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Great Southern Hotel Sydney

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed in Sydney for a weekend, after getting into the city (from the airport) we thought we better find some food.... Walking through the city looking at all the places we could have eaten, this one looked a little bit fun and funky - such a stylish facade, in among all the standard pre-fab buildings... it stood out. The patrons were lovely and friendly - Yes, on a Friday night when there was a football match on! The staff were lovely and provided lovely service, so polite and flustered, even when on a busy night the legs went dry and needed to be replaced. We only stayed for dinner and a few drinks, but would have loved to have stayed longer. It felt comfortable and like your local, even when it isn't!

Stayed overnight at the Great Southern Hotel mid June. Whilst the hotel itself is rather old, my wife and I found it comfortable and the staff friendly and helpful. For the price, we would definitely consider again.

We visited for 3 nights and to go to State of Origin. It is a great location to be close to Central Station and also an easy walk into CBD and areas like Martin Place, Pitt St etc. there are plenty of eating options everywhere you go including some budget places as there are a number of backpacker places in the area. Our room was basic but good and we did not hear anything overnight rom the roadworks in George St.

We have stayed here before and although the rooms are great, service good and Central to the theatre address, I would not stay here again until the road works have finished. Very, very noisy overnight. This was an overnight stay after a long haul flight with rest needed and this didn't happen. Our room faced George St.

Stayed here for one night August 2015. Has everything you could need for a night or two. Convenient location, great facilities (sports bar down stairs) good food. Buffet breakfast was nice. Rooms are a little outdated. But if you are in Sydney your not in your room a lot. Nice 10 minute walk to Darling Harbour. Close to markets, shops and Central railway station. Would stay here again. In fact I am in 2 months :)

I have stayed here previously and received a much better room on this occasion, as the last time I was adjacent to the lift (got out the lift and room was directly on left); which was a nice surprise. The hotel is ok. There is a good pub down stairs and it is a very short walk from central train station (you can see hotel from the train station). The price was fair for Sydney and the room was adequate.

Rooms were small but clean,staff were friendly and helpful.Breakfast is buffet and also good value.We only stayed one night but found the location ideal for visiting Sydney sights and close to Central station.

We had the smallest room ever but it included all necessities and was clean. The whole building was being renovated with cables and sheets everywhere but we weren't disturbed by that. Close to the city and Central Station.

Short walk from Central railway station to get direct train to domestic or international terminals. eateries nearby. Clean modern rooms good showers. good price when np festivals on in Sydney (see their website).

To be fair the Great Southern Hotel is undergoing renovations, probably why rooms were so cheap. It was a rainy night and my usual accommodation was booked out, so I took a punt and booked a room at the Great Southern. AS George Street is having work done I was advised to approach the Hotel from the Back, through Chinatown - somewhat of a challenge on a wet friday night!!!. Parking is not offered but a parking station is nearby however to stay in there would incur substantial cost, luckily I was able to find a street park. The room I had allocated was 'upgraded' by the front desk staff, who efficiently processed my check in, then up in the lift to find I had a Family Suite, two rooms, two televisions, a microwave, a bathroom and basic toiletries. Closer to the lifts the was being refurbed, but that had not yet extended to my room which was pleasant enough and adequate for a night. My impression was that the room may have been closed up for some time as it had an musty smell, finally dispersed by the air conditioner. Plenty of cafes nearby for a meal and later breakfast and the hotel bars served a reasonable selection of beers. If I were travelling to Sydney by train this hotel is close enough to Central Station, but is not really suitable for a motorist, unless you have some alternative parking, also Chinatown can get very noisy on a Friday night. Many years ago the Great Southern was a must for the country folk who could not step up to the Australia or Metropole - to me it is still very second string. Actually one of the reasons for choosing this Hotel was it offered a Guest Laundry, however when I enquired it was closed due to the refurb, scotching my plans to catch up on a weeks washing!!! They did offer a laundry service but if it went out Friday night, it would not come back until Monday - not so good if you were checking out he next I was. If I were to recommend it unequivocally I would probably mislead you, so be cautious in choosing this hotel.

717 George Street Haymarket NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Onsite dining
  • WiFi and wired Internet in rooms and public areas (fees apply)
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24-hour front desk

Great Southern Hotel Sydney places you within 2 miles (3 km) of popular sights like University of Sydney and Sydney Opera House. This 167-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a restaurant, dry cleaning/laundry services, and laundry facilities. Located centrally in Haymarket, it's also close to Sydney Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay.


In addition to a restaurant that serves breakfast, there's also a pub. For your convenience, a buffet breakfast is served for a fee each morning from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM.


All 167 air-conditioned rooms provide refrigerators, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can expect to find WiFi, wired Internet, and cable TV. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include phones, ironing boards, and desks.

Property features

At Great Southern Hotel Sydney, guests have access to WiFi in public areas and laundry facilities. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage.

Room options

Standard Twin Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Standard Room with no Housekeeping

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Standard Twin with no Housekeeping

Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Executive Room

Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 963 reviews