Yes, the hotel is old, but it could have used a thorough cleaning. My sheets had holes in them, and the walls clearly had areas that left much to be desired. The staff were all very lovely, the hotel it located in a great area, with easy access to
trains, and Sydney Opera House etc. It was a little dangerous that I had to stand on a chair to turn on the air con...
The hotel is not in the best area but has everything you need on your doorstep. It's a short walk from Kings Cross station and then only a few minutes into the centre; getting around was easy. Walking back late to the hotel was also fine and at no
point did I feel worried. The hotel was clean and comfortable with friendly helpful staff. I would have liked free wifi but popped down to the local MacDonalds and used the free wifi there with a coffee. As I booked early I got a good price on my room which also had a view of the bay close by. All in all, it was perfectly satisfactory and worth the money.
I was diappointed in this hotel for the price I paid and even more so knowing what it was worth before I paid only half price. The pictrues of the acomidation did NOT match. style, outside scenery picts. and although I know it said "contenetal
breakfast available" WHO would pay 12 dollars for cereal and a piece of fruit that looked like it had been sitting around a long while. The room was and hallways around were plastered with signs saying no smoking. But he room and hallways smelled musty. My sheets on the tiny twin beds were strachy (clean white) but not comfortable by what i thought 3 star standards would be. Plus it had a wooled blanket that looked like it was from 1970. The TV was literally mounted as close to the ceiling as possible. which made watching uncomfortable unless you were laying on the bed flat, staring up at the ceiling. I think to spend so much and then be told that WIFI costs sooooo much was insane. that was the main reason i stayed at this hotel. instead I just used there computer but stil had to pay 4 dollars an hour. ticked me off. This was supposed to be my first place to relax after a 19 hour journey in a squished airplane. I chose to really only sleep cause when ever i came back to my room i would get annoyed i was paying so much and getting so little. The sights from the window i had was NOTHING. the window was tempered plastic so it was opake could not see through it if i tried but since light only came in through the first 4 inches I think it looked at the wall of another building. The only nice view i found while there was in the Public Bathroom on the 5th floor of the hotel.
To top it off although there are signs saying it was a nonsmoking hotel the hallway and room were musty and smelled as if a 60 year old smoker with a wet dog had lived there. I will NOT ever go back to that hotel.
I stayed in 2 hostels and 1 motel and 1 other 3 star hotel while i was in Australia and all were much better than this place.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Long walk from hotel
THe circular Quay is a good train trip it takes 2 stops on and off from Kings cross, i only took one try to walk the distance. Go to the Botanical garden while you are in Sydney but DON"T stay at this hotel.
Room located next to elevator, which could be heard clanking on every trip, as well as by air shaft that sounded like a large truck idleing nearby.
Power outlets inconveniently located; my travel adapter would not fit. Had to unplug air
conditioner to plug in laptop.
Airport shuttle is not free. Wifi requires an expensive room upgrade. Breakfast is not included.
We stayed here for a couple of nights as it looked good value and it was in the party area of Sydney (Potts Point/Kings Cross). I'd also stayed here before a few years ago and while I remember the rooms being basic they were clean and
The rooms have become very run down. Firstly, the lights in the bathroom didn't work at all, the toilet was constantly filling (the noise was SO annoying), and the bed was appalling. The bed moved around the floor comically everytime you so much as moved.
If you're a back-packer looking for cheap non-backpacking hotel in Sydney, fair enough, this may suffice. For me? Like I say, never again.
The hotel was easy to find on a small but lively street. Plenty of late night bars and cafes for the 20-30's traveller. Only 5 min walk to the tube station or 15 minutes to walk to the heart of the city.
The staff was friendly and helpful,(free
storage for my bike). The room was simple and quiet (no view to inner court). Spacious bathroom with a surprise adjacent kitchenette. I felt it was good value overall.
A/C was on 24/7 but barely cooled the room. Staff excellent, and friendly. Clean. Well worth the price, and nearby to everything. Maybe a mile from the Red Light District which was good. Don't need THEM in front of my hotel.
Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Short walk from hotel
Order a bigger room, get some space to move and avoid the $25 wifi charge, that has too many problems to begin with.