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Hostelz.com's Review
Nomads Maze Backpackers is in a great location, just past Pitt Street Mall, in the heart of Sydney. It appears dodgy from the outside, but is actually well organized and cozy. Maze Backpackers will amaze you!

The Location

Located near Pitt Street and Goulburn, you can walk twenty minutes to reach the highlights of what Sydney's tourism has to offer. Chinatown and its cheap eats, Darling Harbour, and The Rocks are only a five-minute walk. Street parking is available, but with such a great transportation system, who needs a car?

Rooms and Bathrooms

Double bunk bed dorm rooms are most common, but private shares are also available. Shared bathrooms/showers are plentiful down each labyrinth-like hallway that leave you a bit confused about where you are. Rooms come with fans and windows that open and sheets and pillows, but little else. No soap in the bathroom, bring your own!

Common Spaces

Maze is a fairly lively party hostel -- if you're looking to hang out, this is the place. Tons of common areas abound in the kitchen, upstairs DVD rooms, and more. Drink coupons are handed out freely as are free BBQ tickets and free breakfasts. DVDs and board games are available to borrow at the front desk and movie/computer rooms are on each floor.

Summary

Maze is a good hostel and affordable for all its comforts. Don't look at the walls and floor and wonder they were last washed! Just marvel at the size of the kitchen, common eating areas, comfy couch chairs, and flat screen TV room!

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February 2011

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Maze Backpackers Reviews from the Web
Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
2   Go somewhere else ... smelly room and extremely dirty showers. disgusting! i give 1 star for the localisation and no bugs but the rest was awful. not so quiet at nights, and the staff was not friendly. don't stay if you dont have to.  , sweden ()
2   Had plus sides Couldnt get on top bunk as no ladder, and i'm short! Thin windows, but quiet hallways. Stairs and lots of them, bad for my friend with suitcase. Great location, have def stayed at worse places. But will say ... GET NEW PILLOWS THAT DONT LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE BEEN RUN OVER!  , England ()
4   Good for the price i stayed here for one night when i didnt want to spend much. for $45 i got a single room, with single bed. for one night it was perfect for me. i spent very little time in the hostel or room because i was out in the city and it is right in the middle of the city, really good location, only downside is that it was a tiny tiny room and you could hear construction going on, but it was good for the price. also no powerpoint in rooms. i couldn't stay here for weeks, but i definitely recommend it for a night or two.  , australian ()
1   I wouldn't stay here for free! This hostel was bloody disgusting! The bathrooms are probably cleaner in prison. The kitchen has a couple hotplates and microwaves for hundreds of guests. The rooms don't have electrical outlets. The staff suck including the security guard who is a huge d*ckhead! I hated every minute of this hostel, I would not stay there ever again even if you paid me!  , Canada ()
4   Lots of fun i stayed at this hostel for two months. Although it may not look the nicest, i didnt see one cockroach and didnt come across any bedbugs and i slept in several different rooms! The kitchen is the worst part, not enough rings for all the people, at one point there was only two for the whole hostel. What i loved about it was the people staying there and the nights out, free goon and food, and cheap deals in good bars. You get what you pay for and i have friends and memories that will last forever! Plus i found the staff very friendly.  , scotland ()
1   Terrible This is the worst hostel experience I have ever had. The staff are unfriendly, the lock on my dormitory door was very dodgy, and the whole place was really dirty. Do not be tempted by the cheap prices and proximity to the city centre.  , UK ()
1   The worst hostel ever! I have absolutely nothing good to say about this hostel. on the first night, the room my mate and i stayed in was a four-bed dorm, which on entering was very smelly. The next morning i noticed a few bite marks on my arm and mentioned it to reception staff and was told it just mosquito bites. made feel stupid for even asking, however the following day noticed more and was told close the windows it only mosquitoes. the following day we were told to pack all our belonging -- a deep clean was being done. as i had work this week i got up early packed my stuff and left on bed as instructed. however no deep clean took place as we later found out, as the other roommates were in bed and the man could not clean with them there. he told us this directly. that night we again asked to move and had by this stage more bites. we got $6 each to wash our belongings on the Thursday (four nights of asking before we even got moved) and we also had to put an extra $12 of our own money towards the washing and drying of our belongings, so after a long hard days work we then had to spend whole evening cleaning. on friday evening we were both in agony itching and so went to chemist had to purchase lotions costing $30 each. sat morning woke to find that every part of my body was covered in huge welts -- went straight to hospital, confirmed it was bedbug bites (a severe case) and that all bites were infected. had to get antibiotics, antihistimines, and creams. mentioned to staff that wanted a refund and an apology and money to rewash clothes, as got infection in their place. the staff were very rude, very unprofessional, and basically didn't offer anything to help pacify us. the manager whom i spoke briefly to -- Mick -- was very arrogant and rude and basically said you will get no refund from me and you can do what you like. the whole experience was terrible. i have pictures, which i will be bringing to the paper and environmental health. when we went back to the room we had originally moved from on the Thursday on the Sat we went into room and actually saw the bugs on bed and sheets, so after we complained and they saw the bites they didn't bother to remove mattress or clean the room they actually let others stay in the room. even on the sunday when we were checking out the room was still being used by people. they didn't do a single thing about it. we refused to leave without a refund and when people entering saw me and my bites they too left. the staff actually threatened to man handle us out of building as we were losing them customers. they tried to say we were harassing customers. however we had no need to even speak, one look at my bites and people left. thats how bad they are. i am still very angry and will not be letting the matter drop. i will take legal action as i found the staff and management very rude. I wish I had read these forums before i booked. please do not book into the maze unless you want an infection of bedbug bites, cold showers, and basically the grubbiest accommodation ever. filthy carpets, rooms never cleaned, and even when you tell staff that there is bedbugs in the bed and the cleaner accompanies you and you see first hand the extent of the bugs in mattress, they still just rented the room out. it wasn't looked at by general managers. totally money grabbers and absolutely no people skills. if you like grubby, dirty things you'll like this place. horrible, horrible experience which i wont let lie. will be taking them to court over this.  , IRISH ()
1   Disgusting and filthy Huge cockroaches everywhere as well as other bugs, dead rats, no security, broken beds, showers that flood, washing machines/dryers that don't work, dirt and grime everywhere, a putrid smell that hangs over the place.  , Canada ()

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