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Gothenburg, Sweden
Reviewed 1 week ago

The original backpacker is a hostel in great location close to the Kings Cross station (3 minutes walk). It takes just <15 minutes to take the train to the city center or the beach. The staff is really friendly and will help you book tickets for trips and other fun attractions. There are only 2 bad things about this hostel:...

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the hostel for almost two weeks over the Christmas period. The owner Bruce is an absolute gentleman and couldn't do enough for us, along with all of the amazing staff! We got our own private room with en suite (even though we booked a dorm) for no additional charge. The place is constantly being cleaned and the...

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Markham, Ontario
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I picked this place for a night before I headed to Alice Springs the next day. I shared a mixed 4-bed room, which was just filthy and dirty with clothes sprawled everywhere. I was surprised to find on a single female-only bathroom/toilet for the size of the place.

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Spokane, Washington
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

cons: * Way too much (for me it cost over $250 a week) * Not the friendliest staff, you can tell most of the ladies hate their job. Bruce and Brian were the best! * Not unlimitied wifi, you have these little receipts that get you 500 MB of data at a time and it was a pain to log...

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Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 December 2016

The pictures on the website do not give the actual effect of the hostel. It's basically a tin can that you get to sleep in. Way over priced for what you get. Feel like they take advantage of travelers.

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

The tin cladding on a feature wall is a style effect which comliiments the aboriginal art on the wall.The vast majority of guests appreciate the cool look of the rooms.They are definitely not over priced-they are great value as most reviewers agree.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We booked double room with private bathroom, is really good and clean with comfortable bed, great to have our own bathroom. Al-thought no air-con with just only fan but the cooling weather is perfectly nice. Staff are friendly and helpful, they have clean towel standby if you have forgotten to bring. The hostel is a short walk from shops and...

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review-glad you had a good time.We always try very hard to please our guests.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 16 November 2016

I stayed in an adequately spaced 10 bed dorm. The room upon entry was tidy with no smell. It was modern and the bed reasonably comfortable - sheets only no doona covering. No bath towel supplied. Showers hot. The room had a small balcony with long windows for opening - no air-con. On my particular stay I found the persons...

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the review.Just for the record all our rooms have windows!

Spokane, Washington
Reviewed 11 November 2016

When we first showed up to the hostel, they had made a mistake on my booking. For that, they booked me into a double bed for the same price as the 6 bed for one night and then put me where I should've been for the remainder of my stay. The beds aren't too bad, the sheets are fresh and...

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the good review-hope to see you again.

Edinburgh
Reviewed 10 November 2016

We recently stayed for 5 nights at The Original Backpackers in one of their private ensuite rooms. It was really good, bed comfy, great to have our own bathroom and the fridge, kettle and crockery we're a really good addition to make our own brekkie and lovely to have a TV too. Wasn't noisy at night apart from one early...

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review.Glad you really liked it!

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 October 2016

This was my second time staying in this hostel. I had previously stayed in 2014. I am pleased to say it has improved enormously. The kitchen is a lot cleaner, so are the bathrooms. There is less noise at night now, so people who work are able to get sleep. Would defiately recommend. Well done.

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Bruce-KE, Manager at The Original Backpackers Hostel, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review-we've tried hard to improve over the last couple of years.Reviews like this make it all worthwhile.

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Additional Information about The Original Backpackers Hostel

Address: 160-162 Victoria St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range: ₹ 1,638 - ₹ 5,783 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — The Original Backpackers Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 40
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“Room with a balcony is nice (12 and 13 I believe)”
 of 5 bubbles sweetaylorb, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
“backpackers hostel with private bathroom”
 of 5 bubbles dorisat, 8 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Apparently some single rooms have no window”
 of 5 bubbles eheffernan4, 15 Nov 2016 | Read review
“double rooms are well worth the buy”
 of 5 bubbles libbypederson, 10 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Stay in bondi or manly and bus over to see the sights of the opera house and downtown Sydney, kings cross area can be easily missed.”
 of 5 bubbles 577alexandray, 30 Oct 2016 | Read review
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