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Arts Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

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I had to go to St Vincents Hospital for an appointment so decided to stay at the Arts Hotel for convenience. The hotel was basic with a small simple lobby, an old lift and the rooms were basic but clean. My room fronted on to Oxford St so was noisy until about 10.00pm.

When it's not a holiday, you appreciate a smooth run. Opposite St Vincent's Hospital, lots of us out of towners stay here wondering when meals, laundry, etc 😂 will be back to normal! The staff ensure no complications with details. Even while having renos, they were able to assist with late arrivals, car parking, meals. The rooms are clean, spare and comfortable - ensuring that I don't lose all those little bits of junk that seem to be needed on such trips.

We stayed here for four nights. It was very comfortable and quiet even though it's on busy Oxford Street. When I booked, I was assured that a four night booking of a Standard room would mean an automatic upgrade to a Garden Room so we were disappointed on arrival to find this hadn't happened and no Garden Room was available for our first night. The Standard Room was very small, although quiet even though it was facing Oxford Street. Triple sliding glass doors kept out the noise. It had a small balcony with a glimpse of the harbour. The Garden Room we moved to for the next three nights was roomier and very pleasant.The bathrooms in both styles of room are very small for a couple, but quite adequate. It's about to be renovated but is reasonably priced now for its excellent location. They don't have a breakfast restaurant because there are so many good cafes nearby. It's very easy to catch a bus to CBD or Bondi and easy to walk to Darlinghurst or the city too. We'd definitely stay here again (if they don't raise the prices after renovating!).

Myself and my son spent 3 nights here before returning to Manchester after a month visiting Family in Melbourne and Hamilton Island.Located in Paddington ( nice area) on Oxford Road. The reception staff very helpful you get a 10% discount on any food or drink that you buy next door. Tried the food very good at a reasonable price. The room was more than adequate with a view over the internal garden. Beds very comfortable, had no problem going to sleep. The bus stop is just 100 yards away which takes you down to Circular quay, ypou can also get the bus to Bondi Beach on the other side of the road.The area has some lovely original town houses which have been lovingly restored.Its well worth a walk around the side streets.

Booked at the last minute, to make a family visit, this family owned & run place is a gem. Every room has an art theme including original works of art instead of the bland corporate non-art of chain hotels. All rooms feature original art works, fancier room get bigger art works. Despite being in the cheapest category of room, I had a balcony overlooking Oxford Street in the foreground and the harbour in the distance. Rooms 301-305 on top floor get views over the buildings opposite, out towards the harbour (the water, not the bridge). The annual Sydney Mardi Gras processes up Oxford Street, but turns away before the Arts Hotel, so instead of a birds-eye view, visitors get an opportunity for rest. The Arts Hotel has lovely garden & pool, where the noise of the city is almost inaudible. There is no hotel bar or dining room, but patrons get a discount at the Artslife cafe/bar of hotel next door. The nearby Arthouse Kitchen (next to the NSW Art School - hence the area arty theme) is good for breakfast. There are numerous cafes & bars very close, as well as the Verona Arthouse cinema and many clubs. The rooms are clean; even the bathroom grouting was bleached during my stay. There can be a little noise from room to room, but no more than any other hotel and far less than recent builds with thin partitions. When I next visit Sydney I will book here again. It is within walking distance of many of Sydney's attractions, and not far from Museum railway station. Several bus routes travel up Oxford Street or pass close by.

very clean,wonderful staff,close to st vincents hospital no milk or bickies all in all ok ,will definately stay next time i'm in Sydney got airport shuttle to door,$22 better than train filled in time roaming the quaint side streets around hotel

Reasonably well located: Paddington is a lovely area with very nice shops and cafes, good for breakfast. On a main road with direct bus routes into the city centre and out to Bondi. A short walk to Surry Hills, and a long walk to the city centre and Circular Quay but better to use the bus or a taxi. Views from rooms nothing special. The hotel itself felt like a tired Travelodge. The public areas were cramped and sorely in need of refurbishment and really let the place down. Our room seemed to have been done up more recently and wasn't too bad, but was really poky. (We were apparently upgraded due to the works on the restaurant, but the room was small and pretty basic). Very small bathroom with a shower only. Had to ask for more than one towel each, although the reception quickly sorted that out. Nowhere for towels to dry though. Nice complimentary toiletries. Didn't try out the pool, in a courtyard outside without much direct sun. Restaurant being refurbished while we were there. Breakfast not included but really good places for brunch nearby (try Ampersand across the road). There's a pub next door with reductions for guests. Communal laundry in the garage area downstairs, but only one machine and two tumbles, all coin operated and a bit pricey and shared with the hotel laundry. Staff were fine, usually helpful, bit laissez faire. Overall, this place is nothing special and could really do with an overhaul, although even then the architecture feels very "motel". Well located and no problem with the staff.

The location of this property is very good but the place itself is very modest. I would call it a city motel not hotel. Room very small, bed and inbuilt desk in room 109 takes up 3/4 of the room, bathroom tiny. No face washers, breakfast not available on site and no room service. But room was clean and linen good. I'm not a tall person but the bed seemed very short, though plenty wide enough. Parking spaces limited and you can't reserve a space in advance which was a big worry for me but luckily I got one. You get what you pay for and if you don't have a car and want a modest place to crash in a good Sydney location, then this would suit.

I stayed for 2 nights in an entry level room on the second floor at the back of the hotel Pros Very handy to St Vincents Friendly, understanding staff Comfy bed Very quiet room Cons Fairly basic room , but fine for a place to rest your head and have a shower A bit overpriced

We stayed 8 nights in a room away from busy Oxford Street and found it quiet and beds comfortable. St Vincent's is only a short walk away, so easily accessible if you have to be at St Vincent's for appointments or to be admitted. There is plenty to do around the area. Verona Cinema Bar for a movie, Berkelouw Books and cafe for books, books and more books and the Art Bar, the hotel next door to the Arts Hotel, a quiet place to have a meal and a wine after a long day. These are all in the same block as the Art Hotel! Bus to anywhere from Oxford Street: eg: Bondi Junction, Bondi Beach, Watsons Bay, the City or Circular Quay, to name just a few.

21 Oxford Street Paddington NSW

Located in East Sydney, Arts Hotel is adjacent to University of New South Wales, Art and Design and within a 10-minute walk of other popular attractions like St Vincent’s Hospital. This 3.5-star hotel welcomes guests with 64 rooms and conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Allianz Stadium and Sydney Cricket Ground are a short walk from the hotel, which is adjacent to the airport.

All of Arts Hotel's 64 rooms are air-conditioned and have an array of amenities, including refrigerators, coffee makers, and phones. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with cable channels. Bathrooms have hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include ironing boards and desks.


Guests staying at Arts Hotel enjoy an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. Airport transportation is made easy with an airport shuttle at scheduled times. The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly hotel include free use of bicycles, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Property features

Room options

Garden Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

76% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 355 reviews