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“Central base for the city explorer”

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The Great Southern Hotel
Ranked #96 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
Tauranga, New Zealand
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349 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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“Central base for the city explorer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

This hotel is a short walk from Central Station, on a major bus route and across the road from a market and supermarket. It's a convenient base. This visit we had a room at the rear of the building and it was very quiet. Don't eat here. The advertising for the breakfast offerings is as unappealing as the food itself. The fresh fruit from the market is the best way to start the day, then head out for a coffee at Doppio, on Pitt Street.

Room Tip: The room at the back of the hotel and away from the lift was very quiet
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

Excellent value and location, close to Central station, theatres, Chinatown. Small rooms, but spotless, comfortable beds efficient reception staff. Good bistro meals if you don't want to go to Chinatown. Would definately stay again, much better than similarly priced hotels in the locale.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Port Stephens, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

Arrived fairly late in the night, the gent checking guests in was a bit slow with getting the information put through to get us checked in.

No issues with the lifts at the time of day.

Room was fairly small, but good for just a short stay. Well set up and the room was clean and looked like it was fairly modern. No issues with the bed, comfortable enough. Bathroom was small, reminded me of bathrooms in New York and London. Tiles chipped in the shower was a bit off putting. Walls between rooms seemed fairly thin, could hear next door's TV going.

Check out was easy as, just hand card back in and walk out, way it should be.

Stayed on Level 6, seemed to be fairly good, had a few over the other buildings looking towards Markettown at China Town.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Sunbury, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Small but spotless rooms. The only negative, shower screen opens into bath and taps behind screen, so have to hope into bath to turn the taps on. Apart from that value for money. Would definitely stay hear agsin

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Blue Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have said this before, Tripadvisor should have a rating in between Average and Very Good.
Good would be a start and is how the Great Southern should be rated. This was our 4th or 5th stay and we will be back but the bathrooms are really in need of an update. I just cant grasp how tile grout can get so grotty in hotels. The rooms are cleaned daily, hopefully, and it is just not that hard to stop grout getting dirty!
The meals are reasonable and generally good except for breakfast which still struggles with way too many cold dishes. A buffet breakfast should have at least warm meals, cold sausages, hash browns and eggs are really unpleasant.
But, the location is excellent, it is handy to everything. If walking is an issue, there are buses at the door, 5 minutes walk to Central Station, 15 minutes stroll to Darling Harbour. Cheap excellent eateries everywhere in Chinatown, Markets across the road at the back.
The bar at the hotel is also great. Good cold beer, good staff and heaps of sport on the TV's.

Room Tip: We have stayed three times on a Sunday and always had good sized rooms.( Two rooms, both with TV'...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

we stayed at this hotel last night,as were in Sydney for the Addams family show at the Capitol theatre . travelled to Sydney by train as convenient to Station, so saved money in parking fees.
Our checkin was smooth and quick,and staff pleasant.we had a disabled bathroom,which wasn't a problem until we had a shower,which was terrible and didn't use cold water as hot was all that was needed, meaning it wasn't extremely hot so couldn't use cold to increase, pressure ,breakfast was ample,although ran out of fried eggs, which weren't replaced after staff were informed, so had to have scrambled. Good value for money.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that doesn't have disabled bathroom
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Tamborine Mountain, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2013

This budget hotel represents great value for money. THe rooms are small but clean. If you don't plan on spending much time in your room this place is well located. Great for young people with a bar on the premises.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: 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:
#81 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great Southern Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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