We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 63 Sydney B&Bs / inns

Royal Exhibition Hotel

3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   86-88 Chalmers Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Royal Exhibition Hotel to your Saves list
Royal Exhibition Hotel
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 8 more sites!
Ranked #28 of 63 Sydney B&B and Inns
A recent review
4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
glorianewcastle newcastle
  • Overview
  • Reviews (52)
  • Photos (5)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (10)
  • Location
  • More
Write a Review

52 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (10)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we found this hotel excellent for an overnight stay in sydney before our flight overseas and again on the way home. the staff were friendly, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable. It was luxury but the price and location were great, the windows were double glazed so little noise came in from the outside.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Helensburgh, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

First off, we arrived after bar hours - we hadn't been told that there was a restriciton on hours and we arrived off the standard international flight. We managed to knock up the staff, who had recently closed the premises and were going home. We were led behind the bar into a dingy corridor with peeling lino on the floor... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Melbourne, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The good: location is fabulous, as is the price considering how central it truly is. Check in was swift and easy, and the staff are incredibly friendly and accomodating. Initially we (two couples in a room that sleeps four) were pleased with our choice. The bad: the realisation that the fridge was not plugged in, the TV was not plugged... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Pune, India
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

hi all...we travelled to Sydney in Nov'13 for one week....and booking a budget hotel was quite challenging....after surveying many websites, we finalized Royal Exhibition hotel.. and let me tell u guys...it was really a pleasant surprise...best part is location...right outside Central station...metro connectivity to airport, circular quay and almost everywhere...though it has a pub on ground floor but there was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Perth, Australia
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Gee this review will be all over the place, firstly the rooms, clean in every way but my shower head was broken and just flopped around, no soap holder, shower doors were frightening it felt like they were ready to fall off and water was just about impossible to adjust. $5.00 for Wi-Fi which rarely worked. Close to Central station... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

A friend and I stayed here for one night at the end of Jan 2014 as a stopover on our way home to England. We had booked a twin room and found that we had two lovely sized double bedrooms and a good sized shower room so plenty of space to spread about. Staff were really helpful. Good location and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Durban, South Africa
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
26 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Great location for trains. We arrived 06am and could not get into the hotel. Very frustrating after a long overnight flight. Managed to slip in when a early departure guest exited Then only to find that our PREPAID room had been let . This despite the fact that we had emailed the hotel to advise that we would be late... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Lake Macquarie, Australia
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

I stayed at the Royal Exhibition because I wanted to be close to Central Station, with luggage, before travelling on the Indian Pacific. The location is excellent and access from the station via ramps and lifts very easy, even with suitcases. I arrived at the hotel just after 2.00 pm and was checked in at the bar in no time... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
24 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Booked this hotel for an overnight stay prior to an early morning international flight and because of it's proximity to Central Railway station. We have previously stayed (for the same reason) in hotels on the other side of the railway station but, in future, this will be our choice. Location is so close to the station - if arriving by... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

We stayed here for a total of 6 nights in 2 visits so 2 different rooms 13 & 8. It is excellently placed immediately opposite Exit 6 Chalmers Street Central Station. Both rooms were clean and well appointed, double glazing meant we were not disturbed by any outside noise but the air con was a little noisy at night.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Royal Exhibition Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Royal Exhibition Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Royal Exhibition Hotel

Address: 86-88 Chalmers Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Exhibition Hotel 3*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Agoda, Cheap Tickets, Tingo, Travelocity, HotelsClick, BookingOdigeoWL and Venere so you can book your Royal Exhibition Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.

5 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (6)
Room/suite (1)
Dining (1)
Bathroom (2)
Hotel & grounds (1)
Other (1)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
hotels in Sydney with
any amenities


Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Conveniently located directly opposite Central Station, with direct link from Airport. Only 10minutes from heart of the city, with Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and city shopping at our door. We have 10 refurbished Standard Double rooms rated 3 star by the Australian Accommodation Association and 4 Deluxe Boutique rooms all serviced by a modern elevator. All our rooms are tastefully decorated, and have queen beds and feature their own ensuites, air conditioning, flat screen television, coffee and tea making facilities, refrigerator, safe and are all serviced daily.Facilities with the hotel, Public Bar, Gaming facilities including TAB, Restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 days, Beer Garden and Terrace Cocktail Bar and Functions area. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Royal Exhibition Hotel staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer