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The Original Backpackers Hostel Reviews

162 Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

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79%

Rating
743 Total Reviews
  • 72%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 76%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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77%

All good apart from someone stealing my hat!


54%

The room and place as a whole seemed unclean. The rooms didn't seem very secure either and were small. The kitchen was small and so were the bathrooms. If someone was in the shower for a long time, the whole bathroom was taken up and occupied.

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This guest checked in at midnight and checked out at 6 o'çlock the next morning'.The kitchen is big,modern and well equipted,but is closed between 10 pm and 6am.This guest found the little night kitchen where guests can make toast and have free tea or coffee late at night.The dorms have very good locks and all dorms have modern lockers with padlocks for phones,passports,wallets etc.Reception is open 24 hours for extra security.Its a great hostel!

54%

I stayed in the 10-bed female dorm. There was a fridge and table and chairs in the room, which encouraged people to make meals in the room, and sit up talking and drinking until all hours of the night. As a result, I had a very poor sleep in this hostel, and was constantly forced to ask people to be quiet, turn off the light, stop making noise, etc, which is extremely uncomfortable. Hostel dorms should be made for sleeping, not for partying. The room was extremely expensive for what I got back.

  • 16th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
This has been a very friendly female dorm for years and this girl was the odd one out.They do not party into the night and most guests don't want to go to bed at 8pm.

89%

Very cute place, close to train and very clean. Friendly staff

  • 15th Feb 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


86%

The Original Backpackers is a very good hostel. Room was clean, atmosphere was great and the staff were helpful and nice. The only bad thing was that the bathrooms got quite dirty during the day, but that was of course other guests' fault. The kitchen was quite small so cooking between 6-8 pm was a struggle with so many people but we managed. There were lockers and refrigerators in all rooms. Good location, only 2 minutea walk from the subway. I even extended my stay here.


86%

Small but nice hostel, well located in Sydney. The staff was friendly and helpful. The kitchen was very small. The rooms instead very big. Most of the other guests were very young (18-22) and came from Germany or France. I stayed there just one night and explored the city by myself. Perfect hostel for that.


86%

We also stayed at a YHA in Sydney and this place is much nicer. Down a nice little street in kings cross but still just a few mins from the metro. Nice common areas. Staff were a bit hit and miss. Bed wasn't the best but we enjoyed our stay.


94%

Original backpackers was a very good choice. Kings Cross is a very nice areas, in particular victoria street, were you can find many pubs and night life, plus pitt and custom street are reachable on foot in minutes. The hostel has a very cheap deal with shuttle from and to the airport plus the staff was very kind and helpful. The hostel can organize many activities and tour for you while in sydney, all important facilities are provided (wifi is limited but fixed computers are available).


91%

Very good value for money! Rooms were clean and staff were friendly. Kings Cross sucks


89%

Verry good

  • 22nd Dec 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • France
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


89%

Stayed over the holidays and really enjoyed the location. Rooms were sparse but functional - good for acting as a home base while exploring the city. New Kings Cross quiet laws were pretty well enforced but easy to get to other bars/restaurants. Would have appreciated a few more amenities and staff helpfulness, but overall satisfied with the experience.


100%

yes, many party teens or working young people there, so it's not easy to get contact as a single traveller. but the hostel itself has great atmosphere, very friendly and helpful staff and everything is, like it should be. superb!


83%

Was a really great place to stay defiantly one of the better hostels I've stayed in Bathrooms where always clean and so were rooms Everyone is really friendly Only down side is wifi is not unlimited and a bit hit and miss on connecting But overall a great stay!


71%

When I stayed at the Originals there were almost only Germans, which was kinda annoying (yeah, I'm German, too). Nevertheless the hostel is a good place to be. Located in King's Cross it is not far to the center, the station is close and good party locations as well. Cool organized activities, clean rooms and bathrooms. One major problem: the staff cleans very well, also if your stuff is standing next to your bunk. Also throws away stuff when they think its not needed anymore. Not the best way!


80%

Upon arrival I found out that I was a day too early. Unfortunately there were no rooms available so came back the next day. Accommodation was good, initially booked a double room with shared facilities but the manager upgraded me to a room with private facilities, always good!

  • 13th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


100%

The private room was perfect and above standard for a hostel, we couldn't have been happier.


89%

Great location. Friendly staff who were happy to let me check in earlier than usual. Stayed in 10 bed female dorm. Small lockers available in the dorm. Big fridge in the dorm which was great. Nothing fancy, but fair for the price and no complaints.


80%

Quite good hostel. Nice Patio, friendly staff. Good location, close to a metro station and a big supermarket. Lots of european young work-and-travel backpackers. Good "noise policy": After 10 o'clock it was quite enough to get to sleep.




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