We loved this hotel! It was small, charming, quiet and had the best pub in town! Being a pub hotel, there is no typical reception. You show up at the bar, they bring you to an office and you're assigned your room. We had a standard small room and it was just fine. The price was fabulous compared to other hotels in Sydney. We had to share a bathroom, but no issues at all. Towels and toiletries were provided, coffee maker, TV and ample storage space for 2 people. The bed was comfortable! We had a view of the street, and while there was some noise, it wasn't too bad and didn't keep us awake at night.
The location of the hotel is fantastic. Right in the heart of the Rocks district, but just far enough out to be nice and quiet. You could be at Circular Quay in just 10 minutes to catch a ferry to Manly, Watson's Bay etc. etc. It's also very close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and I loved catching a glimpse every time I stepped outside. There are markets in the Rocks on weekends, and has a wonderful vibe.
The included breakfast was ample and tasty. Toast, yogurt, fruits, cereal and juice made to order. It included only one cup of coffee, but if you asked they gave you another depending on who was serving. You could also order eggs etc. at extra cost. The staff were helpful and friendly and answered any questions we had.
Now, on to the pub... the pub is stellar! We ended up here every single night to have beers and chat with locals. It's not just tourists who come here, it's Sydneysiders themselves after work to mingle and catch up. We love pubs, but this one was special. It had a great atmosphere. We ate there a few times and the food is fantastic - meat pie with mushy peas, chorizo and shrimp pizza, chickpea fritter, the ploughman's lunch etc. - all great. The beer is brewed on site and while I tried them all, my favourite was Three Sheets. Even with the pub downstairs full of people, you never really heard any of the noise from your room.
The wifi was a little spotty while we were there. It was slightly annoying, but at times we managed to connect. The connection is not good enough to Skype or anything, it's pretty weak. Just something I wanted to point out.
I loved Sydney, and the hotel definitely had an impact on why I loved it so much. It's a wonderful, old stone building with a ton of character, set in a great part of town. Do give it a try, I'm sure you'll love it too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sydneys Oldest Continually Licensed Hotel and Microbrewery. Brewers of fine natural ales, purveyors of delicious pub and restaurant fare and boutique accommodation. Established 1841. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
- Lord Nelson Brewery Sydney