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“Noisy party hostel” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Base Backpackers
Ranked #19 of 133 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Netherlands
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22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Noisy party hostel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

Upon arrival, the staff tried to make me pay 25% more than the price of my reservation. It took quite some putting my foot down to get this corrected, as they just kept stating that the price for my room was in fact the higher one, no matter what my reservation said. Not exactly what you look forward to after finally arriving after a long trip.
I stayed in a private ensuite, and the room itself was actually quite nice. Even had a tv, which is unusual for a hostel. Also, they changed my sheets after 3 days, which is also not as common as one would think.
Unfortunately, the room was also right above the bar with very loud music until at least 2 am. Even though I was three floors up, this was still very present. The activities organised are also quite party-scene. Instead of the normal movie night/BBQ things, there were lots of strip shows, wet t shirt contests and the like.
In addition, the hostel was not as clean as others I have stayed in. There was a stuffed smell everywhere, probably due to a lack of ventilation. The kitchen was not very clean, and in the basement, which did not add to its appeal. There was no good place to relax, just a tv room without windows as well. This is clearly a place for people who want to be there as little as possible.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

I stayed for three nights in the 'Sanctuary' girls only dorm in February. Whilst the bed itself was clean, and the lockable space under was great, the carpets and shower receptacles were feral. I was pretty close to buying some bleach to remove the mould build up and had to angle to remove the hair that didn't seem to be removed over the whole stay. In saying this, the water was always hot and the rooms were big. The location itself was excellent, just a few minutes to the city center or Darling Harbor. I liked that they held your bags on arrival, but not so much that they directed you to the expensive lockers on departure.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2012

Price was not too bad for a twin room with ensuite. The room was clean with fresh towels and nice sheets. We were surprised to find complimentary earplugs as well - and later found out this is because there is a club sharing a main wall with the backpackers, so you will have bass pumping through your room until around 2am every night (yes, even including Sundays).
Had we known this when booking we would have stayed elsewhere. Hard to enjoy a big bed with nice sheets when you're unable to get any sleep at all.
The TV remote didn't work either - dead batteries - and despite repeated attempts to have staff rectify this they never did and when on counter always seemed too busy chatting to people to help paying customers.
If you're planning on not sleeping and getting hardly any service then definitely come here.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

This was our second stay at Base. We stayed 4 nights. We stay here when we go to Sydney because the location is fantastic and we save a few dollars by staying at a backpackers as opposed to $400+ a night in a hotel in the same location.
We stay in the double room with an en suite. The room and en suite is always clean. There is some obvious wear and tear (scuffs on the walls/crack in the toilet seat) but for the price we felt comfortable. Yes there is a night club that plays music loud every night but we're heavy sleepers so we don't mind. I thought it was cute that there was ear plugs provided on the pillows.
Town Hall station is literally across the road and Cockle Bay & Darling Harbour is a block away. You couldn't find a better location.
The only cons were that they only provide 3 pillows for a King size bed, you need to ask for a remote if you wish to use the TV in the room and our air conditioner turned itself on and off every couple of minutes.
If you choose to spend most of your time travelling around Sydney and need somewhere to crash it's perfect. I wouldn't recommend to light sleepers or travellers who like to spend a fair bit of time in their room.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Essex
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21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

I stayed here for 3 nights in November... it's the first hostel I have ever stayed in so at first I didn't think it was too bad. The room was clean and basic. The bathrooms were clean and basic. The bar on the ground floor was SO loud you could hear the thumping until the early hours, which was really annoying as I was very jetlagged and had early starts.

Other than that it was a good location and a good place to stay at before beginning a trip around Aus. It was unfortunately the least nicest hostel I stayed in during the six weeks I was in Aus.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Base Backpackers

Property: Base Backpackers
Address: 477 Kent St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Wanderers on Kent)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 133 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,843 - ₹ 8,398
Hotel Class:1 star — Base Backpackers 1*
Number of rooms: 50
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