The Downing Hostel

249-253 Castlereagh Street, Sydney CBD, Sydney, Australia, 2000
The Downing Hostel
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7.4
Very good
/10
(162 reviews)See what guests said
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9.1
Exceptional
Location rating score
Exceptional location - Inside city center
Popular neighborhood
  • Queen Victoria Building560 m
  • Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK640 m
  • Darling Harbour880 m
  • Sydney Aquarium & Sydney Wildlife World990 m
  • Circular Quay1.7 km
  • The Rocks1.87 km
  • Sydney Opera House2.24 km
  • Sydney Harbour4.55 km
  • Bondi Beach6.56 km
  • Manly Beach11.87 km
  • Highlights and ratings

    3.5-star Hotel
    Free Wi-Fi
    Very good facilities on premise
    7.4 facilities on premise
    Very good service
    7.4 rating for service
    • 90 meters to public transportation

    • Located in heart of Sydney

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Daily housekeeping

    • Bar

    Value for money7.1
    Distance to city center0 km
    Location rating9.1
    Nearest airportSydney Airport (SYD)
    Distance to airport7.7 km

    Rooms available at The Downing Hostel

    Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
    Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Shared bathroom
    • 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed
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    8 Bed Share Mixed
    8 Bed Share Mixed
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      Private Room for 3 People
      Private Room for 3 People
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      • 1 single bed and 1 double b...
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      1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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      • Shared bathroom
      • 1 bunk bed
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      6-Bed Mixed Dormitory
      6-Bed Mixed Dormitory
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      • Shared bathroom
      • 1 bunk bed
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      4 Bed Share Mixed
      4 Bed Share Mixed
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        Room Assigned on Arrival
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          Property ranking|Compared to 8,280 Sydney properties
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          Location score
          9.1/10
          Value for money score
          7.1/10
          Service score
          7.4/10
          Cleanliness score
          5.7/10
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          Better than
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          Better than
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          Nearest essentials

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          Food and dining

          Restaurants on site

          The Downing Bar
          Cuisine:International, Grill/BBQ, Pizza
          Menu:Buffet

          Nearby restaurants

          Australian cuisine
          Australian cuisine
          Bambini Cafe Bar
          30 m Australian, Italian, Wine Bar
          Charlie & Franks
          50 m Australian, Cafe
          Kafe Kaz
          80 m Australian, Cafe, Gluten Free
          American cuisine
          American cuisine
          Star Bar
          200 m American, Australian, Bar
          Lord of the Fries
          230 m American, Fast food, Vegetarian
          Sanctuary Hotel
          300 m American, Australian, Bar
          Asian cuisine
          Asian cuisine
          Thai Passion Plus
          90 m Asian, Thai
          Makoto Sushi Bar
          100 m Asian, Japanese, Sushi
          Sea Bay
          150 m Asian, Chinese

          What's nearby

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          Reviews of The Downing Hostel from real guests

          Overall rating
          7.4
          Very good
          From 162 reviews
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          Agoda Reviews (7)Booking.com Reviews (155)
          Rating via Agoda7.4
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          Very good
          Cleanliness5.7
          Facilities7.4
          Location9.1
          Service7.4
          Value for money7.1
          High score for Sydney
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          9+ Exceptional (2)
          8-9 Excellent (0)
          7-8 Very Good (1)
          6-7 Good (1)
          <6 Below Expectation (1)
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          Dec - Feb (4)
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          9.6
          Exceptional
          Jessica from United Kingdom
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 4 nights in December 2019

          Great location and nice staff”

          Great location in the city close to town hall and museum station. A smaller hostel so you get to know the staff and guests more creating a family environment. Free dinner on one night and free tea and coffee. There is an option to party but also non-alcohol social activities. Sometimes it can smell a little bit and the rooms can get hot in the summer but that is the only downside.

          Reviewed December 12, 2019
          9.6
          Exceptional
          Jessica from United Kingdom
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 4 nights in December 2019

          Fantastic and friendly environment ”

          Stayed here for over a week as I enjoyed it so much. The staff are super friendly and always make an effort to create a family environment. The free family dinner on Thursdays and free pancakes on Sundays are great for travellers and a nice way to meet people. A pub crawl is also an option. There is also self service laundry, an iron, hairdryer, straighteners and curlers which is a nice touch.

          Reviewed December 12, 2019
          6.4
          Good
          Wenyi from New Zealand
          Solo traveler
          6-Bed Mixed Dormitory
          Stayed 5 nights in February 2019

          Very noisy party music or people chatting loudly almost everyday even after midnight”

          The place can get very dirty as day goes - There's no clothes for tenants to wipe the benches after meals even if they want to clean up their messes. Stuffed room even with fan on 24/7 and windows open. One blond receptionist was super kind while one staff member ?receptionist was a bit rough (It was not my fault that I didn't receive a towel on arrival why blamed me for that/and questioning as if I was lying). Pro: Location is great, 2 mins walk to bus and train station.

          Reviewed March 03, 2019
          2.8
          Jonas from Sweden
          Couple
          Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 3 nights in February 2019

          Do not book this hostel ”

          Facilities are old and dirty. The hostel stinks and the fridges smell really bad. No aircondition so you hade to sleep with the window open. The windows were facing the street and it was incredibly loud. Had to sleep with earplugs and it was still almost impossible to sleep. The straff in the reception are a bunch of kids who only wants to party themselves. Save your money and book something else.

          Reviewed February 12, 2019
          7.2
          Very good
          Haruka from Australia
          Group
          Triple Room with Shared Bathroom
          Stayed 1 night in October 2018

          立地良し”

          立地が良く、部屋も問題なし。トイレやシャワーは他のバッパーに比べて綺麗。ただ、スタッフの人たちが仲が良いのか音楽鳴らして踊ったり、大きな声で話してるから少しうるさい。 我慢できるレベルではある。あと、部屋は2階と3階にあるがエレベーターが無いため大きな荷物を持って上がるのは大変。 立地もいいのでシドニーに来たらまた泊まりたい。

          Reviewed November 15, 2018
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          • Exceptional location
          • Queen Victoria Building
          • Museum Railway Station is within 0.12 km