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City Lodge Hotel Sydney

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a hotel in a great location. 15 minute walk from the Circular quay and Darling harbour, which have plenty of restaurants and bars. Hotel itself is clean and tidy and the rooms are ideal for sleeping in. The staff are very polite and helpful. My only issue which I raised with the staff is if you are in room 304, expect to be woken from around 06.30 by the gym studio next door, which is situated directly next to this room. Extremely loud speaker system, and believe me when I say loud because I’m possibly one of the deepest sleepers in the world! Very disappointing and not what you want when you’re on holiday. Something to seriously consider when staying at this hotel.....

the room wasn,t too bad once i opened the window to air it out,looks like the bathroom has been up graded,the 3 flights of stairs up and down is good exercise,but the thing that needs up grading is the card so you can get back in the building after 10 because it took me half an hour too get in because the security light kept turning off and on,that was all taped up so looks like its been damaged.

👍🏻The location is very convenience 👎🏻No air-conditioner in the room, they said it’s centralise but it’s not. We only use a fan for all our night in City Lodge. 👎🏻Has informed the reception that I had a parcel will arrived under my name, their answer : ok (But finally they returned to sender) 👎🏻The sprinkle is inside the shower room. Therefore, if it detected there are too hot, fire alarm will be🔊🔊🔊, AUD $1700 penalty will be charged 👎🏻Very old and dirty hotel (Its not a hotel even worst than motel)🤦🏻‍♀️ 👎🏻The electric plug at inconvenience area that you can’t use it smoothly. 💁🏻Warm Reminder: if u have huge of the luggages...don’t book this hotel as they don’t have lift (only stairs) Overall, very bad experience here. ☹️

For finally being able to visit the world renowned city of Sydney, The City Lodge had to be one of my worst hotel experiences ever. Let me preface by saying that I was going on a group trip and had to book this hotel because the group had already booked at this location. I already had a bad feeling from the reviews on the site we were directed to book at. I was so tempted to book the nicer more contemporary hotels at about the same price that were advertised on the same site but I couldn't due to our group's prior booking. Fortunately our stay in Sydney was only for 2 days, I don't think I could have handled it any longer than that. First is the entrance, which is a single glass door hidden between two other businesses, upon which you are immediately greeted by two long flights of stairs. I already knew this was not going to feel like a vacation. I was traveling with my dad and his group of veteran friends and wives, so I felt bad that all the dads had to do the heavy lifting of all our luggage, I helped where I could but it was seriously heavy labor just to get up to the rooms. Upon check-in they wanted us to pay for the entire stay upfront even though we already paid the first night for 2 rooms online. In my experience, they usually charge you for the remainder upon check-out, but sorry not here. Also I could have sworn I booked two double beds for each room and I remember the receptionist saying that we did have double beds. Go figure it was a single queen and when I went to ask the front desk, she denied that it was supposed to be two doubles. I didn't have a print out of the confirmation on me to check. Also we only got one room key, and when I requested another, she said it would be a $30 deposit for a second key!! Who does that in this day and age? I have stayed at so many hotels and motels for work and vacay, and have never been given less than 2 keys. The room was small, carpet was not only stained but hadn't been vacuumed, there was a sliding glass window left open without a screen, and the larger fixed window had a frosted lining that had parts of it ripped off. We had a big moth the size of a butterfly visit our room. Not a big deal if I were in the rainforest and staying in an eco-lodge. This did not in any way feel like a hotel or motel room even, but rather like a tenement apartment building that maybe was a hostel at one point. A Motel 6 would have been way better sorry to say. On top of that, there are warning signs posted everywhere with penalty fees for every little thing! If you let steam escape from the shower and it sets off the fire alarm, $1776 fine! The same for smoking. They have a communal living room and kitchen which was a nice amenity but they were watching us from the cameras when we were cooking and went upstairs to turn on the exhaust fan over the stove, which was different from the ones I'm used to in the U.S. where it's usually a button or switch. This one had a hidden front panel that you had to pull out to turn on and they didn't give instructions for that even though they did post a sign asking us to turn on the fan when cooking. It's the Chinese management that really kills the vacation experience because you feel more like a scolded child being watched and micro-managed than a paying guest at a hotel. We also developed rashes there from the sheets I believe as I wasn't the only one scratching and we had just come from another hotel in Melbourne where I didn't have such issues. The only plus is the location is central to shops, restaurants, eateries, etc...including the Sydney Opera House, which is about a 10 minute walk. But it's so urban in Sydney that you can stay anywhere in the city and be centrally located to lots of businesses! Sorry but for the price and poor management of the hotel, it was so disappointing. Only stay there to sleep and shower and spend most of your time out and about exploring the city.

Great location, and that's all. We were one hour (after 24hours flying) waiting for their transfer service at the airport, which was also quite expensive (16AUDS $ per person). The room was ok for sleeping, but quite cold. Location is great, but too expensive for the facilities and the service.

The hotel has some great concepts. While we were only there one short night I could see potential in The Lodge. Our room was downstairs and had 2 double beds that were advertised as queens with a separate room for the parents. We had a sink/ countertop in our room also. This was nice for our family situation and they delivered on the promise of a cot for our 3rd child. We also had a bar area. This could be renovated to make fun area to play cards or watch tv as a family. The grounds were beautiful and with a little TKC could be a great picnic area with some trails. The entire place needs a makeover and I think it could be a popular destination once again. Overall it was overpriced for the quality sleep we all got.

Terrible stay! The room had a pungent odour and was really like a rat hole. The hotel had no lift and our room was on the 4th floor, everytime we had to climb numerous steps. There was no electric kettle as well. Everytime you walked in the room, there was this bad smell. 2days felt like years and we didn't even want to step inside the hotel. The only good thing about the hotel was its location. Walkable from both Circular Quay and Darling Harbour. There is a nice Vietnamese restaurant next to the hotel. Overall, won't suggest staying here unless you really don't find anything else.

Reasonable accommodation, it's a bed and bathroom, all you really need, no class. (Not to mention, as soon as you walk in it just smells like Chinese food) And if you plan to stay here, you will want to go on full day trips exploring so you don't have to climb at least two flights of stairs each time you leave or return. I wouldn't recommend staying here before a cruise or continued travel, the stairs do not make it easy to carry large suitcases to your room.

The place was small but located very close to Wynyard station, and easy to get to even with luggage (mostly downhill going from station to hotel). Small and basic but clean and not too much city noise around. Staff were friendly and helpful. Also there is an upstairs lounge and kitchen area if you need to throw something in the microwave etc. If you’re a traveller that doesn’t spend all day in your hotel room you will be fine.

They said you cant good things for a cheap price. Which changed my perspectiVe when I checked in to City Lodge Sydney. Price of the hotel is very affordable for a great location. Is very important to rhe location. The truth is When you are travelling from different places. Location is everything. City Lodge is at the middle of everything a lot of good places to eat nearby. The train is very close. The all major attractions is nearby. I wrote this review to say THANK YOU to Ms. Shelley the Manager of the hotel she is very NICE. My heart is touch for her warm welcome! Shelly is there to help and make sure that as hotel guest your concern will meet. Guest Satisfaction very important to Shellu. Thank you so much Shelly. Also to Cindy the receptionist is very friendly as well. Thank you Cindy! I really appreciated the Hotel Management good hospitality! To all the traveler who want to visit Sydney I highly recommended the City lodge Sydney. Location is great and affordable price and the hotel stuffs are very friendly!

Level 2, 15-17 Hunter Street Sydney NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Sydney Central Business District, City Lodge Hotel Sydney is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Martin Place and Sydney Tower. Each of the 20 rooms at this 3-star hotel includes a refrigerator, a minibar, and a coffee maker. Centrally located in Sydney, the hotel is also a short walk from The Rocks Markets and Sydney Opera House.


All 20 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, minibars, and coffee makers. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and TVs. Other standard amenities include hair dryers, phones, and desks.

Property features

At City Lodge Hotel Sydney, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. Front-desk staff can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage.

Room options

Standard Single Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Premium Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Premium Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

31% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 176 reviews