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Sydney Wattle Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The staff were friendly but the motel had more like a hostel feel about it we were glad we booked the penthouse suite which was ok we had a rooftop terrace that gave ok views of the city lights and buildings, we were disappointed to learn that we were not able to smoke on the roof terrace, rather we would have had to walk down three flights of stairs just to have a smoke the area of the accommodation was seedy, and the bed was obviously way past used as it creeked all night long, we were disappointed in the huge shower head with a treacle of water escaping which didn't allow us to enjoy the shower and due to the reception not opening before 8:30am we couldn't get our refund we would not recommend or stay here again we suggest looking closer to the city or out of the city

This has by far been the worst experience. This place is a shocker! Broken bathroom tiles cupboard doors falling off hinges and windows with no locks. So beware if you are travelling with children. Had to check out the same day and find alternative accomodation. Also cables all over the room. Despite not staying there they withheld $300!

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.

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.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

10% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 88 reviews