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The Old Swan Barracks

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Experience Perth's most unique Backpacker Hostel. Situated in the heart of Perth in the Northbridge entertainment area and only several minutes away from the rail and bus terminals. Built in 1896 and a State Listed Heritage Building, The Old Swan Barracks offers quality accommodation and fantastic facilities at very affordable prices. Completely renovated in 2008, a stay at the Barracks provides the budget backpacker with the best that Perth has to offer, with a wide variety of accommodation from twelve bed dorms to private rooms. Rates from $25 per night include a free breakfast. The Barracks Bar, located in our Great Hall has nightly entertainment and offers a wide variety of Australian beers, wines, and beverages. Various activities each night include Wed. Pizza night, Thurs BBQ night, pool competitions and DJs. Book early to avoid disappointment. WINNER Best Hostel 2012 in Western Australia WINNER Best Backpacker Night in WA 2011 FINALIST Best Hostel in WA 2008, 09, 10 & 11
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Breakfast included
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Non-Smoking Hotel
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The dirtiest place I’ve stayed in. In 6 years of staying and working in hostels. Mouldy food containers in the dorm. Stains on the bedding and pillows. Cockroaches everywhere. No atmosphere like there should be in hostels. Everyone kept to themselves. Bathrooms were revolting.
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Overall the environment is great.. Cleaned could be average, as it’s share room (with 6 persons per room), don’t expect too much on the cleaners.. but overall is okay.. Staff- Helpful and kind, may ask for help and they will assist you and provide you the correct information
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Its great very cheap an very big needs refrigerator in rooms all though couldnt get tv working areial wasnt pluged in so kinda was disappointed but it took awhile to check out n that u need ur own towels or your paying for them not cheap
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My friend and I booked two nights but ended up only staying one as the room was really dirty and totally smelly! The bathroom is alright. It‘s alright for what you are paying but they could for sure improve the rooms.
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Response from OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks
Responded 11 Aug. 2018
Thank you for your feedback it is appreciated. We are currently undergoing a renovation which will freshen up the rooms and resolve such concerns. If you find yourself back in Perth please come and see our improvements as we do try our hardest to make sure gust enjoy their stay.
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Really surprised to see all the negative reviews on here. We thought it was a great place to use as a base for exploring Perth and enjoyed the central location. Particularly enjoyed the large common room lay-out with plenty of chairs, televisions and pool tables. The staff were
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Response from OldSwanBarracks, Manager at The Old Swan Barracks
Responded 29 May 2018
Thanks so much for the feedback we love to hear when people have enjoyed their time with us as at the end of the day this is our goal to help people enjoy Perth on a budget. Kind regards Old Swan Barracks Staff
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chambre de six mixte
6 bed dorm
TV space
"take care of your belongings"
"Always get the private room or better"
"Go for the back of the hostel if you can but not too close to the common room"
"Don't stay here, stay a little further out for a more comfortable stay."
"Rooms on the back are better as quieter and better isolated from noise"
USD 14 - USD 47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
the old swan barracks hotel perth
AustraliaWestern AustraliaGreater PerthPerthPerth CBD
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