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Newtown Space
Ranked #158 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
Sydney, Australia
1 review
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“Don't do it.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014

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.

  • Stayed January 2014
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

It's nice to stay in the university dorm. but one thing has to be clear: it is a HOSTEL, NOT A HOTEL. The rooms are essential, a bit dirty under the bed which makes you think they only clean wher you can see. toilets are fine but they are unisex and a little smelly. Staff was very friendly and helpful at any time. The position is a bit far from center and we recommend you to get a TAXI from the airport (it will cost around $30) while the train tkt costs $16 + $2.5 for the bus and then you have to walk to the hotel and if you don't know where it is, it's NOT VERY easy to find.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Stayed early December 2013.
Staff were pleasant. Room was clean. Shared bathrooms were also very clean, beware though as they are unisex - this didn't bother us but may bother some people. Parking was just within the Uni grounds, and we didn't have to pay due to the time. Great access to King St Newtown, and therefore public transport to anywhere in the city.
Will stay again.
Oh, and it is very much like Hogwarts.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Coolah, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

Yes, it is very Harry Potter. The renovated rooms are very good.. no air con, just a fan but still very clean and comfortable. The unisex toilets and showers are very good quality. Beware of the rooms yet to be renovated though. Staff are very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2013

We stayed two nights and if we had not paid in advance would have walked out. On the plus side the location is convenient to King Street and its restaurants and the gardens are attractive. On the minus side it is poor value, there is no restaurant (even for breakfast), parking is expensive (especially as they overbook the paid spaces and there are free public spaces nearby), the staff (we saw two in total over the two days) appear to be overseas students and dress/behave accordingly, the rooms are furnished with pieces the Salvos would reject and doors slam all night (there are still students in residence). There is no room fridge or teamaking facility, in fact there are not even any glasses or cups in the rooms. This is not a hotel it is a college, empty during the vacation, and should be described and priced as such - as the university colleges do quite pleasantly in London.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2013

Stayed here for three nights. Easily the nicest place I could find within my price bracket.
Rooms were a little rustic (it is an old place!) but clean white bedding. Condition of the bathrooms varied greatly to when you visited! But very good water pressure in the bathrooms.
It's within minutes walk of newtown, loads of places to eat massive variety and cusines.
Lots of beautiful parks nearby and the buildings themselves are beautiful.
It's a bit of a hike to the opera house but walkable (and plenty of buses about if you don't fancy it) and train station is not far.
All in all very good value for money, especially considering what the rest of sydney is like!

  • Stayed December 2013
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Additional Information about Newtown Space

Property: Newtown Space
Address: Wesley College, Western Ave | Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #158 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Newtown Space 2.5*
Number of rooms: 100
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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