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.
Top floor room 302 with a view of Darling Harbour and less pipe noise.
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