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Jolly Swagman Backpackers
Ranked #31 of 145 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Reviewed 3 May 2014

We spent at this hostel for 2 nights. Before choosing it we read some reviews and made some comparison between hostels in Kings Cross and Sydney CBD. Location of the hostel is good and close by train station. However there is also plenty of hostels nearby.
We booked a private room. It has double bed, fridge, TV and a basin. Room was pretty clean but the view is not very impressive. Just another house close by.
Showers weren't very special as a tap is not very big and a flow would be a bit stronger.
In kitchen there is a rule we haven't confront before. And that's you have to ask for pans and pots from reception and leave your key as a deposit. Just wondering how this is going to work when the hostel is fully booked? We thought it would keep pans in better condition but at least a pan we got didn't make any difference we had experienced before in another hostels. In addition there are plenty of rules on the walls everywhere.
Otherwise hostel is pretty clean.
Anyway according to reviews we were expecting bit more.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

This place is great, the room is a good size, nice comfy bed, small but very good digital tv, decent size in room fridge, sink and mirror.

The kitchen here is great, always clean and tidy, exchange key for pots and pans, and good equipment. Oven, gas and electric hobs.

Always something on, massive tv and bean bags in TV room. Good location, right in the heart of kings cross.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank kiwicm921
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Myself and my friend visited this hostel for 4 nights over a weekend in April. We booked this as it was a hostel our cousin had stayed in. We were not disappointed. Everyone warned us about the Kings Cross area where the hostel is located as it was known to be a bit dangerous and not very safe. We did not find this at all! We loved the atmosphere around Kings Cross, found all the bars friendly and lively as well as the people. The hostel itself straight away felt homely, and we liked that they had rules in place to keep people safe and to respect others. Straight away another resident took our bags up the stairs for us and we honestly found everyone we met friendly and sociable. We were lucky with this but we think this is down to the environment Jolly Swagmans promotes. Both myself and my friend are in our 30's but didn't feel out of place in this hostel at all. We loved all the extra activities put on, including BBQ night, movie night with popcorn and fish and chip night. This was all either free or discounted. Our room was a 4 bed female share, as was clean and a good size. We were lucky to have a fan and a balcony as it was very warm even coming into the Aussie winter. The bathroom was acceptable as well but maybe needed more regular cleaning. It was also fairly easy to walk into the city centre and the harbour bridge, around 45 minutes. If we travelled back to Sydney we would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 27 and this had a balcony
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Pidgewidge2014
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Spent a week here at the end of March after coming from a horrible hostel in Bondi which has a rooftop.

The Belfast born receptionist was very friendly to us upon arrival and anybody else we dealt with were also helpful and friendly.

One slight problem we had was that there was a smell of damp in our room - Room 19.

We did not report this to reception however as it was only a slight smell which we got used to.

The quality of the Internet was very good in the hostel as well.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Daceatpace
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

Rooms were ok but can get crowded and hot when full. Location is right in heart of kings cross which has a few interesting characters that may walk past screaming random stuff at times.Easy walk from a night out.half an hour from cbd. Main guy was friendly and helpful but a couple of the staff leave a lot to be desired. Good cleaning system. Cheap day trips that are well worth doing.

  • Stayed: April 2014
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Thank malpass90
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

A classic hostel full of backpackers only. Pluses: Helpful reception desk, free daily breakfast, free weekly BBQ, rooms have a TV and fridge, great location, free wifi for 2 hours when checking in, cheap Negatives (only small): loud AC unit, very old decor, chipped skirting boards, old showers, no bar. Overall definite thumbs up

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Thank James G
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

Spend a couple of nights at this hostel. Had a good time and there was stuff on every night. The rooms were clean and the bathrooms was nice and tidy to be a hostel. The staff was helpful. Free breakfast.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Address: 27 Orwell St | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #31 of 145 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Price Range: £21 - £59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Jolly Swagman Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering FREE Internet, FREE Breakfast and FREE airport pickup (conditions apply) and located in the heart of Sydney's Backpacker Mecca - Kings Cross - the Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel is open 24 hours and it has been the heart and soul of the Australian Backpacker world for over 15 years. We have become famous for giving backpackers the time of their lives. On our doorstep are breathtaking, scenic views of the city skyline, the spectacular Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, all just minutes walk away. ... more   less 
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