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London
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Problems from the start - initially stayed in a dorm room. First dorm I was given was tiny and looked like a teenage bedroom with belongings strewn everywhere. There was virtually no clear floorspace and when I asked one of the girls where I could leave my bag (thinking she might clear some space), she shrugged and suggested on top...

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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We did not have a good experience at this hostel. Our airport pick up was included, however we were misinformed with how to properly make arrangements and we ended up having to wait about an hour for pick up. Once we arrived at the hostel we were greeted by friendly staff (most staff were helpful and kind.. the only positive...

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Alton, England
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Room was relatively clean. Showers were immaculate if showering in the morning, but always got pretty grim by the end of the evening (girls showers covered in hair and toilet paper!) But definitely good for a hostel. Never had to fight to find a free shower either. Lots of events on every night, perfect if you want to socialise. Also...

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Bundaberg, Australia
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This hostel gave me the best time ever and I'd always come back. Great location as Kings Cross is close enough to the city but still a different suburb, good and clean facilities (no need to search for the laundrette, kitchen is cleaned twice a day) and the vibe is just amazing. I've met loads of lovely people and we...

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Fort McMurray
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I needed a place to stay for one night in Sydney before my plane home the next day. Honestly, this hostel was kind of crappy. I am the type of person to fully experience everything a hostel has to offer, and unfortunately one night was not enough to experience everything. However, from the time I was there, it was enough...

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Niagara Falls, Canada
Reviewed 27 September 2016

What a nice hostel! Staff was friendly and helpful. I wasn't as social as I'd planned with other hostel guests but still had a good time. Definitely recommend! Heads up that it's in the red light district!

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Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Chose this for our stay at Sydney. Close proximity to the Kings Cross railway station makes it very accessible. Nice and clean place with lots of discounts on key tours and attractions. Don't forget to take a walk in the nearby market for that 'Oh so Sydney' feeling..

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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Best place to stay if your wanting to settle and work in Sydney! Greatest staff I've never met such enthusiastic helpful reception staff in all my travels. From check in to check out felt welcomed and home.

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Montreal, Canada
Reviewed 1 September 2016

I was there with a friend who didn't like it, but I personnal liked the place. The dorm was clean, bed was comfy, room way too cold though, but I was able to grab 3 BLANKETS! Don't forget some sweaters just in case. Note that there are no bathroom on the main floor, you have to go on the 1st,...

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Cork, Ireland
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Good hotel in Kings Cross. Also its cheap. Safe are. Shops and metro station is just minutes away. In my opinion it could be upgaded but for short stay is perfect. Very quite and central for area. Rooms are clean and staff are very helpfull. Tv dvd movies internet available for free. Some rooms have tv on it's own. Dormity...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Airport Transportation
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Breakfast included
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: $28 - $93 (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”
 of 5 bubbles 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.”
 of 5 bubbles , 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! ”
 of 5 bubbles 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
 of 5 bubbles Martian59, 22 Oct 2016 | Read review
“2nd floor is perfect”
 of 5 bubbles germantraveling53123, 12 Oct 2016 | Read review
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