Great location, great price, if you don't mind the mold.
The location is great, close to CBD, lots of restaurants, bars in the area. There was a Coles less than 5 minutes walk away, train station was even closer. We were able to check in early which was nice. The luggage storage is a little sketchy as it was just leaving your luggage in the reception area, where anyone off the street could walk in and take your stuff. We had a private double on the first floor. The room itself was cosy. No mirror or hooks to hang a jacket or towel. There was a small bar fridge which was awesome. The tv did not work and the wall mounted inverter had no remote. There was mold all over the exterior wall, as well as the door. It rained most of our stay and the walls were damp most of the time. We had a window in our room that went into a storage area and had to keep it open the whole time to try and air out the room, thankfully there was blind. We got used to the smell of mold and mildew as well as the slugs and a few roaches. The showers and toilets were clean, however they could use a few more of each -- only 3 of each, one toilet was backed up for over a day.
Age 27 | Canadian
Chilli Blue Backpackers in Kings Cross, Sydney, got our attention, as it sometimes offers incredibly cheap special offers online (which make it the the cheapest accommodation in Sydney) so we checked it out! The most impressive fact about this hostel is that the front of the hostel looks very tiny and small, but once you enter the stairways after the reception, there are heaps of small rooms connected to the crazy design of the very tiny stairways (our biggest bag hardly fit through the one-meter-width space.
The hostel is located centrally in Kings Cross -- the party and clubbing district of Sydney. Within a five-minute walk you can reach all the clubs, bars, fast-food chains, and restaurants. The public transport can be accessed after a three-minute walk to the Kings Cross Station. You won't find nice and quiet parks in Kings Cross without drunken people or addicts for relaxing evenings. The next supermarket -- Coles -- can be reached within a five-minute walk.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Every tiny room has its own art face painted on its door, which gives the hostel a very unique atmosphere -- it looks a bit like street art. The dorms (we checked out a four-bed dorm) are not very big, so you don't have the "normal" double beds (one upstairs, one downstairs) as in most other hostels but single ones. In the nights you'll have good company of many bugs that accommodate the dorms too. The mattresses are filthy but they have clean linen when you check in. There are small lockers in the rooms, plenty of power points, a mirror, and a fan. The shared bathrooms have a very new interior design and are incredibly clean. When they get messed up by the other partying guests, they get incredibly cleaned within hours again.
There comes a garden area for the guests who like to drink alcohol in the evenings and the atmosphere is very nice and friendly. In the morning this area looks like hell but gets cleaned up until midday. The kitchen is cleaned very well until the free morning breakfast (7:30 to 9:30), which contains toast/bread, marmalade, coffee/tea, an egg, two slices of cheap cheese, and cheap cereals with milk. Attached to the kitchen is a living/dining area with a TV, tables and couches. The hostel provides free Wi-Fi (but you can't use it for video/download), which only works in the common areas. The ovens in the kitchen are out of order.
If you get a cheap price for the nights, then the value you get for the money is pretty good. The dorms are not perfect -- they're a bit messy, filthy, and some of the party guests can make your nights bad. And if you like to party in the garden area instead of the expensive pubs and clubs, then this hostel also offers a nice atmosphere. When we checked in, the management told us that "you can't book online anymore once you checked in for the next days (and thus you cant use online discounts)." But we didn't try it. All in all -- it's good value for a very cheap price if you don't need a bug-free room.
The worst I stayed in -- ever
Well, this happened 2006 but I am sure not much has changed. It was loud, smelly, and all was dirty. We only stayed there as long as we needed to (over Chrismas time 2006) before leaving. In the morning there where cockroaches everywhere and the showers weren't clean. I wouldn't recommend this hostel to anyone! Don't go there because you hope for free breakfast -- its not worth it. We actually never had the "free" breakfast because they wanted some money!
Do not stay in this hostel
This hostel has the rudest staff I have ever known. Terrible customer service. I made a booking for New Year's Eve and paid a deposit then a couple of months later they e-mailed to say that they now required a bigger deposit. I called their reception and paid it (to someone who could barely speak English) then a week later they e-mailed to say they had canceled my booking. I'm now without anywhere to stay on one of the busiest nights of the year.
Rude and unfriendly staff
I was really disappointed about Chilli Blue, because I came there on advice from others. Maybe I was very unlucky, but some of the staff weren't friendly at all. When I asked where my room was located, I was told "up the stairs" in a rather rude tone. Ok. It turns out it was at the third floor, just like a loft. The room was horrible, had to have windows open plus a fan on, and it was still freaking hot. No curtains. So much noise from I don't know where that it was impossible to sleep. On top of that, one night, a member of the staff was having the biggest argument ever with her boyfriend in the hall, for a long time. Not cool at all! Like I said, maybe I was there in the wrong room at the wrong time, but I'd never go back or recommend it to anyone!
from when we arrived we were looked after by the staff, this is definatly one of the better places we stayed at in the cross..
we stayed here before but it was under a different name, now it is much better and we will definatly come back..
miss you blu crew
I got a bad feeling as soon as I rang this place from India, where we were previously, as the woman on the phone was very unhelpful and rude however, we still decided to stay there. When we actually arrived in Sydney it was about 11:45 p.m. and we were very tired from the flight. We got to the front door of the hostel and it was locked. On the door was a notice saying we could pick of the keys from the local supermarket. We lugged our bags to the supermarket only to find out that no keys had been left and the guy there had no idea what we were talking about. We were stranded in Sydney late at night where most of the other hostels around the area were shut. Luckily we found another hostel to stay at.
I got a very warm welcome and the guys that run it are fabulous. I arrived on my own at Sydney airport early in the morning and punched their number into a phone box. I was picked up and made to feel welcome straight away. The free barbecues were great and Dingo rocks! It's central and I felt safe at all times. The showers are not so good and the bunk beds creak but the atmosphere is great.
Chiliblue Backpackers & Youth Hostel Reviews from the Web
This place is absolutely filthy, we checked in and went to our 4 bed dorm but didnt even stay the night because it was so dirty and smelt. I would
not recommend staying here, avoid!
All good the place need just to look a bit cleaner, don't mean garbage but paint on walls and bathroom showers, just a bit more of fixing those details. All the rest is very good.
The hostel was honestly alright. However if you are expecting anything clean go to any other hostel.
But only because we knew from the reviews it wasnt going to be clean, so our standards were pretty low. That being said it was dirty but really only because everything just needed to be vacuumed or wiped down.
At some point after 1am someone pulled the fire alarm so we were evacuated which wasnt ideal but hey it happens.
Honestly for the 11 dollars we payed it was exactly what we expected.
Filthy rooms, filthy common room, tv mostly doesn't work
Cockroaches and bedbugs in rooms and lunch room/common room
No aircon in any dorm, there are small wall fans which doesn't work
Kitchen has no plates, no cuttlety (u can get cuttlery for 20$), nothing
Price goes up if you want to extend your stay
Liked: This a small hostel and you get to know everyone just by hanging out in the kitchen a few times. Didn't like: Very unclean, but kind of expected. If you're used to backpacking then you won't have any problems!
Liked: It was in Kings Cross, nice location. Thats it. Didn't like: The smell, the dirty and small kitchen, Cockroaches in the dorm and the bad wc/douche.
Liked: Location. Breakfast. We can get a box with plates and cutlery, for me this is a good way about hygienic because you keep this during your stay. Didn't like: They try to keep clean, but the people makes the kitchen be dirty and messy. There are many cockroaches in the hostel. The bed is not comfortable. And the duvets were not clean.
Liked: Good breakfast Very cheap for sydney Good location Didn't like: Floor was dirty
Liked: Located close to darlinghurst, walking distance to banks, art gallery, oxford, easy to orient yourself. Didn't like: Seemed like a lot of travellers had been there for a longvtime. Maybe not the best place to stay if you are trying to get rid of jet lag.
Everything was great! But the best thing was how incredibly helpful and friendly the staff are! Very clean rooms, bathrooms and other facilities. The hostel is a short 10-15 minute walk from the center of Sydney. A lot of great places to eat close by as well. Absolutely loved it!
Liked: It's a relatively good location, 15 min walking to the CBD. Didn't like: Dirty toilets, rude reception staff and below average rooms
Very good athmosphere and hostel filled with nice people. Something happening every night and easy to meet people and get friends. Cleaner than many other hostels. Friendly staff.
Liked: The breakfast was very good! Eggs, tost, cornflakes, Weed Bix, jam, coffee, tee, cheese.. Didn't like: It was raining in our room. You could smell weed all day. You can also have a selection kokain, creck.... in this hostel
Even though we booked two beds together, when we arrived, they weren't able to put my sister and I in the same room. My room smelled so bad I could hardly stand it, with no window to even air it out. It's definitely a party hostel, which can be fun, but until the entire hostel is hotboxed.
Liked: The staff and people are really friendly !! I had Great time. Amazing atmosphere and stay ! Didn't like: Nothing
Very dirty, And when you arrive you need to call from mobile, when you are foreign And have no mobile celular you are um trouble if you arrive late than the receptionist duty time...
Our hostel offers: Budget Doubles with duvets and blankets which can accommodate a maximum of 3 people. Dorm Rooms (from 4 to 10 beds, Loads of space) twins & triples are also available (triple is a double bed and a single bunk on top). Some Dorms with balconies and City Views. Private rooms have own mini-fridge, TV and DVD-Player
Feel at home and cook a meal in a modern, fully equipped kitchen. Court-yard with large communal table & Winter Heating. ChiliBlue offers plenty of chill-out space to read, sleep or drink!
Foxtel Cable TV – with all the bells and whistles! Watch your favorite movie, TV show (on Fox) or sport on a huge TV - open 24 hrs.
If you are planning to extend your stay in Sydney, Chili blue can assist you in the search for a job in your preferred industry for the duration of your stay.
Free Internet (1:8 terminals per guest)
FREE LATE CHECK-OUT ( before 11am)
Free Breakfast including Tea & Coffee
FREE UNLIMITED INTERNET & WI-FI
Free Airport Pick-Up (please see terms below)
FREE HOT DOGS & MOVIE NIGHT
Free Weekly events & Tour Desk
FREE EARLY CHECK-IN 11:30 am
Free Secure Key-Card Entry System
FREE BAGGAGE STORAGE*
Free Deals with local pubs and clubs
FREE Walking tour**
IF CHEAP, COMFORTABLE, CLEAN & CENTRAL is what you are looking for, we welcome you to ChiliBlue, the perfect place to base yourself in Sydney. Our Hostel provides accommodation to International Passport Holders Only.
Whether you are coming for a night or two, or staying for longer you will find that ChiliBlue will provide you with a warm, friendly, clean and comfortable home away from home. Located on beautiful Victoria Street, ChiliBlue is moments away from the night life of Kings Cross and minutes away from the city center. ChiliBlue is a great place from which to base your adventures in Sydney or to come home to after a long day/night.
Reception / Office hours 08:00 till 21.00
Saturdays & Sundays & Public Holidays 09.00 am till 19.00
CHECK OUT before: 11.00 AM
IF YOU DON'T SPECIFY YOUR ARRIVAL TIME WE WILL CANCEL YOUR BOOKING AND CHARGE YOU FOR THE NIGHT.
At Chiliblue we try our best to provide you the lowest prices.
By placing a booking request you agree to amend the terms & conditions to be subject & in compliance to our policies.
Due to an increase in use of invalid credit cards or credit cards with no credit we now require full prepayment of online bookings (processed 3 days prior to your arrival date. No refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of arrival).
PLEASE NOTE: We are a Youth Hostel & accept only travelers under 30 years old. Over 30 yo with prior arrangement only. Australian and NZ passport holders are not permitted to stay at our hostel.
IF YOU ARE ARRIVING LATE YOU MUST ARRANGE WITH US FOR LATE CHECK-IN PROCEDURE PLEASE EMAIL US YOUR ARRIVAL TIME. IF YOU ARRIVE LATE WITHOUT ANY ARRANGEMENTS, YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THE BOOKING EVEN IF YOU CANT CHECK-IN.
Accommodation is available for International Passport Holders only. Residents/citizens of Australia and New Zealand are not allowed.
We are fair, please respect our property and our guests so we can all enjoy a great time. we want you to have fun, but we will evict you without notice or refund if you misbehave or if you are loud and behave in an inappropriate manner.
Free pickup from airport is subject to seat availability and confirmed reservation. Min stay requirements apply (5 nights must be booked directly with hostel). please contact us to arrange pickup. (pickup is not available after 7pm or before 7am - please use the train cost is about $16 each way)
NB: We Do not pay for or refund money for airport transfers.
NB: Our Hostel is a youth hostel and not suitable nor comfortable for older guests (over 30 years old with prior arrangement only)
*NB: Free bag storage is available for a standard sized bag (one per person) on day of departure only. long term storage is available at a cost. Please check with reception for details.
**NB: Our 3 hour walking tour takes you through the heart of Sydney. Explore the city's rich Aboriginal, convict and colonial past with our unique guiding style of combining history and entertainment. Our expert guides will take you places where buses simply can't go, as they invoke a Sydney you couldn't find on your own. You'll also pick up some great tips on eating, drinking and experiencing Sydney from those who live it... departs 9:45 am. Operated by Peek.
Please note: Groups of more than 4 people need to contact us directly for approval a surcharge may apply for group bookings (minimum 25% and up to 300%).
New Year Policy:
There is a minimum stay please contact us for further details or book online now. We do not accept check-ins or check-outs on 30, 31st December and 1st January unless with prior approval and arrangement. Full payment is required on booking (50% on reservation and balance by 1 December). New Year bookings are not refundable. We strongly advise you to take out insurance.
Although the deposit to Booking agent maybe refundable according to their terms and conditions, the additional deposits/payments to the our hostel is not refundable – please consider this carefully when making a reservation and obtain travel insurance
If you have already stayed with us and for one reason or other you have been asked to leave, you may not use any online booking systems to make a new reservation. if you do we will charge you for the room, and cancel your booking and evict you again without a refund, a charge of $100 for re-eviction applies. Management reserves its rights to admit.
Any cancellations made within 7 days of check-in forfeit the full amount of the booking. New Year reservations are not refundable.
Internet prices are not available for in-house guests. Note if you book online and you are already staying you may have to pay additional charges(min $5 per night per person). Our internet rates are intro-promotional rates for new guests only. To get the best rate book as long as 21 nights online.
Same Room Policy:
Although we will try our best to accommodate you in the same room prior to arrival or within a few days after checking in, this is not always possible as we are a very popular hostel.
We do not accept Government &/or Religious Organization funded Tourists; nor School and University Groups
We do not accept any credit card starting with number 6, if you use these types of cards your booking will not be guaranteed. A surcharge of up to 5% may apply to American express and diners club. If your card expires before your arrival we will charge you the higher of 10% or $20 per person of the accommodation cost as deposit.
The hostel does not accept responsibility and reserves all its rights against loss, theft or damage to guest property. Although we care and have security systems in place, you stay and store your luggage and belongings at your own risk.
No refund for now shows. We Recommend you take out insurance to cover your for any loss due to cancellation or change in your travel.
Free Airport pickup must be prearranged and only on full payment of room charges. Due to delays in flights we cannot guarantee immediate pickup. airport pickup is subject to availability of seat on our transport, therefore we advise you book well ahead. Min stay requirements apply. please contact us to arrange pickup. We do not reimburse cash for your tickets purchased at airport or from drivers.
Location and Contact
• Chiliblue is located at 144 Victoria Street Kings Cross. We are a short walk to the CBD and right near kings cross train station. • Nearby there are lots of things to do and see: • 1 min walk • # Over 30 bars, clubs and pubs. • # Post Office, Police, Petrol Station • # Restaurants and supermarkets • # Fitness Centre • # Kings Cross Train Station • 5 min walk • # Australian Museum • # Art Gallery of NSW • # Cook & Philip Swiming pool and aquatic centre • # The Finger Wharf • # Bondi Junction Shopping Centre (1 stop by train) • # Sydney Town Hall (1 stop by train) • # St Marys Cathedral • 10 min Walk • # The Domain • # Botanical Gardens • # George Street Cinemas • # CBD pubs, bars and clubs • # Paddington Markets • # Oxford Street Pubs and Clubs • 20 Min walk • # Ferry Wharf at Circular quay (get the boat to Manly or the Zoo) • # Opera House • # The Rocks • # China Town • # Harbour Bridge • # Paddys Market • # Darling Harbour, Australian Wild Life and Sydney Aquarium • From the airport: • Getting to Chili Blue Backpackers from the airport is easy! • We are in the heart of Kings Cross and Shuttle buses depart from the international airport every half hour and can drop you at our door. (Contact us for tickets and directions) • One way transfers are normally between $12-$16. Travelers tip: best to avoid purchasing a return ticket, as some bus companies are not very reliable for a return pickup. (Student prices for train are cheap and provide a fast alternative) • Alternatively, catch the train from the airport to Central station, and then get the blue eastern suburbs line to Kings Cross. We are 100 meters from the station. • At Chiliblue we try our best to provide you the lowest prices. • By placing a booking request you agree to amend the terms & conditions to be subject & in compliance to our policies. • We are a youth hostel & suitable to less than 30 years old. Our hostel is not comfortable for families or older travelers.
144 Victoria Street, Kings Cross, Potts Point, Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia
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