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Garden Lodge Sydney

3.5 out of 5.0

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Because this isn’t the shortest review, I’ll start with a synopsis. The property is very comfortable, and certainly good value for the price you pay. Getting around Sydney from the property is very easy. There are negatives to this property, but all-in-all, the property is an excellent place to stay. I spent six nights at Garden Lodge Sydney, and I would absolutely say the accommodation was absolutely where I would have expected for the price, if not better. The bed was comfortable and provided a good night’s sleep. While the location is right next to a relatively busy road, I didn’t experience any issues with road noise. There is, from time to time, some noise from aircraft overhead and nearby trains, however it is not anything worth getting too upset about. The one noise that was quite frustrating was the noise of doors in the morning. It is quite difficult to close the door to your room without it slamming, and a lot of people appear to not bother at all, given the loud slamming that starts around 7:30am. The property isn’t right in the centre of Sydney, there’s very nearby access to buses and the light rail line. There’s also a train station very close by, however I found it easier in most cases to use the light rail to Central Station, then transfer there, rather than walking the extra distance to the train station to effectively do the same thing. My first interaction with the property when arriving was not a great one. I requested an early check in, which I was told would be okay. However, when I arrived at the property, I was advised the room would not be ready for another 15 minutes. This was quite frustrating, and not the best way to start my stay. Provided in the room was four biscuits, some tea, coffee and sugar. Something like a hot chocolate or milo would have been nice, but not a big issue. There’s also a 7/11 next door where you can get a coffee or whatever else you want. It’s open 24 hours, and is of the utmost convenience. The internet isn’t the most reliable I’ve ever used, however it works well most of the time, and is quite fast when it does. Not the biggest issue in the world. One big issue for me in accommodation is the shower. I hate it when there’s weak shower pressure that makes for an unpleasant shower. That was anything but an issue here. It did, however, take a little getting used to the fact there’s no door on the shower. It doesn’t feel right, but works the same, and is something you get used to very quickly. The one thing that would have been nice is a shelf by the bathroom sink. Because my toiletries were just sitting on the sink, it meant that the housekeepers had to move it all around when they cleaned – something I would have preferred to not have. That, of course, isn’t anything against the housekeeping team. They had no choice, because they had to clean the sink. Somewhere else to put my things would have been useful. The property has a quite lovely indoor courtyard that is a wonderful place to sit. In that area, you’ll find some cutlery and crockery should you need it, and a vending machine with the sort of things you’d find in a hotel minibar, minus the alcohol. There is also a microwave available in that area. All-in-all, I was very happy with my stay at Garden Lodge Sydney, and will absolutely be considering it in future when I visit the city again.

I stayed 7 nights at the Garden Lodge and slept poorly most nights. The traffic noise was awful and the walls are paper thin. It's a motel set up where the two storeys of rooms face into a central seating area. It's actually not bad when you walk in but the problem with this set up is the noise. The noise from other guests arriving at 2am and then leaving at 6am. Also the noise from the staff setting up for breakfast from 7am ish and then the noise of breakfast. Then housekeeping starts from anything from 8am onwards! Most often this wouldn't bother me but I wanted a couple of lie ins which are completely impossible at this hotel. Talking about housekeeping even if you hang a do not disturb sign on the door and shout through the door to the staff that the room is fine and I want to sleep they still come in! This is not only rude it completely misses the point of a hotel. If I rent a room and want a lie in then that's up to me not the hotel staff. When I say lie in 9am would have been nice. So the ridiculous thing is I tried to sleep as early as possible so when I was woken up early I had at least has some rest. I left the hotel with utter joy and relief. The wifi was useless, the bathroom drain smelt horrible and the toilet seat did not fit properly. I asked to move rooms but they were full. The shower was fine as was the bed. But...and it's a big but....any small positives were massively outweighed by the noise and lack of sleep. If you do stay here getting the Train from Summer Hill station is a lot quicker than the light rail. Summer hill station is a four minute walk up Sloane Street. As I said if you like sleep and rest do not stay at this horrendous hotel.

Had a room on the second floor, and surprisingly, traffic noise on Parramatta road wasn't an issue. Room was spacious with a Queen & single bed. Wifi was good. Bathroom appeared to have been recently renovated. Wider shower wall in the bathroom would've prevented water splash outside the shower. The Motel's tired facade doesn't reflect these updates. The Motel is 2 mins walk to Light Rail and walking distance to the train station. A bus runs along Parramatta road outside. A 7-Eleven is next door and Red Rooster, McDonalds not far away. Otherwise not much around. Mix of industrial and residential. I would stay here again because of the availability of public transport and reasonable price.

Me and my friend stayed at the Garden Lodge Sydney for two weeks in July 2017. The hotel overall gave us a positive experience, the pros: .8 minute walk to train station .Bus stops outside the hotel .You are able to cook your own food using their equipment .Has a relaxed atmosphere . You have the option to buy breakfast on days you choose . Room is cleaned and fresh towels are given daily . Good facilities in room (safe, kettle, t.v) . Friendly helpful staff The cons of this motel: . Musty smell in room when first arriving (have seen other reviews claiming the same) . Curtain pole was coming off the wall . There is a washing machine and tumble dryer which is great however it's always in use so we didn't get the chance to use it. In my opinion the pros far outweigh the cons. Overall if you're expecting a 5 star stay the garden lodge isn't for you, if you are looking for a good value for money hotel that offer all the basics for a comfortable stay then go for it. I would stay at this motel again.

It is a small Motel and buses to central is a short walk from the Hotel. I will suggest taking bus instead of Train to City especially during winter coz of the coldness A 7-11 is next to Motel which u can buy food & drinks and even topping up Opal card Receptionist Mansi is helpful too. She will try her best to help us whenever we sought help or advice from her I like best is the cozy foyer where we used to cook and prepare simple breakfast and dinner during our stay there It seems one washer and one dryer is insufficient coz most days machines were heavily used n we couldn't able to do our laundry

We arrived in Sydney to stay for 4 nights & went to the pre booked hotel in Summer Hill. I had a feeling that the hotel was in poor to bad condition so asked to inspect the offering, & promptly left for another place o stop. This brought us to the Garden Lodge where I inspected the room being offered. A 500% improvement on what I had previously seen, so we checked in. Even tho the hotel is right on Parramatta road & under the flight line for Sydney the room was so quiet. The standard of the room was excellent, large & with all the little things like soaps tissues extra towels Wi-Fi secured car parking buses at the door to the city light rail to the city & trains not far away. Thr area has many restaurants all of which are accessible by bus or light rail. The building has an internal courtyard, covered, with tables & chairs & all that is needed to make your own meals or just relax in the lounges A top location close to the city centre & only $110 per night. Its a bargain

The location is 15 mins from Summer Hill Station. We enjoy the walk as the weather is cooling. It feels safe even though we had to walk through a quiet street. Visited place include MacDonald that is 20 mins walk from Garden Lodge and a 7-11 which is 5 mins walk. At the Garden Lodge it has a small toilet in the room. But overall experience is clean. There is also a compound in the center with tables and chairs. Good for group to gather and have small talk. Favourite place is Goblin Kitchen & Bar. Spanish Breakfast!!! Awesome combo of bake beans with bacon. Love it!!

The Lodge is better better than average and we would say Good. The lodge is plain on the outside however the lodge looks to have been renovated on the inside and has a pleasant decor.. The room we had a queen ed and a single and the room was a good size. The room has a small balcony facing onto Parramatta Rd. The balcony is glassed in so the road noise is minimal. The Lodge is a rectangular two story design with all rooms facing into a fully clear(and weatherproof )roof covered court area. The court area is where breakfast is served. there is also a lounge area in this court should you want to sit in an open area outside your room. There is CCTV security gated car parking and the Lodge is two mins walk to light rail to the City. Summerhill railway station would be 10 mins walk away. The lodge is about 5 mins car travel to Leichhardt and restaurants in that area.. Shower water pressure and warmth are very good however the partially open design leads to water on the bathroom floor outside the shower area. So you have to use the bathmats to dry the floor. Bathmats would be better if a larger size. We would happily stay there again.

I was here for 2 nights at the back of the motel, so some good points were no road noise at all in the room, Parking was free and public transport if needed is right out the front or around the corner depending on what you are after. The room was a good size and the spa you could have held a party in it was that big. The room opened up onto a little balcony so if you are a smoker you could go out there if you needed to light up. A couple of points let the room down though, one is the size and placement of the TV, I can understand the placement a little bit due to the shape of the room but the size was so small you could not watch it from the bed, it would have been better with a larger size on a swing arm so it could be moved for viewing from the bed. One of the bedside lamps had an electrical fault which I reported so hopefully that was replaced after I left. All the doors need to be replaced or at least sanded back and painted they were very rough looking and although the room itself was not shabby this makes it look like it is, even though the room itself was clean and tidy. The staff members I dealt with were pleasant and knew some of the restaurants in the area that had decent food. Look the only reason on the three stars is due to the lack of maintenance would I stay there again the answer is yes I would.

Sydney was ridiculously expensive this week, so resorted to a motel. It looks very ordinary from the outside, but it's just lovely inside with a beautiful little atrium with fountains and lovely lounge and table settings. So your room is actually inside. The rooms themselves are a nice size with comfy bed and crisp linen. The bathroom looks renovated with a rain shower head. There is a balcony in each room. The TV is quite small but u do get used to it after a while. Free and secure parking. This place is just delightful and would absolutely stay here again.

17 Parramatta Road Haberfield NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Business center
  • Laundry facilities

Located in Inner West, Garden Lodge Sydney is within 2 miles (3 km) of sights such as Ashfield Mall and Marrickville Market. This 32-room, 3.5-star motel has in-room conveniences like balconies, minibars, and coffee makers. It's in the historical district and also close to University of Sydney and Enmore Theatre.


For your convenience, a continental breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 7:30 AM to noon.


All of Garden Lodge Sydney's 32 individually decorated rooms provide washers/dryers, balconies, and ovens. Guests can expect free WiFi and 22-inch flat-screen TVs with DVD players. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and designer toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding ensure a restful night. Minibars, coffee makers, and rice cookers are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Garden Lodge Sydney enjoy access to free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and microwave in a common area. You can put free parking to good use if you drive. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning/laundry and luggage storage. Additional amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Deluxe Triple Room, 1 Bedroom, Balcony

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Deluxe Quadruple Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Family Room, Multiple Beds, Balcony

Queen 2 | Sleeps 5

Deluxe Double Room, 1 Queen Bed, Jetted Tub

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 76 reviews