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Jolly Swagman Backpackers Reviews

27 Orwell Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

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605 Total Reviews
  • 71%Value For Money
  • 88%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 78%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 69%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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Very crowded and small rooms.


I'll say the Jolly Swagman was...alright. The staff were friendly and helpful, so that was a good first impression. When I got up to my room though, it was completely trashed and smelled bad. This was more my roommates' fault then the hostel's, but something should have been done to control this, in my opinion. Also, the sheets didn't fit the bed. Overall, the vibe and people here seemed a bit off-putting. Nothing was unbearable, but I wouldn't stay here again.

  • 26th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Our room was vacuumed twice during our 5 day stay, which is excellent. There was only one female shower and 2 toilets on the whole floor, but I somehow never had to queu to wash my hair or go pee, so I can't really complain. The staff is friendly and some of them interact well with the backpackers, mostly the French-speaking ones. If you want to go party or see a lot of the city centre on foot, this is the perfect location for you.

  • 25th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Belgium
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Was pretty good hostel overall, although the safe storage is in the lounge (in saying that nothing has ever gone missing). The staff are friendly and pretty helpful, however I personally didn't receive any more information than my room key so the kitchen facilities etc were uncomfortable to use. But overall it was worth the money, only suggestion is wifi throughout the building because it only worked downstairs and not at all for me


place wasn't too bad, location is fine, but the wifi sucked and having your room right next to the staff laundry where they wash all the sheets is really not awesome if you have a light sleep


Located in kings cross which I found out wasn't a safe area to be in at night! The hostel staff were very helpful and the hostel had good offers and saved a lot of events. Had a private room and it wasn't very clean. Toe nails on floor and good on shelf. The hostel and the people are very noisy and don't try to be quiet so no sleep was really hot while there. Internet was free. Free basic breakfast, Bathroom and showers were really dirty.. Would stay in a central location next time

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