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3.5 out of 5

"Location was great. Although the lack of air con is a big issue and everything’s a bit dated and sad. It could do with a spruce and lick of paint. Whi ... " More

By a verified traveller on Tue 04 Feb 2020

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Hotel Description

Jolly Swagman Backpackers places you in the center of Sydney, connected to a shopping center and within a 30-minute stroll of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Tower. Highlights at this hostel include 10 restaurants, 10 bars/lounges, and 10 coffee shops/cafés.

Free WiFi, ceiling fans, and hair dryers are featured in all 46 rooms. Refrigerators and desks are also available.

This business-friendly hostel offers free WiFi in public areas, concierge services, and a game room. Added amenities include a free manager's reception, a snack bar/deli, and coffee/tea in a common area. There's also free parking nearby, along with the convenience of airport drop-off service.

Sights within a 30-minute walk of this Kings Cross hostel include Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Opera House.

Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

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AU$20* Per night/room 14 Aug. - 15 Aug.

Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room

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Double Room with Shared Bathroom

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Bed in 3-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

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Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

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Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room

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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 (23) Couples (5) Students (1) Family (2)
3 out of 5
Location was great. Although the lack of air con is a big issue and everything’s a bit dated and sad. It could do with a spruce and lick of paint. Which they can definitely afford to do with the amount they charge, especially for the extras like washing machines and lockers. I paid an 8th of the price for hostels in south east Asia with better amenities and quality, And they felt like 5 star hotels. The WiFi was absolute garbage as well. It all feels a bit stingy, they really cut corners to save money, when they could do with air con, better WiFi (it’s the 21st century), electric locks, free luggage storage like the rest of the world.

Posted by on 4 Feb. 2020

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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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About the Jolly Swagman Backpackers

Location 27 Orwell Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Property Features

There are 10 restaurants and 10 coffee shops/cafés, as well as a snack bar/deli. You can unwind with a drink at one of the 10 bars/lounges. A free manager's reception is offered on select days. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A library, a terrace, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at the business-friendly Jolly Swagman Backpackers. You'll have access to the outdoor pool and health club at a partner property. A shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) is available for a fee. Only motorcycle parking is available on site, but there's also free nearby parking. This Sydney hostel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 46 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 10 dining venues
  • 10 bars or lounges
  • 10 coffee shops
  • Manager's reception (free)
  • Deli
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Self-service laundry
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Game room or arcade
  • Library
  • Terrace
  • Computer for guest use
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • No smoking on site
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Lockers available

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Refrigerator

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free parking nearby

Transport

  • Airport: Sydney Airport (SYD) (16.1 km / 10 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (3 km / 1.9 mi)
  • Metro station: Kings Cross Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport drop-off
  • Parking: Only motorcycle parking on site, free nearby parking

Room Amenities

Jolly Swagman Backpackers offers 46 accommodations with hair dryers and ceiling fans. This Sydney hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Bathrooms include showers. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Refrigerator
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

The hostel hosts a free manager's reception on select days.

Jolly Swagman Backpackers has 10 restaurants serving dinner only.

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at anytime

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

This property's front desk is open during the following times:

  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Guests will receive lockbox information. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Check-out

  • 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.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome

Policies

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 may be 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.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, and a first aid kit in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global).

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Security system
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • gap period enforced between guest stays 24 hours
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is not available
  • Property follows sanitisation practices of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Fees

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

  • Deposit: AUD 20 per person, per stay

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

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

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 40 per vehicle (maximum occupancy 3)

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
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Potts Point
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
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Frequently asked questions

*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.