Set on the edge of the redlight district of Kings Cross, The Original Backpackers Hostel is the oldest backpacker accommodation in Sydney. Sydney is an easy city to walk around and The Original is set on the edge of the city, so it's an easy walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Royal Botanical Gardens.
The Original is relatively easy to get to by mass transit. It's near the Kings Cross train station and it's a short (downhill) walk to the hostel, where there's an obvious sign. Kings Cross is not the greatest part of town -- it's also known as the Red Light District -- but the street on which the hostel is housed is relatively calm, on the outskirts of Kings Cross. There's a small park at the end of the road that's nice for relaxing and a grocery store is right by the train station.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are ok, but not the greatest. The Original has a lot of long-term guests who tend to take over the rooms with their stuff. The staff clean the rooms weekly and will ask guests to have all their belongings off the floor for them to clean; this usually results in everything being thrown back on the floor at the end of the day, but it's a nice idea. The bunks are plastic, but not terrible. One of the dorm rooms has a small balcony overlooking the street, which is very nice. There are lockers, but they tend to be buried in belongings and not specifically set aside for individual guests.
The bathrooms are clean and simple. There's not an excess of hooks or space, but there's good water pressure and temperature control.
Common spaces tend to be a little intimidating when you first get there. Original is a big hostel so be prepared for a lot of people always around; though there's a big kitchen to accommodate everyone, sometimes it's just easier to go out to eat. Next to the kitchen is a TV room with a small bookshelf; an outside courtyard is on the other side of the kitchen. This area tends to be dominated by smokers and large groups of people eating together. This is definitely a smoky hostel, though guests are good at keeping smoke out of the rooms. It is also a party hostel, with the majority of the guests going out every night.
Overall, this is a decent, clean hostel, depending what you're looking for. With lots of long-term guests, it can be hard to make friends, unless you bond with other short-term guests.