Stay at this hotel for its central location in the middle of the city of Sydney, convenient walking to major sights and facilities, and access to extensive public transport taking you to other places of interest. Do not expect any sort of memorable view from your room, as the hotel is surrounded by other high-rise buildings.
If you intend using public transport extensively for sightseeing, before you leave Sydney airport find out details about the various types and durations of TravelPass. We found the information counter at the end of the arrivals concourse often had a long queue. If you go downstairs where you buy train tickets, you can also obtain information from posters and from the ticket sellers. We found our TravelPass very useful, as it gave us unlimited access to regular trains, buses and ferries which covered everywhere that we wanted to go and saved us money in the process. Note that travelling to and from the airport terminals involved special fares (expensive given the short distances).
Once you arrive at Wynyard underground station and pass through the exit from the platforms, leave by the escalators leading up to York St. At the top entrance, you will see a park facing you. Turn left and walk to Margaret Street. Cross over and continue about 50 feet. The Travelodge entrance will be to your left. About 10 feet to the right of the steps leading up to the reception counter you can find a recessed ramp for wheeling up your bags instead of having to lug them up the stairs.
To the right of reception is the hotel restaurant and to the left a lounge area with computers providing Internet access. The lifts-elevators are to the left of reception and opposite the lounge area.
Reception staff were polite and cooperative; social skills varied with the individual we encountered. Robert was especially pleasant, and Manuel of maintenance was responsive to our need for the replacement of a defective bedside lamp. Housekeeping on the 7th floor provided us with sugar when we ran out prematurely.
When we stayed, use of Internet access using computers in the lounge area was $2 per 15 minutes. Use of an Internet connection in a room was $11 per hour, $22 per 24 hours, and $66 per week. If you don’t mind a 10- to 15-minute walk, you can obtain free Internet access for 20-minute periods in the basement level of the Macquarie Street wing of the New South Wales State Public Library. Leave bags and accessories in free electronically operated lockers just outside the basement entrance. We found library staff pleasant, helpful and cooperative.
The hotel has 22 stories. Each floor with accommodation has about 15 rooms with lifts at one end and the room numbers starting and finishing at this end. Quieter rooms are at the end of the corridor away from the lifts-elevators. Up to the 16th or 18th stories (depending on the room location along the corridor), the back rooms face a blank wall or the windows of an office building about 20-30 feet away. To have a view of sorts (mainly of other high-rise buildings), you will need a room facing York Street. At the time of our stay a desk clerk told us that rooms above the 12th floor cost more. On the 21st floor you can find a gym, shower and laundry room with two washers and two dryers (each $2 per load).
Of acceptable size and with a table and two chairs plus a sofa, our room was adequate for sleeping and showering, and for leaving our luggage while we went out sightseeing. It also had a bar refrigerator with a small ice cube tray (the hotel did not have a public ice machine available), and tea- and coffee-making facilities. Beds were comfortable and the closet contained two extra pillows. There was good closet space with 12 hangers, a room safe and a bureau with two deep drawers. The air conditioning worked well, and you could darken the room during daytime if required. Phone calls from the room had an 80-cent connection fee added, including those considered toll free. One item of printed information in the room that we would have found useful would have been a list of all the services and facilities offered by the hotel and in its immediate vicinity.
The windows had single glazing, so the noise of traffic and sirens clearly entered the room; however, it did not bother us particularly. Soundproofing between rooms was adequate — only if other occupants restrained themselves, and did not yell conversations or bang furniture doors and drawers. We could hear the flow of water occurring in the shower of the adjoining rooms, but it was not particularly bothersome.
We could hear voices from other guests in the corridor, as the door frames did not have a seal or buffers to dampen noise from doors banging or others talking. We had a problem with nighttime party-goers, but this was our bad luck. When the rowdy occupants of the next room turned up at 2:30 a.m. from a night out on the town, someone from staff at reception came up in person immediately and told them in no uncertain terms to quieten down or the hotel would evict them. Hooray! They and their cronies were not the only guests on the floor.
In the middle of the small park between York Street and Carrington Street, you can see a dome. Under it is a Sydney bus office Transit Shop which has racks with bus timetables and routes. Ask at the inquiry window for free comprehensive network maps — of which there are four — one each for the northern, southern, eastern and western regions. We found them useful for getting to places not served by the train system.
There is a small Coles supermarket at Wynyard and another at 388 George Street — both listed as open till midnight every day, except Saturday (then till 10 p.m.). We used the Woolworth supermarket at the corner of Park and George streets across the road from Town Hall, also open till midnight most nights. If possible, avoid buying from small convenience stores. As almost everywhere, you will pay a lot extra for whatever you buy there.
A good place to eat in Chinatown is in an inconspicuous food court at the top-left of Dixon street (lined with restaurants and touts). It has numerous counters with a range of vendors serving various Asian cuisines, freshly cooked at very reasonable prices. You can eat there for several days and always have something quite different. Well worthwhile.
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- Also Known As:
- Travelodge Wynyard Sydney Hotel Sydney
- Travelodge Sydney
- Travel Lodge Sydney
- Sydney Travelodge
- Sydney Travel Lodge
- Travel Lodge Wynyard