The level of accommodation is below that of a hostel/backpackers.
As guests, we walk around in a disgusted, sullen mood trying to make the best of a bad situation.
As a student dorm I'd guess it would be great.
As a place to stay on a visit to Sydney it's woefully inadequate.
How happier the place would be if the conditions raised the mood of the guests to that above toleration.
The good thing; the building is nice on the outside and the staff are friendly.
The bad things: beware the kitchen has no hotplates. Smart German tourists I saw bought their own gas burner. It's called a "kitchenette" and only has toasters, sandwich grills and microwave ovens. There are no towels with which to dry your hands on and nothing to wipe down the benches. (And there's no way of drying your hands in the toilets either!!!) Guests are meant to keep the place clean but there's only dish washing liquid and a sponge. The little spills converge and in the end you learn to accept the squalor.
They clean the kitchen with strong smelling disinfectant on the floor, spray and wipe down the benches in amongst your toast and cervical and vacuum the floor at 9am while guests are trying to have breakfast.
In the laundry, only half the washing machines work because the others are full of coins. The staff normally sell washing powder/liquid per wash but they were out of stock and didn't know when the new supply was due. The driers are free but there's no waste bin to put the lint from the filter in so everyone just throws it to the floor. It's the same race to the bottom in the kitchen.
There is a single hook on the back of the door in the shower cubicle and only broken or absent soap holders in the shower itself.
The room has no desk lamp. The only source of light is a fluorescent tube on the ceiling. I resorted to using the flashlight on my iPhone at night as I sat in my room in almost total darkness.
There are mosquitoes but no screens on the windows. No air conditioning means you have no choice in summer other that to sleep with the windows open. I slept with insect repellant on my exposed skin.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Newtown Space is a 4min stroll from the hip and vibrant King St, and only a 10min bus ride away from Sydney CBD. Set in the the quiet leafy campus of Sydney University, it offers rooms and a shared kitchenette with microwave/fridge/dishwasher/sink. No cooking facilities are available. Guests can enjoy a communal lounge with a flat-screen TV, a roof-top terrace and pool table. A guest laundry room is also available. Complimentary Toiletries are also provided for all guests. No tour or ticket assistance is available. Most guest rooms feature Garden Views, and some rooms come with a private bathroom. Newtown Space is 3km from central Sydney. It is 7km from Sydney Opera House and 9km from Sydney Airport. " ... more less
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