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“Great location nice rooms horrible service.” 4 of 5 stars
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Mantra on Kent
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   433 Kent Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia   |  
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“Great location nice rooms horrible service.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Don't expect help or understanding from the desk staff. If your child accidentally hits the remote and orders a days worth of movies you'll still pay for it. 25$! Sheets for the foldout couch. That'll be another 45$ a night. Hint: buy sheets from Woolies up the street for 20$. And if you want a late checkout that'll be another 20$ an hour. So, while this is a nice enough hotel they will nickel and dime you for everything. I suppose that's how they keep their advertised rates so low. Bait and switch.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I was in a 2bedrooms apartment on level 17. Rooms are nice and clean. Great time to catch up with old friends. Quick and friendly staff on checked in by Jin and Daniel (hotel manager) /helpful staff on checked out by Freddy.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Great place to stay, we had two x two-room apartments newly refurbished rooms 1904 & 1905. Both had good views of Darling Harbour. The rooms had everything we needed and were relatively quite. There was a little noise from the revelers in Darling Harbor on one of the nights but not a problem.
You couldn't beat the location, very close to the train station, and as we used public transport for the four days it was so convenient.
We didn't eat there so can't comment on the food.
Front desk were helpful and polite and we left our luggage there for the day after checking out before our 6pm flight.
The only issue we had was our friends in 2004 had a bed base that was so squeaky they couldn't sleep on it. Hopefully they've replaced it now.
All apartments were very clean, it's nice to stay somewhere where you can actually walk on the carpet in bare feet and not feel yucky.
Definitely would recommend it and will stay there again next visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The positives was the location, rooms were good size, staff were really friendly, check in super fast. The negatives rooms was the servicing of the room was average (didnt clean the dishes), the neighbours both nights were noisy - one with kids screaming the other with a person coming home late - unfortunately either the walls were thin or they were especially noisy - and lastly no bath tub.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenbank, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

found the staff very helpful and attentive and the cleaners always made sure everything was clean for us when we returned from our expo. however I do need to be a bit nit picky in regards to the service upon arrival they where notified that we would like early check in and they said that was ok but when we arrived at 12 we where told the room was not ready and to come back in an hour so we did that and housekeeping had not finished the room so we had to.continue to wait. wasn't a horrible experience to say that it was a little disappointing. also the WiFi was a little bit of a let down as it was quiet expensive where as at most places it is free. overall however the room was spacious and clean no real problems would happily stay there again...

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at Mantra on Kent from 14th to 18th December.

The room was was clean and was nicely furnished.

The staff provided excellent customer service and went out of their way to make my stay a comfortable one.

The location of the hotel was fantastic, right in the heart of Sydney CBD, not far from popular night spots and attractions.

I would highly recommend Mantra on Kent to others!!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Companion and I stayed at the Mantra 6 days at the beginning of a trip to Australia and 3 days at the end. We were happy with the 1 bedroom unit on the 14th floor for the first stay and even happier with one on the 23rd floor the second time. The views on the 14th were OK but the 23rd looked out over the lower buildings in the neighborhood.
Pros:
Helpful, friendly staff. Rina Park was great to deal with and she resolved any problems quickly.
Quiet rooms. Although Kent is busy during the day the only time we heard anything was when we opened a window. With good A/C we kept the windows closed most of the time.
Large rooms with well equipped kitchen and laundry room.
Short walk from Town Hall train station with direct train to and from the airports.
Small but modern lobby.
Close to Chinatown and many restaurants (mostly poor). But outside that noisy and crowded weekend scene.
Fast elevators.
Cons:
2% surcharge on credit card payments.
Although there are a number of apartments in the area it does not have the neighborhood feel that you would get in places like Paddington, Glebe, etc. But these areas are harder to reach from the airport and further from downtown attractions.
Overall the Mantra is a very good place to stay in Sydney.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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: 433 Kent Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#18 Family Hotel in Sydney
#37 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
#44 Business Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mantra on Kent 4*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mantra on Kent is located in the heart of Sydney's CBD ideally positioned on the doorstep of beautiful Darling Harbour and close to attractions such as the Sydney Aquarium and Star City Casino. The hotel offers guests a choice of spacious and comfortably appointed Studio, One Bedroom and interconnecting Two Bedroom Apartments each containing a fully equipped kitchen, LCD TV, CD/DVD player, individual controlled air-conditioning & heating, Foxtel and broadband access. Our One Bedroom Deluxe Apartments include full laundry facilities and a microwave. Our balcony rooms overlook the city and our Darling Harbour view rooms have opening windows to let in the fresh air and sunshine. The hotel's in-house restaurant, Cascade Restaurant & Bar, is open daily for breakfast. Alternatively, just a short stroll from the hotel, guests will enjoy Cockle Bay and King Street Wharfs, both premium dining precincts offering a multitude of culinary options, function venues, bars and nightclubs. Offering a range of first class services including 24 hour reception and licensed restaurant and bar, we are a contemporary hotel providing guests with a range of facilities designed to ensure maximum comfort during short and extended stays Our hotel is perfect for a romantic break, escape from the everyday, family holiday or business trip to Sydney. ... more   less 
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