Located in the historic and wonderfully atmospheric Rocks area near the harbour, we stayed here the 3rd March before boarding the Celebrity Solstice the next day. One street back from the cruise terminal (OPT) - literally a 5 minute (maybe 10 if you have to wait to cross the road) walk rolling your cases (downhill) to the baggage drop off. Left cabin bags back at concierge as we were not going to check in just yet which was no issue. They are kept in a store room behind the desk. Checked in about 3.30pm. Staff friendly and no issues on that front.
Lobby is relatively small with the check in desk and a small seating area looking out onto the street. Off the lobby is the breakfast room (no restaurant for lunch or dinner although The Rocks area is teeming with pubs, bars and restaurants so that isn't an issue) and the small swimming pool. The hotel is a modern building but built behind a terrace of old houses (some of the old terraces have been converted into hotel/apartment rooms with a loft style interior).
Got a one bedroom apartment - only level 3 facing the front street so no view. Nice sized lounge with a small kitchenette off, a small 4 seater table and a desk. Nice to have a fridge with a freezer compartment to store evening treats (although they do have basic mini bar stuff inside there is enough room to fit most items) with a cook top so you could easily whip up breakfast if you wanted to save money (or make toasted sandwiches at bedtime?? Lol). Lots of space in the lounge to stash your suitcases.
Bedroom also nice size with comfortable bed. Bedroom actually appeared a lot more fresher in decor than the lounge (see below). TV's in both rooms. Wall gauge to control the air conditioner/heater. Was very quiet room - little noise coming in from outside as the windows did appear double glazed (or thicker glass). Bathroom was small - combination shower/bath. There is limited free internet in the room - but it is restrict to a set maximum download size.
Overall, room was clean and did its job. Only criticism on the room is that the decor is somewhat darkish and dated.....the rooms (and hallways) could do with a bit of a freshen up - repainted, stronger lighting, new carpets otherwise no problems on the room front.
Only issue that management should address - during the night of our stay, around 2am the fire alarm in the hotel went off (the fire brigade actually did turn up as we could see them from our window). It not only took a while for the night attendant to come on and tell us what was happening (do we evacuate or not), (and bit unsure how I should say this as I don't want it interpreted incorrectly), management, I know your trying to save money but if you employ someone whose native language is not english in a country where english is the national language, make sure they speak it well enough so that the guests can understand what is happening in an emergency. If it had been a real fire it could have been vitally important - but the guests on our floor were all in the hallway chatting and laughing over the incident in their various states of dress and not one could understand whether we had been told to evacuate or not the english was that broken and the accent thick. It did turn out to be a false alarm however (its not the first hotel I have been in that an alarm has gone off - in one we had to walk 12 levels down to the street).
Other than that issue, would I stay there again. Yes, it location was good, I like the Rock's area, and the size of the rooms and the facilities. The staff were friendly and the hotel clean and well maintained and there were no big issues (other than the above language issue and some freshening up of the rooms) that would stop me (and in fact I have rebooked to stay for our next cruise). It is not 5 star nor does it try to be 5 star, but its a good solid 3-4 star place. Like all Sydney hotels unfortunately though, you do pay top dollar for even 3-4 star accommodation but it must also be said that the rates, for the size of the rooms & location, are much cheaper than the Holiday Inn around the corner and you do get more for your buck here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Immerse yourself in Sydney's colourful past in The Rocks. Select from Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney's unique offing of historic Terrace Houses, One bedroom apartments and spacious Studio Rooms. This 61 room boutique hotel is a hidden treasure, the Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney is only moments from Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Collection Sydney
- Sydney Clarion Collection
- Clarion Sydney