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“Good spot for base in Sydney” 4 of 5 stars
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Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel
8 Challis Ave | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia   |  
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Ranked #4 of 65 Sydney B&B and Inns
Hickory, NC
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Good spot for base in Sydney”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

This lovely hotel is a short walk to the beautiful Botanical Gardens leading to the Opera House and wharf. The rooms are a nice size and they have a very good continental breakfast . There are a couple of good restaurants on the same block. The owners were very helpful. My only complaint is our room had a back alley out the window and early( 6-7 am) trucks were rumbling and deliveries being made.

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Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We are pleased that these guests enjoyed our complimentary, buffet breakfast. It is something that we try to vary and make interesting.

Whilst we are not able to cook hot food, nor fried food, we do provide a healthy choice of fruits, grains, nuts, cold collations, cheeses, bolied eggs, etc. Marie is especially proud of her home-made rhubarb and apple compote, which is delicious when taken with Greek yoghurt, muesli and honey!

For those who do particularly want fried food in the morning, there are several local cafes within 100-metres of us that can cater to those needs.

This guest referred to early morning noise from McDonald Lane at the rear of the hotel. It would be very rare to ever have deliveries that early in the morning, altough on Wednesday mornings the Recycle Collectors do seem to make more noise that would seem necessary for the purpose!

Cheers.....Keith.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Simpson’s is more of a bed and breakfast than a hotel. If you want swimming pools, saunas, 24 hour room service and rooms which are all identical, then it will not be for you. The rooms are all furnished in a style in keeping with the character with the property. It’s all immaculately clean and you really do feel like you’re stepping into another world, especially after a day of sight-seeing around thoroughly modern Sydney.

The team really makes you feel welcome although, unless there’s a reason to get in touch at other times, you may only see them as you arrive, leave and at breakfast. There is a real attempt to make your stay in the city memorable and, at breakfast, the owners are happy to chat and recommend hidden gems or out-of-the-way places to visit. Although this may be the only time you see them during the day, for me, it’s one of the most memorable parts of any stay here.

Simpson’s is ideally placed for a walk through the Botanical Gardens to Circular Quay and the Opera House/Bridge. It’s on a side street close to the restaurants and bars of Kings Cross but just far enough away so that the noise from them is a distant hum.

This was our second stay at Simpson’s (we were there for Mardi Gras) and, if we’re lucky enough to get back to Sydney, we’ll be looking to stay again.... which says it all really.....

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
I just had a look at Edward's previous Review, and was very gratified to see the heading:

"If I ran a B+B, I'd want it to be like this one!" How pleasant, and how complimentary.
Thankyou Edward!

We do enjoy giving advice (if wanted of course) about things to do, and places to go in Sydney, especially for first-time, or infrequent visitors. Between all of the "Simpsons Gang", we have worked out a few places to go that will leave some great memories of Sydney!

Especially thankyou guys for staying a second time. This is the ultimate compliment to a hotelier or an inn-keeper ("bed-and-breakfaster" doesn't quite have the same cache!).

We hope we may see you in another few years!

Cheers.....Keith.
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Our first impression of Simpsons was a good one,the website is good, the booking was efficiently handled and the handsome building is in a good location in Potts Point which is in a lively area in walking distance of the parks, Art galleries and central shopping area. Our room was a good size with an en suite shower room and a comfy bed and pillows although the furnishings are a little "tired".However,as our stay progressed we were won over by the friendliness and helpfulness of both owners and staff who could not have been more willing to offer advice, and also by the delicious buffet-style breakfast. We are happy to recommend Simpsons of Potts Point!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
We remember this lovely couple from London. Unfortunately their flight from Melbourne was delayed by bad weather, but they eventually made it to us!

They seemed to enjoy very much their time in Sydney, and we are glad that they found us helpful, and especially that they liked our small, healthy buffet breakfast!

I often say, it is not just us at "Simpsons" that can help to make the stay in Sydney enjoyable, but it is our guests themselves.

We are very blessed to have interesting people stay, who often have gone to the trouble of finding us, rather than simply pressing the chain hotel button.

Cheers....keith.
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was our first visit to Australia and our first port of call was Simpsons. We stayed for 6 nights and were really impressed with the quality of our room, the warmth of the welcome and the attention given to making our stay as enjoyable and productive as it could have been. Potts Point is in a great position for exploring the city and we were able to walk everywhere. We would have no hesitate in recommending Simpsons to any of our friends. Indeed later in our visit we discovered that an Australian friend had stayed there and commented most favourably about the hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
What a nice, sincere Review.

We remember this lovely couple form Bath (incidentally, what a beautiful, historic town is that? The only person that I heard who did not like it was Queen Victoria!)

These guests have kindly commented on all the matters that make Potts Point such an attractive place for us to live and, we feel, for others to visit.

Thanks for your kind words!

Cheers....keith.
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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights at stylish Simpsons, having had the hotel recommended by Aussie friends who had previously stayed there. We were not disappointed in the slightest. Our bedroom was spacious, well equipped, comfortable, cool and quiet (other than for a noisy cockatoo in the morning!); the continental breakfast was fine, the location was spot on for touring Sydney and, above all, Keith and Ree were great hosts - very helpful and knowledgeable about restaurants, trips, transport and all things Sydney. Further plusses were a surprise bottle of champagne and chocolates put in the room when they found out it was Pam's birthday, and that we could park the car in the courtyard in front of the building for the duration of our stay without charge (having asked them before we arrived). No fault found - a great place.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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, April 1, 2013
Thankyou Deian and Pam for your kind words, and for your Aussie friends for recommending us!

Recommendations are the best, as all faults (if any!) have hopefully already been disclosed, for no unwelcome surprises for the new arrivals!

Deian is quite right, those magnificent, big white cockatoo parrots can be very damn noisy! They also quite destructive, pulling branches off trees, and even eating timber window sills! However, it is wonderful to see them, and a proliferation other beautiful birds right here in the city.

We also get the Flying Foxes (bats!) coming over from the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, and we occasionally see the large Ibis wandering around, who must have lost their way from the Gardens!

Thanks again.

Cheers....keith.
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Port Macquarie, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

I have just spent the weekend at the Simpsons with 4 old university friends for a 20 year university reunion .It is gorgeous. Not plastic and exactly the same like those 5 star hotels that feel sterile and cold. If you know about "Karen Brown" guide books then you will know what I mean when I say that, if Karen Brown came to Australia , she would love this place! Karen Brown books only recommend special , unique and gorgeous accomodation. Well this is exactly that!
Keith is charming and polite and will give you local advice if you want it.
THe hotel is situated in a groovy part of Sydney with great cafes and restaurants.
Our 2 rooms were big and clean and had personality.
You feel like you are in a friendly place and I was able to grab extra cutlery and plates and glasses for our cheese and biscuits, champagne feast . I just popped down to the kitchen area and was offered anything I wanted.
THis place is classy!!

Room Tip: we had room 10 .Bright. clean federation style big bathroom. no bath , just a shower.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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, April 28, 2013
Hello Penny!

We remember you fun girls for your re-union and glad that you all had such such a good time !

Thanks for your kind words!

Do come back and visit us again soon!

Cheers....Keith.
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Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

My wife and I finished up our honeymoon with a 4-night stay in Simpson's. The first thing that strikes you is the beauty of the building, both inside and out. Our room was large and comfortable, with a range of legal caricatures hung on the wall. The drawing room downstairs was a real oasis of tranquility, with the coffee table groaning under the weight of books and comfortable armchairs to curl up in. Our hosts, Keith, Marie and Ree were impeccable - friendly, gracious and accommodating, they couldn't have made us feel more welcome. Simpson's is an absolute gem - a wonderful memory for us to have concluded our honeymoon with. If we ever make it back to Sydney we'll stay at Simpson's for sure

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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simpsonshotel, Owner at Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel, responded to this review, April 1, 2013
Thankyou Davey for your warm and heartfelt response.

We are really pleased that this was such a pleasant finale for your honeymoon.

All of our small "Simpsons" gang do try our best to make your stay at our little hotel a memorable one (hopefully for all the right reasons!)

We know that our old house is not perfect and, within the limitation of its age and size, we do try to continually improve, but for those who do not need the extensive facilities of a large chain hotel, swimming-pool, gym, conference rooms, bars, etc., we think that "Simpsons" offers something unique.

As I frequently say, the Potts Point area is a wonderful, eclectic neighbourhood, that is regarded as one of the most interesting and convenient areas to live, yet only a short, and pleasant stroll into the City, along the Harbour Foreshore and the Domain Park, or through the beautiful Botanic Gardens to the Opera House.

Thanks again for your kind words Davey, and we would love to welcome you back on another occasion.
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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 Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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