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The Bayswater Sydney
Ranked #81 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Bayswater is just what we wanted from a short stay in Sydney, in the hottest spot for food and entertainment. We would recommend the Sunday and Monday nights in the front rooms. Sunday - A perfect motivator to get you out and into the clubs on the cross and Monday night - the World Bar for late night drinking with an easy walk back to the room for a sleep, The staff are wonderful at the Bayswater - they understand that you are there to enjoy yourself and allow you freedoms not possible with big hotels.

Room Tip: Top front rooms are best
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! It's great to hear you got to experience the Kings Cross night life, it really is unique and a lot of fun.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

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Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is a great place to stay in Sydney. Central position, easy and interesting walk into the city. Staff are very nice and helpful. Heaps of eating options close by. We stayed on the ground floor ... would be a good idea for management to keep the front door closed especially early in the morning as the street noise can be a bit disturbing. Didn't think the room we were in was small... anybody who has been to UK/Europe knows that space is at a premium and that's the way it is... but who cares.....long as you are comfortable... the bed was very comfortable... the bathroom was modern and clean... and that will do me... what more do you want. Would definitely stay again and will recommend this establishment to anyone who wants to listen

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! Thanks for the comment about the front door, I've passed this on to the hotel management.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Myself and my husband travelled to Sydney yesterday to catchup with a friend and stayed at the Bayswater Sydney last night. We booked a compact room knowing it would be small, but also knowing we were only sleeping in it and only staying the one night. Our room was located on the second floor towards the back of the hotel.

Room was quite small, but clean and tidy. Bed was lovely. Ensuite was small but useable. Staff at front desk were helpful and bonus was turning up early and being able to check in plus the parking arrangement for $20 at the nearby WIlson's car park in Ward Avenue.

Noise from Darlinghurst and Bayswater Road was a nuisance even though it was a SUnday night! I slept with earplugs in which helped. Great location though, easy to walk or train to places.

Room Tip: stay at the back of the hotel, and maybe as high up as you can due to noise.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! I hope the noise didn't keep you up! Kings Cross is very exciting, and very colourful, but of course this comes at a bit of a cost in terms of noise, but we think the fabulousness of the area makes up for it!

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We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

We stayed at this hotel in December for 3 nights. The location is right in the heart of Sydney's red light district! Which is good or bad depending on what you like to do. The rooms and bathroom are clean but small! Bathroom was so small and rather claustrophobic! If you're on the 5th floor be ready to carry your bags, as the elevator only goes to the 4th floor! Overall a good hotel!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! Of course, our larger Executive King Suites have more space. I would definitely recommend booking one of these for your next stay if space is important to you.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

I've stayed there for a night because of it's superb location. Due to there is a lot of reviews saying that the room is a bit small, so I went for the largest room which is not that much difference from the smaller ones. I was very impressed as the rooms are very spacious and valuable compared to other hotel room with similar prices. The only thing is the lift is a bit slow feels like ages inside just to get to the top floor. The only thing is, if you are a light sleeper, you might want to stay away from the main street as it gets a bit busy and noisy during the night.

Room Tip: get rooms which is away from the main street.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! We're glad to hear you were able to enjoy our more spacious Executive King Suite rooms, they really are a great option if you plan on spending time in the room or if you're staying for more than a few days. I hope the noise wasn't too bad during your stay, Kings Cross certainly is a colourful area which from time to time can be a bit noisy, but we think the exciting bars and restaurants in the area make up for it!

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

We stayed at the Bayswater Sydney for four nights after a HAL cruise from Hong Kong. We disembarked from the ship around 10am and took a taxi from the harbour to the hotel (~$17-$18). We reached the hotel within a few minutes and, as expected, our room wasn’t ready. Martijn, the front desk employee was very friendly, and informed us that it would be ready within the hour, so we just waited. It was actually ready within about 30 minutes and we were able to check in right away. While we were waiting, Martijn gave us excellent information about interesting activities in the city.

Our room was on the third floor, and a small (and very slow) elevator was available. The room wasn’t exactly luxurious but OK, clean, and relatively large. It was very close to the next building but we didn’t mind, as we weren’t planning to spend much time in it. Although there was no WiFi in the room itself, Internet access was available in the business centre/lounge area.

The service provided by the front desk staff was exceptional throughout our stay. Whether it was Martijn, David or the female employee that did the night shift (unfortunately, I didn’t catch her name), they all provided great advice in every situation. They booked tours and shuttles for us and everything was done with a genuine smile. Another great bonus was that we were able to store our luggage (two large suitcases) at the hotel while we were travelling in Tasmania and Melbourne. The location of the hotel was also very good – close to the Kings Cross train station; actually, within walking distance of many attractions, as we found out during our stay.

Some negative points include the following:

- Surcharge of 2% when paying by credit card. Note that we booked the hotel online through Easytobook.com. The first night was charged on booking without the surcharge; the 2% was charged by the hotel on the balance.
- The room was quite dark, and the lighting was inadequate. In addition, the room wasn’t vacuumed during the whole stay.
- Excessive noise during the night from the various entertainment establishments at King’s Cross (we didn’t realize that the hotel was located in the 'red light distric't).
- No help was provided with luggage, particularly when checking in / out. As there are about ten steps from the street level to the entrance to the hotel, it is quite difficult to manage.

In spite of the negative points, we would definitely stay at the hotel again and would recommend it to other travellers.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! Of course, we do have WiFi for a small charge available in every room, however the internet in the lobby is free of charge. We only charge a 2% surcharge for credit cards, if you pay with Eftpos or Cash there is no surcharge. Thank you for your comments about the lighting the room, we're having someone look at it. I'm sorry to hear nobody saw you come in and as a result, you had no help with your luggage. We encourage all our team to always check when they here people coming in, in case they need help. I;m sorry we fell short of our usual standards here.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

I stayed at the Bayswater for two weeks on business. Some of the thoughts that occurred to me (many of which concur with the other reviewers);
Great staff. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.
Good price for a very convenient location. Lots of nice restaurants within a short walk and the train station into the CBD is around the corner.
The rooms can be dark and my view was of a cement wall.
It can be noisy at night. Most city hotels are. You probably don't want to be out and about in this neighborhood very late at night. I'm an early riser, and was very surprised to see people still in the bars at 6am.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled on business
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Thank futureworker
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sydney_lodges, Guest Relations Manager at The Bayswater Sydney, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thank you for staying with Sydney Lodges at The Bayswater Sydney and for booking direct with through our Sydney Lodges website.

We're glad to hear you had a great stay with us! Kings Cross is certainly very colourful and doesn't really stop, it's the part of our city that doesn't sleep. However, the area is very safe, there are always lots of people around as you would have seen and many locals walk home at night time with no issues at all.

Thank you for taking the time to review us on Tripadvisor. Guest feedback is very important to us and helps us to continually improve ourselves, as well as pat ourselves on the back when we've got it right!

We hope you were able to take a Guests with Benefits card with you on check-out. This gives you discounted, free WiFi and free late check-out when you book direct with us to stay again in the future.

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Additional Information about The Bayswater Sydney

Address: 17 Bayswater Rd | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2011, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Kings Cross
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Sydney
#25 Business Hotel in Sydney
#44 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
#72 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: $93 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bayswater Sydney 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bayswater Sydney offers a boutique hotel experience in Kings Cross, just one stop from Circular Quay. Hotel rooms feature premium bedding, a work desk, WiFi access, air-conditioning, large flat screen TV, chic en suite bathroom with amenities and ironing facilities. The Bayswater Sydney also has a 24 hour reception, a guest laundry and a taxi rank at the front door. Public transport is also just one block away. ... more   less 
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