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“Good location, no frills” 4 of 5 stars
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George Street Private Hotel
Ranked #63 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
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3 reviews
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“Good location, no frills”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We stayed 4 nights (Wed-Sat) in a twin room. Room was very small with bunk beds, with very little space for luggage.
Our window faced away from the street. However, it was quite noisy at night due to the club below us.
The bathrooms were okay, we never had to wait to use the showers. But there were no shelves to put shampoo etc, only a hook for towels.
The kitchen was reasonable. The fridges were all very full with more cooler bags stored in them than there were guests. The kitchen wasn't too dirty, but that probably depends more on the number of guests staying there.
Wifi was useless, it never worked on any of devices, even when we were in the common room.
Would recommend the hotel for young travellers on a tight budget, due to the convenient locality.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I have stayed at the George 3 times now and you know what? it is really cheap. If you want a luxurious hotel experience, this ain't it! But it's cheap and in a good location. My single was $67/night with the bathroom down the hall (which is painful when jet lagged). Yep, it's a little noisy and smells slightly of backpackers but it feels safe.

No elevator so you need to drag your luggage up the steps.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Jennifer S
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We checked in on a Saturday evening for the night to watch the football. The building has no lifts so the stairs were some journey. Reception was like something out of Psycho, not so welcoming. The room was smelly/dewy with noise from external exhaust fans, it felt like this one time I was put in a jail cell for public nuisance. No heating or cooling meant that I left with hypothermia. There is better quality for the price I paid, in Sydney. You're better off getting arrested for the night and put in a cell, there's no difference. All in all, it was an eventful stay but unfortunately I wont be back.

Room Tip: Maybe try ask for a room on the lowest floor to avoid noise from external mechanical plant. Terania...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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1 Thank amiliosa
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Limerick, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

First hotel I stayed in Australia and proberly the worst. I had the advantage of seeing the others and booked this online. Not bad but you will get better for the money it is pretty central and next to the markets. Clean enough but my room was a small bit cram-my.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

I stayed in a private room with bathroom with my husband in March 2013. We were going to a concert, and had an appointment early the next morning, so we were looking for the cheapest place as close to central station as possible. As we were in the room for less than 7 hours, we had no need or time to use hotel amenities.

This place was perfect for our needs. The bathroom (ensuite) was clean and relatively modern. The bed and pillows were some of the most comfortable I have ever found in a hotel, regardless of price.

I would seriously stay here again just for the comfy bed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank doujes
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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Sydney is different in terms of budget and backpacker accomodations compared to the rest of the coast. The George Street Hotel (which is really a hostel) is one of the cheapest places you can get, and even though it is not a bad place to stay (if you compare price and location with other hostels) it is also not one you will have your best memories on.

We had a double room, which was quite small, just big enough to leave the luggage around the bed. It had a TV though, and the room was generally clean. Luckily, we had a big window (we visited another room which had nearly none) to the backyard, so it was not too loud when we left the window open at night - which we had to because the hostel has no aircon (a fan was provided). Linen and towels were free, the towels changed daily.

The hostel has free wifi (but very bad to no reception in the rooms) and a large common room with two PCs, which is closed at 11pm. The kitchen, which is not large when taking the number of rooms into account, but which was never crowded, is also closed at 11pm, and is also generally clean. This does not apply to the bathrooms. They were rarely cleaned, and not exceptionally dirty (except when somebody managed to not hit the toilet while peeing), but always unclean with lots of hair on the ground and in the showers.

The whole place is functional, but without any character. The only people seen in the evenings are those using the wifi in the corridor, or occasionally some drunks partying there. All in all it was ok for a cheap place, and the location on George Street (the main street) and the proximity to Central Station was good, but next time I would spend a few dollars more for a better experience.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank splinterz
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

We loved this place, clean bathrooms and rooms, powerful showers, TV, good wifi, very friendly staff, centrally located. We stayed here for 3 nights and absolutely loved it, it's better value than Maze and quieter

However, our whole experience was spoilt by one member of staff, one of the elder women with glasses and long redish brown hair:

As we left we said we needed our $20 key deposit back. She said that we hadn't paid this which was strange because we didn't know it was an option for guests not to pay it. She had an accusing, rude tone.
After we showed her the receipt that it had been paid, this wasn't proof enough and she phoned someone else, who then told her to pay it. If she did think we hadn't paid it, that's fine, but she shouldn't accuse us of trying to pull a fast one. No apology from her when she handed over the money.

We then came back after breakfast (an hour later before we got our transfer to the airport) to use the wifi and collect our bags. She opened the door to reception and barked across the room with about 10 other guests present, "are we guests of the hotel". We looked at each other, and sheepishly replied yes, which was very embarrassing.

That was INCREDIBLY rude:
A) we were still guests of the hotel, she should speak to us as if we were
B) there's a code to use the wifi which only guests have access to.
C) after confronting her, she said she didn't recognise us. But she hadn't been in the hostel the whole of our stay. Besides that, we just have her the key an hour ago!

We can forgive misunderstandings, but her tone was accusing and rude and her attitude was shocking.

Shame, really nice hostel, the rest of the staff were super friendly, but that one particular woman spoilt it for us


  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank Johngrahammoore1982
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Property: George Street Private Hotel
Address: 700a George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #63 of 128 Specialty Lodging in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — George Street Private Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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