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“FORMULE 1 STALLS AT START” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ibis budget Sydney East

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Ibis budget Sydney East
Ranked #122 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
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“FORMULE 1 STALLS AT START”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2014

I am a senior solo male who visited Australia for Test Cricket & hit Sydney lunch-time Dec 31st.. Was allocated this hotel ( now renamed Ibis Budget) by my travel agent as 2nd stage of 3-city trip. Arrived Kings X via seriously disorganised Mascot airport shuttle - if I wanted a tour of Sydney, I would have booked an open-top bus. On check-in, I found that I had been given what can only be described as an attic garret, very small, 3/4 bed with a bunk-bed over, no bedside table, no wardrobe / chest-of-drawers, no coat / trouser hangers, no bath-plug, no glass-tumbler, no kettle,( tea / coffee vending m/c in lobby out of action all my 8 nights) no phone, TV remote needed batteries, one poor quality dining-chair pushed under a triangular corner shelf & room stiflingly hot although aircon sorted that; & just about tolerable bathroom with shower-curtain, so that was my room. Breakfast @ $8 just about adequate and 2 x very early morning calls were spot-on time. Staff pleasant enough & 3 coat-hangers delivered after big moan in reception. but clothes not wearing stayed in my suitcase. As stated above, being a solo male & not wishing to spend anymore time there than absolutely necessary, I reckon I can cope with most things, but this was really not good enough & travel agent who booked me this hotel said that they would doubt if they would recommend this hotel again. Decent supermarket just up the road & seedy Kings X adjacent; 30 mins walk to Circular Quay & Opera House & 40 to Bridge, so reasonably convenient & good pub down William St serving good beer & food. I thought that lack of amenities indicated that it would ideally service one-night stopover backpackers as they don't require wardrobes , but hotel has a laundry-room which would be useful ,but I was wrong as breakfast-time revealed families on holiday or cricket-fans like me. Think carefully before booking & Good Luck. JW

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2014

Excellent service and value for money. The breakfast are brilliant.
Very clean rooms service at the front reception was brilliant I would definitely stay there again. and recommend this hotel to friends and family.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

The room we stayed in was smelly, dirty and the air conditioner didn't work - because the window doesn't open it was stifling in there. We were moved after the first night to another room which was a bit better as the air conditioner did work but the bathroom was still quite dirty.

The location is good for accessing other parts of the city but getting into the building is a hassle for people with prams / limited mobility.

Breakfast was costly considering it was toast and cereal only. Wifi was extortionately expensive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014

the Hotel provisions matched the price.
clean rooms, good service and great location in the heart of kings Cross Sydney.
we booked a budget bunk share as it was the only thing left on the website.

when we arrived, upon knowing we were a family, staff tried to upgrade us to a family room. it was a very nice gesture and everything but they were quite booked out (HA) - it was the effort to try that was appreciated. we didnt mind the bunks as we were prepared for it.

easily walk to the botanic gardens, opera house etc.

for sydney, the hotel has surpassed expectations. it is not the ritz, it is for budget conscious travellers.

overall a decent experience.

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Additional Information about Ibis budget Sydney East

Property: Ibis budget Sydney East
Address: 191 - 201 William St | Kings Cross, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia (Formerly Formule 1 Sydney East)
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Darlinghurst
Amenities:
Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #122 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis budget Sydney East 3*
Number of rooms: 115
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just 5 minutes from the Sydney CBD in the cosmopolitan East Sydney, Formule 1 Sydney East is the ideal inner city budget accommodation. The lively area boasts a huge range of restaurants, bars and clubs; and is within walking distance to the city, Sydney shopping, museums, art galleries, Hyde Park and the colourful Oxford Street.From the close by train station, Bondi Junction, Circular Quay and many more attractions are only a few stops away. Rooms feature a queen size bed with single or double bunk, twin beds or quad share rooms and all have a private en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and LCD TV's. ... more   less 
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