Skip to main content
Beginning of main content

"The room was okay but there were mini cockroach type bugs all over. " More

By a verified traveller on Fri 13 Apr 2018

Enter dates to see availability

Hotel Description

At Sydney Central Backpackers you'll be within a 20-minute stroll of popular places like St Vincent’s Hospital and Oxford Street. Highlights at this hostel include free continental breakfast and a rooftop terrace.

You can enjoy free WiFi, 12 bathrooms, and ceiling fans, featured in all 34 rooms. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and stovetops. Additionally, room service and safes are available. Bathrooms are shared.

This hostel has free WiFi in public areas, a library, and a terrace. Additionally, you'll find laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills. Each morning free breakfast is served. There's also limited parking, along with the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 30-minute walk of this Kings Cross hostel include Sydney Opera House and Hyde Park.

6 Bed Dorm, Female Only

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Private Room - Double Room Deluxe

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

4 Bed Dorm, Female Only

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Private Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Basic Twin Room, 1 Double or 2 Single Beds

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Deluxe 4 Bed Dorm

Bed Count 1 Twin Bed Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Sydney Central Backpackers ratings based on 9 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.7 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sydney Central Backpackers

Everyone (7) Couples (1) Family (2)
2 out of 5
Advertised Queen size bed was actually a double. Nice atmosphere

Posted by on 17 Nov. 2019

Was this review helpful to you?
2 out of 5
Unfortunately we didn't stay here because the location was impossible to get a parking spot to unload our bags. The surrounding areas felt unsafe and as a result we booked accommodation elsewhere

Posted by on 10 Jun. 2019

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

27 Jun. 2019 by Ade

thats unfortunate as we have parking available for a discounted charge and the area is quiet safe now maybe next time if you like

2 out of 5
No air conditioning. Broken fan. Water pipes very loud. No water pressure. So hot that we had to sleep with the window open on to the street where people party all night. Cleaners left our room unlocked multiple times.

Posted by , from Hobart on 10 Nov. 2018

Was this review helpful to you?
Comment from Hotel Management

13 Nov. 2018 by scb

Dear Guest, We are sorry for the inconvenience, we will try to improve everything.

3 out of 5

Nice enough

The room was okay but there were mini cockroach type bugs all over.

Posted by on 13 Apr. 2018

Was this review helpful to you?
4 out of 5
enjoyed the charactor and history of the place , great staff

Posted by on 18 Oct. 2017

Was this review helpful to you?
3 out of 5

Lots of steps - good for younger travellers

Pros: Close to town and plenty of places to find something to eat. good base to use for sight-seeing.
plenty of opportunity to do your cardio workout, with all the steps you climb to reach the hotel. rooms were okay but no air conditioning meant it was really hot (we stayed there in January).

Posted by , from Brisbane on 22 Jan. 2017

Was this review helpful to you?
2 out of 5

Lack of service

Pros: closeness to the train station.
Cons: Customer Service.
Location: n/a
Had been asked three times if I was given a key to my room which I didn't and then I had to go and ask for linen that was not already in the room. The room deposit was never returned to me when checking out. Will not be returning back to this backpackers.

Posted by , from Melbourne on 4 Oct. 2016

Was this review helpful to you?
3 out of 5
Full of twenty something drunken back-packers but, it's central to everything and cheap!

Posted by on 10 Sep. 2016

Was this review helpful to you?
3 out of 5

Overall good value for money

Good location, free wi-fi and breakfast, generally clean, cheap rates for a night in Sydney. Good deal if you're a backpacker

Posted by on 31 Jul. 2016

Was this review helpful to you?

About the Sydney Central Backpackers

Location 16 Orwell Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011

Property Features

Free breakfast is served daily. WiFi is free in public spaces. An airport shuttle (available on request) is available for a fee. A rooftop terrace, a library, and tour/ticket assistance are also featured at Sydney Central Backpackers. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Sydney hostel.

  • 34 guestrooms or units
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Terrace on the roof
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Library
  • Garden
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Parking (limited spaces) , Free parking nearby , Offsite parking reservations required


  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (2.9 km / 1.8 mi)
  • Metro station: Kings Cross Station (0.3 km / 0.2 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Sydney Central Backpackers offers 34 accommodations with safes and shared/communal kitchens. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and microwaves. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. This Sydney hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include ceiling fans and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Communal kitchen access
  • In-room dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Kitchenware
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Blackout drapes
  • Ceiling fan

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.

Room service is available.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at 9 PM

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 3 AM. If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7:00 AM - 3 AM.
Guests arriving after 9 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


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 Visa, Mastercard, American Express, JCB International, debit cards, and cash. For guests' safety, the property includes a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system, a first aid kit, and window guards 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. Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, will be available to guests. 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. Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Number of children who can stay for free – 2
  • Debit cards
  • Staffed front desk
  • Security system
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is available for guests
  • Masks are available for guests
  • Gloves are 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 available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • 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 available
  • Property does not follow sanitisation practices of any association


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

  • Deposit: AUD 30.00 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 16 per person (one way)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 2 percent

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

Hotel Names

  • Sydney Central Backpackers Hostel
  • Central Backpackers Hostel
  • Sydney Central Backpackers
  • Sydney Central Backpackers Potts Point
  • Sydney Central Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
url importing
There was an error importing /Sydney-Hotels-Sydney-Central-Backpackers.h12705363-p2.Hotel-Reviews?rm1=a2&, error: javax.servlet.jsp.JspTagException: 301

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.