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Sydney Wattle Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

If you're wanting a fancy hotel, you better avoid staying here. While it's right in the middle of Darlinghurst, it is an old building with remodeled small rooms, so don't expect 4 star. It is a secured access though. These rooms are ok for a night or two, but the price is reasonable for the location. The stairwell smells a bit (carpet needs changing to rid the smell) and there is only access to rooms by stairs... good exercise. Beds are low but comfortable, bathrooms a little squeezy but clean with hot water. Linen is provided (with shampoo and soap), plus tea/coffee supplies and a TV. Don't expect a peace and quiet- you are in the middle of Darlinghurst.

I wasn't expecting much, but this was worse than expected. Bed was lumpy, light switches were broken, window was unable to be shut properly. My room did not have a fridge. Generally felt old and dilapidated. No lifts - because the building is listed as a heritage building. Reception was open 9am-9pm, but no plans given for checking out outside of these times. I only booked this place because it was within walking distance of St Vincent's Hospital where I was visiting, and I just needed somewhere to sleep (and the hotel I normally stay at was booked for the night). But the location in Oxford St meant that I could not even achieve this. For some, this might be advantageous, but it wasn't for me wanting a good night's sleep.

Yes it does! One positive was I scored the Penthouse so I was pretty excited over that but then found that it was the only room on the 3rd floor and there is no lift! Struggled up the stairs with luggage across carpets that were dirty and paint splashed (apparently renovations were happening but there was no further evidence of that occurring) and finally made it to the top floor. I was treated by tack rooftop verandah but it did have fantastic views. Off the side was the door to the penthouse where my electronic key didn't work initially but as there was such a huge gap between the door and the jamb I only had to slide my card between the two to flick the lock and open the door into a small room with a fridge and a kettle. I was then confronted by another locked door and rather than using the electronic key again, I just pushed the door and it sprung open. Obviously security is not great and only fit thieves would bother. The room itself had been recently painted, the bed was very comfortable although placed up on a high platform - luckily I don't fall out of bed! The bathroom has been poorly renovated - the shower door swings the wrong way and it is hard to access or exit, both taps fell off in my hand, the basin spout wasn't fixed properly however the bathroom was clean. Great views, cheap hotel in the heart of Darlinghurst, quite if there aren't people partying on the rooftop balcony and paying a $50 deposit on the room after paying for accommodation I found strange. Will I get my $50 back??!

The stairwell smelt like vomit. No joke. The rooms, while small, were relatively clean but the beds were very uncomfortable. Absolutely no friendly service at all, not even a hello when you come in. They give you a dodgy microwave but no mini fridge to keep food.

So this hotel is pretty cheap on a Sydney price level but it is not worth it: the room was not clean, it is supposed to be smoke free but there was all the time a thick smell of smoke, there were tiles missing from the bathroom floor, the tap came loose when touched, a lamp was missing but no point in asking for one as the light switch was missing too just leaving a hole (not so great if you have kids...)... Our friends stayed in a room where the kitchenette was in the same space with the toilet. Staff just about said hi and almost looked up when we passed them. Oh, and if you have kids you may be bothered by the door to this hotel being right next to a Fetish shop. The best part is the location close to cbd, and of course Oxford Street has many good restaurants. There is a great cafe for delicious breakfasts just a little walk up on Oxford Street, which we can highly recommend. We were surprised that the noise from Oxford street was not overwhelming as we had anticipated but for those more sound sensitive this is not the location.

The level of Hygiene and cleanliness was disgusting. The toilet seat had not even been wiped from the last guests. Air vents are all covered in thick dust. Furniture and carpet were not clean and very run down. For a non smoking hotel the rooms smelt like an ashtray, the cigarette smell throughout the room was so strong. Doesn't look anything like the photos. It is the type of hotel where they must unplug and hide the computer monitor at the front desk so that no guests can take it. I did not feel safe staying here, I lasted 20minutes and spent that time searching for a new hotel to book at 10pm. For my circumstance, this was not ideal for a young woman travelling interstate on her own, looking for a clean well rest before an important appointment in the morning. I would not recommend this hotel for any families ever! I have called the hotel twice and sent two emails. The management have not been interested to respond to or hear this feedback.

Love the roof-top area for a quiet drink and watch the sun set over Sydney. Not very large or modern rooms but in a great spot, right in the middle of Oxford St bars etc. Easy check in/out. Will be back !

I have stayed there on Jan 2017 for 3 nights (unfortunately). My worst experience ever, Positive: 1.Room was big as we booked family room. 2. Lots of eateries nearby open till late. Negative: 1.Bathroom is rotten and pantry is located inside the bathroom just next to commode. 2. Notice put on pantry area is 'you have to clean your dishes before you leave else will be charged extra'. Who the hell in the world would do utensil cleaning while staying and paying so much in the hotel. 3. Very noisy at night as people get drunk and start yelling in the lane right next to hotel. 4. Rude reception staff. ( A thai lady and a man) Located in a gay street, not so suitable for young kids but has a very bright night life if you want to enjoy.

I was initially excited to find a reasonable priced room near CBD. A great location and a very good walking distance to both the city, Chinatown, and Paddington and its surrounding markets with good access to multiple cafes, and restaurants in the area. The room was big and has a very effective air-conditioner which is important as Sydney approaches the heat of the summer. I had to get over the initial shock of seeing the room that is so unlike what one sees in the photo. There was a cigarette burn on the armchair and there was a scratch mark on one of the furniture plus the chest of drawers was so thickly painted that only the top drawer would open. Although I was on the top floor of the hotel, the walls of the rooms were not thick enough as you can hear what is going on next doors. Other than that I had a very comfortable bed although one needs to be reminded that the bed is set very low down to the floor. I had stayed there for two nights but the room was never made up throughout the stay. There was no communication from the reception to say that there would not be any service over the weekend. This is the reason for the rating to be on the poor side. Despite all the negative aspects, I had a good time since importantly I had wanted a very good sleep and a comfortable bed. With the air conditioning on, I had no trouble in sleeping. If one is not so concerned with the state of the room or service but rather have a place to sleep with comfort at a budget price then this hotel may be right for you but I would not rate it as a boutique hotel.

When I arrived someone was painting the door to my room so I had to wait for him to finish before I could use the room. The shower was not in a good state, dirty shower curtain and awful looking tiles. In the morning the sheet had come off the bed slightky to reveal a very mouldy mattress, which is a health hazard. I got locked out of the hotel after hours and there was absolutely no out of hours number to call so I was waiting outside the hotel until midnight until someone finally came down to the reception area which is when I knocked on the glass door today let me in. The only good things about this hotel are it's location which is great and there is a good view of the cityscape from the roof terrace.

108a Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW

Hotel highlights

  • Rooftop terrace
  • WiFi in rooms and public areas (fees apply)

Located in East Sydney, Sydney Wattle Hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of popular attractions such as Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. The 11 rooms at this 3-star hotel include kitchenettes, refrigerators, and coffee makers. It's in central Darlinghurst and also close to Sydney Harbour Bridge and University of Sydney.


Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 11 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchenettes. 32-inch TVs are available for entertainment, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Bathrooms offer rainfall showers, hair dryers, and free toiletries, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding and down comforters ensure a restful night. Coffee makers are also standard.

Property features

At Sydney Wattle Hotel, guests have access to a rooftop terrace, WiFi in public areas, and express check-out. Airport transportation is made easy with a shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available on request) for AUD 14 per person. Front-desk staff can assist with luggage storage and tours/tickets.

Room options

Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

King Room with Balcony

Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6


Queen 1 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

10% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 85 reviews