$81 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Sep 18, 2014 Check-out: Sep 19, 2014

Aspire Hotel Sydney

3 stars
383-389 Bulwara Road, Ultimo Sydney, Sydney, NS 2007
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.1
out of 5
18 reviews
Perfectly acceptable for me, maybe not if you're picky

I stayed here for 10 days while in Sydney for a conference at the convention center. It was very... See full review

  • Academic traveler
  • Dec 11, 2013
Good hotel!

The hotel is good for the price with friendly stuff, close to dwtn See full review

  • Bubba99
  • Dec 24, 2011
Low cost hotel with friendly service near Darling Harbour

The former Aspen Hotel has been rebranded as the Aspire Hotel Sydney. Simple interiors deemed as retro by insiders offer a comfortable stay with friendly service.  A fine option for travelers on a budget, Aspire Hotel offers a convenient location on a quiet street near Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum, Chinatown and public transportation to the central business district and beyond. Aspire Hotel promises ease for leisure and business travelers.

Highlights
  • Private access to Mary Ann Park next to the hotel
  • Short walk to attractions and Sydney's central business district
  • Reasonably-priced rooms
Rooms

The hotel's 96 guest rooms are a throwback to the 1970s, featuring retro-style bedding and furniture that offer plenty of comfort. All rooms include private balconies (some with views), spotless bathrooms, a refrigerator and air conditioning. All rooms are non-smoking. Décor favors blues and browns, with flowered bedding and dark wood furniture. The hotel offers a work desk and Wi-Fi (fees apply).

Features

Guests receive private entrance to the adjacent Mary Anne Park, perfect for a picnic or relaxing in the grass. The hotel restaurant serves breakfast daily and lunch and dinner when pre-booked for groups of 20 or more. Patrons have access to the business center with Internet kiosks or can request emails be sent through the 24-hour reception staff. The hotel provides free luggage storage as well as sightseeing assistance and tour booking. Parking and Wi-Fi are available (fees apply).

Transportation
  • Paddy's Market Monorail Stop (4 blocks)
  • Central Station Railway (.6 mi/1 km)
  • Sydney Airport (7 mi/10.6 km)
Attractions
  • Paddy's Market (4 blocks)
  • Sydney Convention Center (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Sydney Aquarium (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • Darling Harbour (1.4 mi/2.2 km)
  • Pitt Street Mall (1.5 mi/2.3 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (2.4 mi/3.8 km)
  • Sydney Opera House (4.8 mi/7.6 km)
  • Bondi Beach (6.2 mi/10 km)
  • Manly Beach (10.5 mi/16.8 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • Conference and meeting facilities
  • High-speed Internet and Wi-Fi (fees apply)

Hotel Map

-33.8804 151.1986
Area served
Leisure, corporate guests and families.
Nearby airports
Kingsford Smith International Airport.
Area description
The Aspire Hotel Sydney is just a short walk from Darling Harbour, the Convention and Entertainment Centre, Sydney's Central Business District, Chinatown and Theatres. Parking is available within the property at an extra charge.

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Aspire Hotel Sydney Rooms

Standard Room
Room consists of 1 queen bed & sofa bed, or 1 queen bed & 1 single bed. Rate is for 1-2 persons. Maximum 3 adults at a surcharge $40.00/night/extra person, or 2 adults & 1 children aged under 12 years accommodated at no extra charge*.Bedding configuration can be requested when making booking but cannot be guaranteed.Children only free of charge when using exisiting bedding. Separate rollaway bed or sofa bed can be requested at extra charge.
Deluxe Room
Room contains either 2 queen beds & 1 sofa bed, or 1 king bed (can be split to 2 x king singles) & 2 sofa beds. Maximum 5 adults at a surcharge of $40.00/night/extra person or 2 adults & 1 children aged under 12 years accommodated at no extra charge*.Bedding configuration can be requested when making booking but cannot be guaranteed.*Children only free of charge when using exisiting bedding. Separate rollaway bed or sofa bed can be requested at extra charge.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Services
Laundry service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0.3 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.3 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.4 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.5 mi
  • Belmore Park: 0.5 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Pyrmont Bridge: 0.7 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Fish Market: 0.8 mi
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: 0.8 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Aquarium: 0.8 mi
  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.1 mi
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0.3 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.3 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.3 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.4 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.5 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.5 mi
  • Belmore Park: 0.5 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Pyrmont Bridge: 0.7 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Fish Market: 0.8 mi
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: 0.8 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Aquarium: 0.8 mi
  • Great Synagogue: 0.8 mi
  • University of Sydney: 0.8 mi
  • Star City Casino: 0.9 mi
  • Pitt Street Mall: 0.9 mi
  • Sydney Tower: 0.9 mi
  • Australian Museum: 0.9 mi
  • General Post Office: 1 mi
  • Sydney Wildlife World: 1 mi
  • St Mary's Cathedral: 1.1 mi
  • Hyde Park Barracks: 1.1 mi
  • Sydney Mint: 1.1 mi
  • Sydney Hospital: 1.2 mi
  • Parliament House: 1.2 mi
  • El Alamein Fountain: 1.3 mi
  • State Library of New South Wales: 1.3 mi
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales: 1.3 mi
  • Museum of Sydney: 1.4 mi
  • Customs House: 1.4 mi
  • Sydney Observatory: 1.5 mi
  • Wentworth Park: 1.5 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: 1.5 mi
  • Royal Botanic Gardens: 1.6 mi
  • Sydney Football Stadium: 1.6 mi
  • Sydney Cricket Ground: 1.7 mi
  • Government House: 1.7 mi
  • Elizabeth Bay House: 1.8 mi
  • Sydney Opera House: 1.8 mi
  • Harbour Bridge: 1.8 mi
  • Fox Studios Australia: 1.9 mi
  • Luna Park Sydney: 2.3 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Three rooms cater for meetings of up to 130 persons and cocktail functions up to 280 persons. Every room has natural light, direct-dial telephone links and individual air conditioning controls. All conference rooms are located on the ground floor for easy access and can be secured during breaks. Private access to Mary Ann Park next to the hotel provides refreshing space for outdoor breaks, activities and catering. Choose from a selection of packages and catering options to suit all tastes and budgets.

Dining

Henry's Restaurant
Currently our restaurant only operates during breakfast opening times. Enjoy a full buffet or continental breakfast in relaxing setting.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (18)

Ratings and reviews for Aspire Hotel Sydney

Overall score

3.1 / 5
5.01.0
18 out of 18
Amenities:
2.8
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.5

72% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Not Provided
Jun 23, 2011

Cheap price for room and breakfast,

Cheap price for room and breakfast, quiet location, decent size room/bathroom and even included a balcany. No TV remote though. Will stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
No rating
Location:
4
Value:
5
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Annie maria
Florida
May 21, 2014

Location was great!

Easy to get around. Perfect location. Very safe. Perfect for the value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Tagsy
Fort Frances Canada
Mar 22, 2014

Stay in Sydney

Stayed at Aspire Mar 17-21, 2014. It is approx 20 min walk to Darling Harbour. The hotel is dated, but cleaned every day and no shortage of hot water for showers! If your on a budget and don't mind the 20 min walk this is a hotel to consider. Dave from Fort Frances, Canada

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Sunny sunshine
South coast
Jan 14, 2014

Good budget accommodation

Good place to stay if your looking for that quick cheap get away close to city nothing to do at the hotel but close enough to darling harbour and market city.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Market city walking distance has factory outlets with some good bargains!!

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Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Academic traveler
Business
Bloomington, IN, USA
Dec 11, 2013

Perfectly acceptable for me, maybe not if you're picky

I stayed here for 10 days while in Sydney for a conference at the convention center. It was very reasonably priced compared to any other hotel nearby, and for the price it was perfectly fine. It's within a 10 minute walk to both the central station and Darling Harbour, but is in a very quiet residential area right next to the pretty UTS campus and a small park. The room was kept clean and I had a nice balcony. But it's an older hotel and shows its age; the elevators were noisy and slow, for example, and walls were a bit thin; this bothered me a lot on my first night but I quickly got used to it. My main complaint was that the wifi is expensive ($10/day) and is only guaranteed to work in the lobby, and in fact did not work in my room. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise; I decided to forego wifi and instead buy a little Wifi modem from a wireless company in the nearby mall. This cost me only $80 and then I had internet access wherever I went throughout the city, including in the hotel. So this hotel is probably not for the most discerning tastes, but I'd recommend it for people looking for a convenient, reasonably-priced place to stay.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Buzoff
Seattle
Feb 28, 2012

Start of a Month Down Under

Staff does not the area very well. Thought the added charge for a credit card was tacky. Should include it in the room price! Only brekfast available there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
2
Value:
3
Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Not too many choices close bye.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Ramanujan
United States
Feb 22, 2012

Worst place. Will never go again.

The room was way below average and the A/C unit makes a loud noise, many things were wrong. Unfriendly cleaning staff and front desk has no information about any thing that a traveller may need. Terrible mistake of selecting this place. Prior reviews was a big part on my decision and so I am writing this for future customers not to spend even one minute in thinking about this hotel. There is not one thing that is good. I am not going to list everthing that was wrong since it will be a very long list.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

AAT Kings company offers tours to Canberra, wild life tour and serene Tranquilty of Australia. We went on two tours and is well worth the money and they pick up and drop off from this hotel so it is convenient. There is a LAVAZZA coffee place one and half blocks away has good food to suite American taste but may not have any pancakes/waffles. They are open only from 7 am to 5 pm on monday to fridays. Kind of weird when you are vacationing, but good food.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bubba99
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Dec 24, 2011

Good hotel!

The hotel is good for the price with friendly stuff, close to dwtn

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
dblb
Colorado, USA
Dec 17, 2011

In poor shape

I would never stay at this hotel again. The beds are worn out, There are only 4 tv stations. They charge you for everything, and there is not a airport shuttle.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
1
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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
wandering tourist
Scotland
Nov 30, 2011

centrally placed

excellent hotel in quiet neighbourhood ideally placed within walking distance of Darling Harbour and easy access to other areas of Sydney.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

excellent coffee at cafe on corner

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
chivi
Seoul, South Korea
Nov 27, 2011

Good Location, thats about it

Literally, 5 minute walk from the beginning of Darling Harbor and Paddy’s Market. Rooms were ok but very old and it had a dungy feeling to it. Be prepared to pay for everything and everything is expensive. If you can find a hotel about the same price somewhere close, I suggest you take it. I would not recommend, unless you could not afford anything else in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Paddy's Marker... it is must go, fresh produce and lots of merchandise to purchase.

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