I stayed here for 6 nights while attending a conference at the nearby convention and exhibition centre.
The good points of this hotel are the proximity to the conference centre and Darling Harbour with the many bars, restaurants etc and pleasant views. A short walk to the Sydney CBD too. This is where the good ends. The staff were also quite friendly and attentive.
The hotel seems to charge a WAY TO HIGH cost per night considering the style of hotel it is, if it was cheaper then i would rate the hotel higher. I know Sydney is an expensive city, but while I was in the hotel I found a couple of better places nearby with similar rates - including a huge serviced apartment! Too bad my room was prepaid.
Here is the low down:
The rooms are tiny, this is quite normal for Ibis but for this price you expect a bit more in width as you could barely get past the bed. The only space for your bag - and it better not be a suitcase as it would not fit is the built in pseudo "seat".
The mattress is one of the most uncomfortable mattresses ever. it needs replacing. There are two pillows, one hard as a rock and the other flat as a pancake. There is no duvet- it is a sort of "mattress protector like" material stuffed inside the sheet - cheap and nasty, you are cold at night if the aircon is on, if you leave the aircon off you can't breath as its too stuffy. There is a dusty blanket on top of the "cupboard" - but who wants to use that. Needless to say my sleep quality was poor, I had trouble sleeping every night (see also "noise" below).
The "cupboard" is really a space near the window about 25 -30 cm wide where you can hang your clothes - NO DRAWERS anywhere - they could easily fit under the built in desk by the window - i hate not having drawers, there is no where to put your stuff.
The bathroom although small is adequate, it has lots of shelf space but there is a stand alone sink with no space around it when they could have put in a small bench. My toilet cistern was not working properly, I had to keep fixing it by opening the back.
I think the worse thing of all is the paper-like quality of the walls - you can hear it very loud when someone above or to the side of you has a shower, watches TV or coughs. You can hear it really loudly when people walk down the hallway.
Oh yes - the cleaners - they begin cleaning by 7.30 -8.00 am - they don't care that guests might be sleeping - they bang doors, the vacuum cleaner on the walls, they talk loud.... and they bang on your door if you don't have your do not disturb sign up, and since there is no chain on the door, you freak out they might come in so get up anyway. But you can't sleep anyway if the racket is going on outside.
The internet charges are ridiculous! I "thought" I was signing up for 24 hours to use as I like over my stay for $24. But this was only 24 hours full stop. What a rip off!
I had to hire a locker to store my luggage after checkout for $7. It was so cheap and nasty - yet it was not cheap as I paid! Never seen this before in a hotel. It leaves a nasty feeling inside.
I never had breakfast here - why should i when there is no view... I took the short walk to Darling Harbour and dined by the seaside every morning.
I would not stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in the heart of Darling Harbour, ibis Sydney Darling Harbour is one of Sydney's most popular 3.5 Star hotels. Ibis is renowned for its quality, simplicity and value for money with many rooms boasting spectacular views of Darling Harbour. With a popular bar, restaurant and 24 hour reception, ibis has affordable rates and friendly service and is perfect for business or leisure travel during a Sydney visit. With an undercover walkway to Harbourside Shopping Centre and surrounded by world renowned restaurants, bars, clubs and the Casino, this is Sydney's premiere visitor destination. Major visitor experiences include Sydney SEA LIFE Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Powerhouse Museum, National Maritime Museum, China Town and the regular free entertainment and festivals of Darling Harbour. All this, and the city and CBD are just minutes away with a Light Rail connection at the door! Ibis is part of a two hotel complex managed by Accor Hotels which includes the adjacent Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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