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The Great Southern Hotel
Ranked #98 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Location was great, staff were very welcoming and helpful. Room was good but a bit small, had most of what I needed. Nice and quiet too considering right in the centre of town.
Downside was no wifi. In this day and age business clients do expect it.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Directly next to the central station and you can get there from the airport by the skytrain.
Negative: extremely long corridors so that you clearly get lost in case of a panic, view from the window against a wall. Room is very simple equipped with furniture.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We were after an overnight stop before catching a train from Sydney and booked the Great Southern on webjet. Great price and great location, within sight of central station. We arrived late so 24 hour check-in was great, and a happy helpful receptionist too. Good modern room, new furnishings, large and very clean bathroom, very comfortable bed - there was even a refridgerator and it was very quiet!

Everything was heading for a perfect score until someone - upstairs, downstairs, room along side - had a shower at 5:00am - the water pipes sounded like a jet engine - not a good way to wake up.

Sorry Great Southern, we're paying for a decent sleep. Fix the plumbing and I'll gladly stay again.

Room Tip: We were in room 420 - this may be the only room with a water pipe problem.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed in this hotel in April 2012 and were pretty impressed. The room was comfortable and clean, although the bed was a bit squishy, being a zip together king size. Even though our window faced the inside of the hotel (no outward view), plenty of light came through. Tea and coffee making facilities were adequate.

There were some nice touches in the lobby area, with antique phones and furniture and lots of pictures of how Sydney used to look in decades gone by.

The hotel is a stone's throw from Paddy's Markets and China Town, and you can get to Darling Harbour in a ten minute walk, so location was great. We even walked further into the city and to The Rocks on a couple of occasions. This was more like a 30-40 minute walk, but nice if you're up for it.

The staff were generally helpful and kind. The desk was manned 24hrs, which was handy.

We ate in the restaurant too, which was okay. To be honest, there are so many places to eat in Sydney, so unless you want a lazy or a cheap meal, it's a shame not to go out for dinner!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

A good value stay, short walk from central station and across the road from major tour pick up point (YHA Central). Small room and small shower room but all facilities ok and comfortable beds.
A good lively bar and restaurant on the premises (may be separately managed) where we ate 2/3 times.
A straight walk down George Street to the Harbour with lots of shops,restaurants & bars along the way.This was a very affordable 4 night stay in the great City of Sydney.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

Needed decent accommodation for two nights to catch a few bands and found The Great Southern to be more than suffice. Quick walk to the Entertainment centre, plus may other venues, clubs, pubs, restaurants etc. Very close to Chinatown and only a short distance to Darling Harbour and Central Station.
Rooms were small, though clean, and more than adequate. Reasonably cheap, on-site parking is a major plus.
Not the cheapest place ever, though I would of expected to pay more for a hotel of the Southern's nature in the depth of the city. Not the most luxurious of stays, but perfect for a short trip to the city.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 14, 2012 via mobile

The big problem i had was the fact they had no wifi according to the desk clerk thats normal for Australia you could get wi fi from the hotel bar but had to buy a drink first. This lasts for 1 hour then password is changed forcing you to buy another drink. How archaic is that.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Additional Information about The Great Southern Hotel

Address: 717 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Pacific International Hotel Sydney)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#84 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $88 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great Southern Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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