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“Fantastic place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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Establishment Hotel
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   5 Bridge Lane, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #39 of 185 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Braidwood
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Fantastic place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

A luxury place to stay right in the centre of Sydney. Exceptional service, modern spacious rooms with iPads, movies and lots of comfort.
This small hotel has a nightclub which is good to dance the night away and if you don't like that there is an exceptional restaurant or a cost bar to share a drink.
As well this holyel is housed in an historic building. Great for a luxury getaway.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bangkok, Thailand
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2012

The Establishment is a place where the young people of the city rub shoulders and drink martinis. The rooms are good size and reasonably priced. A selection of good restaurants within the hotel as well. Some decent sushi.

I would stay here again for sure.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Everything about this hotel exudes coolness. The suites are the epitome of modern design in Sydney. The bars and restaurants in the complex are terrific. Even the hotel service is a little cool, not much warmth but it seems to suit the somewhat detached feeling of the place. I had originally titled this review "Style over Substance" but subsequently saw it has recently been used by another reviewer. If you do it well enough, style may well suffice and it does here. Those looking for a more pampered style of service may need to look elsewhere. The only uncool aspect for me was the dingy lane the main entrance to the hotel is situated in.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

The establishment markets itself as a boutique alternative hotel and that's exactly what we found. It's not a standard generic 5 star hotel, the setting is unique and the rooms certainly different. The staff fit the image with a very competent and interested approach, there is a confident attitude, but I will take that any day over the gushing blandness of the major chains. We had a great stay, loved the uniqueness of the room. My wife enjoyed the room service and the help with the IPad and apple tv. We found the restaurants great and will eat at EST any time we can. As hotel guests we had access to the nightclubs and bars, on the Saturday night the ability to jump the queues for our party of 6 was almost worth the hotel cost itself.
Perhaps it's not the quietest room in town, but we didn't notice it to be that bad.
Will we stay again - yes. Is it my favorite hotel in Sydney -? Not sure. It's very different to the quay grand which is my usual favorite, but the establishment is unique unusual and exactly what it markets itself as.

Room Tip: Personally loved the black decor rooms. Stayed in the establishment room. A little more but worth it...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

I agree with a previous reviewer that the place lacks warmth as it was too dark for my likings. Nevertheless, I loved the layout of the rooms and the bed was very comfortable. I would’ve slept like a baby if it wasn’t for all the noises. The staff was nice and the location of the hotel was just perfect.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

Billed as THE place to stay, the establishment was a big disappointment. We received a lukewarm welcome, no one offered to help with our bags or explain the gadgetry in our room. Despite billing itself as a design hotel no one had put any thought into having a plug near a mirror for hair drying. The room was too dark, the lift system to gain access to bars restaurants etc, confusing. It lacked warmth and needs to up its game in and look beyond the superficial. Also greeting guests by getting them to sign a promise not to steal the iPad doesn't set the best tone.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2012

A lovely city escape for my birthday at the Establishment Hotel recently. Located in a great spot to access all areas of the city. The room was beautifully furnished with the modern inclusions sitting well against the old building. Dining at Est capped off a well planned break by my husband. Have heard that it can be noisy but as we stayed during the week, we didn't have any of those problems.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Establishment Hotel

Address: 5 Bridge Lane, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#37 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#38 Business Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Establishment Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A luxurious boutique hotel, with a uniquely intimate feel.31 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including two stylish Penthouse suites, access to a private gym and Establishment’s numerous bars and restaurants. Establishment hotel offers world class accommodation for discerning travellers. Located in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a very short walk to Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and botanical gardens.Voted Best Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Australia by the National Australia Hotel Association in 2006. ... more   less 
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