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The Original Backpackers Hostel Reviews

162 Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

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75%

Rating
764 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 83%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 71%Atmosphere
  • 70%Cleanliness
  • 73%Facilities

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86%

My preferred hostel in SYD, Kings X. We booked via hostelworld and as we arrived they said they're overbooked so they put us in a double/private dorm. And as we even wished to extend the friendly staff remained us for a dorm rate in the suite. Thank u for that great stay. Would always choose Originals.

  • 15th Jul 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


63%

The staff is very frienly. And the hostel have good Services, but is very very noisy, even after midnight, people talking laúd, changing rooms,. And there is not any control or notes that remind you to keep the noise to a mínimum at lates hours. Our room smell smoke, so definetely people don't follow rules but i don't feel the hostel control that, and they should.

Owner Comment (Hide)
There is no smoking in rooms -if the room smelt of smoke it was the other guests clothes.This guest is complaining about people talking loudly-we don't allow loud shouting or swearing or music but we do allow conversation.Talking to other guests is one of the reasons most people stay at a hostel.

91%

A nice place to stay right by Kings cross station. Staff are lovely and helpful. Wifi is good and the courtyard makes for a good place to socialise with plenty of people about.


69%

Dirty messy kitchen full of young people who did not seem to know what tidiness is. Found people smoking in the premise. Staff is nice and helpful, though.

Owner Comment (Hide)
We clean the kitchen twice daily, and spend four hours, on two nights doing a spring clean of the Kitchen. There are times when the Kitchen can get crowded particularly betwee 6.30 and 830 pm at night. There is a designated smoking area in the hostel where guests can smoke. We do not allow smoking inside the building. We have a 24 hour reception team. Most of our guests are European Backpackers. We pride ourselves on being a very clean and frinedly Hoste, regards Danny and the team.

77%

all good...


66%

Cockroaches in the kitchen, as like in other hostels in that street. I would recommend other location.


91%

Stayed in Private Room with toilet and shower, located next to the dining/meeting area. Staff was fairly good at policing the 10 PM curfew for the dining/meeting area. There is a full kitchen, but many people use it. Private room had cable TV, coffee maker, refrig, safe and fan. Good location in Kings Cross, close to the Metro. Also, hourly van service to/from the Airport. Good place to meet other travelers.


63%

We arrived at 10 pm and then there was a full party going on (could add that it was a Monday) Drunk kids running around, not really my cup of tea. The guy receiving us was nice though and showed us to our room, stayed in the private room so can't say much about the dorms except the sounds of party could be heard to the reception. We left the day after so didn't really see much of the place, but there're better hostels in town for the not-partying-all-nighters.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Arrived at 10 pm and checked out at 10am so not much time to judge a hostel.Perhaps if you are calling backpackers "kids" you are too old to know the difference between a good and bad hostel.We are quiet at night and have 24 hour reception to make sure guests get a good nights sleep-see other reviews!(Could add it was the Easter Monday public holiday.)

77%

This a kids hostel, not a place to rest after a flight. Although, it's well located, staff is alright but it's pretty noisy.


80%

First time in a hostel and it was a good experience. Friendly staff, social environment and it was clean which is the most important thing. The curfew was a good and bad but I can appreciate why they do it. The only thing I'd point out was that there was a lot of German tourists (not in any way a bad thing) but they tended to stick together making it a bit daunting to get talking to people. Not in any way the hostels fault but just an FYI. All together, good first hostel stay.


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.

Owner Comment (Hide)
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.




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