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Swansea Backpackers
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Swansea Backpackers
scotland
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97 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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“Good choice in Swansea”
Reviewed 29 January 2014 via mobile

The lady running this place is lovely, very helpful and welcoming. We had a nice clean room and the place was very quiet so no noise. There's a good coffee shop attached for breakfast. Free wifi would have been handy. Recommended.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

A notice was posted that the water supply of female shower would stop after 5 min., actually it ran very slow from the 1st second.
Guests were not discipline, many of them did not wash the dishes after use.
My male friend told me the basin was left with moustache probably a guest shaved and left it there.
Paid linen set would be given to other guests who did not pay for it. Caused misunderstanding between guests in shared room.
Booked female dorm but turned out one male user used the room.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014

Ridiculous for a backpackers that guests had to pay extra to use the cooker ($1 for about 20min). The BBQ, which wasn't working properly, cost $2 per time to use, and some other guests, not realising it wasn't working, fed it with quite a few $2 coins before they gave up and cooked their BBQ food on the cooker instead (spending even more money).

We had a private double room which had enough space but was very dark inside - only one small window which didn't let a lot of light in anyway.

There is only one set of bathrooms (separate male and female) for everyone staying at the hostel and the combination of people getting up to go to the bathroom during the night, the wooden boardwalk creating noisy footsteps and the sound of the heavy doors opening and closing equated to a fair amount of noise being produced that could be heard in almost all of the rooms, which are not soundproofed, nor are they heated. We managed to sleep only by using earplugs. While the heating wasn't a problem when we were there since it was summer, I imagine the place could be rather cold in the winter.

The facilities in the kitchen were of a good quality and clean, but the bathrooms were heavily used, the showers were very basic and on a few occasions the toilet paper had run out.

The couple running the hostel (not the owners) seem to be doing the best they can, but busy periods seem to overwhelm them, and the evidently greedy owner could do with employing some more staff to help them out and enable the place to run more smoothly. A 'flashpackers' this is definitely not!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona
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268 reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We booked this place after our visit to Freycinet NP. It looked stunning on the web.
It is a real great place, clean, big rooms, clean bathrooms etc. BUT the current owner is just too narrow-minded: internet 2$ for 5min, cooking: 1$ for 15min power, sheets: 6€ pp… Name it, he charges for it… And the dorms weren't cheap to begin with!! The people running the place were great though, but you can tell the owner doesn't leave them any possibility to change the place into the amazing hostel this place could be…

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

We are extremely disappointed with the service of this bacpacker's accomodation! We have reserved 2 rooms in May this year for a coming trip late this year. The said reservation has been confirmed with full payment made.
However, we have just been informed recently (after 4 months) by the management that our reservation is NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!! This is simply ridiculous! We do not expect this kind of service from a reputable service provider in Australia! The management do not even have the courtesy to look for a replacement accomodation.
We are left to find alternative place to stay in such short notice....
Hence, we will never ever recommend this place to anyone!

Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 June 2013 via mobile

Friendly and cosy! Now that is hard to find in a backpackers. Clean rooms, large rec area and warm woodfire heater. I suggest to you pack food as nowhere is open after 8pm on a week night (growling tummy). Arrived just out of office hours but the staff were on a couple minutes away.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 13 June 2013 via mobile

As June is a very quiet time of year in Tasmania, I wasn't surprised to find very few people staying here. I had a fairly positive experience although not perfect.

Positives:
Large dining area, great comfortable lounge & billiards room, with large screen tv's in both areas.
Everything was super clean and organised.
Nice wood heater in the dining room, great in winter.
Excellent BBQ and outdoor eating area which would be great in summer.
My room was a 6-bed dorm which I had all to myself which was a bonus!
The building appears to be very new and everything works!
The manager was friendly and informative and gave me detailed information upon arrival and included a discount voucher for a local restaurant.
The hostel in pretty centrally located in the small, very attractive, town of Swansea.

Negatives:
No heater in my room (although there were instructions printed on the door telling me how to use the heater) so perhaps it had been removed for some reason? Pretty cold room in Winter, lucky their were spare doonas to use.
Only 1 sheet given, so the doona/quilt that is already in the room is all I have to cover me (which may have been used by many bodies before me!) this happens at numerous hostels, yuk!
Fairly expensive at $37 for a dorm bed in a small town in the middle of the 'off' season. (All other Tas hostels are around $26-27)
Seemed to be only 2 female showers for the whole hostel.
Definitely not a fan of the $1 timed use of the hot plates in the kitchen. Cooking facilities should be provided free of charge in a hostel situation.
No tea towels provided in the kitchen.


  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: Swansea Backpackers
Address: 96 Tasman Hwy, Swansea, Tasmania 7190, Australia
Region: Australia > Tasmania > Swansea
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Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Swansea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Swansea Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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