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BLUE Sydney
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6 Cowper Wharf Rd, The Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (Formerly W Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #32 of 182 Hotels in Sydney
Sydney, Australia
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Location location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Great hotel in an ideal location for business and tourists. A stunning use of an old dockside structure.Excellent modern rooms overlooking the water. Lots of dinning options in the building . The only downside is the expense ($50) and inconvenience of car valet only parking.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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62 reviews 62 reviews
49 hotel reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

I arrive in a loft marina view room.the windows are so low you can only see out when you sit!!!
The bathroom has one tiny sink, too small to place your toiletries, and if you aretwo people you have to wait in line because too small for two!!. How weird and user unfriendly.
Then the so called great water bar. I leave downtown early after a caipirinha to have drinks at my own hotel.
At 21.34 the bartender informs he can not make a cocktail as they are closing!! In sydney!! In the bar of a 5 star ( is it?) hotel!!! He even suggests i might sit inthe lobby as they will turn of the lights at ten sharp!!! Why doesnt he just kick me out! Is this hospitality. ? Is this a Taj hotel???
No...
After much insistence he says they can serve me a wine or quick beer. Needless to say after a caipirinha that doesnt work.
All in all a very unpleasant experience. I strongly recommend against this inhospitable hotel! Not worthy of the Taj name!
Having said that the concierge men and the coffee lady at breakfast were very friendly as was a man at reception.
Just poor management choices and tryingto make a buck outof tiny rooms!
Not good.

Room Tip: Ohw ans the beds are old beds withthe springs sticking through, not cool for a five star ( taj) hote...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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34 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights on a leisure trip, would not stay here again on leisure as it was a bit lacking in vibe and luxury but good as a business hotel which to be fair is what it is marketed as. Felt a bit soulless (despite being in an historic building), like an upmarket Travelodge (UK chain)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Really enjoyed are stop here with 1st class service. The rooms are very nice but think they are in need of a revamp and update. Not exactly what I would class 5 Star compared to other hotels available in the price bracket, but you can see what quality the furnishings and interiors once had. The room was large and the view was great. I will defiantly come back here as it was clean, modern, comfortable with excellent customer service and impressive lobby/seating area but only at a reduced rate!

  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

I was charged $330 USD for one night's stay in December 2012 without realizing that I had made a reservation. I entered all my information into the Taj online reservation system to book a room at Blue for two nights but the website indicated that the hotel was sold out for the second night. (I had to stop and start the reservation process more than once because the system froze.) I checked back a couple of times over the course of the next few weeks but the hotel was still sold out for the second night of my requested stay. So, I booked another hotel. I learned about my supposed "no show" after receiving two requests to complete an online satisfaction survey about my recent stay at Blue. Of course, I never actually stayed at the hotel. Since I had received neither a confirming E-mail initially from the hotel about the reservation nor any sort of reminder E-mail in advance of my stay, I assumed this was all a big mistake. So, I contacted the hotel by telephone and by E-mail to request a credit refund. The hotel was unable to provide any documentation with respect to an E-mail confirming my reservation. They had no explanation for why I had been contacted more than once to complete the satisfaction survey. They refused to acknowledge that there could have been some sort of glitch in their reservation process. I am an experienced international traveler and I have never had anything like this happen previously. But I have never tried to book a Taj Hotel room online and I would certainly never risk doing so again.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This hotel has everything, great rooms (spacious, stylish and fantastic views), leisure facilities with pool and a relaxing cocktail bar area for the evening. The hotel is in a great location in relation to fantastic restaurants on the pier and great walks through the botanical gardens to get to the Sydney Opera House and bridge.

The staff are excellent and will go out of their way if you have any questions about areas in Sydney.

  • Stayed November 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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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed for one night after my partner had gone to a high tea at the hotel and feel in love. Its a beautiful building and the rooms were excellent and the service was very good. There is no much history to the place, its just amazing.
We stay in a loft apartment room, which was amazing. Although there was is a cocktail bar downstair, we barely heard a thing.
Plenty of place to eat around the place and its a nice walk around to see the bridge and opera house.

Our only issue was the parking. Unless you are lucky, your not going to find any street parking. We decided it would probably be cheaper to park in the carpark across the road rather than go with the valet, but we were so wrong. But overall a very special hotel for special occasions.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Address: 6 Cowper Wharf Rd, The Wharf at Woolloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia (Formerly W Hotel)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#22 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#28 Business Hotel in Sydney
#29 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — BLUE Sydney 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A boutique property with the reliability, consistency and attentive service of a major business hotel. Each of BLUE’s 100 Guest Rooms, including 33 stunning Loft Rooms, retain the authenticity and charm of the historic wharf building while providing the latest in modern luxury and accommodations. Each room features unique characteristics of the original heritage-listed wharf, modern decor and a view of either the eclectic Woolloomooloo Bay Village or the sensational Sydney Harbour foreshores. Recent Awards- 2012 BLUE Sydney features at No. 9 in the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Australia in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards- 2012 BLUE Sydney features at No. 11 in the Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in South Pacific in the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards- 2012 Conde Nast UK, GOLD LIST includes BLUE Sydney - 2011 Australian Hotels Association award for Excellence – WaterBar, BLUE Sydney- 2010 Conde Nast Readers Choice Award selects BLUE as the ‘Top Hotel in Oceania’- 2010 World Travel Awards London – BLUE Sydney awarded ‘Australia’s Leading Boutique Hotel.’ ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Blue Sydney Hotel Sydney
Sydney Blue Hotel
w Hotel Sydney

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