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Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

4 stars
28 Albion Street, Sydney, NS 2010
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
7 reviews
Great hotel... helpful concierge!

We only spent 1 night here but wished we'd stayed longer. Newly renovated, very clean, very safe... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Sep 17, 2009
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  • Jun 14, 2009
Minimalist design and plush comforts in posh Surry Hills
After a makeover, Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills) looks as if it just leapt from the pages of a design magazine. Decidedly hip, rooms, public spaces and the hotel's popular restaurants are crowded with the beautiful and design-savvy. Rydges Sydney Central features Australia's first in-floor lobby aquarium in Australia, the home of Albie the giant Japanese Koi. Guests can take a plunge in the pool, relax at the spa or work out at the gym on site. The property also ha a conference centre ideal for events of up to 220 delegates. 

The posh address in Surry Hills affords easy access to shopping, entertainment and public transport. Yet you might find it hard to leave--relaxing beds, plentiful amenities and abundant support for business travelers draw repeat customers. 

Highlights
  • Lobby aquarium, home to giant Japanese Koi
  • Indoor heated pool, spa and sauna and gym
  • Sleek design
  • Located in one of Sydney's hippest neighborhoods
Rooms

The hotel's contemporary rooms feature signature cloud beds, draped in cream spreads, black and tan throws and sage pillows. White walls too crisp for art are contrasted by black-checkered carpet and noir wood furniture, plus gray pullout sofas. The effect is spare but classy. Rooms also feature large LCD TVs, white tiled bathrooms and Wi-Fi (fees apply).

Features

Sydney scenesters congregate at the Townhouse Bar and Restaurant, sipping brews in the beer garden and sampling fresh pub grub in the dining room from noon until late. Breakfast is served daily in Albies Restaurant and Bar, but the chef's real skills shine at dinner (Monday-Saturday). Order sustainable cuisine like confit duck leg, duck and foie gras sausage, beetroot and lentils. 

The hotel also features a full fitness center, indoor heated lap pool, sauna, spa, parking (fees apply) and high-speed Internet access (fees apply).

Transportation
  • World Square Monorail Stop (.5 mi/.8 km)
  • Central Train Station (.6 mi/1 km)
  • Sydney Airport (5.9 mi/9.4 km)
Attractions
  • Pitt Street Mall (0.9 mi/1.5 km)
  • Sydney Aquarium (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Darling Harbour (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Sydney Convention Center (2 mi/3.2 km)
  • Bondi Beach (4.6 mi/7.5 km)
  • Sydney Opera House (4.8 mi/7.7 km)
  • Manly Beach (10.6 mi/17.1 km)
Business
  • Business center
  • Data port available
  • High-speed Internet access (fees apply)
  • Meeting facilities

Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills) Rooms

Superior Room with Balcony
Spacious room features external furnished balcony. Room offers a king cloud bed or two king single beds, mini bar, bathrobes, LCD television, in-room safe, ensuite bathroom, work desk, air conditioning, alarm clock radio and iron and ironing board.
Studio Suite
The open plan Studio Suite with an abundance of natural light maximizes space and offers a double lounge with a 42-inch LCD television as well as an ensuite bathroom. The suite features spacious, contemporary living areas and a king size bed.
Deluxe Room
This room offers the comfort of a king cloud bed or two king single beds, mini bar, bathrobes, sofa bed, LCD television, in-room safe, ensuite bathroom, work desk, air conditioning, alarm clock radio, iron and ironing board and wardrobe.
Superior Room
The Rydges Sydney Centrals refurbished Superior Rooms are ideal for the business or conference traveller, a weekend away with friends or taking the family on holidays Enjoy the comfort of either a king bed or two king single beds, along with the added comfort of a double sofa that converts into a bed. All Superior Rooms are spacious and enjoy the benefit of natural light from the large windows.

Amenities

  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

-33.8819 151.2096
Area served
Rydges Sydney Central is located within 200 metres of Central Station, Sydney's largest transport hub. This makes Rydges Sydney Central an ideal place to stay for those looking to travel into the Sydney CBD and the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Region.

Nearby points of interest

  • Belmore Park: 0.1 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.2 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.4 mi
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0.5 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.5 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.5 mi
  • Australian Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Great Synagogue: 0.6 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.7 mi
  • El Alamein Fountain: 0.7 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.7 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.7 mi
  • St Mary's Cathedral: 0.8 mi
  • Belmore Park: 0.1 mi
  • Capitol Theatre: 0.2 mi
  • ANZAC War Memorial: 0.4 mi
  • Sydney Entertainment Centre: 0.5 mi
  • University of Technology: 0.5 mi
  • Chinese Garden of Friendship: 0.5 mi
  • Australian Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Town Hall: 0.6 mi
  • Powerhouse Museum: 0.6 mi
  • Great Synagogue: 0.6 mi
  • Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre: 0.7 mi
  • El Alamein Fountain: 0.7 mi
  • IMAX Theater: 0.7 mi
  • Queen Victoria Building: 0.7 mi
  • St Mary's Cathedral: 0.8 mi
  • Pitt Street Mall: 0.8 mi
  • Sydney Tower: 0.8 mi
  • Hyde Park Barracks: 0.9 mi
  • Wentworth Park: 0.9 mi
  • Sydney Mint: 0.9 mi
  • Pyrmont Bridge: 0.9 mi
  • Sydney Hospital: 1 mi
  • Sydney Aquarium: 1 mi
  • General Post Office: 1 mi
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales: 1 mi
  • Parliament House: 1 mi
  • Sydney Wildlife World: 1 mi
  • Sydney Football Stadium: 1 mi
  • Sydney Cricket Ground: 1.1 mi
  • Australian National Maritime Museum: 1.1 mi
  • State Library of New South Wales: 1.1 mi
  • Star City Casino: 1.3 mi
  • Sydney Fish Market: 1.3 mi
  • Elizabeth Bay House: 1.3 mi
  • Museum of Sydney: 1.3 mi
  • Fox Studios Australia: 1.3 mi
  • Royal Botanic Gardens: 1.3 mi
  • University of Sydney: 1.3 mi
  • Customs House: 1.4 mi
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: 1.5 mi
  • Government House: 1.6 mi
  • Sydney Observatory: 1.6 mi
  • Sydney Opera House: 1.7 mi
  • Harbour Bridge: 1.8 mi
  • Randwick Racecourse: 2.3 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1000

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 (7)

Ratings and reviews for Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Overall score

3.9 / 5
7 out of 7
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.3
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

4
McNeel
Business
Washington, DC
Feb 28, 2011

Nice place, nice location

Slightly off the beaten path, Surry Hills is a great place to be. Cool streets, great restaurants, and pretty good vintage shops. Extremely accessible as it's a stone's throw from Central station. Rooms were nice, spacious and I haven;t gotten better for a 4 star place in Australia.

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

Business

Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

4
JrWorthy
Washington DC
Apr 19, 2010

Nice place.

Found the hotel after some unfortunate travel mishaps. Wound up staying there two different nights and I found the hotel to be very accommodating. Overall the hotel was very quiet and extremely clean. There is a nice sundeck for every guest of the hotel to use with a decent view and plenty of tables. I did not use the pool as it was indoor only and looked to be more for fitness than recreation. Highly recommend.

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

Very Short walk from central train station.

Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

1
K & J
San Francisco, CA
Mar 24, 2010

Sweet Staff, but Mildewy Facility

Though the staff were very nice, this hotel should, perhaps, not be open to guests right now, as it needs a massive overhaul. The walls need several coats of paint, the elevators have so many handprints it looks like someone was trying to escape from them, and the bathrooms have lots of mildew damage. If you have severe allergies to mold or mildew, in particular, then you should not stay here, as you'll have a pretty bad reaction. Each floor has a strong mold/mildew stench, and the rooms, in particular, have this aroma. The carpet in our living room was mysteriously wet one evening, and when I brought it up to the front desk, they were only surprised to find that there was water in that location, versus the hallways, where you can see numerous stains in the carpet from some kind of leak.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

4
Art Vandelay
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2010

Great location, reasonable rates

Pros: - Nice, modern, clean rooms - Good service, I had a bathroom light switch go bad in my room, so they gave me a better room (free upgrade) for the remainder of my stay. Unfortunately, the new room didn't have internet working in it :( They did give me vouchers for wireless internet access but it was only available from their lobby :( Cons: - Charged for local calls - that's just lame. - Not enough ramps. From the entrance to the lobby, from the lobby to the lift - all stairs/steps. Not easy with heavy luggage and I imagine they don't get many folks in wheelchairs either.

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

Don't waste your time in hotel restaurants when there are so many great restaurants throughout Sydney (try Longrain up the street).

Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

4
Anonymous
Omaha, NE
Sep 17, 2009

Great location and excellent staff

The location was great, close to the train station and to public buses. The concierge, [...], was amazing and very helpful as were the rest of the staff members. The rooms were nice sized and neatly kept. The pool was satisfactory but the hot tub and sauna were not hot. The hot tub felt like tepid bath water.

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

There is a free shuttle that has a pick up/drop off point right around the corner. It was great!!

Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Eaton, OH
Sep 17, 2009

Great hotel... helpful concierge!

We only spent 1 night here but wished we'd stayed longer. Newly renovated, very clean, very safe hotel. The concierge was very helpful when we checked in and arranged out airport transportation quickly and efficiently for the next morning. Close to George St., Darling Harbor and the train station. It's also close to the free downtown shuttle, too, but check the schedule because they stop early. Very "American" hotel with our expected amenities. Would be a great place to acclimate to the big time change.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Rydges Sydney Central (Formerly Sebel Surry Hills)

Reviewer score

5
Anonymous
Denver, CO
Jun 14, 2009

Sebel Surrey Hills Hotel

We stayed at the Sebel Surrey Hills for one night before flying back to the U.S. It is a perfect location as it is an easy walk (even with suitcases) from the Central Train station. We took the train from the airport one afternoon and back to the airport the next afternoon. The hotel is within walking distance of Darling Harbor, China Town, and Circular Quay. It is around the corner from the 555 bus line which is a free bus that circulates through the central business district including Circular Quay. The service was pleasant, the rooms were spotless and roomy. We did not use the pool or fitness center. I highly recommend this hotel.

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

The 555 bus line that circulates through the central business district of Sydney and is free to ride.

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