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IF you just want a room to stay
I would recommend this to anyone who just wants to spend a short time.The rooms are small and the corridors are cramped.However the staff is good and helpful.The rooms are clean and well furnished(have a microwave,asmall sink,tea/coffee maker and a refrigerator)the bathrooms are good.It can be a little too noisy in weekends,because of the student residents who are a majority.It is however safe and economical.
However,make sure you collect your caution deposit,for they do not send it back to you though they claim that they would send it to your account!
Nice Place at handy Location
When we stayed there I booked this hotel via the Jetstar website, this made it really a very affordable accommodation, and that was the main reason to book it. You should also check on www.wotif.com before making any booking.
The regular rate on the hotel website is from A$ 149 (as June 2008). I paid clearly under A$ 100.
The fully self-contained apartment unit was not overly huge but big enough to store the luggage, for a double bed, bedside tables, a computer desk, and a kitchenette - just microwave, no oven but all the crockery, glassware etc. you needed to prepare your breakfast. The bathroom was not big either but totally ok. Service was good, and everything neat and clean, the furniture rather new and modern.
The rooms are built around a courtyard (patio), and as we were in the second row building it was absolutely quiet when we stayed there. You would not have thought you were in such a big city at all. The only noise you might have heard was from fellow travellers. (But check Update below.)
If I remember right there were BBQ facilities at the roof garden. In the basement is an indoor swimming pool, and they also have a laundry and a business centre where you could get internet access. In the rooms you have data ports for broadband internet access. You just purchase bandwith in the business centre and can use this up during your stay. However, this was the only problem as the system was down once for several hours.
I would consider the lack of net curtains a little minus as you had to close the blinds for privacy and sat in the dark, and had to turn on the lights during the day, eg. for getting changed or whatever you did not want passersby to see you. As mentioned, the apartments are built around a courtyard, and people are walking past your window on the mezzanine floor.
The location is very good - surely not as good and spectacular as in the middle of the Rocks but the many dollars we saved it was great. It is just across the street from the park in front of the university, and about 10 walking minutes from the railway station. There is a busstop right in front of the hotel - two or three stops to the railway station, and some buses drive right down to Circular Quay. This does not take longer than about 15 minutes. But I walked down there several times. The more days I was in Sydney and the more I had walked the more often I took the bus LOL
Right across the street is the Broadway Shopping Centre with supermarket, fastfood courts and cinema, and around the hotel are some nice restaurants, so if you are not in the mood to get back down to the CBD for dinner you can get everything you need right at your doorstep.
Freephone (01800) 500 658
Update December 2008
Just lately I chatted with my travel agent about accommodation in Sydney. She said she had stayed at the Unilodge herself, and had booked in many customers there. But lately she got rather a lot of complaints because of noisy students. Obviously the Unilodge has rented many apartments on a long-term basis to students, and they seem to party on the rooftop garden. I have not verified this - just pass the info.
Cheap but Quite Good
We had some trouble with our booking (didn't actually have the room when we arrived) but the staff upgraded us to a loft which was great. Hotel is mostly students so there it was prone to being a bit noisy but not really a problem. Good location as well. I would recommend with no reservation.
Unique Quality: Full kitchen on every floor.
Sydneys WORST hotel
This so called hotel is actually a dorm for the college. We stayed there 3 nights and was kept awake from the college kids parties till midnight every night. Shame on Best Western for not letting people know it's 80% dorm,20%hotel. I've tried contacting Best Western twice via email, and in 2 weeks haven't had any response. STAY AWAY FROM UNILODGE unless you want to stay up all night.
Unique Quality: If there was any, I was to tired to notice
Directions: Near University
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