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The Original Backpackers Hostel Reviews

162 Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia

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728 Total Reviews
  • 75%Value For Money
  • 82%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 78%Facilities

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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.


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).


Verry good

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


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.


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!


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!


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!


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)


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


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.


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.


Good atmosphere and easy to socialize with the courtyard. The staff were excellent and numerous times I was upgraded to a better room for free!


Good place to stay. We were only there 2 nights

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