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Sydney Wattle Hotel
Ranked #164 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Reviewed March 20, 2013

This hotel is old but our large room was comfortable. The reception staff only work during the day and evening. The desk is unmanned during the night till about 9 or 10 am. While they advised me we could leave our luggage in the secure luggage storage if we arrived early till our room was available, what they didn't tell us is that there is no one working on reception if you arrive before 9am. We arrived at 8.30 and had to drag our luggage to a coffee shop while we waited for them to arrive.
There were 5 booked to stay in our room but we had to ask for the correct number of towels, cups and glasses. The digital TV was a bit of a problem. We had to get the reception staff to get it going and we couldn't get any of the channels when we returned to our room later that night. The water pressure is pretty bad but the bathroom is big with a large bath.
The front rooms are not at all soundproof. We experienced a bit of noise on Friday night but Saturday night was incredibly noisy. We were a little unhappy that they didn't let us know the noise levels would be so high. They said we should have asked for a room at the back of the hotel when we checked but, as we were visitors to Sydney, how is it possible to know just how noisy a place can be. So be warned!!!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter.
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank SuzieB1121
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

thrifty low cost accommodation right smack in the middle of oxford st. my room had air conditioning. older plasma television (free to air only). older but clean bathroom.large bed all pretty old but clean. my 3 day stay there every time i came back guy was cleaning all the time. but all clubs bars on oxford st just 3 minutes away and food everywhere bus pretty close to front door to the city or to the beaches. roof top has million dollair views of sydney

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank col255068
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

wattle hotel. a 5 room hotel that is a reception area and then 5 private rooms upstairs.
the hotel itself is above a sex shop and a bottle shop with the entry door in between the two.
so it was definately an interesting start to our holiday. the rooms were clean and tidy. the air conditioning worked and we had the front room with the balcony. this was a bonus and a minus.
the bonus was that you could sit out of the balcony and watch the world of oxford st. the minus was that most of the night you could also listen to the noise of oxford st while you were trying to sleep. sirens screaming drag shows singing yelling and buses were the background noise alllllll night....if you were someone wanting to be out and about in that noise then this is the place to stay....if you wanted a quiet night sleep then probably dont stay directly on oxford st....the location was great to food and pubs and all the things oxford st has to offer and only a short 20 min walk down the circular quay so perfect location for action....but maybe not for anything chilled out or romantic:)

Room Tip: back room if you dont want to hear any noise...the front balcony room if you want to be in all the a...
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank JDJamojoplin
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Flying standby out of Honolulu I was unable to prebook a hotel in Sydney, so I used the Hotel Desk at the Sydney Airport to book a hotel for my first night in Sydney. Thank goodness I only booked one night. The Wattle would have been overpriced if was free. The "desk clerk", who eventually came to the desk, could barely speak English, the room was filthy, the location surprisingly looked just as bad in the morning as it did at night. The only nice thing I can think of to say is that the linen was clean and the kettle worked, at least better than the plumbing in the bathroom. I contemplated leaving after seeing the room, but I didn't feel comfortable in the area walking to another hotel at zero dark thirty. There was no sign of anyone in the morning in the lobby. Believe every bad thing you read in Trip Advisor about the Wattle Hotel.

Room Tip: I can not imagine there are any good rooms.
  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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6  Thank barnyAZ
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Unfortunately I booked this hotel on line via Venere.com.
it was stated as a Free Cancellation hotel BUT the hotel CHARGED my credit card IMMEDIATELY (it was July and I was expectiong to be in Sydney in October): later on I had to cancel my booking for this hotel and they carged me one more time the amount for the room plus twice time credit for the amount not a proper managing of other people datas! At the end I paid 10 $ for credit card charges and the management denied to reimburs that. So be carefull when booking this hotel

Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
4  Thank robertach
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

Myself and 2 friends had booked a room at the wattle, thinking it would be a reasonable room for a great price, the ad stated it had a balcony and parking, to our horror we arrived and the room was FILTHY!!!! We couldn't even walk on the floor we were scared we would catch some sort of disease!!! The common areas smelt like marijuana!!! But apparently they have a "no smoking policy", the beds were also filthy dirty, i doubt they had been cleaned and changed, it looked like somewhere you would take someone to torture them!

We went down and requested a money back, explaining the room wasn't even as desribed, nothing like the pictures, no balcony, and no parking (this was all stated in the ad as available) the rude incompetent man refused to give our money back!!! I beg your pardon! He had no right to refuse to refund the money when that room is so filthy it is unlivable! we ended up leaving, regardless of not being able to receive a refund, the room was way too filthy to hang around. We couldn't get our of their quick enough!!!

BIGGEST RIP OFF EVER.

For safety reasons this building needs to be knocked down, not even a refurbish would fix this place, it is filthy!!!! Put something worthwhile there.

For your own health and safety, i strongly advise you do not stay here!!!

I have no idea how they are still operating!!

Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
6  Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Located In the thick of the action of Oxford street, Great if you want to party at the surrounding night spots or you are a budget traveller looking for something more than a backpackers to base yourself. This is not the place for budget conscious business traveller who wants to relax quietly after work. The tv reception was abysmal, decor tired & very basic. Bathroom needs major renovations. Very noisy with traffic outside very late & then again very early. Can hear other rooms walking around on floorboards, It was however clean & bed quite comfortable. Great eateries close by.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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2  Thank Shelbord
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Address: 108a Oxford St | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Darlinghurst
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #164 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range: $75 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sydney Wattle Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As a charming boutique hotel in the heart of the historical Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney Wattle Hotel is famous for its perfect location for annual Mardi Gras and its Bohemian culture & cafe society. Period features such as high ceilings and ornate mouldings are complemented by plush furnishings to create a quiet oasis; just a few steps from Sydney's most vibrant entertainment and dining precincts - Oxford Street, Taylor Square, Paddington Market, Surry Hills & East Sydney. Totally 11 rooms are available, some with the view of the Sydney skyline and world famous Sydney Tower. Exquisitely appointed with contemporary furnishings, rooms feature double-glazed windows, plus modern queen-size bed, en-suite and air conditioning. These spacious rooms offer a comfortable environment for business & leisure travellers. Our friendly staff are equipped to handle virtually every conceivable scenario and always strive to exceed your expectations. ... more   less 
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