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Kings Cross Backpackers
Ranked #40 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Reviewed 16 November 2013

At first, I was devastated to come here - the rooms are very dirty (probably the yuckiest I've seen)and I'm not sure but it looked like mold all over the windowsills. However, the common areas are nice - the rooftop has beautiful lights and thousands of bats fly over your head every night, the basement has a large TV and the foodarea is nice. What I lacked was some privacy, but the lack of privacy also made people socialize more and the atmosphere was Great. I met so many nice and interesting people there, that I had probably never even talked to if I stayed at a larger hostel like YHA. Breakfast was nice - toasts with a variety of marmelades and peanutbutter. The hostel also has some kind of event every night which is nice - like free hot chocolate or free nachos - yummy!

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

A sunny and pleasant common room area - free breakfast was a lovely way to meet people. The tea and coffee all day was fantastic!

Our dorm was all girls and got wifi in it (not all do) which was decent enough if you get on at antisocial hours.

It's a walk to the CBD but two minutes to Kings Cross where there's clubs, bars, supermarket and a wonderful market at the weekend.

There was one shower that worked on our floor for quite a few people which at the busy time would perhaps be annoying but generally the hostel was clean and trustworthy (large lockers in room which I was able to fit all my belongings).

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
1  Thank Gille6
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

This was my boyfriend and I first stop in Sydney, we got the free shuttle from the airport here which was great we stayed here for a total of 2 weeks starting 1st August whilst looking for work in the city. First we stayed in one of their 4 bed dorms which was great huge lockers and pretty quiet but thats all down to who you room with. The corridors are a tad noisy at night but only due to all the doors being firedoors. After this we stayed in room 11 which was a 12 bed dorm. We did this purely for cost cutting and it was okay. Again you cant help who your in a room with. If thats 12 girls from Essex and northern England then you know your in for a lack of sleep. The room was divided into 3 with 2 bunk beds in each room which worked really well and helped with light and noise issues.
That aside the wifi was alright, didnt work in the rooms most of the time which was a pain. The common areas were great for meeting people but not good for sitting for long periods as they only have wooden benches which do your back and bum in after a while. Kitchen couldn't really fault it, everything you would need to cook anything to be fair. Pretty clean for a communal kitchen and they had a brilliant free food shelf where people could leave odd things they didnt want often leaving you with a free meal! Score.
Bathrooms were always clean what more can you ask for really? They also have xbox and dvds along with a free toasty night on Thursdays along with other going out events during the week. Overall we loved our stay here and were very sad to move on but sadly we found a flat share which worked out to be much cheaper and quieter!! Never had anything stolen and lockers all very secure overall loved it.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about 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 #40 of 144 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Price Range: £20 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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