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"Staff are great, friendly. Bathroom tiles are mouldy. Structure of the building is so old and unsafe. There are big cracks already in the cement wall ... " More

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Hotel Description

Sydney City Hostel puts you in the heart of Sydney, within steps of popular attractions like Paddy's Market and Capitol Theatre. Highlights at this hostel include a restaurant and in-room free WiFi.

You can enjoy 2 bathrooms, flat-screen TVs, and fans, featured in all 15 rooms. Additionally, safes and free toiletries are available. Bathrooms are shared.

The hostel's own lounge bar is a nice place to enjoy a drink. Added amenities include free WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area, and laundry facilities. There's also the convenience of an airport shuttle.

Attractions within a 10-minute walk of this Sydney Central Business District hostel include World Square Shopping Centre and Powerhouse Museum.

Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (Ten Bed)

Bed Count room.options.bedSize.BunkBed.Singular Maximum Occupancy 1 Max

Family Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Twin Room, 2 Single Beds

Bed Count 2 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Economy Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (Eight Bed)

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Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm (Six Bed)

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Shared Dormitory, Women only

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Sydney City Hostel ratings based on 21 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.8 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Sydney City Hostel

Everyone (18) Students (2) Family (1)
3 out of 5
Staff are great, friendly. Bathroom tiles are mouldy. Structure of the building is so old and unsafe. There are big cracks already in the cement wall. Bunker bed (upper side) is dirty and dusty).

Posted by , from Haymarket, Sydney on 24 Mar. 2019

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3 out of 5
The room and facilities were very clean The staff were nice I would not go back because the unisex bathroom had a light curtain between the hall and bathroom which blew in the wind allowing people to see in. The shower cubicles did not have any room to turn on the shower without getting wet nor to take your clothes off and store them in the dry. Therefore you had to strip off in full view. I did find a single shower down the hall afterwards which I could have used that had plenty of room.

Posted by , from nz on 13 Apr. 2018

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2 out of 5

Very very basic

Pros: The staff were lovely and the sheets and towels were very clean.
Cons: The common areas need to be cleaned regularly. And the room needs to be cleaned better.
Location: Excellent location - just off George street. A bit tricky to find as there is no lobby or reception as you enter.
The price is right - but perhaps not for what you get. Bathrooms not clean, not able to lock shower door, kitchen old and dirty, breakfast - white bread toast, jam and butter that had been used for weeks, cockroach dead on stairs that was not removed during our whole stay, curtains and window filthy. Also a dead cockroach under the bed. One thing that was very good was that the sheets and towels were clean and nicely presented. Also the staff also were extremely nice and accommodating, however, I would not recommend this place. There are other back packers with clean share bathrooms for a similar price and location.

Posted by on 14 Feb. 2018

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2 out of 5

Great location but that's about all.....

Pros: I liked the location, very central to everything. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were clean.
Cons: Remove the carpet in the hall area on the first level. Provide RECYCLE bins for guests to use. Clean the rooms and bathrooms thoroughly.
Location: Paddys Markets, shops, pubs, restaurants etc.
I stayed at the Sydney City Hostel for three days. From Friday until Sunday. The room was reasonably clean, quite dusty though. The window would not close, it was jammed open about 10 cm. I asked staff if they could close it but it wouldn't close due to the external work (painting) happening outside. My concern was cockroaches and mosquitoes would come in throughout the night as there are no screens. The power point in the room was not attached very well which I believe is a safety concern. The hallway carpet stinks and needs to be removed. The showers were mouldy and were unclean. The shared kitchen was okay and clean but dishes (clean and dirty) were left on the sink all the time. The worst part about the kitchen was the smell of cigarette smoke and other smells which came in through from the small balcony area next door. Loud heavy metal music was playing each night in this balcony area as well. There is no recycling at all in the Hostel. This is shocking for me as I am hugely concerned about our planet. I have sent an email to the manager of the Hostel asking why they do not provide recycle bins for guests to use.

Posted by , from Queensland on 27 Nov. 2017

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3 out of 5

Great location but hotel not for everybody!

Great location. Breakfast was offered, but only corn flakes available. I preferred other options (thank goodness for nearby supermarket!). Second floor toilet and showers barely tolerable. Anyway location and cost outweighed those negatives.

Posted by , from Mildura, Victoria. on 27 Oct. 2017

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3 out of 5

Great location. Cheap room that sufficed.

You get what you psy for. Don't expect much though breakfast was poor.

Posted by , from Central Coast on 16 Oct. 2017

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4 out of 5

You get what you pay for.

Friendly staff, less facilities (I stayed in a shared 4-bed dorm, can't expect more). Otherwise bathrooms were clean and room was okay. Not bad. Would recommend for a cheap stay in CBD.

Posted by on 14 Feb. 2017

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2 out of 5

Good location comes at a cost.

The hostel was ideally located for our weekend convention. Short walk away from a lot of nice places to eat and from the harbour. Unfortunately the state of the hostel is very shoddy. The bathrooms don't drain well so there is always a wet floor for hours after someone has showered. The rooms are pretty small (which is what your paying for really) but were comfortable enough for the short amount of time spent in there.

Posted by on 6 Feb. 2017

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1 out of 5

Please do not book through wotif or anyone else.

This hostel is a disgrace! The people who run this hostel have no care for peoples safety. The rooms, showers and toilets are disgusting. We refused to stay even one night. Wotif refused refund as did hostel management.PLEASE DON'T STAY HERE YOU'LL RUIN YOUR HOLIDAY. P.S I HAVE REPORTED THEM TO AUTHORITIES REGARDING ELECTRICAL HAZARDS AND LACK OF HYGIENE.

Posted by , from Au on 4 Dec. 2016

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1 out of 5

No hot water!

Pros: Location and price. Beds quite comfortable and clean.
Cons: Please fix plumbing and nails sticking out of floorboards.
Location: Chinatown and great eateries close by.
Great location, good price, bit noisy outside but to be expected in city centre. Room quite clean and bed quite comfortable, with clean sheets. Shared bathroom had no running hot water - both morning and evening! Thank goodness it was a warm day! Went to get a glass of water in shared kitchen late at night and dirty dishes, cups, cutlery all over the place - really filthy. It was cleaned up in the morning, though. Good solid construction so couldn't hear any other guests. We stayed in family room no. 3 and there were a couple of large nails sticking out of the floorboards in the middle of the room. I was barefoot so could have injured myself really badly. We covered them up.

Posted by on 1 Dec. 2016

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Property Features

There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi and wired Internet. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at Sydney City Hostel. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Sydney hostel.

  • 1 building
  • 15 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Terrace
  • Television in lobby
  • Smoking in designated areas
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


  • Airport: Sydney Airport (SYD) (10 km / 6.2 mi)
  • Train station: Sydney Central Station (1.2 km / 0.7 mi)
  • Metro station: Capitol Square Light Rail Station (0.1 km / 0.1 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle

Room Amenities

Sydney City Hostel offers 15 accommodations with safes and complimentary toiletries. Flat-screen televisions are featured in guestrooms. Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include showers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Irons/ironing boards and hair dryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Bathrooms are shared
  • Flat-screen television
  • Shower
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Fan

Food & Drink

Sydney City Hostel has a restaurant on site.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 11 AM
  • Check-in time ends at 6 PM

Special check-in instructions:

If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests arriving after 6 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • 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.

Pet Policy

  • 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 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.

No onsite parking is available. This property accepts credit cards.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • No cots (infant beds) available
  • No lifts

Hotel Names

  • Hostel Sydney City
  • Sydney City Hostel
  • Sydney City Hostel Haymarket
  • Sydney City Haymarket
  • Sydney City Hostel Haymarket
  • Sydney City Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Sydney City Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Haymarket

You should know

  • Alcohol isn't served or allowed at Sydney City Hostel.
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