While it does cost a bit more than other hostels, you can get weekly deals and it is definitely worth it. You get free breakfast until 9.30 (toast, cereal and fruit) and free wifi all over the hostel. Furthermore the hostel is very clean and modern, and there's great communal areas making it nice and sociable.
There's a 24hr tv room (with foxtel and sport channels), outdoor smoking/BBQ area, modern kitchen, and a 24hr kitchen for when the main one closes. There isn't too many people staying here either so all the areas are very useable, although you may have to wait a bit to use the kitchen at peak meal times.
The room I've stayed in (21) is very spacious, has a sink and two big mirrors for 8 people. I also stayed in room 2, a 10 bed room with less space but had an ensuite. Both were regularly cleaned, had fans for when it's hot, had comfy beds and pillows, and everyone had a big locker each.
It's also in a great location, less than a min from the Victoria st entrance to kings cross station, which is perfect for going out. Takes about 10 minutes to get to the cbd by train, or 2 to get to the clubs by walking. Although it's in the cross, it's not a hostel where people constantly party, people do occasionally go out during the week, but it's mostly on the weekends. It's also just far enough away from the clubs so you don't hear them at night.
Vicky, who works at reception, is so nice and will do loads to help. Some of the staff are hired travellers, they're all pretty nice too. The only negative thing I have to say is that there are a lot of rules, eg kitchen/outdoors closes at 10, no smoking on front steps, etc, but they are there for a reason eg so that you/other guests can sleep at night, and most of the staff are easy and polite about enforcing them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Backpackers HQ is a friendly, clean and safe oasis in the heart of Kings Cross. We have just undergone a major renovation to modernise this beautiful building. Our friendly staff will make you feel welcome with FREE Breakfast daily, FREE Internet, FREE airport shuttle pick-up (conditions apply), FREE entry and FREE drinks in local bars and clubs. Our rooms are spacious, clean and secure with beautifully polished wooden floor boards or tiles. Many rooms have en-suites and fridges. All have security locker storage. Relax in our new TV lounge area or out the back in the timber decked courtyard. A great place to make new friends. Our friendly and helpful staff can help you find a job, buy a car, show you Sydney like us locals know it or tell you where to party every night! ... more less
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