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1 room, 2 adults

Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point

2-star2 stars
27 Orwell StreetPotts PointNSW2011Australia

City-center hostel within easy reach of Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Free continental breakfast and free WiFi
  • Collect nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free*!
Great location
Delicious food
Fantastic service
Regular internet service
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From 366 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point

from $21 CAD
  • Twin Room
  • Double Room
  • Shared Dormitory (Four Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory (Three Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory (Six Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only
  • Single Room
  • Shared Dormitory (Eight Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory (Twelve Beds)

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 46 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 3 floors


  • Check-in time starts at 1 PM
  • Check-out time is 9 AM
Airport shuttle service is available on request from 5 AM to 8:30 PM. Contact the property in advance to get details. This property offers airport shuttle pickup service for guests staying 3 nights or more, from Sydney airport only. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation after booking.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free airport pickup from 5 AM to 8:30 PM


  • No parking

  • Free nearby parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Free reception
  • Barbecue grills
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Arcade/game room
Working away
  • Computer station
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Elevator/lift
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas

In the room

Home comforts
  • Ceiling fan
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
Freshen up
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Hair dryer
Stay connected
  • Desk
  • Free WiFi
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Daily housekeeping

Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point’s small print

Also known as

  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Hostel Potts Point
  • Jolly Swagman Backpackers Potts Point


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: AUD 20 per stay

Optional extras

WIred Internet access is available in public areas (wired) for AUD 2.00 for 30 minutes (rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point

Top spots nearby

Recommended by this property

  • Royal Botanic Gardens (8-minute walk)
  • Sydney Opera House (17-minute walk)
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge (23-minute walk)

Getting around

  • Sydney, NSW (SYD-Kingsford Smith Intl.) - 22 min drive
  • Sydney Circular Quay Station - 29 min walk
  • Sydney Milsons Point Station - 11 min drive
  • Sydney North Sydney Station - 11 min drive
  • Kings Cross Station - 5 min walk
  • St. James Station - 20 min walk
  • Edgecliff Station - 21 min walk
  • Free parking nearby
  • Discounted offsite parking
  • Onsite parking not available
  • Free airport pick-up

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 218 reviews

Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point
The location is pretty good. Wifi connection is fast as well. But the value of the hotel is very poor. Old building, poor breakfast, bad front desk service, and not cheap
A Traveler, ca3 night family trip
Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point
Won't be back
My friend an I checked into the jolly swagman hostel for 10 nights and let me tell you, it is far from the description. The breakfast is in no way "continental". White bread and tubs (literal tubs) or spreads can in no way be called continental. I think at one point there was some cereal but that disappeared quickly over the week and the milk was labelled "cereal only". Aka you can't drink it. The wifi was mediocre at best and the staff was worse. A few nice people worked there but they put up signs every night saying what's going on but no one ever confirms this. A few nights we wanted to board the bus to bars but the buses never arrived and we took local transit instead. The beds are hard, the sheets are clearly worn. The kitchen is pretty bleak and the dishes are never clean. You also have to rent cups. The one good thing about the place is the location to transit - just down the street from kings cross station. I would say unless you're staying there for just a few nights it's fine, but anything more than that is unfortunate. Won't be back.
A Traveler, ca10 night trip with friends
Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point
Awful service, Average facility
This hostel is cheap, and it shows in the lower quality of bedding and facilities, such as the kitchen. However, that is expected from a thrifty stay and didn't bother me at all. What really shocked me was the absolutely horrible service. All of the front desk staff were so dull, and nosey. Some annoying things: - Upon checkin, you get tossed a bundle of wrinkly sheets to make your own bed. - We gave a $20 key deposit in cash, but they didn't have cash to give us back when we checked out. - Warning: Located in the red light district One time we were sitting in the common room at 10AM with a box of wine (not opened) and the front desk guy ran out and told us how we can't drink in the common room. Buddy... it's 10AM in the morning, we're not drinking.
A Traveler, ca3 night trip with friends
Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point
Very friendly
Very friendly staff who are happy to answer any questions. As we stayed over 2 nights we got the Free airport shuttle bus is really useful and worth while. Clean place.
Jessica, gb3 night trip
Jolly Swagman Backpackers, Potts Point
Very Good8.0
It is in a great location, our room was comfortable and appreciated the fridge and TV. Shower temperature varied during each shower and breakfast was spare; a 4 slot toaster would help. Otherwise fine.
Susan, gb6 night trip

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