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Kings Cross Backpackers
Ranked #41 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
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“Great people, good night out but overpriced for what it was.”
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights and it cost us $124.

Good points:
* helpful staff
* opportunity to meet lots of people
*secure attitude - although sometimes some of the rooms were wedged open on occasion, I felt my stuff was safe
* policies were adhered to vast majority of time (see above) which meant that everyone respected the hostel boundaries - esp. in terms of the kitchen - overall not too bad, everyone washed own plates up etc.
*location is pretty central - Sydney CBD and Bondi Beach are both in close proximity
*staff were cleaning everyday and quite throughly too - hoovering/mopping communal areas etc.
*lots of hostel activities

Negatives:
* most of the people staying there are people who have lived there for several months so can seem a bit 'cliquey' at first
*guests are put in the same room as the long term people so the room we were in was a complete tip/stuff everywhere
*likewise the kitchen and fridge space taken up by people who live there
*no lift and a LOT of stairs if you have a suitcase
*not much to do in Kings Cross itself
*only a shower curtain in unisex and single sex showers - looked flimsy and fell down once.
*hostel activities seemed dominated by people who lived there e.g. film night - a group of the regulars chose it instead of seeking a majority.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

Had a absolute great stay here. Safe secure and great location and people. Only stayed for 2 weeks...wish I could of stayed longer after the people I met, but unfortunately needs must and the flight come sooner rather than later! :( anyway...stay here...it's mint! :)

  • Stayed August 2013
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Belfast
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Reviewed 14 August 2013 via mobile

Traveled with a friend to stay with family and we took a break to stay in Sydney. Good location, handy to bars/clubs. Very helpful staff, as.ones.not to ever stay in hostel we found the experience quite daunting but by the end of our trip didn't want to.leave. Guaranteed good stay and meet some interesting people from all walks of life. Overall a good place to stay, u get what u pay for. Thou there was a flat screen 19" plus DVD player in our room which was good for watching dvds on quieter nights in after a long day exploring.

  • Stayed March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2013

I really rate the quality of this hostel. Nice communal areas and kitchen! The rooftop was also a really chilled out area! Free wifi and breakfast which is always a bonus in Australia! The hostel was mostly full of long termers so the dorms were quite messy and people tended to stick with their own group of friends, so it was hard to meet other backpackers. Good location, a 5 min walk from Kings Cross station and the bars/ shops! Nice hostel, but lacks the backpacker atmosphere!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

Booked a week but left early as we really did not enjoy our stay in this hostel.

Other guests were unfriendly and most were long termers so did not make the effort to chat to us. They treated the hostel like their own home and we felt very unwelcome at times. In our room there was no space to unpack due to the amount of clothes and other items left about by current and previous guests. It felt like staying uninvited in someones (very messy) home. There were no ladders on the bunk beds which made climbing to the top bunk a mission! Doors to bedrooms were left open and unlocked so anyone could and did walk in.

There are three floors of rooms with toilets and bathrooms on each. These were cleaned daily but never felt clean! The showers had no doors only a curtain, and there are no hooks or surfaces to leave your things whilst showering.

The shared areas are ok. Kitchen is a bit on the small side for the number of people who could stay at one time. We spotted cockroaches in there so were put off cooking. Again, there was hardly any space to store food in the cupboards or fridges. The free breakfast is good, cereals and toast. The downstairs basement with a tv is ok, bit cold. Every time we went there we would find people lay on the sofas leaving no room to sit. Wifi is only really available in the downstairs area. Roof terrace looked nice but as our stay was during winter we had no reason to use it.

The area is ok, even though it is the red light district the street where the hostel is not as busy as darlinghurst road. The train station is a 2 minute walk or would take 20 minutes to walk to cbd.

Overall I would say that for the price you could probably get a more central location with better facilities. Our stay couldve been much improved if the atmosphere was better and if the management were a little stricter in enforcing their rules. The long term guests got away with a lot! I would not recommend this hostel if you are only in sydney for a short while as it played a big part in us deciding to leave sydney earlier than planned.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 17 May 2013 via mobile

This was the first place we stayed in Oz & it turned out to be great value for money in relation to other places. Free wifi & breakfast (toast & cereal), cool rooftop with comfy seats, cool TV/pool/basement room. Girls loos out of order for a while & lots of crack heads/sleazy bars outside, but felt safe in the hostel & good location not far from the sights. Recommended!

  • Stayed March 2013
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leicester
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

When we first arrived (10am) the reception staff seemed quite harassed and it felt like we were putting them out to get checked in. In fact we left our luggage and returned later on when she wasn't so busy! It transpired a few days later that we'd been put in the wrong room although they managed to move other peoples bookings around rather than have us pack up and leave.

The rooms are extremely basic although the lockers are good quality and quite large. The beds themselves are cramped and uncomfortable. It gets very noisy at night with people banging doors and shouting all the time.

Our floor had only one toilet for the girls and often looked mucky, although to be fair someone cleaned them everyday.

The downstairs "den" and roof top terrace are really nice and relaxing, lots of squishy sofas. They also have large TV's and a pool table.

The facilities in the kitchen are pretty good although it can get cramped. The main problem was the cockroaches - they seemed to be everywhere! Disgusting! One good thing is that people do tend to wash and put away their own pots here and the kitchen does get cleaned regularly (unlike other places we've stayed).

The main thing that put me off this hostel was probably the other backpackers. The hostel seemed to attract holiday visa types who hung out in large groups and made you feel really uncomfortable if you happened to sit nearby. I really liked the rooftop but unfortunately had to share the space with people who sat around smoking weed and bragging about their other drug habits... Felt like we couldn't mention it to the staff as they seem to live there also and are part of that group.

The hostel is in a good location but we were happy to move on.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kings Cross Backpackers

Property: Kings Cross Backpackers
Address: 79 Bayswater Rd | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (Formerly Backpackers Headquarters Hostel)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 137 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Kings Cross Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kings Cross Backpackers is a friendly, modern and fully renovated Sydney Hostel. 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and female only dorms are available. Warning: Kings cross Backpackers is a super friendly small hostel with all guests becoming great friends. This is not a boring 500 bed hospital/jail hostel which all true travellers learn to hate. Kings Cross Backpackers is quickly becoming the top rated and most social hostel in Sydney. With an almost cult following it is mainly filled with repeat visitors. Unfortunately most guests cry when they leave. All rates include free breakfast, free WIFI, free cable TV, free nights out and access to a beautiful rooftop garden with a panty dropping view. ... more   less 
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