Staying in accommodation is such a tricky beast as so many factors are in play. It could have been better, but that being said when we stayed we got value for money in a great location.
Firstly, the signage for the Pensione on George Street is dismal. It's small and near impossible to easily spot when you're driving by, couple that with Sydney's penchant for one way and you'll be memorising the streets in no time.
The hotel does not have parking, but you can park in the Capitol carpark on Campbell Street across the road for around $30 (I believe it's for 24 hours. We were there on a Saturday and paid an extra $15 to keep it parked there for Sunday.). Close by and easy access but extremely tight parking, and quite busy.
The hotel reception photo on the website is a lot lighter than what it actually looks like in the hotel. The quaint and aged feel didn't really bother me, but I do think it would be in their best interests to fix the lighting as it does make for a dim atmosphere on arrival. It was overcast when we were in Sydney so that didn't help at all with small entrance and lift or slim stairwell to go upstairs to reception. The elevator does get very hot and stuffy.
Check in was relatively painless but I do admit to being not quite sure about the male receptionist. He was well presented and looked nice but his lackadaisical attitude made me feel as though he had much better things to do than be working at a hotel reception.
Four of us shared a room that was just one flight up and first on the right (may have been 211), which was a double I believe and a bunk. Room was small but not cramped. There was enough floor space, a cupboard with hangers and mounted flatscreen television. The bathroom and shower was a decent size as well. Not so small that you'd knock everything moving around. Everything was quite clean, the bed sheets were a brilliant white. I found the bed comfortable, a little softer than what I'm used to sleeping on but fine anyhow.
The only other aspect that stood out was after settling in and deciding to have a nap there was false fire alarm, but other than that the rest of the stay was uneventful and fuss free.
I do have to commend the staff on check out, they were upbeat, professional, smiling—a stark contrast to check in.
I would definitely consider staying again. I liked the value, location and the easy access to the train station and short walk to Liverpool Street which takes you past the Chinese Garden of Friendship and Darling Harbour.
One tip: There are probably plenty of toilet facilities in Darling Harbour but the ones in the carpark in Darling Quarter were immaculate (as we parked there first being in Sydney well before check in time).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Sydney’s entertainment and theatre district, the Pensione Hotel Sydney is centrally located and like no other. Set behind a beautiful Heritage-listed façade, the Pensione Hotel offers boutique interiors, breathtaking hospitality and incomparable value for money. Featuring all the desired hotel amenities, with warm and inviting staff that have a great knowledge of the local area, the Pensione is perfectly suited as a base to explore Sydney. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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