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“Friendly, helpful staff, beautiful old building” 5 of 5 stars
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McLaren Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   25 McLaren St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in North Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Uralla, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Friendly, helpful staff, beautiful old building”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Stayed just one night to attend appointment, hotel is in easy walking distance to the Mater (even with a sore foot). I drove from Northern NSW and arrived too early to book in to my room, the staff were very friendly and helpful they let me leave my car in the car park so I didn't have to worry about it for the day. Clean room, quiet area, very comfortable bed. Would loved to have been able to spend more time at the McLaren, will definitely stay here the next time I come to Sydney.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sindelfingen, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

McLaren hotel has a wonderful homey feel to it. The staff are very friendly and courteous, and the location is superb, about 15 minutes to the heart of Sydney by bus or train. It's located in a quiet and peaceful corner in the North Sydney business district, and I felt very safe walking home to it, even late at night. There isn't much dining in the area, but there are a few good hotels (pubs) nearby, and heading into the city center is never an issue. The price was very decent for what you get, especially in a city as pricey as Sydney.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victor Harbor, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
55 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

What a lovely stay I had at the McLaren this week
The service was exceptional and very, very friendly. The room was very clean and very functional. The position was fantastic. Overall a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Try a sherry in the sitting room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mclarenhotel, Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Thanks for the kind words. It was a pleasure having you stay with us, and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Kind Regards
Billy
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Nowra, Australia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We selected this property because it was smaller, quieter and of a style opening to fresh air. The McLaren hotel is very conveniently located by car, very convenient if you have business nearby but seriously away from tourist centres. While a short distance from bus transport, it is a longer walk from rail. There would be no difficulty getting a taxi.

We stayed on a Saturday night. While advised that the free underground car park was sometimes full, we were comfortable parking in the street (metre parking weekday daytime, half Saturday). This is a very safe neighbourhood.

The hotel is a adapted grand old house, with extensions. It is family owned and operated and currently (August 2013) being refurbished. Attention to style in house and in gardens is evident. We were there at time of painting rooms and every effort was made (though we had arrived late) to get us into a room which was not affected by paint smells. It had not had the refurbishment but was clean and in good order. Room comfortable, opening door to tiny ground floor leafy space and window (neighbours might smoke in their nearby spaces). This was higher than basic rate room. "Continental breakfast" at $7 is generous and quality. All beds in the hotel recently replaced, so we were told. Ours was very comfortable. The lounge areas with newspapers very comfortable if you were staying longer.

We had to be in eastern suburbs Sunday, the price and value of McLaren was ahead of anything we could see on that side and we were moments from the harbour tunnel entrance.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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mclarenhotel, Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
A very in-depth review, and very much appreciated! You have highlighted the features for which The McLaren Hotel differentiates itself from our competitors.
We would love to see you again soon, all the best.

Kind Regards
Billy
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Davidsonville, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

My husband I were on a two week tour from Cairns to Sydney and spent our last two nights in Australia at the McLaren Hotel in Sydney. I booked our lodgings sort of last minute and I chose the McLaren based on the reviews. It lived up to them and we were not disappointed. The Hotel and guest rooms were very clean, comfortable, quiet, and have nice amenities. The staff was warm and friendly. The value was excellent. A totally charming place to stay - with surprisingly large guest rooms and a very pretty breakfast room. We also enjoyed just walking to the corner to get the bus to go to the harbor and walking three blocks to catch the train for the airport - a bonus convenience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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brisbane
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stayed here for 3 nights on a business trip. Good location within easy walk of restaurants, pubs and train station. Best feature was it was extremely quiet unlike other hotels closer to the train line. Continental breakfast was adequate and great value. Bed was comfortable. Owen at reception was very helpful even preparing a late supper after my flight was delayed. and I arrived late. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Canberra
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

A quaint little hotel with lots of charm and character. Just a 10 minute walk to North Sydney train station and with free parking. I chose this hotel based on the many positive reviews and was not disappointed :)

Room Tip: We were in room 26 (I think). It had doors that opened to a small veranda area. Good if you smoke. O...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 McLaren St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > North Sydney
Amenities:
Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in North Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — McLaren Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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