I stayed here for 2 nights with a friend who was on a budget and insisted on cheap accommodation. I would usually stay at a minimum 4 star hotel where ever I was in the world, but 'd stayed in backpackers when I was younger so had no real issue with it and it looked okay from the few pictures she showed me (didn't bother to look it up as she was paying as I was doing her a favour by coming to Sydney).
First impressions were that location was ok, 10 minute walk to north end of CBD and fast food etc. Is Coles/cinemas etc behind the place. Lobby was gross, I could smell rice cooking and check in agent was friendly but not particularly helpful.
Our room had a window that opened and looked over to the carpark. Bed wasn't horrible, sheets looked clean without being spotless and bedding was pretty old. Carpets could have used a vacuum and bathroom was dirty without feeling like I needed to put on a pair of thongs.
What grossed me out was the characters that were there. One night I walked in behind a lady who had just been out to score drugs, I know this as she paused at her door with it open and I saw the balloon of heroin in her hand. When walking past I was unlucky enough to witness two men in the room with her, both on the bed naked together with erections and various sexual items scattered across the floor. It was the room right across from the stairs so I got to have a good look as I walked across and down into the hallway. She saw me and seemed unfazed and didn't even close the door.
Maybe she wasn't a prostitute and just a homeless woman that was having sex with two guys in a hotel room - no issue with prostitution or promiscuity at all, but keep it behind closed doors.
Later that evening when walking down with my friend we heard shouting from that room and arguments, possibly long term residents as it happened a few times over the course of the time and they were still there..
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