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7.8
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7.4
Very good
Location rating score
Very good location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK1.42 km
  • Queen Victoria Building1.62 km
  • Circular Quay1.74 km
  • Sydney Opera House1.91 km
  • The Rocks2.01 km
  • Sydney Aquarium & Sydney Wildlife World2.08 km
  • Darling Harbour2.18 km
  • Sydney Harbour3.46 km
  • Bondi Beach5.35 km
  • Manly Beach10.66 km
  • 3-star Hostel
    Free Wi-Fi

    Jolly Swagman Backpackers

    27 Orwell Street, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Sydney, Australia - See map
    "Super nice to stay at a smaller hostel - get to know people better!"
    Elizabeth - July 12, 2016
    Good comfort
    6.7 room quality and comfort
    Good cleanliness
    6.2 rating for cleanliness
    • 310 meters to public transportation

    • Airport transfer

    • Located in heart of Sydney

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    Value for money6.6
    Distance to city center2 km
    Location rating7.4
    Nearest airportSydney Airport (SYD)
    Distance to airport8.9 km

    Rooms available at Jolly Swagman Backpackers

    Double Room with Shared Bathroom
    Double Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 double bed
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    Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 24 m²/258 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
    Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Shower
    • 2 bunk beds
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    Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Bed in 3-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 3-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Double Room
    Double Room
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • City view
    • 1 double bed
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    Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
    Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
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    • Room size: 28 m²/301 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
    Single Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 single bed
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    3 Bed Dormitory
    3 Bed Dormitory
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 single bed and 1 bunk bed
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    Property ranking|Compared to 8,538 Sydney properties
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    Room comfort score
    6.7/10
    Review score - United States
    6.7/10
    Location score
    7.4/10
    Room size
    16 sqm.
    Better than
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    Most talked about facilities

    Breakfast
    4 mentions
    Housekeeping
    2 mentions
    Food & Dining
    1 mention

    What they offer

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    Nearest essentials

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    Food and dining

    Breakfast options

    Continental
    Vegetarian

    Nearby restaurants

    Australian cuisine
    Australian cuisine
    Room 10
    50 m Australian, Cafe
    Petrol Restaurant
    100 m Australian, Gluten Free, Spanish
    Cafe Dov
    130 m Australian, Cafe
    American cuisine
    American cuisine
    The Bourbon
    100 m American, Australian, Bar
    Buns & Balls
    300 m American, Bar, Pub
    Black Velvet Sydney
    500 m American, Vegan
    Asian cuisine
    Asian cuisine
    LL wine and dine
    30 m Asian, Chinese
    Bang Tang Salad 'n Rolls
    50 m Asian, Fast food, Thai
    Thai Terrific
    110 m Asian, Thai

    What's nearby

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    Reviews of Jolly Swagman Backpackers from real guests

    Overall rating
    7.8
    Very good
    From 638 reviews
    8.5Location
    8.4Service
    7.6Value for money
    Agoda Reviews (42)Booking.com Reviews (596)
    Rating via Agoda6.4
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    Cleanliness6.2
    Facilities5.5
    Location7.4
    Room comfort and quality6.7
    Service6.2
    Value for money6.6
    High score for Sydney
    Rating
    9+ Exceptional (3)
    8-9 Excellent (5)
    7-8 Very Good (5)
    6-7 Good (9)
    <6 Below Expectation (18)
    Time of the year
    Mar - May (9)
    Jun - Aug (10)
    Sep - Nov (12)
    Dec - Feb (9)
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    7.2
    Very good
    Kriengkrai from Thailand
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 9 nights in February 2017

    it worth what you pay for”

    - The staff are extremely helpful, in almost every way. - There is a kitchen, you can borrow all equipment and cook ur own thing - I stay in single room, room is ok, not good but im not picky so it's fine with me. - Toilet has some problem about flashing. - There are also washing machine, but due too many ppl it might always be a queue. - The place in Sydney is always expensive, so if you are on bugget this is as good as any

    Reviewed December 14, 2017
    5.6
    Dee from Ireland
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 4 nights in October 2017

    Beware of late check in "policy" regarding passports...otherwise it's fine.”

    Stayed in double room here for three nights and it was fine!The location is good, in the heart of kings cross and a nice scenic walk,maybe 30min, to the Opera House. Also not too far from bus to Coogee/Bondi. Staff were helpful in regard to making plans and suggesting things to do. Only issue was being given an ultimatum on late check in to hand over our passports as deposit until the morning or find somewhere else to stay. This was even after we offered proof that our room was already paid in full and offered a copy of both passports. We also gave a cash deposit. The passports were not stored in a safety deposit box. When I spoke to the man in charge in the morning he was extremely dismissive saying he "didn't see the problem as we have them back now" and couldn't understand the issue unless we "had something to hide". He eventually agreed to "take it onboard" after going around in circles for a while. A review of late check in procedure is badly needed here as otherwise it was fine.

    Reviewed October 19, 2017
    4.4
    Kim from Sweden
    Group
    3 Bed Dormitory
    Stayed 3 nights in February 2017

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    Reviewed February 14, 2017
    8.8
    Excellent
    Elizabeth from United States
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

    Aloha Jolly Swagman”

    Loved the staff at the Jolly Swagman! Super nice to stay at a smaller hostel - get to know people better! Love the group activities offered!! Super kind and helpful and friendly! Nice having the fridges, cubbies, and lockers in the dorms. Love that each bunk has a light fixture. Limited outlets per room, but has full length mirrors and lots of natural light!

    Reviewed July 12, 2016
    3.6
    EUN from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

    not goooood”

    not good

    Reviewed February 24, 2016
    6.3
    Good
    HEO from South Korea
    Solo traveler
    Single Room
    Stayed 7 nights in August 2015

    A hostel lack of cleaness”

    Location, location, location

    I could enjoy my trip in sydney as the hostel is located in Kings cross which is close to Sydney CBD. I visited most tourist attractions like Opera House by walking. I think the location of the hostel is great. In addition, there are a lot of nice cafes and restraunts near the hostel. But the problem was the hostel's cleaness. If you are planning to stay in this hostel less than a week, I will recommend this place. However, I never recommend this place for more than a week.

    Reviewed September 09, 2015
    6.7
    Good
    Teewin from Thailand
    Couple
    Twin Room
    Stayed 1 night in December 2013

    Not bad”

    Location

    If you want cheap one this place is good value

    Reviewed August 09, 2015
    2.3
    Neale from United Kingdom
    Solo traveler
    3 Bed Dormitory
    Stayed 2 nights in April 2015

    Worst hostel i've stayed in”

    This place is poorly run. first off when i check in i was told i would need to change my room the next day. also the key i was giving for my first room would only open when it wanted to. this was annoying but i didnt mind so much but the next morning i go and ask for my new room key told i cant go in untill they cleaned it. so i had to leave my stuff in the TV lounge where anyone could come and move it etc. Also i had valuables in a bag so didnt want to leave that in the tv room was told i could use the lockers which cost me 5 dollars and they didnt offer to compensate me considering it wasnt my fault i had to check out and move room. this was compounded by the reception area looked more than big enough to have stored that. toilets/showers weren't very clean and shower water power was. it was also rowdy and the tv room was full of yobs. the free breakfast is just cereal/toast. Also i booked into an all male dorm and had a girl in my dorm. AVOID at all costs

    Reviewed April 05, 2015
    6.3
    Good
    Micky from Malaysia
    Group
    4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom
    Stayed 3 nights in August 2014

    Good choice for backpackers”

    Comfortable, Clean, Convenient

    Comfortable, Clean, Convenient

    Reviewed September 10, 2014
    6.7
    Good
    Yin from China
    Solo traveler
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in May 2014

    Centrally located”

    Good location

    The hotel is not far from Kings Cross station. It's a backpacker's hostel. Do remember to bring your own necessary toiletries as the room is really very basic.

    Reviewed June 15, 2014
    6.3
    Good
    Brad from United Kingdom
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in November 2013

    Comfortable stay.”

    It was clean, room was comfortable and it was close to public transport links.

    To be honest, we were hardly in the hostel but the time we were, we had a comfortable stay. It was clean in all areas, but one thing which let it down was the check out time of 9am which didn't really help.

    Reviewed November 22, 2013
    8.3
    Excellent
    Brett from Canada
    Solo traveler
    3 Bed Dormitory
    Stayed 6 nights in November 2012

    Decent enough place”

    helpful staff

    I enjoyed staying here, as both the staff and the other travelers were considerate, kind, and helpful folks. It's always nice when a place includes a free breakfast, even if it's just cornflakes & toast!

    Reviewed November 14, 2012
    4.0
    Sze from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    3 Bed Dormitory
    Stayed 4 nights in August 2012

    Tiny messy dorm”

    cheap and convenience

    I spent 5 days in this backpacker hostel however I 'd not recommend you to stay there if you require a clean and comfortable environment. I booked a 3 beds female dorm but I was assigned to live with 2 other boys. The room was messy and unclean. Staff are nice. People there were all teenagers so they make noise at night. It was really cheap and the location is great if you want to live in King Cross. Anyway, the people there are fine only the rooms are too messy and tidy.

    Reviewed August 27, 2012
    6.7
    Good
    Beng from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 1 night in August 2012

    simple room, good location ”

    convenient

    overall was ok. good location near station, easy access to food anytime. only setback was the hotel guests we encountered were making too much noise even in the middle of the night!

    Reviewed August 14, 2012
    6.7
    Good
    Gan from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 5 nights in March 2012

    On average”

    Nice staffs

    we had four nights in jolly swagman. initially, i am worried after running through some bad reviews of the hotel eg: bad rooms v poor facilities, lots of night drunken etc. however, my overall stay is quite smooth and nothing much to complain given the cheap prices they charged. before arriving, i actually sent an email to jolly expressing my concern on the stay and hope to get rooms (we have 4 people and booked 2 double rooms) on the top floor to avoid all those noise from drunken. the reply is that they would try their best to arrange for us. on the day itself, upon arrival in sydney airport, the shuttle driver is very efficient to pick us up within 10 minutes. once arrived in jolly, they arranged two top floor’s rooms for us. one thing i am not satisfied with is that they don’t have lifts. we have to carry the luggage from ground floors to 3rd floors. but the staff was good enough that she asked if the other two young man stayed in the hostel could help to carry the luggage as we are all girls. after looking at the room, my mum commented that we would better choose 2nd floor’s rooms as it was pretty hot for top floor’s room. we are very lucky that the kind staff was willing to change the rooms for us

    Reviewed April 04, 2012
    5.0
    john from Sweden
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 4 nights in February 2012

    Cheap but dirty place with good location”

    Serviceminded personnel, location

    The Jolly swaggman place was very good located but we expected to have a double room with shower and the shower was located in the corridor and they were uncleaned and not fresh. The room was otherwise ok but with no aircondition, The room was silent. First sight was a cackroach (don´t know the spelling)in the room. The breakfast was better then expected but as all other common places shared with others the kitchen was dirty and plates and cups also. the personnel was very nice and helpful.

    Reviewed February 28, 2012
    7.3
    Very good
    Fong from Hong Kong
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 7 nights in December 2011

    Ok fine”

    big room

    the location is kinda convenient as it closed to the tram station. the room is pretty big with 4 beds only. (maybe because i had tried the 6 beds dorm room and 3 beds dorm room and they all are small.) the toliet/shower room are shard, but clean. and i enjoy the shower lol and the good thing is that it includes breakfast. although the breakfast is simple..... anyway, the room rate is acceptable for this. thank you.

    Reviewed December 11, 2011
    5.3
    Kevin from France
    Solo traveler
    3 Bed Dormitory
    Stayed 3 nights in October 2011

    Nice hotel, good location”

    Good mood, nice hotel

    Convenient location, close to kings cross, places to go out. Breakfast sucks

    Reviewed October 20, 2011
    4.7
    Hidajaty from United States
    Solo traveler
    Dormitory -- Female Only
    Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

    The room is dirty and old, no elevator”

    Simple breakfast provided

    The room is old and dirty, no towels provided, no elevator. Location is not good either. Upper bunk has no railguard.

    Reviewed October 17, 2011
    8.7
    Excellent
    Danny from Malaysia
    Couple
    Double Room
    Stayed 2 nights in August 2011

    Not only a hostel, it's like a home”

    Clean, friendly staff, great location, great value

    very clean room and shared bathroom, walking distance to train station and a stop for tour bus. the area where the hostel located is secured, alcohol free and other security policies controlled by local authority

    Reviewed September 07, 2011
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    • Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK
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