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Reviews of BIG Hostel

Hostel | 212 Elizabeth st, Surry Hills, Sydney, Australia 2010

85.3% Overall Rating

140 out of 158 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (30/07/2015)

Richard Byrne thinks…

"It was one of the only places that catered for a family of 5. The location was really good for getting to the airport for an early start. Breakfast was included which was a bonus as we hadn't…"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Free city tour
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 1.43

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen

Important Information

Individuals who book groups only rooms will have their booking cancelled. If you are needeed to book for a group, please place a request through the HostelBooker's groups department.

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85.3%

Overall Rating

140 out of 158 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'BIG Hostel'

Atmosphere
80.8%
Location
92.0%
Facilities
78.4%
Cleanliness
82.4%
Staff
92.8%
Value
80.8%
Safety
89.6%
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82.9%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Jenna Bourke

With friends / other travellers

Beach / sunbathing
City break
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

20 January 2013

Liked: Free wifi (although they put up a sign on my last day saying they are going to charge from now on). The free breakfast was good and the place was quite clean. Big kitchen and foxtel in the lounge area also good.

Disliked: Lacked atmosphere; was a bit impersonal. Elevator was ridiculously slow.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Sahba Rowshan

With friends / other travellers

City break

17 January 2013 Sahba would recommend this property

Liked: The property was as described. It is in a very central location with a very affordable but good quality Thai restaurant next door. The rooms and bathrooms were very well maintained and clean and they had a very well equipped and large Kitchen.

Disliked: Sahba left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Visiting friends or family

09 January 2013

Liked: I could leave the luggagge for free here.

Disliked: Can be quite a distance from the Central Station.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Judith MacGillivray

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals

04 January 2013 Judith would recommend this property

Liked: location, cleanliness, atmosphere

Disliked: nothing

74.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year

25 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: mnb

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture

07 December 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Value for money

Disliked: nothing

85.7%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

27 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms are really spacious and the bathrooms and bedrooms are really clean. The free wifi is nice.

Disliked: The lockers are really small and can be opened with a simple screwdriver.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 100%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Beach / sunbathing
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

15 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free breakfast, slow but free internet, staff are helpful, free tea and coffee throughout the day, lockers in the dorm.

Disliked: Rooftop terrace needs cleaning and made more inviting, more places to put things in the dorm, Showers need somewhere to put your shampoo and stuff but overall I would recommend anyone to stay here.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Events / festivals
Partying / nightlife
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

08 October 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: lots

Disliked: not much

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Laura Rodriguez Duran

With a large group / tour

Backpacking / gap year

21 June 2012 Laura would recommend this property

Liked: Esta muy bien localizada, en el centro de la ciudad y al frente se puede tomar el bus gratis. Es super limpia, no vi ninguna cucaracha ni animales, las camas son cómodas y el baño estaba muy limpio. Tomamos una habitación familiar, ya que viajaba con mi mama, mi novio y los padres de mi novio, la estadia fue muy comoda, podíamos cocinar y todo estaba muy limpio. La recomendaria a mis amigos y Colombianos.

Disliked: Las camas sonaban demaciado como si tuvieran alguna tuerca suelta o algo asi, lo que hizo q por la noche mas de uno se despertara. Pero es algo llevadero.

54.3%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 40% Facilities - 60% Safety - 60%
Location - 60% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 60%

Hyoyoung Lee

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

07 June 2012 Hyoyoung would recommend this property

Liked: not too bad to stay for a short stay but not recommended for a long stay. kitchen and TV lounge room with sofa are good and free breakfast was also very good.

Disliked: the rooms are so cold! and heating system don't work properly, it looked really really old and didn't work well and not effective for heating up the indoor temperature. i needed 3 blankets for sleep at night.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Work / volunteering

01 June 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This Hostel is very central, 2 minute walk from Central Train Station, 2 minutes to Hyde Park, other hostels that I looked at like Bounce,YHA and Wake UP, are all located behind Central station, so a little further to access the CBD daily. You get Free Wifi in the common room (also a computer to use) this saves so much money not having to use Global Gossip. There is a free basic breakfast in the morning, so these services actually make the Value for money even better than the other hostels. The hostel was very clean.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

82.9%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Cameron Morrison

Alone

City break

03 May 2012 Cameron would recommend this property

Liked: Free luggage storage, wifi, breakfast, good common area

Disliked: cleanliness of bathrooms

74.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

27 April 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free wifi and breakfast and the coomonroom where they put movies on every night

Disliked: Too dirty. I saw two cockroaches in the common room and the showers where also not too clean

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 March 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: This is a great hostel, I ended up living here for four months while in Australia on my working holiday visa. Would definately say its more suited to people working as there are a lot of people staying there long term but its the same in most hostels in Sydney. The good thing about Big as its a good size, its big enough so there are always lots of people but not so big that there are too many people and its hard to get to know people. The staff are really friendly and helpful and the hostel has a great living area. Also unlike some other hostels in Sydney it does not have its own bar so you are free to drink your own alcohol in the communal areas. It also has free wifi which most hostels in Sydney don't offer for free.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

71.4%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 100% Facilities - 60% Safety - 80%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 40% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 January 2012 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff were helpful when I needed assistance booking a shuttle and locating things around town as well as bus top infomration. The breakfast was a nice bonus that I didn't really have anywhere else I stayed in Australia.

Disliked: The lift was broken, my reservation had been lost when I got there and it was peak season (but they found me a bed) and it smelled of urine in the hallway. Also, the ladies bathroom was actually co-ed or male travellers don't know how to read.

68.6%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 40%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

13 December 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The location of close to central station (within walking distance of 5-10 mins, true to the description).

Disliked: So far, so good.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 November 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very helpful staff, pretty secure.

Disliked: Shower room was very small and the door had no lock.

65.7%
Atmosphere - 60% Staff - 80% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 60% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

11 October 2011

Liked: Good location. Relatively clean. Large common room. 24 hour reception and will store your bags, which is nice. Nice rooftop deck.

Disliked: The first room I stayed in was ok. They are VERY small rooms for 4 beds. Not much room to put your stuff. The second room they moved me to was also very small and the shower only had luke-warm water that was barely a trickle. It seems like a lot of people were staying here long term and weren't particularly social with others, but I guess they can't control that.

91.4%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

29 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The facilities were clean, the location was great, and breakfast was offered every morning.

Disliked: Had to check out one night early and I was unable to get a refund.

74.3%
Atmosphere - 40% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 60%
Location - 80% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 60%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Work / volunteering

13 September 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice and clean, in good area for bars and clubs, decent size hostel

Disliked: ..

85.7%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 80% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

28 August 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Nice common area, large kitchen, clean bathrooms and friendly atmosphere.

Disliked: Wifi doesn't reach the second floor, but you can use it downstairs.

100.0%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Ashley murphey

With my spouse / partner

Backpacking / gap year
Family Holiday
Partying / nightlife
Relaxation/spa
Sightseeing & culture
Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Visiting friends or family

12 August 2011 Ashley would recommend this property

Liked: Had a private 4 bed room with ensuite. Was clean and towels were provided. Awesome big screen in the main rec area. Breakfast was the usual cereal and toast, but the kitchen was very clean, lots of space in the fridge and shelves to pack away your own food. Staff were super friendly and very helpful when asked about the best places to eat/drink/see etc. My parents stayed here with me and they really enjoyed it as well. Very quiet and great location!!! Overall just great! :)

Disliked: Nothing.

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 100%

Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture
Work / volunteering

20 June 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Good location, can catch free shuttle from just across the street. It was clean and felt safe. It has a good lounge area downstairs with wifi internet access.

Disliked: The wifi was at times a bit slow and you can only access it on the ground floor.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 80% Value - 100%

Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 April 2011 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Free brekfast, free internet, very friendly, good location

Disliked: too many camera!!! But is for this reason that it is really secure


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