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“Convenient and adequate” 3 of 5 stars
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BreakFree on George
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   653 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #85 of 185 Hotels in Sydney
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Convenient and adequate”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We were 2 couples in Sydney on business, property was well within easy walking distance of Darling Harbour and downtown Sydney. I bedroom was ok for 4 people, had 2 bathrooms but the living area was very cramped. Decor was a little dated but pleasant enough, staff helpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you for taking your time to pass on your impressions from your recent stay at BreakFree on George.

Your feedback is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and the areas that need improvement, especially from a guest's point of view, and I appreciate you taking the time to make these assessments and comments.

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

I stayed at Break-free on George in August 2011.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the room spacious and clean.

One problem however was that we purchased a late check out of 1pm (at a cost of $60) and the housekeeping staff entered our room three times between 10am and 1pm without even knocking.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you for taking your time to pass on your impressions from your recent stay at BreakFree on George.

Your feedback is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and the areas that need improvement, especially from a guest's point of view, and I appreciate you taking the time to make these assessments and comments. They will be shared with the management team

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I have just returned from a 4 night stay and I must admit I was abit scared due to some damaging comments, the location is amazing so close and central to darling harbour, paddys markets, shopping, public transport and China town your neighbour!!. Out room was cleaned daily and to standard. The staff were friendly and the noise didn't bother us at all, although we didn't Face George st. But remember it is a inner city hotel!!! Over all I found this hotel to be a excellent stay and would definitly return.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you very much for taking your time to pass on your impressions from your recent stay at BreakFree on George.

I was naturally delighted to receive your comments on you the staff and room.

This kind of feedback is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these assessments and comments. We will be sharing them with the team.

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
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149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I'm not really sure how to rate this one. Sometimes I had great experiences, others were bad.
The rooms are really nice and after asking for a balcony they changed my room with no problems. The staff were friendly and helpful. Lot's of new trainees but they were all great.
As someone says earlier, if you ask for a supermarket they will tell you Coles 3 blocks away but there is one in Market City.
The elevators area bit of a nightmare. One never worked and if you are leaving on a busy morning, it can take 20 minutes to get out.
Breakfast was a joke. It isn't run by the hotel but by a separate company that uses the mezzanine floor as a Chinese restaurant. If you want breakfast there are many better options close by.
The location is fantastic though.
I'd probably stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

We stayed 1 night in an open plan 1 bedroom apt with our two kids in August 2011.

Pros: Great location, close to everything (Chinatown, Town Hall station, Cinemas, Shopping). Security building. Nice bed linen, quite clean, safe. Little kitchen is OK. Good base for lots of activities. Cheap place to stay with a family of 4. Lots of good restaurants nearby.

Cons: No free Wi-fi, five out of six little milks in the fridge were curdled. Lumpy pillows. Room on George Street was quite noisy, and the curtains don't close well enough to block out the lights. Slightly grotty bathroom, with mouldy tiles.

If you want to hole up in your room and have a luxury time in Sydney, this is not the place. If you are very active and out and about and you need a central place to crash at a good price, this is OK.

Room Tip: The website for BFonG didn't have any rooms available. I booked on Agoda at reduced rate. Ask fo...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you for taking your time to pass on your impressions from your recent stay at BreakFree on George.

Your feedback is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and the areas that need improvement, especially from a guest's point of view, and I appreciate you taking the time to make these assessments and comments. They will be shared with the management team

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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Adelaide, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

This hotel is literally around the corner from Paddy's Markets and the Monorail stop. Excellent location for first time Sydney Visitors. We Stayed in 2 Bedroom apartment and room was clean and roomy. Staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, September 15, 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments on your stay with us.

Your feedback is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and the areas that need improvement, especially from a guest's point of view, and I appreciate you taking the time to make these assessments and comments. They will be shared with the team.

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

Breakfree on George is in a very busy part of town which has it's pluses eg, great food, everthing in walking distance, pubs etc and its negative only being the noise at night. Its not like party noise but general working noise from restaurants, street sweepers etc.
Our room was clean and modern enough. I felt the price was fair for the location, age of building etc.
The one thing that let our opinion slide was our room key(s) were constantly faulty. We would get up to our room to find that non of the 3 keys we had worked and took them back at least 8 times in 3 days. The girls would swipe them (card style key) they would work then within 4 hours they would all be faulty again.
Once we couldnt get in i went downstairs and they said they would send maintance up to let us in. When i returned my wife had managed to get in. Over 1/2 an hour later i went back downstairs and the maintance guy was chatting to the girl at the front counter as if on break, just as well we were nt still wainting in the hall for him.
Overall a great stay, when we could get in.

Room Tip: booking well in advance gave us a good price
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 653 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#69 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — BreakFree on George 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Sydneys entertainment precinct, BreakFree on George Sydney offers accommodation to suit both business and leisure travellers. Just 35 minutes from Sydney airport and close to Capital Square Lightrail Station, Chinatown, The Star Casino, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Paddy's Market, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour. BreakFree on George Sydney gives you access to all Sydney has on offer. The accommodation at BreakFree on George Sydney consists of studios, one and two bedroom apartments, all with high-speed broadband access, pay-to-view movies, selected Foxtel channels, lounge and dining area. Most apartments have private balconies (available on request), fully-equipped kitchen in two bedroom apartments, kitchenette in studios, one bedroom apartments, washer/dryer available in all two bedroom apartments, ISD/STD direct dial phones and voice mail message service, individually controlled air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. We offer guest services at BreakFree on George Sydney including 24 hour reception, concierge and same day laundry service. From your doorstep take a short stroll and sample the best that Sydney City has to offer with multi-cultural dining, vibrant night life and a host of bars, clubs and entertainment catering for all ages and budgets. If shopping is on your wish list, the designer boutiques of Pitt Street and the bustling market style of Sydneys famous Paddys Markets are both within close proximity of BreakFree on George Sydney. BreakFree on George Sydney caters to a diverse range of travellers and is well suited those looking for affordable inner-city accommodation. Please provide your own baby blankets for the Baby Cot. ... more   less 
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