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Royal Exhibition Hotel
Ranked #17 of 64 Sydney B&B and Inns
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

we stayed here for 3 weeks during our stay to australia , and we had a corner room , which was to say the least very very large and roomy,,,,, the staff were extremely friendly and the bar staff were also friendly and helped us out on numerous occasions with organising our trips ,,, would definately stay there again ,, also the location is good for rail and bus services , and your only 15 mins from the airport ,,,,,,,

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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22 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights. The location is a great base to see Sydney's sights and take the train to the blue mountains. This hotel is also a pub and they basically run the hotel from the pub. Their check in times are between 2pm and 10 pm. My flight arrived in the early morning and storage lockers in Sydney are few and far between. So i contacted them in advance whether check in could be earlier. This was no problem. I got to the hotel, which is right next to Sydney central station, by train at 9 am. I dropped of the luggage there and they promised my room would be the first to get ready, which it was at 11:30 AM. In the mean time i went to see some of the city's sights. Circular Quay (opera house, harbour bridge, Botanic gardens) is only 5 minutes by train. The room itself has no phone nor does it have internet. . You can't even purchase the service. This was a minor discomfort though. The room was big and quiet enough. The food and drinks in the pub are very decent and reasonably priced.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

Poor service, rooms not ready in time, dirty, furniture aged, lights partly missing, ...... Very good in giving the fault to someone else. Pictures from the website do not correspond with reality, either we had the worst room or stayed in a different hotel as displayed online. The only good thing is the location - it is central - but thats all.

There is no money for value. We have been ripped off - so to speak.

We got sick complaining about the basic things which went wrong or just did not match up to a standard service.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Gerhard W
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Australia
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is a 3 star hotel, very close to central train station. From central station take the charmers st exit, redfern end of central platforms. Check-in was at the bar downstairs which was not a problem. Food at the pub bistro is very reasonably priced. No room service, have to go and get the food and drink yourself. we just walked to china town for dinner. Had to catch a flight from the international terminal so just got the train, which took 10 mins. Very low water pressure in the shower. I think they got one of those water saveing showerhead. Will stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank kenny009
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Belfast
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

My partner and I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in January. We knew it was above a pub but having read the reviews on here we were not too worried about noise. The location is perfect as it is directly facing central station. However, on our first day a man claiming to be a member of staff walked straight into our room without even knocking the door!! He said he was there to collect dirty laundry but we had only just checked in so the room had just been made up!! On the second day the same man walked in on 2 separate occasions with the same story! Given that the room had just been serviced There was absolutely no need for him to be there!! We could hear him knocking the doors of other rooms around us and not even waiting for a response before walking straight in!!! There are no locks on the inside of the doors and no telephones in the rooms meaning that, even though I was with my boyfriend I still felt very uneasy staying there. Therefore I would not recommend this hotel to females travelling alone.

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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2012

20m walk from the main train station in Sydney. Travel prices were a bit of a shock after coming from Bangkok! Was able to leave our bags in the Hotel (we arrived at 11am). Hotel is clean and tidy although we could hear the bass from the bar below it didn't keep us awake for long. Staff were helpful, although walking into the bar to book our rooms was a bit unusual (all good though). Lots of food places nearby

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2012

Great location, the hotel is just across the street from the entrance to the Central Station and we had arrived by train from the airport at 9.a.m
We were greeted by Rolla who was so pleasant welcoming and helpful and made us feel at home. What a lovely introduction for first time visitors from Ireland to Australia ! We were able to store our luggage while we took a trip to the city .We actually were assigned two rooms. They were spacious clean and comfortable. Had tea and coffe making facilities and fridge We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wishes to stay in a convenient, clean , safe and quiet hotel. Rolla made our stay even more pleasant. Well done!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bma-11
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Property: Royal Exhibition Hotel
Address: 86-88 Chalmers Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Surry Hills
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 64 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Royal Exhibition Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located directly opposite Central Station, with direct link from Airport. Only 10minutes from heart of the city, with Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks and city shopping at our door. We have 10 refurbished Standard Double rooms rated 3 star by the Australian Accommodation Association and 4 Deluxe Boutique rooms all serviced by a modern elevator. All our rooms are tastefully decorated, and have queen beds and feature their own ensuites, air conditioning, flat screen television, coffee and tea making facilities, refrigerator, safe and are all serviced daily.Facilities with the hotel, Public Bar, Gaming facilities including TAB, Restaurant serving lunch and dinner 7 days, Beer Garden and Terrace Cocktail Bar and Functions area. ... more   less 
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