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Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   8 Challis Ave | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 65 Sydney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Beautiful accommodation. Great location - walkable to the Habour and shopping areas and easy access to some great restaurants in the Potts Point/Kings Cross area. But more importantly service was outstanding.
Cannot thank the hosts enough for their help and advice on where to go/eat etc. (Keith, Mhairi and Damien)

We will remember an amazing NY in Sydney!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
We well remember these friendly guys from London, There is no doubt that what makes an enjoyable time in the hotel is the guests themselves!

We are very lucky that our style of little hotel seems to attract interesting and pleasant people.

Usually they have done their research, read the Reviews, and weighed up our good points and maybe some negative ones, and so come expecting what we are.

We get pleasure in assisting newcomers to Sydney to find out-of-the-way places, restaurants etc., and to have fun in this great city.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

WE recently stayed two nights at Simpsons at Potts Point. We were in Sydney to attend exhibitions at the AGNSW and MCA and to do a little shopping. From first contact Keith couldn't have been more helpful in finding a suitable time for us to slot into a busy period and supplying lots of information in emails. We were greeted enthusiastically on arrival and shown through this lovely old home, which is furnished beautifully with period pieces and artwork. Although the room was very large, comfortably furnished and spotless, it was slightly dark, which is not really a surprise considering the old mansion was built in 1892. The breakfast room was beautifully set out and the very generous and varied breakfast items meticulously presented. We noticed that the bowl of home stewed rhubarb was quickly replaced with a fresh bowl when only half empty. The other great think about Simpsons was its proximity to the 311 bus route, from which buses departed to most parts of the CBD and Circular Quay. A cautionary note for out of towners is to prebuy bus tickets (at the Minimart at the end of Challis Ave) because the bus doesn't accept money in the CBD. There are lots of good eating places within a short walking distance and Keith was more than happy to recommend some of his personal favourites. Congratulations to Keith and other staff, the experience of staying at Simpsons was a joy.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
What a lovely Review. Thankyou.

Marie's home-made rhubarb and apple compote (with a few raspberries for extra flavour!) is very popular with our guests, and is especially tasty with a little Greek yoghurt and some muesli! Certainly the majority of our guests enjoy our healthy continental buffet breakfast.

Potts Point is a very convenient neighbourhood, and it is a lovely walk into town. The N.S.W. Art Gallery is only a 10-minute stroll along the harbour, and the centre of the city only 15-20 minutes away.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights at the busiest time of year (New Year) & were treated like we were the only guest; nothing was any trouble. Housekeeping Mum & Daughter were so warm & friendly & helpful. Keith & Damien were wonderful hosts & the rooms are spacious, wonderfully decorated & equipped & spotless. Breakfast although they told us was only continental in fact included the usual cereals & juices plus the biggest selection of breads, muffins, crumpets as well as salmon, boiled eggs, ham, cheeses, fruits, plunger coffee & then some. Great location less than a 10min stroll to Kings Cross & less to the underground train which is 5mins from the CBD. Thanks for a wonderful New Year Damien & Keith.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
We were particularly pleased that Geoff and his partner found us at the last minute and we could do some "room juggling", and arrange some accomodation for them over the frantic New Year period.

Geoff told us that to spend New Year's Eve in Sydney, to see the spectacular fireworks, had been on his list for many years, and it was fortuitous how it worked out.

Thankyou for your description of our complimentary, continental buffet breakfast which Marie and Damien pride themselves on making a pleasant and healthy start to the day. I know that some people like a more traditional hot cooked breakfast, fried bacon and eggs or similar style, which we are not able to provide, but there are several excellent "people watching" cafes within a few minutes stroll which can cater for those needs.

We are lucky with our housekeeping team (mother and daughter as Geoff says), who have been with us for many years. They both drive us mad sometimes but we love them dearly!

These guests were both keen cyclists, and we were able to store their bikes, and give them directions for interesting rides around the area, although I think that Sydney's hills were a little more taxing than their home territory!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

We stayed at Simpson's Hotel in Potts Point 2 nights in mid-November 2012. The first day we had just arrived in Sydney from the USA and since it was still only mid-morning we weren't able to get into our room - not a surprise, we didn't expect to. But we were graciously welcomed and left our bags in the common room. The hosts provided advice on how to walk into the main part of the city and offered recommendations for the restaurants on Challis Ave. and just around the corner on Mcleay St. - a notable plus to the location, lots of great restaurants right there. The walk to the waterfront took about 30 min., we dawdled some in the Royal Botanic Garden - bird watching, just 'cause you're in a city doesn't mean you have to put your binoculars away! After wandering around the waterfront for a while and having some lunch at a bakery who knows where, we walked back to the hotel for a bit of a nap. We appreciated the quietness of the neighborhood. Late afternoon the hosts booked a table for us at a restaurant across the street and shared some thoughts about what we could do the next day - in addition to the obligatory tour of the opera house. We ended up taking a "hop on-hop off" bus tour of the city and were able to pick up the bus just around the corner - very convenient. Breakfast both mornings was very nice with a wide selection; we only had continental - not sure if cooked was on offer, maybe. When preparing to leave we chatted with the hosts regarding our plans and even though we were headed down to Melbourne and thence to the Great Ocean Rd., they had recommendations for us about routes to take and interesting places to stop, some of which we took advantage of and which we appreciated. The room at Simpson's was spacious, clean and quiet. A balcony looked out over Challis St. and owing to the plantings along the front of the hotel, we seemed to be somewhere other than in a major world city. Probably could have found less expensive accommodations but probably none as comfortable and with such pleasant, caring hosts.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, January 21, 2013
Thankyou for this well thought out Review, and for the kind comments.

There is no doubt that Potts Point is a convenient and interesting neighbourhood, and we never tire of the lovely walk along the Harbour and into the City.

We are glad that these guests enjoyed some of our recommendtaions. It is certainly helpful to have some local knowledge!
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Birmingham, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

My 10 day stay at Simpsons Hotel in Sydney was an absolute delight! The owners, Keith and Marie, and their staff were personable, helpful, and thoughtful, greeting each guest with a warm welcome and a cup of tea. Each day, they checked with their guests, giving useful suggestions & maps, and information.
The continental breakfast was ample (including homemade rhubarb, rasberry, apple sauce) and my room and bath were charming, spacious, and comfortable. The hotel retains its charm as an old mansion (about 1882), but, of course, is fully modernized.
On New Years Eve, they gave me a bottle of champaigne & hosted a party for the guests at another lovely home - to see the magnificent world famous fireworks.
Such Fun! So Gracious! I will certainly return to Simpson's Hotel on future trips.

  • Stayed December 2012, 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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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
What a gracious lady was this lovely guest from Michigan. We thoughly enjoyed every minute of her stay, full of interesting stories and experiences. We do hope that she comes to visit us again.

She had several friends who live nearby, and it was fun for us to see them showing her around our lovely city, and local neighbourhood.

Julie was a great adventurer and we enjoyed each morning hearing her thoughtful opinion on the latest, of many, local restaurants that she dined at the previous day. One of the benefits of staying in Potts Point is the very large choice of great restaurants and cafes, to suit all tastes and budgets.

There is no doubt that Australia has, of recent times become more expensive to visit, as a result both of the depreciation of the U.S. dollar (and of most other major currencies), compared to the AUD., and also the high wages that are paid in the hospitality industry. However, there are still plenty of great restaurants, bars and cafes that offer good value, great local and local atmosphere, and we can help by pointing guests in the right direction!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We found Simpson's at Potts Point on the net along with many other B&Bs as we searched for a place to stay during our visit to Sydney. Somehow, Simpson's leaped out at us and subsequently we found ourselves coming back again and again to it till we finally decided that this was the place for us - and we were not disappointed. From the word go we had the most wonderfully friendly and charming experience ever. We had a cute dormer room and the hosts were perfect - saw to our every comfort without being seen themselves. Ree and Damien made us feel settled instantly and were very helpful in giving us directions. Breakfast was sumptuous without being heavy and the room was cosy and fitted with everything we might have needed. Quaint, old-worldly, completely charming and brilliantly located. Definitely worth many more stays...

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Thankyou for this thoughtfully written Review. We enjoyed hearing the compliments!

We would like to think that these guests description accurately summarises our lovely old home, the great neighbourhood that we live in, and our (hopefully) helpful staff !

"Simpsons" is not for everyone, as we do not have all the facilities, nor the state of the art decor of the large chain hotels in the C.B.D., but we hope that the ambience of our Victorian mansion and that of the Potts Point area, and our personal service, make up for any other perceived deficencies!

We are glad that most guests seem to enjoy their stays with us, but as we note from some of the slightly negative Reviews (luckily not too many!), there are some aspects of "Simpsons" that do not suit everyone. We do welcome constructive criticism, and try to address any of these issues as far as we can.
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

From the moment we arrived to be greeted by Keith with his old fashioned gentlemanly manners and attention to detail and given the guided tour of the hotel we knew we were in for a great stay! The delightful sitting room at front of house with complimentary sherry and brandy and great collection of books to the quaint dining room at rear of the house, serving up lovely breakfast each morning to our room with old fashioned furnishings and fittings complimenting the house - all very impressive. The highlight was being invited to the Chef Damiens place to watch the New Years fireworks - was a lovely thing to do. And finally - location, location! One of the best streets to be based in at Potts Point - restaurants and bars very close and good walking distance to Sydney Opera House and Bridge etc. Highly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, January 29, 2013
What a nice Review. Thankyou for your kind words!

This family had come all the way from Darwin, and met their mother from Canberra, so it was a real Family re-union, meeting half way across the country!

We are glad that they enjoyed our interesting Potts Point neighbourhood, with its eclectic residents and tourists alike, and its great little cafes, bars and restaurants.

A wonderful New York style cocktail and tapas bar, "Monopole", has just opened around the corner, as a welcome addition to other elegant, nearby, small bars like "Roosevelt" and " Velluto" and "Bootleg".

No shortage of eateries or "watering holes" in this area!
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Address: 8 Challis Ave | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #3 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Simpsons" is an intimate 12 - room B&B boutique hotel, situated within a restored 1892 Victorian mansion, and is very centrally located in leafy tree-lined Potts Point, a vibrant and cosmopolitan area, being the closest suburb east of the City, with many interesting restaurants, bars, galleries and cafes nearby, yet only a 20 minute walk to the beauty of Sydney Harbour and Opera House. ... more   less 
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