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Royal Exhibition Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Hidden gem - great meals, friendly staff, pokies/tab, located opposite central station, new light rail (to randwick)passes front door. Quality rooms,free wifi,room safe,tv, Small fridge,dbl glazed windows - to Keep out the noise. Hotel approx 3 1/2 stars but rooms overpriced, worth 2/3 of asking price.

The check in was done by the bar man mid to late 20s dark hair nice guy explained everything well,the keys,lift,side entrance etc. However the rooms are old like the hotel the picture rail in our room had half an inch of dust (not joking) above the bed ,in the shower above the sliding glass dust! Also in the ironing room on level 2 lots of cobwebs like the adams family house. The light fitting above the bed very loose it nearly fell off, also the writing desk on top it has a compartment I opened it up and inside was broken pieces of glass. The location is perfect 3 min walk to central and has a nice bar downstairs.It has double glass windows but occasionally you hear odd bus and a bit of street noise from the clubs next door,drunks etc.

Very clean and comfortable rooms. Staff were extremely helpful. Meals/drinks on site made it easy to stay. Right across the road from Central Station which was very helpful. Would certainly stay there again

Stayed for 6 days at the Royal Exhibition Hotel. Virtually just opposite the South Concourse of Central Railway Station so made it so easy to access the train network. The second level room was comfortable with a lovely bed. Shower excellent. The bistro produces an excellent meal at a most reasonable price. Service by the courteous staff was excellent. If you are looking for a quaint hotel with a good location then this is the place.

As a solo traveler I do not need anything close to approaching fancy so I found this hotel quite nice for my needs. Clean rooms, soft pillows and plenty of them, and despite some unavoidable construction noise, a quiet place to use as a daily starting point. As stated, right across the street of the Central train Station, walking distance to Chinatown, good train and bus systems fill in the rest. Hotel pub has good value lunches and dinners.

Another wonderful stay at The Royal Exhibition. Great location, directly across the road from Central Railway Station. Rooms are clean and comfortable, bistro meals are delicious and reasonably priced. Thank you to Voula for her exceptional customer service, and Simon on the bar who was efficient and friendly.

Our first visit to Sydney and the Royal Exhibition proved a good budget place to stay for three nights. You are check in in the bar area and are expected to pay in full for your stay on arrival. We were a bit surprised when our request to see the room before paying was turned down. However, there were no other issues. The room was clean, tidy, warm and comfortable with a modern bathroom. The beds and bedding were good and the room was quiet (effective double glazing) despite being above a bar and building work going on outside. We found the location, right opposite Central Station, incredibly convenient and liked the busy bohemian area. Would definitely stay there again if in Sydney. We didn't get to eat in the bistro as the kitchens were being closed for renovation - another time.

We love going to the Royal for lunch with the family or even staying the night. The staff are friendly and very helpful. The rooms are clean and bathroom is updated, beds are comfortable. If you are looking for a good basic accommodation in the city you will be pleased with the Royal.

Close to Central and handy if you come by train and have an early morning departure at the airport as is very close to the airport line. Room itself was big and roomy. Two queen beds and double glazed windows. Four windows as a corner room, so still able to hear some street noise. Nice clean modern bathroom. Biggest problem was other guests, chatting loudly in the corridors and slamming doors at all hours.

Spent 3 nights here and had very little to fault on this place. It is above a pub but you don't hear any noise at all. Great location literally across the road from central station, or an easy 15-20 minute walk to Darling Harbour/Oxford St/CBD. We walked practically everywhere! Woolworths Metro is 2 minutes walk away. At the moment there is a bit of roadworks going on which makes walking a bit longer, and Uber/taxi drivers can have trouble finding somewhere to park. Only minor and temporary problems. The room itself was very spacious, there were 4 of us and the queen bed was in a whole separate bedroom. Small but modern bathroom. Chairs and wardrobes gave it an old feel but practical touch! I just didn't like the pillows at all. They were so thin and made trying to watch TV or read very uncomfortable. But I thought it was great value for money and would happily stay here again!

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Deluxe Double Room

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Trip Advisor aggregated rating

71% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 120 reviews