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Surfside Bondi Beach Backpackers
Ranked #12 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Bondi
Dublin, Ireland
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28 reviews
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“Great for Young People!”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

I stayed here for 4 nights and have to say that I quite enjoyed it. It is mainly full of young people and there is a lot of friendly partying that goes on with sessions most nights :)
Door room was average. But they have very little space in them and it was almost unbearably hot at night. Rooms need air-con.
Dont let this detere you though! Its in a great spot. Close to all the bars, places to eat, off licence, super market and just a 2 min walk from Bondi Beach!
They have free surfboard, body board, wetsuite and sports equipment hire too which is awesome!
Staff are quite friendly and just like to party really. They were quite helpful to me too. It's all very laid back :)
(The showers could be a tiny bit cleaner though)

Cant wait to go back!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Enjoyed my stay at Surfside backpackers , Personally found the place to be a lot of fun, easy to make friends and socialize having stayed in many places around the world this would easily have been one of the most sociable. for a hostel the place was pretty clean and the service was good. Location was fantastic also best in bondi

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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Saint Gratien, France
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61 reviews
36 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

We would not recommand this backpackers. It was horrible. Showers/Kitchen/Rooms were very dirty and the staff unpolite. We made a lot of Backpackers and it was the worst that we did. We did not feel in totally security, averybody can enter is in the hostel. For our first night is was impossible to sleep. People were drunkers and shouted all the night and knonck on all the door room and the guy in charge of the security did nothing. Our TV did not work and we had to wait 3 days before it will be repaired. Scandalous!!!!!! If you want to spare a pleasant trip do not go to this place. !!! We hope that our comments will help the future travellers.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 February 2012

Best Hostel I've seen in Australia so far. Had an amazing time here and would always come back. Feels like home. Thanks for everything!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2012

This hostel is not your average hostel, it becomes like your home, even now i return to this place to go see the staff as they have become my friends....i stayed here in a 12 bed dorm for over a month in December, and loved every min of it, always things to do, bar crawls, activities, real happy friendly, safe feel to this place.
I have done 4 years of travelling and in that time have stayed at a hell of lot of hostels, and this place is up there with my top 3 places.
Its a very well organised and clean place, but the staff are the best thing about this place.
Big thanks to Richard, Tim, Seana, Flow, Laure, Fonze, and the rest of you for making my stay amazing.
Would definitely recommend this place. x

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Bondi, New South Wales, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2012

So not a bad hostel, the room i stayed in (dorm 7) was tiny yet had 5 bunk beds in, with no lockers in the hostel your things where just left on the floor due to the lack of space so the room was very busy in that respect. I hadn't heard of anybody having problems with theft or any of the kind, guys and gals had laptops in our dorm and it seemed good. Good atmosphere in the dorm. Separate men and ladies toilets / showers. Yet small cramped and well dirty. 2 toilets and 3 showers to service over 120 guests I believe. When i arrived they had closed the TV room because people where sleeping in there i found that a bit odd. The "free" breakfast was horrible like horse feed, free tea and coffee was cool though. There were scheduled things to do like beach games and stuff which was good. The guy at reception was quite helpful when it was open, I found it odd how often it was closed for such a busy hostel. The noise policy after 11 midweek was adhered to so if you wanted to sleep you could, weekend was sort of crazy though but then again it was Saturday night. All in all not good not bad. But Location Location Location, 50 metres from the beach all amenities on the door step, location is second to none.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Cork, Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2011

Arrived at 2pm, Reception was closed.
Called the number on the desk was told by someone who was clearly after being woken up to wait for someone to come down they then hung up.
A boy who clearly looked like he's been dragged backwards though a ditch wearing board shorts and nothing else meandered down and checks us in. We were left to find our room ourselves.
Leaving reception/ the kitchen/ drug swapping area we walked up the stairs and followed the smell.
If you can imagine walking into a house owned by a hobbit, small dark dank smelling of moss, well imagine that only filthy too. Four beds one being used and the other three looking like something out of a Tailban bunkhouse. The room was horrible it stank and you know that feeling of not being able to tell if your sheets are just so cold they feel a bit wet or wondering if they are actually damp well yea thats how I spent the first hour in bed. Then the crawling started, now Im sure they dont have bed bugs because I didnt get them but im sure it was a psychological side effect of being in such a hole myself and my buddie seriously felt like things were crawling on us... however no evidence was found the next day other than our own scratch marks.
To sum up, the kitchen is a hovel with birds strolling around on it, flies bumping uglies, the bondi segment of "Rastas" smoking as much weed as is humanly possible and the staff to call them ignorant and lazy is a HUGE understatment. They couldnt care less.
DONT STAY THERE.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Surfside Bondi Beach Backpackers
Address: 35a Hall St, Bondi, New South Wales 2026, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Bondi > Bondi Beach
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Ranked #12 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Bondi
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Number of rooms: 10
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