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Jolly Swagman Backpackers

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hostel and room were very messy. Our room also smelt really bad because there is no ventilation. Also the staff is not willingly to help you. We wanted to visit a friend for 2 days. But it was to much trouble for them to refund or help searching for a solution what to do with the money and room.

Best hostel so far where we staid. Sam was really helpful und super funny ^^ Every night some deals or free sausage. Also if you want to go to a club they have every night a shuttle service to the club with free entry. If we are going back to visit Sydney again definitely stay there again.

Not sure why this place is still running. The staff there are absolutely vulgar and will not own up to their own mistakes! There was a problem with the booking (due to their own incompetence) and the guy Joe behind reception even read the email to us to make it seem like we were wrong (only for him to sound like an idiot because we were right). He then tried to blame it on us saying we were stupid to book online (the company we booked with has 5 star reviews and is up for 3 awards this year in the backpacker industry) and when our travel agent called blamed it on us to her saying we should have checked out- despite that we were told it was okay to leave our stuff. Clearly they cannot read right as the dates were correct in everything we had and even in the email he stupidly read out. Despite this he still would not acknowledge the mistake from their part and wanted to charge us an extra $60. Never again will I book with them and definitely do not recommend unless you want to be treated like you are ignorant from Joe and Night manager or otherwise ripped off!

I have been in this hostel twice, and I will go again if needed ! The location is really good, close to Kings Cross station, in a nice area with bars and restaurants. The hostel is clean (rooms and bathrooms really ok), the staff is friendly. The breakfast is not amazing but it's free so it's still good :) And it's pretty cheap for Sydney ! Thanks Jolly Swagman !

Consistently good throughout the hostel, good atmosphere and friendly helpful staff. The kitchen is well equipped and the free breakfast is on point as well. It is also situated near the train station where you can easily access the rest of Sydney.

I'm since 10 month already in Australia and I never had a better hostel than the jolly. Nice People clean rooms with own fridges and the guys behind the reception are just awesome. Love this place !!!!

Jolly Swagman is the best hostel I have stayed in and I would recommend it to anyone! It's clean, fun and sociable and in a really good location right next to everything you'd need :) Sam and Joe at reception are really helpful and welcoming and the group activities are a great way to meet people.

Everything about this hostel is fantastic, the staff are friendly and will help you in anyway they can to find a job. If you have any questions, there's always a member of staff at reception day or night. Kitchen/ rooms/ bathrooms are all clean and beds are super comfy. Met so many great people here, would definitely recommend this hostel to any traveller, whether you're going solo or with a friend.

It was advised by one of our friends and it was just like he said. A nice place with friendly people, a lot of advice and reductions for our trip. It is not a 4 stars hotel but for the price there are every thing you need.

I stayed at plenty of hostels and this one was top. The staff was great and very helpful on tours and getting around. Definitely will stay there again. I dont usually do tours but got out and did one while there.

27 Orwell Street Potts Point NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free airport pick-up
  • Concierge services

Located in Kings Cross within a mile (2 km) of Royal Botanic Gardens, Jolly Swagman Backpackers is within 2 miles (3 km) of other popular sights such as Sydney Opera House. This 46-room hostel has conveniences like free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and free airport pick-up. Sydney Harbour Bridge is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from this centrally located Potts Point hostel.


Start your day off right with a free continental breakfast, served each morning from 7 AM to 9 AM. For a nice break, mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All 46 rooms feature refrigerators, ceiling fans, and desks. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Hair dryers are also standard. Bathrooms are shared.

Property features

Jolly Swagman Backpackers features free WiFi in public areas, an arcade/game room, and a library. There's free offsite parking, as well as a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel (available on request). The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day to help with concierge services and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a terrace, laundry facilities, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory (Four Beds)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Shared Dormitory (Three Beds)

Twin 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

60% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 350 reviews