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Zing Backpackers
Ranked #35 of 145 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Reviewed 10 June 2010

Very friendly backpacker in king cross, in the city center.
The staff is very helpful, they let me store my surfboard during 3 months for free!!!
Futhermore, there are lots of free stuff such as free breackfast, tea and coffee all the day, free pasta, free pick-up from the aeroport...
In each room is a TV, fridge and sometimes a private bathroom.
After 10.30 you have to be quiet, so it's not the best place to make a party, but you're close to the nightclub and it's nice to have a quiet place to stay in Sydney, a very buzy city...
I've been there 2 times and each time was just perfect.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

This hostel is in a great location - just a few minutes walk from Kings Cross station, within walking distance of bars & restaurants in Darlinghurst, and in the other direction the street leads to steps down to the harbour.

The staff were friendly and helpful with maps and advice and the free airport pickup was easy to organise and saved approx $12.

There is free internet (one hour per day) and also wifi. I didn't have a laptop so had to use the computers in the reception. This was okay (one is quick and the others slow) except that reception is only open for 3 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the afternoon - when it is closed, the computers can't be used either.

The room (I booked a double with ensuite) was a good size and included a sink, fridge, toaster, kettle, and small table & chairs. The bathroom was really narrow - when the door was opened, it hit the basin and blocked access to the basin and shower. The size was okay overall, just needed some navigation!

However, the room and bathroom were really dark and musty - the smell was so strong that the air freshener in the room could not even be noticed. The sheets were clean but the rest of the room was quite dirty and the corridors were also dirty. The room (Room 3) was also near the entrance and next to the kitchen so was very noisy all night with people arriving home, loud conversations on their phone, and then in the morning people preparing breakfast. It is completely understandable that other guests would make noise, but this room means that it is really difficult to get a good night's sleep.

I chose this hotel because it was one of the least expensive en suite private rooms in the area. The other hostels I considered were the Great Aussie Backpackers (same price) and Aussie Lodge ($5 extra per night). Given that my room at the Travellers Rest was so musty and dirty, if I was going back to Sydney I'd try one of these other options before going back to the Travellers Rest again.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled solo
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2  Thank Catherine_Ursula
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Reviewed 27 February 2010

Let me start with the positive first. The location is very good especially if you want to party at the cross, and Oxford st is only about a 15min walk away. The staff a friendly enough but I get the feeling staff change frequently. Price is another bonus especially if there are 2 of you to share the costs of a double or double ensuite. I stayed in a double ($55 per night) and a double ensuite ($65 pn.) The size of the rooms are also pretty good maybe 3m x 4m? You get an hour a day internet and breakfast (which is just toast, spread (but not butter/margarine) and tea/coffee/juice.
Now for the negative things if it is any kind of star it would probably just make it to a 1 stay. You pretty much need to have all your own things - my double room had no cups or cutlery nor do they provide towels (and obviously not soap or shampoo either). But they do provide blankets, sheets and pillows. It really is a little run down, and the kitchen is probably not big enough for the number of people that can stay there. It feels much like it has just grown without any kind of planning

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank maoritraveller
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Reviewed 16 November 2009

Although located near the notorious darlinghurst road (red light district), this hostel is on the beautiful victoria road its simple, clean, nice staff, not loud after 10pm, if you want to party but get a good nights sleep stay here. City centre is 20mins walk, bondi beach 30mins bus trip. shops, bars all very close to hostel. dont buy blow off the locals unless you have to.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with friends
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Thank edmurs
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Reviewed 6 October 2009

this place is a joke, it is cold ,dirty,unclean and uncared for do not stop here. the free breakfast is a laugh ,bread and jam to eat in a dirty kitchen , everything is black and dirty .our room number 3 was damp and smelly,no daylight as the blind was broke and would not go up ,the bathroom was full of hair,a shower which was hard to get water at correct temp either red hot or cold,plug in sink which did not fit, shower base like a hill beware of slipping .the room was painted yellow,with various lights in the ceiling a bit like living in a kitchen, a strip light with no cover and a bathroom light switch hanging out to give a shock if you were not careful. the bed was not bad,the tv worked although fastened to the sink work top were water could get to the cable,everything has seen better days about 20 years ago at a guess. on our last night someone tried to enter the room at 1230 am they had been given a key and told room was vacant,just like we had the day we had arrived to find to people in bed and not to happy. they dont care just want your money , good luck to you

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank bigwod
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Additional Information about Zing Backpackers

Address: 156 Victoria St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (Formerly Travellers Rest)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #35 of 145 Speciality Lodging in Sydney
Price Range: €19 - €59 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Zing Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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