We stayed for 5 nights in Billabong Gardens. It is not quite in the center but in Newtown, a very lively neighbourhood about 2km out of town. It's only about 10 min on the bus or train to the Opera House. Newtown itself is full of restaurants and bars, a great place to go out at night, actually a lot nicer than the city which seems to more an office district with lots of tourists.
The hotel is a bit of a mixed setup of backpackers hostel and budget hotel. The guests are varied ranging from youngsters to couples like us and even families. The facilites were clean and well kept, the rooms were simple but well furnished. Although the hotel was full the noise level was acceptable. Only one night there was a bit of a party by some guests that dragged on until midnight but staff then put a stop to it and it was all quiet after that.
What we especially liked about Billabong Gardens was the atmosphere. The front desk staff seem to know a lot of the guests by name and it felt more like staying in someone's house than in a hotel. It is a budget place, but a very good one and great value for money. You can do a lot worst in Australia!
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