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Surfside Bondi Beach Backpackers Reviews

35a Hall St, Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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476 Total Reviews
  • 67%Value For Money
  • 69%Security
  • 93%Location
  • 69%Staff
  • 75%Atmosphere
  • 58%Cleanliness
  • 65%Facilities

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We had a pleasant stay here at the hostel, and everyone was very welcoming. Staff were able to give us lots of advice of where to head out to and the information sheets were helpful. Location is perfect for those wanting to head into the city, out onto the beach or even take a coastal walk.

  • 24th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • All Female Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Great location, clean sheets, helpful staff.

  • 14th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Nice place. Richard is very nice and very helpful.

  • 4th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Firstly the free WiFi that is advertised is not free, you get 1 token that is taken off your deposit. You are offered more if you write a positive review on here. The rooms are crowded, there is nowhere to put your stuff, no secure lockers in rooms and some of the room doors don't even lock. The kitchen was disgusting with dirty dishes everywhere. Many of the long term residents are very rude, making lots of noise at night, shouting and screaming at 4 in the morning when drunk. Do not go!


Facilities and location were great but staff were not friendly.

  • 29th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Mixed Group, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel has SO much potential. It's a shame the manager- Dean- is so rude and disrespectful to women. Also the owner - Richard- definitely micro manages the establishment and is rude and intimidating. He destroys the atmosphere out of the place when he's around. He will try to rip you off if you don't pre-book online.. Ontop of that. dirty toilets, cockroaches, disgusting kitchen. Also, they only give you "free wifi" if you write a positive review. so disregard any positive. They're phony

  • 24th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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