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Sydney Wattle Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Foolishly, I read the website description of this hotel without looking at any reviews but, as we were only staying for one night, thought it would be fine. Be aware that if you arrive after 9pm, you will have to phone for someone to come and let you in. We arrived just before 8pm so were let in OK. The hotel looks very seedy from the outside (close to sex shops etc), there was no lift (we were on the second floor) and there was a distinct smell of urine as we passed a large pile of washing (which was still there the next day.) On the plus side, the room itself was spacious, clean and comfortable, although I was bewildered by a sign asking us to wash up, dry and put away crockery, when there were only two small cups and no detergent, sponge or dish towel with which to perform this task. The reception staff were helpful. Overall, although this hotel did not match the description on the website, it was probably reasonable value, but I am very relieved that we only stayed for one night!

We are home from our once in a lifetime holiday which we saved hard for. We were deeply disappointed with the Wattle Hotel and felt unsafe and didn’t stay at all. We had to use our spending money and book into another hotel. The penthouse suite was nothing like what was advertised and we did ask the manager to phone us as he was not on duty but no call came. I have photos of the room and will be publishing on all holiday sites that advertise this hotel to stop others having their dreams shattered.

I was a little worried about what to expect after reading reviews on Trip Advisor but Sydney Wattle Hotel was fine. I wouldn’t say it’s a 4 Star Hotel but it’s clean, safe, had a renovated bathroom and the bed was super comfy. The one staff member I spoke with was polite and friendly. For a quick 1 night stay my partner and I were happy. Yes, there’s no lift in the building - it’s heritage listed (meaning they aren’t allowed to alter the building) so I’m sure if they were allowed to put a lift in they would. Give them a go, they aren’t anywhere as bad as the other reviews state they are.

‘Superb’ After reading previous reviews was quite worried but on arrival there were no issues at all after leaving a $50 bond (refunded) we found a clean comfortable room (105) with a small balcony overlooking oxford street the street entertainment was funny to say the least bit noisy of a weekend but hey ho close the doors and windows no noise! Kitchen facilities very basic kettle toaster and microwave (you are expected to leave clean on leaving - but who wouldn’t) your on holiday wasn’t expecting to cook a full meal so facilities were adequate- could use some cutlery. Comfortable bed a chair a massive mirror and plenty of plug sockets. A bathroom with hairdryer and plenty of replenished toiletries. A small middle room between the room and balcony with a small table and 2 chairs which we moved to the balcony so we could watch the world go by. The hotel is About a 20 min lovely walk downhill through Hyde park to darling harbour via plenty of designer shops of course. Overall if you want a cheap basic place with a very comfy bed stay here - the staff couldn’t do enough so I’d like to thank them for a lovely stay we will be back!! There are plenty of fast food eating places and takeaways across the road - mr crackles a must and a small bakery a bit further down the road - Swiss bakery lovely breakfast stuff and pastries. Only downside no lift but just take your time it’s only stairs! This hotel deserves much more recognition it’s cheap and has a private bathroom unlike most places in Sydney unless you pay a fortune- yes it’s basic but there is so much to do in Sydney and surrounding areas you don’t spend much time in room anyway - if you fancy a view of Sydney harbour book the top floor penthouse room but there is a communal rooftop with plenty of chairs for all to use. Please book here x

Sydney Wattle Hotel was the place we chose for our stay at SYD. We chose a room for 6, which had 2 queen-sized beds and 2 single beds. They also provided a 51-inch TV and microwave. And most important, the room is huge ans clean ✨ Bcz we liked it so much, we chose Sydney Wattle House again on our 2nd visit!

This location is great outside has a bus stop which runs straight to the harbour. Few steps down from hotel there is a shop were you top up your OPAL (NSW public transport card). heaps of shops and diners around the area. very noisy during ThursFriSatSundays as bars are around the area. An adult shop and liquor shop are right next to the hotel. Not suitable for people with leg and knee problems as this bldg has no elevator, you need to use stairs. the room was nice and clean. the roof tophas great views at night.

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.

108a Oxford Street Darlinghurst NSW

Hotel highlights

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

Sydney Wattle Hotel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of popular sights like 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

10.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 94 reviews