- Reviews: 1418
Central Private Hotel: Money's worth even if room is a little tight!
Barely a 5 minutes walk out of Central Station along Elizabeth Street, you can't ask for more location wise, even though it isn't located at any of the posh or funky spots in the city. I make no pretence....the area it is located in looked pretty shabby, though hardly seedy. This part of the city has a sizeable Asian presence, as noted by the number of Indian and Korean groceries and eateries. In fact, I am quite sure the owner of this Hotel is Korean.
The Hotel looked squalid across the street. The image did not improve as you moved along the tired and occasionally stained carpeted floor of the corridor right passed an opened air light well featuring rusting and crumbling metal parts. I was beginning to regret my decision as I moved past 2 heavily locked forbidding rooms to reach my No.7 room at the far end of the corridor. Once upon entering though, the grey world outside seemingly fade away as I stepped in. No, there is no hidden palace. Yeah, I faced a small cramped room....hardly any space to walk but I had a window facing a carpark and some office buildings so I am not complaining about having natural light and fresh air!
My ensuite single room had a single bed occupying almost 75% of the space but I had my TV, kettle, a cupboard, a sink and complimentary coffee/tea as promised for A$80 a night.
So where's the money worth?
There is a computer in the room, offering FREE Internet. Yes, FREE.
I did not even get enjoy such privilege in 5 stars Hotels...and yet in this self-proclaimed 2.5 stars one, I could and had enjoyed unlimited Internet access. Almost revolutionary.
Internet access is always important for travellers and the fact you can use it for free, really, you couldn't ask for more.
- Reviews: 12731
Parklea Garden Village: Next door to Parklea Indoor Markets
Parklea garden village is located 35mins from Sydney centre. We stayed here in one of the 2 bedroom deluxe cabins. These were like a mini home, very roomy. The park was very clean and tidy with good security. There are 2 swimming pools and a separate Spa. Nice BBQ's and picnic areas, Recreation room with T.V. Located just outside the park, is the Bus stop, very handy. We caught the Bus to Blacktown, then the Train direct into Sydney, this was very easy to do. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this park, and would recommend it and stay here again. Excellent.
Photos by caravanparkphotos.com.au
- Reviews: 228
Central Regent Hotel
We booked a triple room costing $99 it was great value very clean & new. It is actually an old youth hostel been renovated the only problem was the elevator was broken and we had to walk up 3 flights of stairs hence the budget price. The room contained an ensuite bathroom, very comfortable beds with white crisp sheets extra blankets in the wardrobe, tea & coffee making facilities, small fridge, tv with cable tv and air con/heating that kept the room very comfortable. The staff were helpful and friendly. There is no restaurant on the premsise but there is a small cafe next door that serves ok breakfast a cooked was $8 egg, bacon, sausage, toast, extremely good coffee or tea, they have other options.
The hotel is situated way up George St almost across from the University of Technology so if you don't like walking or using the local buses forget it it is a good 20 min walk even to Chinatown. It is a short walk to Central Train staion there are slos plenty of takeaway a few minutes walk ie McDonlads, KFC, Subway. We enjoyed our stay here the hotel was very quiet even though our rooms wa slocated right next to the stairs we rarely heard anyone else, even the street noise was George St was not audible within the room. We were very happy with our stay here and would certainly consider staying again.
- Reviews: 1
Francis Phillip Motor Inn: Singleton NSW Accommodation
why go to a hotel when you can go to motor inns and serviced apartments.. think its way cheaper right?
THE FIRST MOTEL to use the words "AFFORDABLE LUXURY" others since have but do not justify the usage.
- Reviews: 9
Accommodation - UNSW
I dont know if you checked this site from the UNSW but they have some external links for accommodation that may be useful.
good luck :-)
- Reviews: 2258
Chifley Potts Point: $A20 million reno in King's Cross
The former Crest Hotel King's Cross has recently (May 2008) changed hands and a $A20 million renovation resulted in Chifley Potts Point. 18 storeys sitting atop King's Cross station, the pretty grotty Crest is now unrecognisable.
For a start, the exterior has been smartened up with all 18 storeys given a new lick of paint. The main entrance to the hotel has gone - Chifley Potts Point can only be accessed from the old back entrance on Victoria St. The old entrance is now blocked over - presumably based on security - rowdy weekend crowds can be somewhat full-on.
So, nowadays, a discrete entrance on Victoria St accessing lifts to the 2nd Floor and reception. It is unrecognisable for those who know The Crest - awash with white marble, white leather sofas and banquettes. Contemporary is the name of the game here (although the restaurant, strangely, is pushed into the far corner of the foyer where there are no windows and natural light).
The rooms are accessed by 3 lifts which are security tagged (no electronic key card, no access to floors above the reception). Pricing depends on location and view - with the most expensive to be found on the top 2 or 3 floors with a Bridge/Opera House view: the cheapest being floors 3-10 with 'city' view (and many other options in between).
Rooms are what you would expect from the superior end of a chain of hotels in the $A200+ per night price bracket. Decent size rooms without masses of space but not giving the experience of being in a broom cupboard. Two people would certainly not get in the way of each other. Usual decent bathroom products, large comfortable beds with loads of pillows and cushions, widescreen TVs, internet connections etc. You can also open windows, although be warned - if you have a city view, weekends are incredibly noisy (even on the 15th floor where I was)
As the hotel has just opened, there were a few teething problems (in spite of Telephone Directories galore, they had forgotten to install a phone in my room!), a few loose joints resulted in the bathroom tap coming off in my hand etc... There's also more plans on the way (a small business centre later in 2008, a deck bar on the 2nd floor etc).
Not bad at all, and through wotif, able to secure promotional rates of $A135 per night. But this will hit the $A200 or so after this promotional period is over - not so sure if I would pay such rates. If nothing else, having discovered the joy of being able to open the windows, being forced to close them from Fri-Sun inclusive because of the noise was a let down.
- Reviews: 832
intimacy and romance !: TOP 10 Boutique Hotels in Sydney.
Sydney has some very special romantic hotels which would suit honeymooners or those looking to stay somewhere intimate and special.
1. Observatory Hotel - The Rocks. (expensive rate $400 plus)
2. The Establishment Hotel - The Rocks. ( above average price $300)
3. Sir Stamford - Circular Quay ( above average $300)
4. Jonah's - Whale Beach (expensive)
5. Periwinkle Guest House - Manly Cove. (Budget $140)
6. The Russell - The Rocks (Budget $90 up)
7. Hughenden - Paddington ( Moderate)
8. Kirketon - Kings Cross (average)
9. L'Otel - Kings Cross ( Moderate price $160)
10. Medusa - Darlinghurst ( average )
All of the above offer fabulous character hotels which cater for travelers looking for something special and intimate whilst visiting Sydney.
- Reviews: 832
Sydney's TOP TEN PUBS>: TOP TEN PUBS - Accommodation
For those who wish to experience the taste of Australia. Sydney has some excellent pub stays which are very comfortable and reasonably priced.
1. The Australian - Rocks. www.theaustralian.com.au
2. The Palaside Hotel - Rocks www.palisadehotel.com.au
3. The Grand Hotel - City wwwgrandhotel.com.au
4. Hotel Coronation - City www.hotelcoronation.com.au
5. Lord Nelson Brewer Hotel - Rocks www.lordnelson.com.au (the best)
6. Mercantile Hotel - Rocks www.mercantilehotel.com.au
7. Wynyard Hotel - CBD www.wyndardhotel.com.au
8. Hotel Bondi - Bondi Beach www.hotelbondi.com.au
9. North Steyne Hotel - Manly Beach www.northsteynehotel.com.au
10. Doyles Palace Hotel - Watsons Bay www.doyles.com.au
cheap comfortable and interesting hotels to stay.
- Reviews: 832
Cheap budget accommodation: Sydney's Backpackers.
For those looking for backpacker accommodation here is a list which will assist you.
1. Y on the Park - www.ywcansw.com.au YWCA located in Hyde Park.
2. Railway Square - www.yha.com.au City.
3. Big Hostel - www.bighostel.com.au - city
4. Wake-up - www.wakeup.com.au - city
5. Sydney Central - www.yha.com.au - city
6. Original Backpackers - wwworiginalbackpackers.com.au - Kings Cross
7. Bondi Beachhouse - www.yha.com.au - Bondi Beach
8. Glebe Point YHA - www.yha.com.au - Glebe
9. Wattle House - www.wattlehouse.com.au - Glebe
10. Manly Beachouse - www.manlybeachhouse.com.au - Manly Beach.
Cheap, clean and comfortable hostels.
- Reviews: 5
Leisure Inn Kings Cross: Accommodation in Kings Cross
Any anxieties I had about the area was mostly unfounded. Yes, it's a red light district and you'll see it flashed in neon lights. But if you just mind your own business, no one really bothers you. We did take the precaution of making sure we didn't come back too late after dark.
The hotel itself was great. It cost us just over $A500 for 5 nights and we got a large room which had a double bed plus a single. The best thing was that the hotel is new so all the beds and pillows were new, fluffy and extremely comfortable. The linen and towels were new and clean. As advertised, the room came with a fully equipped kitchenette and had glassware (and even wine glasses), coffee making facilities, full cutlery sets, cutting knives and a bottle opener. It was very convenient as we could just buy things and ham and cheese and make our own sandwiches for lunch or dinner. The en suite bathroom was fairly large with a ... shower stall!!! YAY! I have a phobia of bath tubs so this was a particularly nice surprise for me. The water pressure and excellent and it had a hair dryer (my sister was particularly pleased about that!) Oh and there was a large LCD flat screen tv as well as a dvd player too although we didn't exactly have time to watch too much tv. Mostly, we put it on the news channel.
We had read some reviews about it being noisy at night because of the night life in the proximity. But it wasn't anything we could not cope with even though I am a light sleeper. Mostly, we could hear people talking and laughing in the middle of the night and that's about it. The thing is, we were not there for a leisurely rest in. If so, that would have been a problem. But after a whole day of walking and sightseeing, we just tumbled into bed and slept when we got back and woke up early to go out again the next morning. So it wasn't too much of a problem.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful. We would ask them for directions and things like where the bus stop and train stations were and they wouldn't hesitate to render assistance. The bus stop is just about 5 minutes walke away and any bus that passes there will take you all the was the Circular Quay. The Kings Cross train station is even closer by. There's a wall full of information brochures for a tourist to check out and there is a pad of tear off maps on the coffee table in the reception area. You just tear off one and go on your merry way.
This hotel doesn't have a breakfast room though but there are absolutely no problems finding cheap eats at all in this area. Just a few seconds walk will see you on Darlinghurst St with is little cafes and pizza /kebab shops. There's even a McDonald's there and I believe it's opened 24 hours.
The only thing is that you have to bear in mind that payment for your stay is to be made up front when you are checking in and reception hours are limited ... I believe it's 7.30am to 11pm (extended from the previous reviews I've read).
All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel for travellers who can't afford too expensive accommodation and yet isn't the backpackers hostel type. It's pretty affordable and has all the facilities of a hotel.
- Reviews: 563
York Apartment Hotel: Serviced Apartments in the middle of the city
I have stayed at the York Apartments twice and each time was fantastic. We stayed in a deluxe one bedroom(meaning newly renovated). The staff are friendly and very helpful. The apartment comes with free parking for one car, which is great, since other apartments charge atleast $20 a day. The room was great. On our second stay, we stayed in room No. 1506, which was lovely. Quite large sitting area that was nicely decorated with a modern flair. Well equipped kitchen with electric stove. Nice bathroom with large shower /bathtub and washer and dryer. They give you one free sachet of washing power, for more they sell at the front desk for about a dollar or so. The bedroom is a bit small, but has a comfy bed. We traveled with our 7 month old son and we were very comfortable. The staff were great and provided us with a highchair and baby cot at no extra cost. All rooms have terraces that over look the city. We asked for a quiet room and had a lovely view of the skyline and the Sydney tower. You may want to request a quiet room, since some rooms face the on ramp to the harbour bridge.
The location is great. Around a ten minute walk to the rocks or darling harbour. Maybe around 15 to 20 minutes to Hyde Park, David Jones.
I would definately stay here again. The only downsides are:
Breakfast is very expensive. They told us it was around $27 a person and would discount it for us at 18. For the same price as one breakfast, my husband and i bought groceries and made our own, which was enough for a few days. Not many restaurants nearby, except a Japanese ramen restaurant, which is very popular. There is an excellent Belgian restaurant nearby, also many 7-elevens.
- Reviews: 1
Sydney!!!! Here I come
Well organized, easy to commute, some of the breath taking views from the shores!!!!
Lovely variety in dining and multi-cultural.
- Reviews: 6
Courtyard by Marriot: Stay in the Suburbs
Definitely gets my recommendation. the Courtyard is located in North Ryde close to the Macquarie Centre. Lovely rooms and the food was yummy. It was my first and only stay in Sydney Australia. So I guess don't ask for comparisons, but in the 2 weeks I stayed there I had a lovely time. Fantastic staff.
- Reviews: 322
Next to Parramatta Carlton: Parramatta – affordable
This is a serviced appartment which is located right next to Parramatta Carlton, very near to all the other hotels, restaurants and the train station. I stayed here for 2 nights and didnt feel that we are in suburb of Sydney....the place is so lively during Friday & Saturday night. Sorry I forget the name of the hotel....
Serviced appartment, so you can have your own food :)
- Reviews: 490
Parkroyal at Darling Harbour: on the waterfront
Parkroyal at Darling Harbour is ideally located within walking distance of many of Sydney's major attractions. Within Darling Harbour itself you will find Sega World, IMAX Theatre, Sydney Aquarium, Star City Casino and the new Cockle Bay Wharf.The hotel is connected with Darling Harbour by a long pedestrian-bridge, leading straight from the hotels front to all the attractions and restaurants.The nearby water-taxi station cares for a quick and short 10-minutes ride to the Rocks and Sydney Opera.The hotel offers a brasserie/restaurant and a bar/loungeand a well equipped Gymn.
Rooms are modern, convenient and comfortable, service leaves some open options for improvement.
In the center of Darling Harbour area, close to the other attractions and within walking distance of Sydneys business district.
Around the corner and on the Harbours southwalk some very useful coffeshops are to be found!
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