3.5 out of 5

"Very cold at night, the showers are fine and the place is clean, " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 20 Jul 2018

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Hotel Description

Jolly Swagman Backpackers places you in the centre of East Sydney, within a 30-minute stroll of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Opera House. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast.

Free WiFi, ceiling fans and hairdryers are featured in all 46 rooms. Additionally, fridges and desks are available. Bathrooms are shared.

This business-friendly hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services and a 24-hour front desk. Added amenities include a free manager's reception, wired Internet in public areas and laundry facilities. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also free parking nearby, along with the convenience of free airport pick-up service.

With a stay at this East Sydney hostel, you'll be 3.3 km (2 mi) from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Shared Dormitory (Eight Beds)

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AU$22* Per night/room 20 Aug. - 21 Aug.

Shared Dormitory, Women only

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Double Room

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Shared Dormitory (Six Beds)

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Shared Dormitory (Three Beds)

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Shared Dormitory (Twelve Beds)

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Jolly Swagman Backpackers ratings based on 30 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.5 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 3.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Everyone (24) Couples (4) Students (1) Family (2)
3 out of 5
By Sydney standards it was a clean backpackers. However, window in dorm could not be closed to keep our cold and the bathrooms were old and dingy. A decent stay for a Sydney backpackers but definitely nothing that stood out as great.

Posted by on 13 Jun. 2019

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1 out of 5
the person in the front desk was rude. he wasnt at all accomodating to the client

Posted by on 27 Feb. 2019

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1 out of 5

Posted by on 21 Oct. 2018

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3 out of 5

Have the basic facilities

Very cold at night, the showers are fine and the place is clean,

Posted by , from NZ on 20 Jul. 2018

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5 out of 5
The staff were super friendly, the backpackers is in a great location. Would definitely recommend!

Posted by on 16 Jul. 2018

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4 out of 5

good place for backpackers

the bed is comfortable and clean,staff are very nice,everything is right.

Posted by , from Sydney on 3 Jul. 2018

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3 out of 5

Great location, good for a backpackers and price

Comfortable and clean living for a short stay. The toilets and showers were very clean and plenty available. The bedding was comfortable and clean. Very hot in the middle of Summer with one small fan - otherwise it was perfect for the price.

Posted by on 19 Feb. 2017

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2 out of 5

No service, dirty, uncomfortable

you can see my review on google reviews! and I will post it on facebook!

Posted by on 17 Feb. 2017

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4 out of 5

very good place to stay

Pros: Clean and quiet, very good bed, rezeption staff, can´t hear any traffic
Cons: a little shelf or some coathooks would help
Location: close to Kings Cross, downtown is only 20 minutes walking distance, plenty little eateries, supermarket 5 minutes away
We are a couple (between fourty and fifty) and had a nice and comfortable stay here. Our room was clean, the bed really good. We had only one chair in our room but could get a second one from downstairs after we asked for it. There were no coat hooks or anything like that for our cloth so we put all our things in the kitchen cupboard, which worked fine. There are washing machines and driers available. Pots and Pans you get at reception and you have to leave your roomkey for deposit, so at least the pots and pans are always clean! The same goes for cups. The kitchen cleaning staff was really excellent, it was incredible to see what a mess the kids left after cooking. We walked to the Opera House and to all the other sights, but Kings Cross is really close if you are not into walking. Supermarkets and lots of little restaurants are close by.

Posted by , from Austria on 2 Apr. 2016

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2 out of 5
Pros: Good location for the Cross. 24hr reception Access to laundry facilities
Cons: Staff giving out correct info to patrons. Better aircon Actually enforcing their noise policy
I rang before I booked to see if I could leave luggage prior to the check in time and was assured that I could. When I then got to the backpackers at 8am to leave my luggage I was told I would have to rent a locker & pay by the hour in order to do this. I refused to so ended up carting my luggage around Sydney for the day after I'd traveled up early specifically to drop it off before going to work. Very unhelpful to say the least. It was also very noisy. I was coming back from work at 1.30am and I could not get to sleep with the noise from the neighbours and patrons outside the backpackers. The rooms had only 1 small fan which didn't move and was useless for cooling the room down so couldn't sleep due to the heat either.

Posted by on 27 Jan. 2016

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About the Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Location 27 Orwell Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily, and guests can also enjoy a free manager's reception. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A free shuttle from the airport to the hotel is free (available on request). A terrace, tour or ticket assistance, and a BBQ are also featured at the business-friendly Jolly Swagman Backpackers. This East Sydney hostel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 46 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Games room or arcade
  • Terrace
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • 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


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Wired Internet access - surcharge


Free parking nearby , Offsite parking discounted rates available


  • Airport: Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) (16.1 km / 10 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (2.8 km / 1.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Kings Cross Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport pick-up
  • Parking:

Room Amenities

Jolly Swagman Backpackers offers 46 forms of accommodation with a hairdryer and a ceiling fan. This East Sydney hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and an iron/ironing board can be requested.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Fridge
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Guests are served a free continental breakfast daily from 7 AM to 9 AM. The hostel hosts a free manager's reception on selected days.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request from 5 AM to 8:30 PM. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to get details.

This property offers airport shuttle pickup service for guests staying 3 nights or more, from Sydney airport only. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation after booking.

Airport shuttle service is offered on request from 5 AM to 8:30 PM. Fees may apply. For details, please contact the property in advance.


  • Check-out by 9 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


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 2.00 (for 30 minutes, rates may vary)

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

Hotel Names

  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel Potts Point
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Potts Point
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Pot

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
*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.