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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Ranked #3 of 62 Sydney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
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512 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Right where you want to be!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

Booked on the fact that it was well rated on Trip Advisor, the PEOPLE were not wrong! This is very decent hotel for the price. The room was clean, the service was great and we had an excellent view from the windows. Walking distance from everywhere you want to be in the Rocks. My only gripe is the fact that our room was on the fourth floor and there is no elevator... For those who see this as an issue, stay at the Hilton! For everyone else, this is perfect for the price!

Room Tip: Don't worry about the noise from the brewery down stairs, it closes at 11 and you have two floor...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank marquestra
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Awesome location. It's just a bit off the beaten path, in a nice quiet neighborhood, but its really only a 5 minute walk to the Circular Quay. When we first arrived it was a bit strange to check-in since it was after hours and the desk was closed. The room and bathroom were clean and comfortable. Don't expect a luxurious bed or anything, but it was comfortable enough. As people have mentioned, the bar downstairs does get loud, but it's a bar, that's what happens. They close by 11pm on weekends, so it really wasn't a big bother for us. Also, it is quite a climb up to the third floor rooms (its really the fourth floor).
Overall, great location!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ben C
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Kwajalein Atoll
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Love the location, just across the street from a major bus stop. From our 4th floor room we could see Australian Maritime Musem. The food was great and the beer award winning.
Stayed 5 nights over New Years Eve. We were a little worried that the pub would be loud, but it's not heard on the upper floors. This is a very old building, one, if not the olderst, Pub in Sydney. For this reason the building doesn't have a lift.

Would love to go back.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bill W
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Abilene, Texas
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109 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

It is exceptional for my wife and I to return to the same restaurant twice when we are on vacation. The pub's lamb burger is heaven, the beer divine, its claim to being the oldest pub in Sydney unverifiable--2 others make the same claim--but the claim to best beer, I have no doubt!

You can't make reservations that I know of but perhaps if you're a guest at the hotel you may. We were there only for the food and beer. You walk in and hope to find a seat or, stand and drink if you're not having food.

We ran into a couple English expats living in Sydney who said this bar is their favorite English style pub. I can see why.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Howie G
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Stouffville
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16 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

We stayed at The Lord Nelson for two nights while waiting for a cruise which was leaving from Circular Quay. The hotel is only a very short trip uphill from the port. We had a 3rd floor room with ensuite bath and kingsize bed. The room was very clean and overlooked the road. We ate at the pub downstairs the first night and had a great meal. When we arrived we were too early to check in so the office looked after our luggage while we walked around The Rocks, enjoying a drink at a roadside cafe. My only complaint about the hotel is that the pub guests were quite noisy at the outside patio tables (which was just below our window) but all quieted down when the pub closed for the night. Perhaps a room that doesn't overlook the roadway would be quieter.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank GrammapatStouffville
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Zurich, Switzerland
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124 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

I booked here 8 months in advance for a honeymoon. Although we had requested a specific 3rd floor room -- or any 3rd floor room -- we didn't get one. I confess to being a bit surprised given the outstanding nature of the request and the nature of our stay, so please be aware that if you make a special request, they'll need to be reminded on more than one occasion.

There are good things: namely the location, the comparative value for money, and the bath products are nice. And oh yes, the beer. Victory Bitter and Old Admiral were the favorites amongst the 5 we sampled.

That having been said, the negative outweighed the positive. When we arrived, there were mosquitos that my husband ended up killing. He reminded me that it could have come from anywhere and it didn't repeat later during our stay, but it was not a good start. We arrived on a Friday night after 24+ hours of travel, and we were slightly shocked, when we arrived to be exposed to such loud noise that we couldn't sleep until after things quieted down around 10:45pm. This repeated itself on Saturday. This was largely because of the pub traffic on the weekend (and hopefully perhaps unusual as its the time of year for Christmas parties). Sunday, however, was much better and I can imagine that during the week it's a fabulous place to stay. So, while we booked the hotel largely because of the pub (i.e. we like a drink and a night out), I was surprised by how truly loud it was and would not recommend staying here on the weekend if you are jetlagged and in need of sleep. If, however, you've already been in Australia for a while, irrespective of the day of the week, I can see how it would have a particular appeal -- but please be aware of this. I'm not sure that we would have picked the Lord Nelson had we appreciated in advance how truly noisy it was going to be during a sensitive time.

A couple of other important things: the thermostat in Room 202 didn't work properly. When we turned it on, we were utterly freezing. It didn't seem to regulate itself despite our best efforts (not something I would have accepted from a 4*, let alone a 2* hotel). Then, when we turned it off, the room got a bit warm (but it is summer). Also, as I am a bit of an internet junkie, I was surprised at how poorly the WiFi worked in the room. It basically didn't. We did, however, have better luck in the dining room. The other thing that bothered me a bit was the water pressure in the shower -- it was quite sporadic and was sometimes strong and sometimes not. It honestly some of the oddest showers I've ever had in a hotel bathroom. But maybe, looking on the bright side, you can tell yourself it's a special massage? But not what I would call 4* quality.

That having been said: I think the staff are lovely people. Everyone that we dealt with (breakfasts, check-in, phone calls, the bar, etc) was very nice and professional. They were the kind of people with whom you want to be dealing.

Overall, it's a 3* hotel with some nice people who work there, good value for the money (considering how expensive Sydney hotels can be) and the beer is excellent. Just keep your expectations low and you'll be happy. And, if you're on honeymoon, don't expect any special treatment. You're just another customer.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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49 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

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.

Room Tip: No elevator, get a low floor if you have mobility issues.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank jolliette
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Property: The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Address: Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Lord Nelson Brewery Sydney

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