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City Lodge
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

DO stay here if you:
- don't mind stairs (no lift)
- want somewhere clean - room and bathroom were spotless
- have earplugs - middle of the city - it's noisy outside and walls are pretty thin
- want a good location - two mins to Wynyard station, 3 min walk to circular quay, 4 min walk to QVB
- didn't pay the full rate - a deal via expedia etc makes it value.

DON'T stay here if you:
- are hoping this is the 4 seasons, but just really cheap. It's not.
- like hanging out in your hotel room for hours - it's tiny and there's not much atmosphere
- want to veg out and watch telly - it only gets a couple of channels
- expect 5 star service - pleasant enough, but this is a 2.5 star place, not 5.

Hope that helps!

Room Tip: Any - just take earplugs - your heart will love the stairs.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank Tim A
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Having read a few reviews about this lodge, we specifically requested a room on the lower levels, but were given a room on the top floor anyway. My mum, who is almost 60, had difficulty climbing the stairs and now has leg pain which hasn't settled. The TV reception was poor but we managed to get a few Foxtel channels. Location is great, and the kitchen is quite handy.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank neemet
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Reviewed July 6, 2012

The TV did not work properly. Most likely because the room was wired with low end cable. Only about 6 channels worked properly. They advertised cable TV, but if you are a TV buff then you will be very disapointed. The bed took up most of the room and there was very little space to walk around. The shower also at times had cold water. The room was fairly clean, but this place is poorly maintained. The staff were nice and friendly.

I was told if the fire alarm goes off because using the shower then they would bill me. Not good customer service since it is a flaw in their build code. I think the Sydney Fire department needs to pay them a visit and force them to come up to building code. This is not the customers problem.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Thank BrianGodsell
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Reviewed June 1, 2012

Had to take 4 flights of stairs to our room - had a window that was only 1'x1' in size and you could not see out of it. Tiny tiny room - plus steam was a problem when you take a hot shower - notes that if the fire alarms were to go off the customer would be billed for the charge - poor ventilation.

Reception could not tell you anything about the city, buses, attractions, etc. No conceirge or business center. Even local calls were charged at high rates. The room was not clean - hair in sheets, towels, bathroom, carpet, etc.

Terrible smells from long term tenants that would cook - you couldn't get the smell out of your room b/c you couldn't open a window. The mattress was very old (had stains and so did the pillows) and the mattress springs were visible under the sheets - completely uncomfortable.

No alarm clocks, hair dryers, extra linens/towels, no wash clothes, etc.

I was ready to leave Sydney after this visit.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank aamartin20
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Reviewed May 26, 2012

The room was clean and comfortable and excellent value for city centre location. The staff were extremely friendly and accomodating. We even had an email after booking to let us know they had no lifts and our room was on the top floor!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank RamsgateSharon
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