4.0 out of 5

"On arrival I had to download an App on my phone before I could confirm my booking even though I had all the booking details in an email and sms. Then ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sun 03 Dec 2017

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Hotel Description

Base Sydney - Hostel places you steps from Sydney Town Hall and within a short 5-minute stroll of Queen Victoria Building. Highlights at this hostel include free self-service breakfast, a restaurant and a nightclub.

You can enjoy free WiFi, featured in all 428 rooms. Fridges and microwaves make in-room dining convenient.

Scary Canary is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The hostel's own bar/lounge is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, laundry facilities and a microwave in a common area. Each morning free breakfast is served.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this Sydney Central Business District hostel include Sydney Tower and Hyde Park.

Standard Room, Shared Bathroom

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
AU$92* Per night/room 27 Aug. - 28 Aug.

4 Bed Dorm (Ensuite)

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

4 Bed Dorm Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

10 Bed Dorm Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

8 Bed Dorm Room

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

6 Bed Dorm, Shared Facilities

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Base Sydney - Hostel ratings based on 70 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Base Sydney - Hostel

Everyone (61) Couples (6) Family (2)
3 out of 5
Room was small and noisy from the traffic. Check in system and room key was annoying - had to download an app and use that to access the room. Walked to the furthest away room & it didnt work. Had to wait for 5 mins before we were given a post it note with an 8 digit code to type in everytime you need to access the room

Posted by on 11 Aug. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

15 Aug. 2019 by ross

Dear Wotif first of all we want to apologize you for your experience in our hostel. However thank you for your review so we are able now to improve ourselves to avoid such unessential situations. Also we would be glad if you can give us a second chance also that we can approve our abilities. Hopefully we'll see us again. :) Kind regards The Base

1 out of 5
everything was horrible go to wake up instead its way better

Posted by on 31 Jul. 2019

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 5 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

12 Apr. 2019 by Kelsey

Hi Traveler, Thanks for your review. We understand that with so many young people the facilities can get messy at times. This is why we've decided to hire extra staff to clean the kitchen and communal bathrooms even more often so we can guarantee clean facilities for everyone. We hope to see you again in the future. Cheers, The Base Team

2 out of 5
included internet was so slow i had to pay extra. water pressure was very poor

Posted by on 13 Apr. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

25 Mar. 2019 by Kelsey

Hi traveler, Thanks for your review, we appreciate your feedback. We recently installed free high-speed WiFi in the whole building! We also have made improvements on the water pressure so we would love for you to give us a second chance to check out all the improvements! Cheers, The Base Team

3 out of 5

App needed th book in !!!

Pros: It was near where we needed to be, for our very quick over night visit to Sydney. The staff were very nice
Cons: The bed in room 106 The App process is annoying ...
Location: Close to Sydney CBD Darling Harbour The Rocks Circular Quay ... greatvfor walking everywhere
On arrival I had to download an App on my phone before I could confirm my booking even though I had all the booking details in an email and sms. Then the App process failed it took over an hour to confirm my room...lucky there is a bar in the Scary Canary. We had room 106 which came with ear plugs, thank goodness as the air conidtioning ducts in the room hummed all night. The double bed was uncomfortable and sunk to the centre, thank goodness there was the bunk up the top. The room was clean the sheets were fresh the price was good for the 7 hours we were there. The counter staff member Alexander was good.

Posted by , from country Nsw on 3 Dec. 2017

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4 out of 5
Good clean just what I needed for my trip a place to stay

Posted by on 29 Oct. 2017

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4 out of 5

Great location great staff

I had a great time. It's was no problem. Facilities were great. Thank you

Posted by on 10 Jun. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

15 Jun. 2017 by Sophia

Thank you for your positive feedback! We are happy you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you again soon! Much love, Base Crew

2 out of 5

Cheap city location

Pros: Location is central.
Cons: Install a second lift. Reduce noise carry over from the pub next door and in reception area.
Location: Close to Darling Harbour and Chinatown.
Noise from the club next door went into early hours of every morning - even during the week so this was not restful - including hearing loud singing and after effects of alcohol. Woke up tired every day due to lack of sleep. Ensuite rooms had no fridge and were not cleaned daily eg. cups, towels -sometimes replaced but not all of them? Lift is too small and only one for the whole hotel. Need to install a 2nd lift. Reception area has loud music playing during opening hours - not restful after travelling or a day out on the town.

Posted by on 24 Mar. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Mar. 2017 by Soph

Thank you for leaving a review with us mate! We apologise for the inconvenience. Base Crew

3 out of 5

City hostel - what else to expect

Needing a roof over your head for a night/ few nights then it'll do... personally was in a room above a club that had very loud music from early evening (7-8) until early morning (3-4) - so not a good night's sleep. Bed's acceptable, and shower room... communal areas loud and usually busy... cleaning services a little too expensive i thought ($4 for wash, $4 for dry, and $4 for powder). Overall, for the budget what it was, 3/5.

Posted by , from Sydney on 28 Dec. 2016

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4 out of 5

Easy Stay in the Heart of Sydney

Pros: Central location, big dorm rooms, clean and central location. Airport shuttle bus.
Cons: Need new mattresses as the ones in use (at least) the one that I got was exceptionally old. Please see note above.
Location: Close to really cheap eats in the city and some great pubs.
I was only staying overnight so I don't know what it would be like to stay for a few days. The room that I was in was large and clean. The sheets and pillow cases were clean but the mattress was very old. I spread my doona on the bed to cushion the springs and covered myself with the spare sheet which is fine as it was warm weather. Maybe a problem in winter. If I needed a quick and cheap overnight stay I would certainly go there again.

Posted by on 30 Nov. 2016

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About the Base Sydney - Hostel

Location 477 Kent St, Sydney, NSW 2000

Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is available daily. Public spaces have free WiFi. A nightclub, tour or ticket assistance, and vending machine are also featured at Base Sydney - Hostel. This Sydney hostel is smoke free.

  • 428 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • Breakfast available (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Nightclub
  • Bar or lounge
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Car service
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Games room or arcade
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Fridge in a common area

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


  • Airport: Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) (17.5 km / 10.9 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (1.8 km / 1.1 mi)
  • Metro station: Town Hall Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

Base Sydney - Hostel offers 428 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with shared/communal kitchens. This Sydney hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the in-room fridges and microwaves. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

  • Communal kitchen
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Climate control

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free self-service breakfast daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

Scary Canary – This bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Happy hour is offered.

Hotel Policies


  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. No on-site parking is available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • 24-hour check-in


Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 20 per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property, but they may vary based on length of stay or the room booked.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for wired Internet in public areas: AUD 4 per hour (rates may vary)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Backpacker Base
  • Base Backpacker
  • Base Backpacker Hostel
  • Base Backpacker Hostel Sydney
  • Base Backpacker Sydney
  • Base Sydney
  • Base Sydney Backpacker
  • Sydney Base
  • Base Backpackers Hotel Sydney
  • Base Sydney Hostel
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.