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“Half Hostel Half Hotel - Great Hyde Park Downtown Location!”
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Song Hotel Sydney
Ranked #101 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
South San Francisco, California
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“Half Hostel Half Hotel - Great Hyde Park Downtown Location!”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is a great place to stay if you are not renting a car and want to gather in all the local Sydney attractions. The train station is 5 minutes away, there is a great little grocery store 2 minutes from the front door, and many restaurants within walking distance as well. If you catch the 555 bus right at Hyde Park (a ten minute walk) it will take you (FOR FREE!) to most of the downtown attractions including Circular Quay where you can catch a ferry to Manly ($14 round trip) and get GREAT snapshots in front of the Sydney Opera House. The YHotel is connected and works in conjunction with the YWCA. We just happened to meet up with the General Manager Jean-Claude and he was sincerely interested in our thoughts on the hotel. This hotel returns its profits back into the YWCA to serve the community. A GREAT REASON TO STAY HERE! (in my opinion) The rooms are very clean and the shared bathrooms are exceptionally well taken care of and clean. Rapid and free wireless in the rooms and a nice cold continental breakfast is served daily in the adjoining cafe. We were all very impressed with YHotel and would stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, December 12, 2012
Dear aimster9870,

It was good meeting you on what I think was the last day of your stay with us.

I thank you very much for your kind comments, and for reinforcing some of the elements that make our operation a bit different from others.

Both Y Hotels in Sydney are part of the wider YWCA organisation here in New South Wales. Profits from both our hotels are injected back into YWCA's support networks and programmes. These programmes and networks are designed to support vulnerable people (individuals, families, communities) at times in their lives when they need it most regardless of age, gender or religion.

I am glad you enjoyed our location and facilities and hope you will consider staying with us again when you can travel back to Sydney.

Warm regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

We only stayed one night here in the hostel part of the accommodation (shared bathroom). The room was very basic but clean and tidy and they provided nice fluffy towels. The shared shower facilities were clean but needed updating. The staff were great, they helped us store our luggage for the day as we arrived early. There was breakfast included in the meal which was toast with an excellent selection of spreads, croissants or cereal, tea, coffee, orange or apple juice. You could upgrade to cooked breakfast for $6. The breakfast area was staffed by a very nice man, keeping everything in order and thanking people as they left. For somewhere to crash the night this was just right

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, November 29, 2012
Dear katie c,

Thank you for the time taken to review our hotel.

I am happy to read you had an overall enjoyable stay with us and liked the amenities provided and the offer for breakfast.

I appreciate your comments regarding our staff and have passed these on.

I hope by now you have returned safely to the UK and I wish you a good festive season ahead.

With best regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Spent one night only. A last minute booking, this was the only one available. $150 on wotif for a room with shared bathroom. The bed was OK apart from a long brown hair on the sheet (BLEAH). The noise from outside was just too much. It was like sleeping at a traffic light. Not mentioning the noise of a sort of compressor or something (maybe AC, maybe fridges) coming from somewhere inside the hotel. When the alarm clock rang in the morning, it was a relief!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Robbiellaria,

Thank you very much for your comments and for taking the time to review our hotel following your recent stay.

I am disappointed and sorry that not enough care was given to making the bed in your room prior to your arrival and that a long hair was not detected by the supervisory staff when checking the room.

Not all our rooms in the hotel face onto a street but all them do have double glazing, though we are right at the heart of the city and from time to time you can hear that heart beat.

I would hope we could have another opportunity to look after you on a return visit to Sydney.

Best regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We stayed at the Y Hotel on two separate occasions for a total of a week during our trip to Sydney.
Each time we received the same great service.
The rooms were an adequate size with plenty of wardrobe space and towels provided.
The shared bathrooms were always clean, with shampoo and shower gel available.
The breakfast which is free was extremely handy and there is the option to upgrade.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly, especially a young man on reception that greeted us first name terms each time we walked past!
Internet access is also available which came in handy.
The location was brilliant and within walking distance from all the main sites and harbours.
I would definitely recommend Y Hotel and would stay there again with no hesitation.

  • Stayed November 2012
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Chantelle88,

Many thanks for you review of our hotel and for your kind comments.

I am glad that you found our services, accommodation and location to your satisfaction and we were able to contribute in making your stay in Sydney a pleasant one.

We look forward to welcome you back to Y Hotel Hyde Park when your travels bring you back to Sydney.

Best regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Wingham, Australia
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

I was in Sydney for a course and booked a single room/shared facilities. The location was excellent, close to the college, the train station and the CBD. The room was clean and comfortable and the bathroom was just across the hall.The breakfast, which was included in the price was adequate, and up grades like eggs and bacon, fruit salad and yogurt were available. The Cappuccino I bought was very good. The staff were very helpful and polite.My only complaint would be the water pressure and difficulty in adjusting the temperature in the showers. Otherwise it was great, I will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear Gababout_11,

Many thanks for your comments and for taking the time to review our hotel.

I am happy that you found our facilities, the offer in our Cafe, the location and accommodation to your satisfaction.

We would look forward to welcome you again on a return visit to Sydney.

Best regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Unfortunately, upon arrival at our Sydnay hotel for that part of our Honeymoon, we were told that our room had been double booked and so they had moved us to a none en-suite (Box) room, barely big enough to fit our luggage into. This was for the first of our three nights in the hotel and we moved (weren't moved, we had to move everything ourselves) to our actual room the next day. This room, although actually en-suite and so not having to use the hall public toilets/showers, was better than the last and slightly more spacious, however, there was what seemed to be mould on the walls and the blinds left gaps at the side for any of the opposite rooms to look through at night (we hung towels blocking these... well, we were on honeymoon!)
One morning, we went down for breakfast (at the start of the given time, as we had an early tour booked), alas, there was nothing open, so I asked (what seemed to be a manager) at reception and unlike the other receptionists who were at least pleasant and friendly, told me the opening time of breakfast as if I was stupid, despite it being now past that time and the dining area still not being open? We waited another 5-10mins for it to finally open, where we swiftly ate a small breakfast (not much offered for the B&B without paying extras) and headed out.
The only up side for this hotel was the location, right next to Hyde Park and major bus routes, oh and the shuttle service (not free) to/from the airport.
If you are a business traveller or a group (like the young sports team that were there when we were) then this hotel is probably ok for you, if, however, you are a couple or maybe even a family - certainly if you are on your honeymoon, I would seriously avoid!
Now here's a little tip for the Y hotel - in other countries, if a honeymooning couple write 'honeymoon' on their booking form etc... or even tell you at reception when booking in, the hotel usually makes a fuss, or leaves some flowers, chocs or wine in the room as a gesture! This is something that didn't happen to us once, which is a shame, however, everything else about Aus made up for it thankfully and that's a credit to Aussies in general, not to the accomodation industry!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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JCNiederer, General Manager at Song Hotel Sydney, responded to this review, November 21, 2012
Dear JPAshman,
My first impulse after reading your comments is to apologise for a series of mishaps that should not have happened whilst you stayed with us.
It is customary for us to acknowledge a honeymoon couple and the importance of this event in their lives with a gesture, and our Cafe opens at the appointed time. But on this occasion we did not pick up on your comments on arrival and our Cafe kept you waiting for a while; and I am sorry we did not meet those expectations.
The room you stayed in has, since receiving your comments, been inspected and issues remedied.
Very few hotels have breakfast included in their rates and guests have generally commented very positively about the light breakfast buffet we offer.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your wife my best wishes for a happy life together.
Warm regards,
Jean-Claude Niederer
General Manager
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Property: Song Hotel Sydney
Address: 5-11 Wentworth Ave, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #101 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Song Hotel Sydney 3.5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If you're looking for hotel accommodation in the centre of Sydney which won't break the bank and leaves your conscience clear as well, then look no further than Song Hotel Sydney. Offering affordable 3.5* Rooms, Song Hotel Sydney is situated right in the heart of Sydney's action. Joining Oxford Street and Hyde Park, the hotel is walking distance from Sydney's major attractions including The Rocks, Opera House, Chinatown and Darling Harbour. Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, galleries and gardens, you'll never be short of something to do during your stay. Whether travelling alone, with a friend or family, we have a variety of rooms to choose from, all packed with essential comforts including FREE wifi, toiletries, tea & coffee, TV, iron and hairdryer. The cafe area with its welcoming atmosphere is open daily for breakfast, to meet up with friends or just to relax. With 24 hour reception and in-room safes, you are assured a stress free stay in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Check in time is after 2pm, Check out is before 11am. Day Luggage storage is available (limited space) outside of these hours for hotel guests (No Long Term Luggage facilities). Song Hotel Sydney supports the YWCANSW. ... more   less 
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