Wow what a way to wash your smalls!
I booked the park regis and stayed 8 nights Jan 06. I had read previous reviews and was unsure what standard to expect as it had previously received mixed reviews. I therefore upgraded to a superior room just to be on the safe side. The room was excellent, refurbished in Nov 05, very smart, clean trendy bathroom, flat screen TV, fridge, Tea & coffee stuff. The pool on the top floor was too cold to get in, even in the middle of summer but it was a nice spot to have a look around at the city, but the laundry room is superb! the view is as spectaclar as the view from the roof but in the warmth of a nice laundrette!! Dont be mistaken, the laundry room is not the only benefit of staying here, you can walk anywhere you like, Hyde park, Botannical gardens are just around the corner, china town apx 10 min walk, darling harbour 15 mins, circular quay apx 25 mins. The only thing to be aware of is that it can get noisy, we were on 8th floor and experienced some road noise and there is a fire station around the corner and they frequently get called out but if you are not a light sleeper it shouldn't be a problem.
so if its location location location with exceptional standards and value for money you are after look no further!
Location, location, location; oh, and the view!
I stayed here during a September 2003 trip to Australia, and had a very pleasant stay. My experience was that the room, while very small, was decently clean, and nicely decorated. However, the TV (no remote) and phone were terribly outdated. But, as I read the reviews on here, it sounds like they have updated those things, if so, that was a much needed improvement.
The best part about this hotel is its location; as stated by other reviewers, you can easily walk just about anywhere in Sydney from here, and the Queen Victoria Building is just across the street, which provides plenty of shopping and food. And the view from the roof…wow! You would pay a lot of money in most cities for a view like that, and this one is included in your room rate.
Another great thing about this hotel is that it is also an apartment building, so while visiting Sydney, you get to live where locals live. And as previously stated by another reviewer, the café around the corner is a fabulous breakfast spot.
There are a couple of suspect items though. One is the stairway/fire escape. All of the doors are locked, except for the ground floor, and the roof. I found this out the hard way while waiting for the lift, and deciding to take the stairs instead, much to my surprise, I was trapped in the stairway. In light of the October 2003 fire in Chicago that killed six people who were trapped in the locked stairway, I would think twice about staying here again. The second is their key policy. They have one of those outmoded European key policies, which requires you to turn in your key every time you leave the building. On one hand, this is nice, you don’t have to worry about losing your key while sightseeing; on the other hand, when you return to the hotel, you simply state a room number, and they give you the key—no questions asked, no ID required.
Nonetheless, based on my experience, and the new reviews that mention the renovated rooms, I would probably stay here again. However, it is sometimes possible to get a room at much nicer places for just a little more, for instance, the Rydges Jamison, which is a fantastic hotel (blows this one away…far, far, away), can sometimes be booked very reasonably through travel agents and airport information desks, so shop around.
OK but only just
I stayed here for one night on a business trip.
Staff at check-in and check-out seem to have an attitude problem, not exactly rude but whatever they are preoccupied with comes before the customer.
Room on the 7th floor was clean and seemed to be recently renovated. Nice flat screen TV. Tea, coffee, ironing board etc. Bathroom was very small and had no soap!
Some traffic noise - it is in the middle of the CBD - but tolerable.
If you want something that is cheap and centrally located this hotel will do, but beyond that...well, you could do better in Sydney.
Excellent but Noisy
Great location and near to many of the tourist sites. The upgraded rooms (in modern style, furnishings and colours) make this an ideal place to stay. The only down side however is the noise outside - there is no double glazing and the traffic/sirens at night take a bit of getting used to. There were road works on 2 nights of our stay and the revellers on Saturday added to the general noise level. Take good ear plugs and that should help!! There is no restaurant, but an excellent cafe (The Coffee Club) next door has a good menu and prices.
We stayed here twice, each time for three days. The first time the rate was 3 nights for $350. The second time it was a long weekend so the rate went up to $140 per night.
The rooms are well planned but fairly tight. Just enough room with no extra.
The furnishings were top rate. The beds were so comfortable and everything was very modern and very clean.
Unfortunately, the windows are only single pane so you get a lot of noise from the street. I wore ear plugs which really helped.
The location was fairly good. A very quick walk to Darling Harbour. It was a bit further to the ferries. A 20 - 30 minute walk depending on the amount of people on the sidewalk.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Make sure you take a trip to the roof and look out on the amazing vistas.
Great location and value for money
Sydney is a terribly expensive city to stay in, so finding something in a great, safe area close to tourist spots, under $150 is a real find - believe me!
After I stayed here I realized I had stayed here about 15 years ago and also thought it was great value.
Location - terrific - just 1-2 blocks from Hyde Park, train stations, monorail and Us Consul (if you need that!). Surrounded by plenty of cafes, pubs and eateries.
The rooms are small but have been thoroughly renovated in a 60s retro style. Bed was QS and very comfortable and we had plenty of room for ourselves and luggage. Small but effective bathroom. Windows open -- which is great to grab some Sydney fresh air and we even had a view of Hyde Park. If you take the lift/elevator to the 45th (i think) floor they have a rooftop area with amazing (free) views over Sydney. We would stay here again.
Tip - if you want to eat out - try Tattersalls Club a block away - open to out of state/country visitors - fantastic food at a reasonable price. If you want to eat in - try one of the many sushi bars just around the corner in Pitt Street.
We paid $AUD 99 per nite and stayed 2 nites. Booked thru www.wotif.com for best price.
Sydney has plenty of accommodation at all levels but I would recommend this one for the budget traveller who wants a little bit more than the usual. Perfect for tourists and all age groups.
Staff was very friendly and informative.
Our cab driver couldn't see the hotel lobby entrance - tip -- its on the corner of Castlereagh and Park Street with the entrance on Park Street next to a cafe - the upper floors of the building are apartments.