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Cambridge Suites - Sydney
Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Ontario, Canada
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80 reviews
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“Big and Beautiful”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

I love the Cambridge Suites. The rooms are large are bright. We had a street facing room but it was still nice to look out over Sydney. The bed was King and so comfortable I thought I died and went to heaven. They have wireless internet which is great if you want to stay connected while enjoying a vacation.

The food at the restaurant is good, but a little expensive. There are lots of other great places to eat in Sydney so we just did a one night Dinner as a treat.

The staff were great and very helpful/accommodating as we stayed there the week we got married.

The proximity to the boardwalk is awesome - it's literally a few steps from the back entrance. It is easily accessible for a great walk in the evening. It is also right down town, so it is easy to get to lots of shops and attractions from the Hotel.


I don't believe they have a pool or spa which is the only downside to this hotel. That said, I was there in August 2010 (not 2012 but this site only goes back to October of last year) so they may have done some updates or renovations since.

We plan to stay again at the Cambridge Suites very soon.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, September 20, 2012
Thank you JLC1481 for your wonderful comments and recommendations for our hotel! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and agree we have a great location right downtown on the Sydney boardwalk. As you were unaware, we do have a spa/hot tub located in our fitness center overlooking gorgeous views of the Sydney harbour on our roof top with a newly renovated roof top patio as well. We hope you have the chance to check it out the next time you're here! See you again! - Shannon
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

We stayed one night and it turned out to be a great hotel and room.

Room: Very spacious suite, facing water.
Bed: The soft type that retains heat. For someone who needs fairly cool temperature to sleep, this was not good.
Restaurant: We ate the hotel restaurant that had very friendly staff and good food.
Staff: Very helpful and friendly.

We will go back to the hotel when we visit Sydney again.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Hello TorNezumi! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here at Cambridge Suites Sydney and appreciate all your feedback! The suites are very spaciousand comfortable and with the great downtown location on the water, it is within walking distance to many shops and restaurants. We are glad that you got a chance to enjoy our own restaurant, "Trio", with the great food and friendly staff, it is very popular with guests and locals. We look forward to having you visit us again from the big city of Toronto where we also have a wonderful Cambridge Suites right in downtown! - Shannon
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Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Reviewed September 7, 2012

We chose Cambridge Suites for a first time business trip to Sydney. The staff are fantastic - friendly, courteous and efficient - and the hotel is OK, but has the potential to be really great. If they choose to be.
The Pros:
- Excellent location with some lovely views of the lake.
- Great staff - everyone we encountered seemed happy to be there to help us.
- Fantastic restaurant - the seafood pie was delicious comfort food!
- The "Manager's Reception" in the lobby was a really nice touch with wine, beer and cheese.
- Room 802 - large, nice view, clean.
- Windows open for fresh air.
- Beautiful wall paper in the bathroom.
- Soft, clean carpet.
- You can choose how often to have your room serviced from daily on through to not all all.
- Nice continental breakfast included with the suite.

The Cons:
- Room 802 - top floor, a bit noisy with what I suspect is the buildings HVAC system on the roof above it? Whatever is up there, it runs all day and night and is loud (not our in-suite AC which we kept off).
- The bed is beyond soft. A bit like sleeping in a bean bag chair leaving aching neck and back in the morning.
- Absolutely hideous popcorn ceilings - stained, dirty looking.
- Wall paper in bedroom and living room poorly installed and peeling in several areas.
- Cleaning staff was loud and noisy while working on the floor in the morning - hollering down the hallways to each other, etc.
- Room (or maybe just the door) not very sound-proof. You hear everything in the hallways.
- No bath robes! For a suite, you really do expect the simple courtesy of bath robes.
- Manager's Reception should include a manager actually mingling with the guests. There was one staff person there for a few minutes who chatted with one guest before leaving a few minutes later leaving the guests to their own devices (serving themselves drinks, etc.). It's a great sales and client building opportunity for Cambridge Suites that was under-utilized.

My over-all impression is good, but they really could be great if they wanted to be - the service is there, but the finishing and courtesy items are not up to par. In room 802 in particular, they need to scrape the popcorn ceilings and replace the wallpaper in all rooms except the bathroom - use the same (or similar) wall paper that is in the bathroom through-out the whole suite and you'd have a spectacularly, rich looking suite. The furnishings themselves seem a miss-matched afterthought. They were serviceable, but not nice and not what you'd expect for the price - a worn country-style desk, with a nice modern style office chair and a worn modern style sofa with a country style plaid arm chair. Country style end tables along with a metal and glass coffee table that didn't match any of the other furnishings in the room just made it seem like this room ended up with whatever furnishings were left over when a hotel was switched from country-style to modern-style.

The restaurant - Trio - almost deserves a review of it's own - really good food, great portions and reasonable prices. Delicious desserts - highly recommend the bread pudding.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a lake view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Hello AddieMac! Thank you for your great comments and suggestions. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay; everything from our wonderfulty staff, to location, restaurant, breakfast and suites. We agree we have a great hotel here in downtown Sydney! We are working on making it better with upgrades to our suites, lobby and furniture on our already newly renovated roof top deck. Although we do not have robes in all suites, we do offer robes on our Premium floor with many other upgrades such as a hot breakfast delivered, free parking, free bottled water with turndown service and your morning paper delivered. It's another great option for someone who is looking for those little extras like yourself. Our weekly Manager's reception is a great social for our guests and Manager's to mingle and get to know each other. Your experience is not our standard and apologize for the lack of staff at that time. All your great suggestions will not go unnoticed! Thank you and we hope to see you again in the near future! - Shannon
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

I recently stayed at the Cambridge suites for 6 nights and found the staff friendly and helpful.
The property however appeared tired and ready for a complete refurbishment, the colour scheme and aertex ceiling is reminiscent of the early 80`s !
The rooms were not overly large and the natural light from the small window dim.
The beds however were very comfortable,
I went to the roof top for a Jacuzzi on arrival to help relax and rejuvenate from the stresses of travel and whilst this facility looks great on the hotels website , the reality is slightly different , for the Jacuzzi is stuck randomly in the gym area next to tread mills !! with music and a TV screen blasting out it was hardly conducive to relaxation !
The sound proofing of the rooms are not great as I was awoke at 12,30 by three loud women checking into their rooms ! ( no more sleep for me that night !).

The breakfast room is also on the small side and inadequate for the hotel size so there is a shortage of table and seat space when busy and battle to get a coffee.
I was recomended by the waitress to allow an additional 30 mins for breakfast to get served as the hotel was full !!

Room Tip: Front rooms may have better light than the side room that I had
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, September 11, 2012
Hello Alancoxon! Thank you for your great feedback. We appreciate all feedback from our guests as a way to improve where we can. We are so glad to hear that during your 6 night stay that our staff were friendly and helpful thoughout which I'm sure you'll agree makes a big difference during such a lengthy stay!
We are working on updating our decor in the suites as well as some new furniture in our lobby and on our already newly renovated roof top deck. Even though our spa hot tub is located within the fitness center, the views are amazing with windows surrounding it! Thank you for all your suggestions and we hope to have you stay with us in the future! - Shannon
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Cheticamp
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

As I was checking some review of different places , I've realize that I've never made any comments of the wonderful service we've always had at The Cambridge Suites since quite a number of years !! It's our getaway our home away from home .I have family in Sydney and we visit , but we stay with you . We have met many of the staff and we can say that all of them are and were special . This spring and summer we haven't travel much , waiting for a hip replacement, but hoping to see you soon after. Lovely suites , comfy beds , lovely food , lovely people ! Saying Hi to Shannon , Doug and the front staff !!

Room Tip: All rooms are lovely but love the harbour rooms ! Close to shopping , Casino . Love to walk along th...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
Hello Edna and Jimmy!!! Thank you so much for your kind words!! It's so nice to see familiar faces walk through the door as I'm sure the same goes for you with the familiar faces at the front desk. We very much appreciate your loyalty to Cambridge Suites and love that you can call us your home away from home!! We hope all is going well and good luck with your surgery, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon so you can relax in our comfy beds and enjoy the fabulous views along the boardwalk! - Shannon
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Dartmouth, Canada
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Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Four of us booked a room using Expedia. It was a suite with two double beds. Upon arrival the lady working the front desk told us she would have to check to see if that room was available, this confuses me because that's what we booked. She checked and it was but at a cost of 15 extra dollars! This doesn't seem like a lot but we already spent over 300 for one night! We didn't have much choice either none of us wanted to sleep on a pull out couch. The redeeming feature was free room service for breakfast which was delicious!

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you Oliver_Lea for your feeback. Sometimes when booking through any 3rd party sites, bed types are by request only and are based on availability at the time of booking. It's quite possible that the doubles were not available in that suite type that you had booked, but were available on our Premium floor once you had arrived. We are glad to see that you did indeed enjoy the upgrade with the hot breakfast served directly to your suite as everyone should enjoy a little pampering on their travels! The Premium floor is quite popular with the upgraded amenities such as a hot breakfast, free parking, free bottled water, and turndown service to name a few. Definitely worth the extra $. We hope to see you again in your future travels! - Shannon
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

IZ like to drive. Flying is such a hassle these days, as even the shortest flights take too much time in preparation, ariport b-s, runway delays, etc. etc. SOwhen an opportunity came up to spend some extended time off to drive up to Nova Scotia to do the Cabot Trail, I jumped at the chance. And used the Cambridge Suites in Sydney as my base of operations. Sydney's a good jump off point for the Cabot Trail and other points on Cape Breton Island. The hotel is in the Esplanade area of the city, close to other accommodations and the town's older shopping strip, restaurants, casino and banks. I got a nice harbor view - and a plus. Take the time to go to the hotel's web site and look at the specials. I booked a package where I got a $25 CDN gift card that's redeemable at all Irving gas stations in Canada, plus 20% off dining or in-room service at the hotel's Trio restaurant. Good location, very comfortable and spacious suites - the beds are a plus - it's well worth the drive.

Room Tip: All upper rooms have a view of the harbor [harbour, in Canadian]. The north and west views are prefe...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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CSSydney, Reservations Manager at Cambridge Suites - Sydney, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you 5W30 for your great comments! We are so glad that you made your main base Cambridge Suites in downtown Sydney! It is a great location if site seeing around the island with enough time to come back to Sydney the same night. Our Cruise package with the gas gift card has been a popular one this year especially with the gas prices these days and helps a bit during your travels. We hope to have you visit us again in the future and keep checking our website for more great specials! - Shannon
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Property: Cambridge Suites - Sydney
Address: 380 Esplanade St, Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 1B1, Canada
Location: Canada > Nova Scotia > Cape Breton Island > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 7 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cambridge Suites - Sydney 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A hotel with the freedom of more space, in the heart of downtown Sydney. Welcome to the unique experience of Cambridge Suites Hotel, where you enjoy the special added comfort and spaciousness of a suite without spending more than the price of a hotel room. Perfectly located in the heart of downtown Sydney, Nova Scotia, our suites provide an extra measure of comfort during business trips, a leisurely vacation or an extended stay. Check into something more comfortable. ... more   less 
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