$76 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2014 Check-out: Sep 1, 2014

Aspire Hotel Sydney

3 stars
383-389 Bulwara Road, Ultimo Sydney, Sydney, NS 2007
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
225 reviews
Good location.

The hotel is clean if a little run down. Good location for the Power House Museum and Paddy's... See full review

  • Dave D
  • Apr 8, 2014
Aspired

I was given a fantastic deluxe room fitted with an extremely useful in-room safe. The décor was a... See full review

  • that lived in look
  • Mar 29, 2014
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

Dining

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

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.

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 (225)

Ratings and reviews for Aspire Hotel Sydney

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
225 out of 225
Amenities:
3.6
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.1
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.4
Value:
4.1

93% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

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

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
TeriPoyser
Hervey Bay, QLD
Feb 16, 2013

Mouldy bathroom

Mould in the grout in the tiles in the bathroom, bathroom sink crazy cracked and the cracks were BLACK, hairdryer fell off the wall, towels were not a bright white, and neither were the sheets!! The balcony had black mould in the joins in the walls. There were no wine glasses !! In fact the glasses that were there were very small. I arrived and there was perhaps 6-8 tea bags, about the same for coffee, 6 portions of milk, (I brought my own fresh milk) and 4 yes only 4 sugars ??? The room itself was dusted and clean but the carpet was stained and the furniture dated, dented and scratched! The Airconditioner worked well although I never used it, I had the balcony door open for most of the time. All the lights worked, not all hotels check their lights!! The fridge needed de-frosting. I was requested/needed to go to Camperdown Hospital at about 3am and went down to the car park, pushed the buzzer to let me and my car out .. no reply, buzzed again, rang 24 hour reception, no reply, eventually gave up and headed upstairs ... banged on doors, rand again and after the 3rd call a sleepy hello followed .... so much for the 24hr reception !!! On returning, went to buzz to go back into thegarage and was told to use the other door, (not asked) so, I had to reverve up the driveway and drive in through the out door !!! Have stayed at this hotel before but the hotel seems to have slid backwards. Will not use again !!!!!!

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

Taxis available, but to hail a cab you would need to walk a few hundred metres. Don't remember any busses close to the hotel. The hotel is on a one way street.

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Robert John
Business
Adelaide, SA
Feb 15, 2013

Excellent value for Sydney

I was very pleasantly surprised - good location and excellent value.

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

Business

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Eva Huang
Melbourne, Australia
Jan 6, 2013

good service n good room

I like it but signal always weak for cellphone. n need to walk 15mins to city center.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
2
Value:
4
Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Linnie
Surfers Paradise
Nov 18, 2012

Weekend away

Aspire Hotel is well located, just a short walk to Darling Harbour and Chinatown which suited us fine for dining and shopping. Quiet area, not much traffic noise. Clean. The downfall was the room was in need of updating. It was reasonably priced but with a minor update would be good value for money. Staff were very helpful.

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

Use the covered walkway off Harris Street.

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Constant Traveller 77
Business
Melbourne
Sep 27, 2012

Minimalist but great location

This well priced hotel is well located in easy walking distance of Central station and other Sydney sights. It is however a bit tired with cracked basins , minimalist cleaning of rooms during my stay, and little catering on site. But for a cheap clean bed in Sydney in a good location it is worth booking.

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

Business

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
pararto
Australia
Aug 10, 2012

So easy and convenient for hassle free access to Sydney

As usual it is so convenient. Easy access to shops, key educational institutions, Power house museum, Central Railway a short stroll away (three blocks). Good parking at a price if you need it. I didn't this time, but nice to know it is there. This time I couldn't check in as early as I might have liked, and the smell of air freshener was still too strong for my liking. But I love this place and would use it more often if I needed it and could afford it.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
MainBeach
Business
Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Mar 31, 2012

Location, Location

Its a great location but very average hotel. If only they would renovate it could be a hidden gem. Off from the noisy streets and an easy walk to Darling Harbour.

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

Business

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
stempy
wagga wagga
Mar 22, 2012

memories

The best advice I can give any one who is going to visit Sydney go to the aspire we have been again since and many many times before it is easy to get just everywhere and as money is tight for the bush people having to stay over this is the place -

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

absolutely everything is at your reach even for the oldies with walking sticks

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Bellebear
Werribee VIC, Australia
Mar 22, 2012

Girl weekend escape

We had tickets to the Harry Potter Expo at Power house Museum which was literally around the corner, walk over the bridge patty's market and the monorail and tram to go into darling harbour. The room was neat, tidy and comfortable, and we were only there at night to sleep as it was so close to go out all day.

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

a little cafe on the same side of the road as the hotel in the little park area was FANTASTIC!!! Food and coffee was great and good value too.

Review of Aspire Hotel Sydney

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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