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6.8

Good
/10
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Housekeeping4
Garden2
Breakfast1
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7.3

Very good

Location rating score

Very good location - 40 meters from city center
Exceptional for walking
Walkable places
Spence & Lyda Shop

130 m

Altmann & Cherny Opal Specialists

210 m

Giant Dwarf Theatre

260 m

Prince Alfred Park Pool

280 m

Reconciliation Park

280 m

Popular landmarks
Darling Harbour

1.7 km

Queen Victoria Building (QVB)

2.0 km

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

2.3 km

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

3.0 km

The Rocks

3.5 km

Closest landmarks
Gold Cross

400 m

Lift Performance Gym

400 m

Biami Sculpture Park

440 m

De' Gosbaster

440 m

Gaelic Club

470 m

Secret Garden Backpackers

"WiFi works great in my room staff were friendly and helpful."

jaden - July 4, 2021
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Secret Garden Backpackers

243 Cleveland Street, Central, Sydney, Australia, 2016 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers free Wi-Fi in all rooms. Conveniently situated in the Central part of Sydney, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. Don't leave before paying a visit to the famous Sydney Opera House. This 3-star property is packed with in-house facilities to improve the quality and joy of your stay.

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Safety Features
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Preventative Equipment
Hand sanitizer
Health and Medical
First aid kit
Doctor/nurse on call
  • 700 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Garden

  • Laundry service

Value for money7.2
Location rating7.3
Nearest airportSydney Airport (SYD)
Distance to airport6.3 km

Rooms available at Secret Garden Backpackers

1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 18 m²/194 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Double or Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Shower
  • 1 bunk bed
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Female 8 Bed Dormitory Shared BathRoom
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  • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
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12 Bed Dormitory Shared BathRoom
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
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4 Bed Dormitory Shared BathRoom
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  • Room size: 15 m²/161 ft²
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at Secret Garden Backpackers?

Check-in is from 02:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out.

How do I get to Secret Garden Backpackers?

Secret Garden Backpackers is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind. Just use the "Let us know what you need" section of the booking page to let the hostel know you want to book a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Secret Garden Backpackers also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the convenient shuttle service offered at the hostel. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Secret Garden Backpackers has a car park that's close to the hostel.

What is the smoking policy at Secret Garden Backpackers?

Secret Garden Backpackers does permit smoking in some areas and is not 100% smoke-free.

What restaurants are nearby Secret Garden Backpackers?

Secret Garden Backpackers’s neighborhood is Central which includes popular restaurants such as Cafe Nookie, Chalmers Cafe and Sette Posta.

What popular shopping places are close to Secret Garden Backpackers?

Shopping options in Secret Garden Backpackers’s Central neighborhood include Altmann & Cherny Opal Specialists, Central Park Mall and Platform 72.

What are popular attractions near Secret Garden Backpackers?

Secret Garden Backpackers’s location in the Central neighborhood makes it close to famous attractions including Reconciliation Park, Pemulwuy Park and White Rabbit Gallery.

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What people love about Secret Garden Backpackers

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Staff 

    "WiFi works great in my room staff were friendly and helpful."

    jaden

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    July 4, 2021

  • 9.2

    Exceptional
    Cleanliness

    "Clean rooms no bad."

    jaden

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    July 4, 2021

  • 8.4

    Excellent

    "I stayed here before and there were lots of improvements since my last visit."

    Bethany

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    June 3, 2020

Property ranking|Compared to 1,187 Sydney properties
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Service score
7.5/10
Value for money score
7.3/10
Room size
20 sqm.
Location score
7.3/10
Better than
78
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
77
%
of Sydney properties
Bigger than
75
%
of Sydney properties
Better than
74
%
of Sydney properties
Overall rating:

6.8

Good
379 reviews
Cleanliness
5.8
Facilities
6.0
Location
7.3
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What travelers say they love:
Very friendly staff
pramod from Australia
Solo traveler
More about Secret Garden Backpackers

More about Secret Garden Backpackers

Secret Garden Backpackers

Take advantage of the many attractions Sydney has to offer with a stay at Secret Garden Backpackers. Looking for lots of choices? Secret Garden Backpackers spoils you for choices in activities, with its convenient location just 3.7 km from the Sydney Opera House.
Secret Garden Backpackers provides a range services and amenities to help make your stay more comfortable. Never be out of touch with your contacts, with free Wi-Fi offered throughout your stay. If you need a ride from or to the airport, the hostel can arrange it before your check-in date. Shuttle services provided by the hostel make exploring Sydney even more convenient.
If you plan to arrive by car, you'll appreciate the hostel's available parking, right on-site. Front desk services including luggage storage can assist with your needs. Staying for a long time, or just need clean clothes? At the hostel, your favorite travel outfits will be kept clean and available with laundry service provided on-site. Smoking is limited to designated areas only, for the health and well-being of all guests and staff.
Feel right at home during your stay at Secret Garden Backpackers. Some rooms at Secret Garden Backpackers are equipped with linen service for your convenience.


Dining and things to do

Guests who prefer to make their own meals will love the in-house BBQ facilities and shared kitchen available here.
Never let a day go wasted when you're at Secret Garden Backpackers with all the activities and facilities provided. Have fun with your friends or family, or even meet new people at the shared lounge and TV area.


Around the property

Secret Garden Backpackers provides an excellent base for exploring the sights of Sydney in-depth. An afternoon of browsing the works at The Rocks located 3.4 km away can familiarize you with the local art scene.


Reasons to stay here

Rooms don't get much cheaper than here, being less than 89% of the city's accommodation.
Know you'll get excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated it above 81% of the city's accommodation.
It's hard to beat the room comfort here, which is rated higher than 81% of other accommodations in Sydney.

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Amenities and facilities
Review score
Facilities

6

Most talked about facilities

Internet

2 mentions

Breakfast

1 mention

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Malay
  • Spanish

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Internet services
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Game room
  • Garden
  • On-site entertainment
  • Tours

Cleanliness and safety

  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in all rooms
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • Doctor/nurse on call
  • First aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Protective screens in common areas
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Safe dining setup
  • Staff trained in safety protocol
  • Temperature check for guests and staff

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • BBQ facilities
  • Shared kitchen
  • Vending machine

Services and conveniences

  • Elevator
  • Invoice provided
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Smoking area
  • Terrace

Access

  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Pets allowed
  • Smoke alarms

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [nearby]
  • Shuttle service

Available in all rooms

  • Carpeting
  • Fan
  • Free bottled water
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Linens
  • Locker
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Socket near the bed
  • Toiletries
Food and dining
Breakfast options
  • Continental
Location
243 Cleveland Street, Central, Sydney, Australia, 2016
Very good
Location

7.3

Airports

  • Sydney Airport (SYD)
    6.3 km
  • Bankstown Airport (BWU)
    19.9 km

Public transportation

  • Central Railway Station
    750 m 10 min walk
  • Central Station Sydney
    810 m

Hospital or clinic

  • Gold Cross
    400 m

Shopping

  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    2.0 km

Convenience store

  • 7 Eleven
    490 m

Cash withdrawal

  • ATM
    460 m 3 min drive
What's nearby

Popular landmarks

  • Darling Harbour
    1.7 km
  • Queen Victoria Building (QVB)
    2.0 km
  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
    2.3 km
  • Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
    3.0 km
  • The Rocks
    3.5 km
  • The Opera House to the Botanic Gardens Walk
    3.5 km
  • Sydney Opera House
    3.8 km
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
    4.2 km
  • Bondi Beach
    6.5 km
  • Manly Beach
    13.1 km

Nearby landmarks

  • Spence & Lyda Shop
    130 m
  • Altmann & Cherny Opal Specialists
    210 m
  • Giant Dwarf Theatre
    260 m
  • Prince Alfred Park Pool
    280 m
  • Reconciliation Park
    280 m
  • Belvoir St Theatre
    290 m
  • Belvoir Street Theatre
    300 m
  • Musica Viva Australia
    350 m
  • Mickey’s Fruit & Veg
    350 m
  • Redfern park Playground
    390 m
Distances shown are straight-line distances on the map. Actual travel distances may vary.
Property policies
Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

Minimum age of guests is: 18 year(s).

Others
  • The minimum age required to stay at this property is 18 years.
  • The maximum age of guests to stay is 35 years.
  • Guests must provide a valid form of government regulated identification (eg. passport, ID card, driver’s license, etc.) upon check-in.
  • Guests arriving between 08:00 PM and 02:00 AM may contact the property's night manager for check-in. Contact information can be found on the front door.
  • A surcharge of 1% applies when using a credit card. Please contact the property for further details.
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.
Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out

  • Check-in from14:00
  • Check-in until02:00
  • Check-out from08:00
  • Check-out until10:00

The property

  • Number of rooms 20

Reviews of Secret Garden Backpackers from real guests

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Cleanliness5.8
Facilities6.0
Location7.3
Service7.5
Value for money7.2
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6-7 Good (7)
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9.2
Exceptional
Peter from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in August 2018

Good pick for longer stayers- ”

Much the same as any backpacker. The secret garden is the main attraction that sets it apart - cool socialising factor ++. Internet works, and there is a big bank of clothes washers. Clean rooms with high security door locks, big steel lockers in room. Very good. I found it quieter than the heart of the city, so got a good sleep. Around the corner there is 2 hour street parking 8AM to 8PM. I heard a lot of Spanish speakers at this place.

Reviewed August 26, 2018

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9.2
Exceptional
Peter from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in September 2018

Hostel with lots of fun and in a good location”

Standard Hostel with a huge fun drawcard . But boy, what a big social international party in the Secret open-air Garden on Friday night by all.

Reviewed September 26, 2018

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8.8
Excellent
Eliot from France
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in February 2018

Such a nice place to chill”

Thanks to all the staff, there is such a great vibes in this backpack !!! Room are well equipped with personal lockers, plugs !!! What asking else ?

Reviewed February 10, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Chloe from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in February 2020

Exceptional”

Best hostel in Sydney .. Great place would definitely recommend !

Reviewed February 06, 2020

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5.2
Avery from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Female Only
Stayed 2 nights in January 2018

Book Elsewhere for Same Price or Little More”

I expected better for a 30 dollar hostel in Sydney. Overall, the facilities weren't very clean or well-maintained. My female 8-bed room did not have air conditioning, and the beds creaked every time you moved a centimeter. It was very annoying and disruptive. In each small building of rooms, there was one bathroom, and they weren't nice. There was a big bathroom with showers on the ground floor, but you had to walk through the main areas and by the patio area. It was inconvenient and awkward. The good things were the patio with tables where most people were social and friendly; a kitchen with free breakfast (toast, cereal); and the hostel is a 5 to 10-minute walk from Central Station. Before booking this place, I'd search--there are nicer hostels for a similar price and/or also around Central Station.

Reviewed January 20, 2018

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5.2
Bach from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 4 nights in October 2018

Good staff, people were ok, but poor living quality & dirty”

Important: this hostel is extremely not suitable for business trips or people who like a quiet atmosphere. The staff were reasonably friendly and helpful, most of the guests here are from overseas and on their working holiday visas, and to be honest they are pretty cool to get interact with. The hostel is located in an old building with upgraded facilities, toilet was dirty, the sewerage got blocked one night leaving the toilet smell awfully. People enjoyed party in this hostel, it was pretty loud at night, some even had lots of fun in the room. The room was messy, no privacy within beds, no windows were opened during my stay so I felt running out of air all the time while being in it. Breakfast is ok, but kitchen facilities are poor, sometimes people do wash their dishes nice and clean, sometimes they make a mess on the kitchen area. Again, this hostel reflect a lively, open life of a backpacker, so you'd fit in if you're one, otherwise, consider other places enjoy Sydney :)

Reviewed October 26, 2018

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8.0
Excellent
Lindsey from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in July 2018

Nice place to stay”

Good deal, free breakfast in the morning. Place kept itself pretty clean in the common areas, dish ware was accessible, nice people. Only complaint wasn’t towards the hostel but the people, they smoked directly in one of the open common areas and it drifted in. And my roommates were a messsssss. Absolute mess. No floor space.

Reviewed July 12, 2018

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7.2
Very good
Hannah from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 4 nights in December 2019

It’s OK ”

Cheap accommodation close to central station, the hostel itself is pretty run down, bathrooms are pretty gross, and very noisy at night time with all of the traffic.

Reviewed December 08, 2019

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6.0
Mariosa from Australia
Couple
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 7 nights in November 2018

Was way too expensive for what you get”

Pros: location Cons: not enough toilets & showers. Only had one toilet with a shower otherwise had to go out to the garden and use the bathrooms there. Wifi barely worked. No aircon just noisey fans which made it difficult to sleep at night. The hostel is way overpriced for what you’re getting.

Reviewed November 27, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
erica from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

genial”

la primera vez que me alojo en un hostal, y este lugar me sorprendio dado que cumplio y sobrepaso mis expectativas, me volveria a quedar alla y se los recomiendo muchas veces.

Reviewed June 06, 2018

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5.6
Rene from Switzerland
Couple
Double or Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 3 nights in March 2018

Rude and unthoughtful guests”

Don't book the privat room, the window is directly to the 'secred' garden and during nigh the other patrons. Don‘t care about you if you ask to be little bit more quiet.

Reviewed March 08, 2018

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4.8
Kevin from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 6 nights in December 2019

Acceptable”

Building overall is quite old (I noticed leaking pipes and somewhat unappealing carpet/walls). Only a single bathroom (1 person) indoors while all others are outside near the garden. Rooms are small but do have lockers and plug near bed. Extremely loud and heavy on people who drink/party if you are into that. Wasn't my thing and I moved out early after an altercation with a drunk roommate late at night

Reviewed December 31, 2019

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6.4
Good
Tan from Malaysia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 5 nights in May 2018

The hygiene of the bathroom and the room could have been improved. ”

I stayed in another hostel in Melbourne and i have to say the one in Melbourne is much more convenient and value for money. It is a hotel standard (i.e. hygiene and facilities wise) except that you only get a room. Location wise is much closer to the train station.

Reviewed May 08, 2018

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8.4
Excellent
Bethany from Australia
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 1 night in June 2020

Getting better ”

I stayed here before and there were lots of improvements since my last visit. Pros: very friendly people and staff, clear layout, clean, nice social areas, comfy beds Cons: would be nice to have an oven, very hard to get the hobs to work

Reviewed June 03, 2020

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7.2
Very good
XIONG from China
Solo traveler
1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

There’s a reception super super rude! ”

A young girl in reception, she is very rude, sounds like an English, slim one. She is uneducated

Reviewed June 23, 2019

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5.6
Cody from United States
Solo traveler
1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 8 nights in September 2018

It looks way better online”

This place is soooo dirty in person. Also, it's for sure a party hostel, bring earplugs if you actually plan to sleep at all. That being said the staff was all super nice and over all I did enjoy my stay.

Reviewed January 16, 2019

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7.6
Very good
Nien-Che from Taiwan
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 4 nights in September 2018

Very good”

near the metro station but no good for someone has big luggage. you need to lift it all the way from the metro station till the upstair room.

Reviewed October 04, 2018

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4.8
mei from Australia
Couple
Double or Twin Room with Shared Bathroom
Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

Terrible never coming back.one bathroom and cockroach.”

There is only one bath room and toilet were together.I found cockroach in my room. Staff are not professional. Out side room was so mess.

Reviewed July 16, 2019

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6.0
Spencer from Canada
Solo traveler
1 Person in 8-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 3 nights in January 2019

Sydney is expensive and you pay for what you get”

Staff was nice, close to central station (train/bus station), not the cleanest (bugs in shower)

Reviewed May 20, 2019

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4.8
Peter from New Zealand
Solo traveler
1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory with Shared Bathroom - Mixed
Stayed 2 nights in January 2020

cheap and ok for party hostel”

TBH i stayed over a month, its in a good location and its low cost, apart from that i would avoid it The rooms have few fans no ac no curtains and back onto a main road so its loud, hot and light, as far as i know there is about 8 showers/toilets for 130 guests, the kitchen is an joke and the stove tops bairly work, clothes etc that were in boxes were taken from under my bed and putr into the free/ lost box..even tho they had medication ontop that was MARKED with my name etc. management is nice BUT it doesnt need nice people , it needs people to MANAGE everything my food kept going missing from the fridge and on the last day we caught someone on camera- one of the staff members!... the staff member opperating the camera tried to deny he even knew who it was even tho he had been there 2 months, dont get me wrong the hostel has potential but you gotta sort it out!

Reviewed January 16, 2020

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