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The Bayswater Sydney
Ranked #10 of 61 Sydney B&B and Inns
Chicago, Illinois
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“great value, outstanding staff”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

I stayed at the Bayswater with a group of my classmates for about two weeks. The friendly staff was always accommodating and the rooms (while on the smaller side) were very clean and comfortable. The hotel is conveniently located down the street from the Kings Cross station, which made it especially easy to travel around the city. I'd definitely book a room at the Bayswater for future trips to Sydney.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

me and my husband stayed for 5 nights on the do not disturb deal, everything is walking distance
bed was so comfy, we heard kings cross first night nut only cos we left the window open when we closed it we couldn't hear anything, all in all a good trip would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

If you are young and looking at having a bit of a weekend out I recommend this place highly! the bed was amazing and straight out into Kings Cross, short walk to the city and Oxford st. Was easy to get anywhere in Sydney since Kings Cross Station as just around the corner.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Well and nicely renovated clean hotel in Kings Cross. If you want to look for a hotel that's not overpriced in Sydney, and yet close enough to the CBD area, this is probably one of them that I would recommend.

Kings Cross Train Station is also within close walking distance.

The hotel offered a "Do Not Disturb" Deal which is reasonably more affordable. The deal is that for the reduced rates offered, there won't be any housekeeping Services.. But if you run out of coffee, tea and other amenities in the room, you can always get them from the lobby!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

An innocuous looking entrance just off Kings Cross in a good location for that area of Sydney (15 mins by tube to the harbour). Hotel was clean. Room was on the small side and bathroom was tiny. Giant shower cubicle (the shower was great) meant you banged your knees when on the loo and could barely stand in front of the sink. The room did have a window, but it was squashed in the corner overlooking a narrow dark alleyway from which you could barely see the sky. It did let the noise of the drunk singing people on the very busy street outside echo around the room at 3am however! It followed the irritating trend of assuming people in hotels don't like to be able to see what they are doing with inadequate lighting. Bed was very large and comfortable. On the day we had a lie in and left the do not disturb on the door it appears by going out at lunchtime we lost the chance of clean towels and a made up bed as despite the sign on the door asking for the room to be cleaned we came back in the evening to find noone had been in. A well priced hotel, and it was in a good location for us, despite the irritations noted above.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

I would raise this rating to 4/5 if this hotel would sever its association with the airport shuttle service it uses (which unfortunately went by the fairly generic name "Sydney Shuttle", variants of which are used by several companies). I stayed at the Bayswater twice, and 3/4 trips to/from the airport I used the trains, which worked fine. Unfortunately the last time I tried using the shuttle (which is slightly cheaper, and I thought would be easier as it's door-to-door). I booked the night before, but it was over half an hour late - by the time it _arrived_ at the hotel, I could have been at the airport if I'd used the train. After my waiting 40 minutes, up pulls an unmarked white van... yeah, that's not sketchy at all. (I saw several marked airport vans from other shuttle companies on the way, so it's not liked unmarked is the standard.) The rude and brusque driver at one point stopped the van and walked away with no explanation, and was gone for 8 minutes - not picking up anyone, no obvious reason. The passengers just sat there looking at each other, wondering if we were going to make our flights. The unsafe, reckless driving didn't appear to make up much time, given the weird detours we went on.

Apart from that... the hotel itself is pretty good. Small room, but adequate if you don't need floor space. The room was comfortable and clean - you may be worried given the appearance of the street, but this hotel is nice inside. However, I was pretty annoyed that the bedroom and bathroom floors don't line up, and it's not a full step, either - it's just ~2cm offset, hard to see but plenty to stub your toe on. That's just stupid. I asked for a quieter room, got one in the back, and the noise wasn't bad at all, even on a Saturday night. That said, this is Kings Cross, and if you're looking for a quiet, pleasant neighborhood, look elsewhere. The hotel is easily accessed from the Kings Cross rail station, but you will have a transfer trains if coming from the airport. Decent restaurants are nearby.

Circular Quay (Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge, the wonderful botanical gardens) is within walking distance if you don't mind a bit of walking. You can also go on the train. Despite not being the greatest neighborhood, Kings Cross didn't actually feel unsafe, certainly not during the day.

I might look elsewhere if I were to visit Sydney again, but that's because of the location rather than the hotel. It's probably hard to do better than this place for the price. If they severed all ties with that awful shuttle service, I'd happily recommend the hotel. (Note that they work only with this one shuttle service, so they really have selected this one - awful - company out of all the shuttle service available in Sydney.)

Room Tip: Ask for a quieter room (in the back) to help avoid some of the Kings Cross noise.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Excellent stay at the Bayswater, good location in kings cross close to the train station and also only a 15 minute walk to the centre. Hotel is very clean and housekeeping was everyday. Staff very friendly and extremely helpful. Small double room was ample size for one and contained fridge, coffee/tea facilities, TV.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Property: 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 )
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Ranked #10 of 61 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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