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Challis Lodge
2.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   21-23 Challis Ave | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia   |  
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Ranked #51 of 64 Sydney B&B and Inns
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Rat-hole”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

We have travelled extensively ALL over the world, but have NEVER faced such poor hygienic standards. This place should be closed due to health hazardous environment!!!
After a 15 hour flight, the reception was less than welcoming - whoever gave this guy at Reception the job, must have been deaf, dumb and blind as his people-skills were completely lacking. The first room was barely more than a broom-closet with moldy walls we asked for a different room, which was equally lacking. Upon that the third room on the third floor would have been nice due to the balcony and view of the Harbor Bridge, alas again, the standard was unacceptable due to dirt, mold and poor sanitary standards.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Beaufort, Australia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Very good place to stay in the hart of Sydney , situated in King Cross not faraway from, a working distance to the Quay where the boat depart , and the free bus 555. Not far from the botanical garden, the harbour bridge, the Opera House, the Rock and the bridge.
The lodge is clean, the reception at the lodge is very friendly (Gleen) is a very nice person. Only one shower per storey is a bit short , but it was no problem to get I to it at anytime of the night or morning. The room has a sink and a fridge,a table and a couple of sits. The cup board is supply with plates and cups, glasses, and a cattle , coffee and tea supply as well. Great place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Friend and I stayed here for a long weekend and it was fine.
The location was exceptional, close to train station, could see a great view of the harbour bridge outside, was near yummy restaurants, clubs, you name it.
The service was good, let us check in early and looked after our bags while our room was being set up.
Had a shared toilet but got use to that.
Had a big fridge, kettle, sick, cupboard.
Beds were alright, but the greatest but did their use.

Great place to stay if saving money for the REAL fun activities of Sydney!

Room Tip: Ground floors are good cause I think they only have stairs, however could be wrong :)
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

hi i stayed at challis lodge for 3 nights in december 2012, apart from being local to harbour and opera house, place was disgusting carpets thread bare, smelt realy muskey and damp, room crap toilets and shower had to walk down steps and along landing toilet just big enough to get in and close the door, and floor soaking wet shower filthy and no where to get dry. should be a 1 star accomadtion. manager got as much personalty as a sea slug!
PLEASE DON'T GO THERE, much to expensive for what you get.

Room Tip: don't go near it
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

First thing is the smell that hits you when you open the room door. Sweat and mould.
The wooden floor showed how the bed was the other way in the room and there are grooves where it has been rocked back and forward.
No signal on the tv. Turned the fan on and was hit in the face with clumps of dust. The bathroom was tiny, filthy, mouldy, sink hanging off the wall.
Don't do it. Even if you're backpacking you'll be dissapointed

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Darwin, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

2 adults and 2 teenagers stayed 6 nights at Challis Lodge. Our room was old but clean and everything worked - sorry to hear others have had poor experiences. The pillows were awesome! OK its certainly not 5 star, but if like us you don't like staying 5 star and you don't mind stairs, then this may be the place for you. Our family room had a sunny balcony where we enjoyed our breakfast every morning watching Potts Point wake up. Got a glimpse of the bridge too. The location is brilliant, close to the action but quiet. The staff were friendly and helpful, as were the other guests we met. Considering its one of the cheapest places to stay in inner Sydney, I've got no complaints.

Room Tip: Family room facing street upstairs.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

At first I was disappointed by the smallness of the room. The cupboard had a broken door and the analog tv picture was not clear, although there were a few channels available. The smallish bathroom lacked a powerpoint. However a sunny porch allowed room for having breakfast in the fresh air. The concierge was friendly and helpful and the location was excellent for walking to scenic points around Sydney.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Challis Lodge

Address: 21-23 Challis Ave | Potts Point, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #51 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Challis Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 62
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