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Central Perk Backpackers
Ranked #99 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
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“Bad hostel, good location”
Reviewed 9 July 2013 via mobile

I stayed 3 nights at this hostel. I went there without no preview of the place. This is the reality: It is mark 3 on 10 in all the features except for the location which is 9 of 10. The hostel has not a good appearance.
They gave me the sheets to put in my bed which I thought strange, I think they should put for me, but no problems. The beds were bad. The bathrooms were sometimes occupied but not everytime and they were reasonable clean, but not so good cleaned. The breakfast was just 3 types of jam, milk, bread, cereal and no butter. To drink water you have to ask a guy for a cup and he will ask for your key, the kitchen things do not stay there, you have to ask. The safe in the room doesnt work unless you have a big locker or ask in the reception for 1. The wifi was good. EXCELENT location. Employees were ok

  • Stayed July 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

Arrived here from staying at 2 brilliant hostels in melbourne and can honestly say I was surprised! From the outside and some reviews it sounds terrible but honestly it's really not!! The kitchen is very much on the small side but clean and not that busy plus you have 2 large fridges to stock your food. The staff are good especially the guy with the glasses (don't know his name) but he is very helpful and you respect him and he will respect you. The showers/ toilets are generally nice, they are combined and 3 on each level and every time I have gone to use one its been free and relatively clean. They also give you free shower gel so not too bad. The Internet is good because it is free but can be very sluggish at times. The beds are comfy but if you can always go for bottom bunk!! The only bad things about this hostel in the fact it doesn't have 24hr reception and that the lockers are pretty bad, so basically you have to carry your expensive items with you unless you have a very thick lock. Haven't had the free breakfast so can't comment but all in all it's a good hostel and no matter what anyone says its the people inside the hostel that make it good or bad!!

Room Tip: Room 5 is a nice room but can get very hot! I think that goes for all corner rooms to be honest.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

worst ever experience, never going back. toilets/showers were horrible if you found a free one..
kitchen was rubbish and the worst of all the staff were rude and not helpful at all. wireless internet was about as good as dial up

Room Tip: find another hotel
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Slough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 November 2012 via mobile

Avoid like the plague! I don't know where to start, the weirdos that seem to live in the building, the horrifically disgusting bathrooms or the kitchen which is closed for half the time. The "free" wifi is slower than a snail and the breakfast included a crust in the bottom of a bag of bread. The staff are soooo rude, and the sheets have stains on which I dread to imagine where from. They rooms were so hot you had to have the three windows open which were onto George Street, which meant it was stupidly noisy all night and I didn't get any sleep even with ear plugs. We stayed one night, got up first thing, demanded our money back and left!

Seriously, I'm not one to complain all the time, (check out my other reviews), but this place is seriously one I wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy!

Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

I stayed here for a week while job hunting,enticed by the free wifi.
Firstly the wifi was horrific,DNS errors everytime you tried open a new page/window,the rooms are located across from a bar so after 11 all you hear are drunks screaming and fighting.
The reception was laughable,the guy was asleep most of the time and didnt seem to stop the clearly homeless man(who you could smell a MILE away) from just coming in and chilling out in the common areas!!!
The 'kitchen' is closed most of the day from (12-4 if i recall correctly) and only has a single hob so come dinner time your in a massive queue,i ended up eating out EVERY day so already was at a loss for staying at budget accomodation.
I moved there from Base (under 5 minutes away,has decent wifi that you pay for but at least it works,has a 24 hr reception and a massive kitchen) to save some money but in effect i ended up spending even more.
Avoid like the plague,splash out the extra 5-10 bucks a night for a decent hostel
Oh and my blanket had some seriously dodgy stains on it,i ended up sleeping in my clothes,i have reviewed many hostels and objectively,value for money this was the worst

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

The location of the hostel and the cheap price is why I stayed there. However, I have decided not to go back there again.

Most annoying for me was the so-called "24 hour reception". The guy who owns/runs the hostel sleeps in the room behind the reception desk. He sleeps on & off throughout the day/night whenever people not at the desk. If you need him, you ring the bell. There is also a phone number listed, but it is to a phone in his room (you can hear it ringing when you call!)
I waiting for 20minutes to check-out because he was asleep - I was calling the phone repeatedly, but it did not wake him up! Also, when I arrived, he was not there - I had to wait 15-20 minutes to check in, which was bad because I was then late for my meeting that day!! I would NOT consider it "24 hour reception"!!

It says it has a kitchen. But the kitchen is not available 24/7. It is only unlocked at 8:30am (or whenever the guy wakes up after 8:30!!); not sure what time at night it is locked though. There was only 1 stove, and one sink, but 2 microwaves and 2 fridges. Limited pots & pans. Tiny kitchen area, not nearly enough bench space for more than 1 or 2 people at a time.

They advertise "breakfast included". But breakfast was just 1 or 2 types of cerial and some bread to toast with either peanut butter or (i think) a marmalade. There is also tea & coffee & milk. That is all.

Beds were average. Comfortable enough, but matress was thin. Dorm bunk-bed creaked throughout the night when any movement.

On the up-side, I enjoyed chatting to some of the long-term lodgers for overseas. :) Some were friendly and had a nice chat with them!

In summary: I would suggest paying a few dollars more, and go elsewhere. I stayed at Base Backpackers last week instead of here again, and it was A LOT better! Worth the extra $6!

Room Tip: Dorm bunk-beds squeeked. Matress was thin, but just enough to be comfortable.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Central Perk Backpackers
Address: 611 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
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Ranked #99 of 139 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
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Hotel Class:2 star — Central Perk Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 70
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