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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia   |  
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Ranked #7 of 64 Sydney B&B and Inns
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“Great intro to Australia”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

This was our first stop in Australia and we couldn't have been more satisfied. Even though check in time was mid afternoon the staff went out of there way to have our room prepared first so we were in by noon. Our corner room was spotless and quite large. The pub downstairs was a friendly spot with good food and drinks. The location was ideal as it was walking distance to the waterfront but just out of the way enough not to be too noisy.

Room Tip: Corner room was bright and large.
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  • Stayed September 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Elmira, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

The character and ambiance here really helped to make our visit to Sydney a fantastic experience. We aren't city lovers and usually prefer the small towns but we couldn't go to Australia without seeing the world renowned Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel was the perfect place to stay. It was close to everything we wanted to see - within walking distance, so it was perfect. We didn't feel like we were in a large city at all. The breakfast which was included was excellent. We also had several meals in the pub which were delicious. The room was clean and very unique, the staff were friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed October 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We stayed for three nights over a busy weekend at the Lord Nelson. It was Australian Football and Sydney was in the finals. I was worried staying at a pub hotel would be a mistake, but aside from the fact we found the bar too crowded to sit at ourselves, we were not inconvenienced in the slightest.
I would suggest that for normally fit individuals, anyone who doesn't think the Lord Nelson is an amazing find, and they are lucky to be there is too fussy and should find a nice Marriott. Yes, the plumbing makes some noise. Yes, there is no lift. Yes, the 12 minute walk from the circular quay is uphill....You have got to be kidding me! $200 a night this close to all the attractions, clean with high quality linens and hot showers, bountiful continental breakfast included, and people complain?

We got room 302, top floor with adorable window nooks and lots of pillows. A teapot and small fridge were very useful.Our daughter shared our room on a real made up bed, not a roll-away.We felt as if we were in a French Pensione, and not a dodgy one.
The Rocks market, stairs to the Harbour Bridge, the Circular Quay and Darling Harbour were all mere steps away, saving us hundreds on taxis or the trouble of figuring out the buses. We walked down to the Quay a couple times a day. The neighborhood is clean, busy enough but quiet at night without too much traffic. I could hear some street noises through the windows, but no more than if I'd been at home.In fact, that was how we felt at the Lord Nelson-like home. We could have easily stayed a week, and I would book there again in a moment.
A family friend stayed in 301-small room, large bathroom. She was also very comfortable, but if it was available I would book one of the larger rooms, as it is nice to have space to spread out a bit.

Our air conditioning worked very well, and my husband was fine with paying the $20 for a fast Internet for 24 hours. We also used the free Internet, which worked fine at odd hours. Breakfast of toast, cereal, yogurt, juice, coffee or tea or hot chocolate, and fresh fruit was excellent. You can buy an omelet if you like.

Room Tip: Top floor room 302 with a view of Darling Harbour and less pipe noise.
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  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New Rochelle, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Lord Nelson for the first four nights of our honeymoon. We would highly recommend. It was a great option for our budget. The hotel isin a great location for anyone looking to be able to explore The Rocks/Circular Quay on foot and very convenient to public transportation. Our room was perfect. We loved the stone walls, and it was well furnished. The staff was really friendly and accomodating. We were pleasantly surprised at the lack of noise at night from the busy bar below. Coming from the U.S., we were a bit jet lagged and usually went to bed before the bar closed. Noise wasn't really a problem. There is no elevator, but we didn't find that to be a problem. The staff was more than happy to help us with our luggage.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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paraguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The Hotel is very well located, you can get about many key places from there. The rooms are big and properly equipped, even wifi. The hotel has no lift so take that into consideration while packing. The staff also works the bar so when we arrived kind of late we were surprised to have the check in handled by a waitress. The staff at the place is wonderful, very helpful and polite.

The bar & brewery in the lobby is the main attraction, featuring many award winning own brews and great side dishes, a must for every true brewer or beer fan, the kitchen works fast, breakfast could use more options.

I would certainly return and recommend it to friends and family, if not for the brewery and the location, for the staff.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

As a reunion of friends, we stayed here at the end of July and we all enjoyed every minute. Ideal location for walks to quay, opera house, ferry services, bridge walk, city and rail links to sports stadiums in Sydney. Staff were helpful and welcoming. Rooms were warm and well furnished. We had a loo with a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge. Free wifi for limited time per day. Beautiful red wines and tasty house brewed beers available in the bar. We missed out on trying the restaurant but will save that for next time! Definitely a place to return to.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We stayed here March 17 - 24, 2012. I have no idea how I let this slip past me without a review.

We wanted a nice clean place with positive reviews that didn't cost a few hundred dollars a night or more like most places in Sydney. We got a really nice value here with our choice of a room with private bath for $190 a night. Unlike the states, the price includes all taxes so there were no surprises.

The girl working the bar took us up to the office for check in. Our room was directly across the hall. It was nothing fancy or modern in style. But it was large, clean had a modern bathroom and a large table for piling all our stuff on which was really convenient. Others have posted pictures of this room with the table - I think it's 201 if I remember correctly.

We had a kettle with instant coffee and tea supplied. The milk is in the refrigerator. Our joke of the trip was to ask Aussies for half and half. They will say, half and half what? LOL The bathroom had nice toiletries. Even being directly over a pub we had a nice quiet place to sleep.

We had a week long transportation pass, the mymulti pass, which was great because the end of the bus line is across the street from the pub. The free shuttle bus downtown was always packed with standing room only so we were glad we had full use of the nice uncrowded bus which took us nearly to the door. We bought the better pass which allowed for not just ferries and buses but the train to the Blue Mountains. We did get our moneys worth and wrote down the individual cost of each trip on public transit.

This isn't a full service hotel so there won't be someone at a desk waiting to serve you 24 hours a day. We didn't need that. What they do have is a really nice included breakfast. And with the prices in Sydney, this really added to the value. It was a simple but very satisfying breakfast - Fruit, yogurt, cereal, nice large pieces of toast with various spreads. And Australians know how to do coffee. They may offer only one cup but it's not Maxwell house. It's a great cup of coffee meant to sit and enjoy - don't gulp it down. If you want more there is plenty of instant in the room.

We are healthy active people so the stairs were a non-issue for us. They help you with your luggage upon arrival anyway. We actually walked all the way to the cruise port with our luggage since it's downhill the entire way. The typical cruiser may not be able to do this.

I loved waking up each morning to the quiet neighborhood on the end of the Rocks. I would jog around Darling Harbor and see the city waking up. There are townhouses in the area where people live. I loved seeing the old woman at the top of the hill overlooking Darling Harbor who fed the Lorikeets each morning. She will gladly speak to you. And her robe is the same color as the Lorikeets. You won't find experiences like this in the heart of the downtown area.

The only thing less than perfect was the free wifi. If anyone staying at the Lord Nelson is attempting to use skype or facetime, you will get knocked off. This messes up the entire connection and the modem needs to be reset which can't be done until someone opens the office in the morning. Do yourself and your hotel neighbors a favor and don't use high bandwidth internet services on the wifi network. But considering other hotels charge a fortune for internet usage, consider the time you do find a connection here to be a bonus. They do offer a paid internet service which might be better but we aren't accustomed to paying for internet and didn't want to start now. You can always go to the customs house across from Circular Quay in the day time for free wifi. McD's is too slow. Starbucks charges....shock!!!

I wish I had remembered to leave my review earlier while I still remembered names. The girl who checked us in only worked weekends. But she was just so sweet, nice and charming. She was there when we departed. She works at the bar but can do double duty with a smile.

I would stay here again above all other places in Sydney. We just loved it here. Maybe you'd rather spend $400+ a night to stay at the Marriott for a standard hotel experience. I sure wouldn't.

Room Tip: Pay more for your own bathroom unless you like sharing.
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  • Stayed March 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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Additional Information about The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Address: Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sydneys Oldest Continually Licensed Hotel and Microbrewery. Brewers of fine natural ales, purveyors of delicious pub and restaurant fare and boutique accommodation. Established 1841. ... more   less 
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