courtyard with outdoor heating. Friendly staff. Great location! Would go back in a second!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

I've stayed in many hostels being a keen backpacker, However this was most likely the worst experience i've ever had in one.
Which is extremely unfortunate being from Australia.
The staff i found very helpful but the rooms weren't clean or well kept at all.
I requested a female room for my friend and i but was "upgraded" to a co-ed room with less people.
On the second night the male sleeping on the bunk under mine brought home a lady friend and they emotionally scarred me for life.
the staff were helpful in moving the very next morning, But did not seem all that bothered, or good at enforcing the hostel rules.
The second room was an improvement. slightly less noisy but still not clean.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 April 2011

Me and my girlfriend stayed here and were welcomed by a very nice man called Bruce. We had a nice double en suite room which was very clean and tidy. The kitchen could have been a bit bigger but it was overall a very nice place. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: The Original Backpackers Hostel
Address: 160-162 Victoria St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
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Ranked #23 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
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Hotel Class:2 star — The Original Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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