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Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Ranked #18 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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84 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Improvments from last time”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed at Amora for the second time recently.

The service as always was top notch with staff friendly and very helpful.
The location is very hard to beat being only a block or so from circular quay, the rock and George Street.

Last time we stayed I noted that the rooms were looking a little run down. Not so this time. The room was clean and impecably maintained.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wollongong, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Originally stayed here as a mystery hotel, now we always stay here when we need to spend the night in Sydney. Great location, central to everything. Rooms are comfortable and clean, the large deep bath is a definite positive. Staff are friendly and helpful, always happy to be of assistance.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2012

So many things went wrong with my stay here. we got there just after 3 they checked us into a room that had not been cleaned yet. We had to wait almost and hour for another room, wich we then had to rush round trying to get ready for our dinner reservations because of this delay, and what really got to me is they didnt even offer us anything for the inconveined caused. The rooms are small and outdated. nothing in the rooms scream 5 stars ive seen better four stars.

Finally after getting ready we went to the valet to get our car and because the guy never gave us a ticket and was to buzy talking to other stagg we then had to wait another hour for managment to fix this and yet agian nothing but a sorry for the inconveince.

As we got a package that included breakfast we went to get our breakfast but because of the change in rooms from earlier they hadnt put us down for it even though we had already paid... yet agian we had to wait and after waiting 20 mins with no word we decided just to leave and have breakfast somewhere else.

honestly spend your money at the hilton where the breakfast is one of the best i have ever had and when a inconveince on there end has happened they actually go out of there way to make it up to you.. not worth the 5 stars.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2012

Here are the positives:
the guys who open the doors to the hotel are very nice and friendly!
the staff were very friendly and helpful and sooooo young! Holy cow, you'll feel old walking into this hotel!
the lobby is pretty
it's nice to hear the piano being played as you walk in at night
internet was fast
fantastic location!
quiet
the safe is big enough to fit 2 laptops
surfaces (furniture and bathroom) were clean to a good standard, but, see below...

Here are the negatives:
the room is old, dated, unclean (It's superficially clean - I'm not saying the cleaner's haven't done their job, they have; it's more that the room is so outdated, there's a lot of in-ground grime that really only a re-decorate would get rid of)
mould in bathroom
carpet stained, dirty, dusty, worn
bed is uncomfortable, too soft, saggy, pillows stunk
very stuffy - even with the a/c on - you can't open windows
tv is in a very weird place...
the guest book suggests "drinking the still water provided" over the tap water... Beware, that the still water provided is $6 a pop...!
the card system to get the elevator to go up and down is just plain weird

We booked on Wotif as a mystery hotel deal, so, really, our own problem for taking the risk. But for the 5 star rating the hotel was given, we were a little befuddled by the state of our room. Perhaps four of the five stars were taking the night off? Perhaps the rating was given by dust mites?

Five stars this hotel is not. Well, perhaps other rooms in the hotel are - but our room certainly was not.

It needs to focus on:
- fitting fresh curtains
- replacing the carpet
- reupholstering the chairs, or buying new chairs
- fixing the plugs (unless you did that before vaccuming, then skip this step and go straight to the next point)
- fixing the shower door so it doesn't sound like it's bursting off the hinge every time it's opened or closed
- fixing the light switches so the lights turn "on" and "off" on demand (I think this beautiful piece of technology appeared in the 1940s?)
- put up signs to explain to guests how to use the complicated "hotel card / lift" system
- new mattresses and pillows
- new linen
- new towels

We live in Europe and we understand Australia is a very expensive country. But, for what we paid here in this hotel, we could have bought the west wing of Versailles.

Room Tip: Try booking direct through hotel rather than Wotif. It seems a repeated mistake by Tripadvisor revie...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 14, 2012

The location of the Amora is excellent. We were able to walk to the Harbour Bridge, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour and into the fantastic shopping areas in the CBD. The Amora is most definitely not 5 Star, perhaps 4 at best. We were on the 13th Floor with no view to speak of and our room was very tired looking. The bed was actually twin beds joined together and was higher on one side than the other and incredibly soft. We were given a room that was designed for disabled people and on check in we were told that we could have a different room for an extra $45 per night!!! We felt that we had paid enough so declined. If this place was given a refurb would definitely stay again but there are plenty of nicer hotels around . The buffet breakfast was excellent.

  • Stayed October 2012
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canberra
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Wife and I stayed for stayed two nights on a WOTIF "mystery package" and were very satisfied. On the basis of our room this is a five star hotel showing some signs of wear but still very good and in an excellent location close to many attractions and the best end of Sydney!
Room spotless and very comfortable. Staff, breakfast, facilities all very good.
Will definitely stay here again (assuming reasonable rates).

Room Tip: Floor thirteen had limited outlook but we were probably there because of the package. Higher could...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Stayed for three nights on level 18. I had read mixed reviews, but thought it was worth a try.

Positives are:
- location - short walking distance to Circular Quay, The Rocks and the shopping mall
- service was good
- breakfast was good, all that you would expect, no smoked salmon which is a favourite of mine
- room was a decent size

Negatives are:
- Yes, carpet has stains, plenty infact, but somehow still felt clean
- Stain on bathroom floors
- TV reception - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't

It was a good stay with a mate for a few nights for grand final weekend, but certainly not five stars. Location is perfect. It is up a short steep street, so anyone with accessibly difficulties. who was walking, would find access difficult.

We had a room on the western side, so didn't really have a view of anything significant.

Good four star hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney
Address: 11 Jamison Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Central Business District
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 175 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney 5*
Number of rooms: 415
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
As one of the Sydney's well kept secrets, Amora Hotel Jamison is quite simply the place to be. Whether you are staying in one of our Newly Refurbished Deluxe Rooms or Suites, attending a Conference or Gala Dinner, unwinding at Amora Day Spa, enjoying Spanish cuisine in CHARR Restaurant or indulging in our Afternoon Tea in GALLERY Lounge Bar, you will experience genuine traditional personalised service. Superbly located above Wynyard Station between George and York Street, within walking distance to all major iconic attractions, Amora Hotel Jamison is renowned for spacious and elegance. ... more   less 
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