As many have noted, the hotel is located down a back alley. I actually rate this as one of its charms, as you get to be in the middle of the lower CBD, and yet not have to deal with Pitt St, George St or Bridge St. And to be realistic, in this day and age, many back alleys hide true gems. As well as letting people enjoy being in the city without the noise and hustle.
Alas, the quiet was destroyed by the 6am garbage trucks and beer deliveries, which kind of took the shine of the experience. By the time we found our way to breakfast, we were further disappointed by the absence of any obvious breakfast, so unwittingly ordered an average and overpriced pancake.
The disappointing this is that this place ought to be brilliant. It's certainly priced as brilliant, at $480 for a midweek stay including an imaginary breakfast. But for that price, you kind of expect double glazing. Or mirrors over the sinks. It's actually aesthetically very pleasant, and the staff were friendly, and the location (despite the alley which is not a big deal really) is fine. But you can drop $480 and stay and the Observatory in true luxury (we have). Or you can spend $250 for a comfortable room in a trendy environment and a buffet breakfast you could literally drown in at the Radisson Blu across the road (we've done that also). So what's with the price?
If you're you're okay with spending that money for an interesting experience, this is probably not a bad one. Like I say, trendy, comfy and quite cool. But go with the cheapest rate, and get breakfast across the way. Also, ask for a top floor room if you don't want an early wake up. At least until management invest in the magic of double glazing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A luxurious boutique hotel, with a uniquely intimate feel.31 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including two stylish Penthouse suites, access to a private gym and Establishment’s numerous bars and restaurants. Establishment hotel offers world class accommodation for discerning travellers. Located in the middle of Sydney’s CBD, it’s a very short walk to Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and botanical gardens.Voted Best Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Australia by the National Australia Hotel Association in 2006. ... more less
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