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Shakespeare Hotel

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#19 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
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Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Surry Hills
Once regarded as the traditional fashion area, Surry Hills has broadened its appeal. This neighborhood continues to distinguish itself as a shopping destination, offering the best collection of one-of-a-kind boutiques, designer brands and flagship stores in the city. Today, this area has evolved into a hub of media, design and professional services - a colorful and diverse place equally known for its antique dealers, art galleries, cafes and pubs. Strolling down the street on a Saturday morning, you’ll see a mix of students, artists, hipsters and a few all-nighters from Oxford Street, the “Gay Capital of Sydney”. In this vibrant neighborhood you will find bohemian chic and modern style co-existing side by side.
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Had a delicious lunch here with friends. The food was very reasonably priced and very tasty. The atmosphere was cozy and the staff friendly and helpful. Thoroughly recommend this for an inexpensive week day lunch.
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Went there for my old mate Irish Oscar's wake and ordered shoulder of lamb slow cooked for lunch $20 . It was absolutely melt in your mouth delicious . Good to sit in one of Sydney's last original non yupified pubs which oozes atmosphere . Strawberry Hills pub lost it with their yuppy rebuild and I will not return .
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Disappointed with my stay here as Tripadvisor states it has free wifi - however, upon arrival, I was told that the wifi was not working and the closest place would be the bar up the road. If I'd have known in advance I would have not stayed here, as I like to go online the moment I wake up and last thing at night (and numerous times in between!). It was inconvenient to not be able to check social media and emails as soon as I woke up. I ended up sitting in the pub up the road for far too long looking for good seats for the concert that I was in town for. The bathroom was also grim. Dirty with a bunch of little flies/midges in the bath round the plug hole. When I first pulled back the shower curtain I was horrified. As an animal lover (even flies), I also didn't want to just turn the shower on and drown them, so it was hard to know what to do! The bathroom floor edges looked particularly dirty and the sink was not very clean. It also had a small blockage so water built up in the sink and took ages to go down. There are 2 other toilets with sinks, although those sinks had no lock on the doors (only on the toilet door, which is separate to the sink), and the door didn't stay shut, so if you wanted to brush your teeth or wipe make-up off in one of the sinks by the toilet it was hard to know whether anyone else might just walk in! One of the sinks (I only went in one of the toilets) had no hot tap, just a gap where it had been removed. The windows were stiff to open/close. The bedroom window was open when I arrived but as it was so noisy outside with the pub drinkers underneath, I chose to close the window, only to then not be able to get it to stay open on its own the next day. The bed itself was nice, and one of the few clean things (along with the towels). The room has an old leather sofa and armchair, but they are so worn you can see some of the inside stuffing through rips. I also looked under the armchair and found someone else's drink glass! The room door creaked every time I opened it. The room was a little dark, but does have a few lights. I didn't try the TV or the coffee/tea at the coffee/tea station. Best thing about the hotel is the location - less than 10mins walk to Central Station. If I go back to Sydney, I would not stay here again. I had high hopes, but sadly, was disappointed.
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The hotel has a great old world vibe. The food has recently increased in price a bit. Food is good and once air into the location be the wood. Tempretarue room comfortable time international. Taste street walk in.
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We stayed 5 nights and had a great time. The rooms are small but comfortable, lots of Victorian art and decor, the wallpapers are fun! We were worried staying in a pub might be noisy but the noise didn’t really travel to the top floor and we slept well. I’d definitely come back again as it is a pleasant and cheap place to stay.
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$59 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
AustraliaNew South WalesSydneySurry Hills
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