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“What's that smell?” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Marketview
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Wollongong
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“What's that smell?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

This hotel is really a university residence during the holidays. That said, it was small, tidy, and the security was good. The room had a hair dryer, a kettle and a tv. It was missing a hand towel and washcloths, which we obviously asked for. BUT, there was an odour in the room which was between the smell of a room deodorizer or bad perfume that we just could not locate. Turning on the air conditioner helped. Also, after our first night, housekeeping did not come in to tidy, to make the bed, or give us fresh linens... Which I had always assumed was the standard. Lastly, wifi is only available for smartphones in the lobby, using a code provided by the desk.

All-in-all, great value for your buck. Conveniently located in the downtown core, near the train station and the mall, and a short walk to the beach.

Stayed January 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lapstone
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294 reviews
191 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

Stayed overnight at the Marketview (previously IBIS) is open only between November and February. It's in a fairly quiet location close to the main shopping centre. Lovely clean rooms, well carpeted, a little on the small side, but very compact, good desk area, comfortable bed a great little bathroom. Good continental breakfast in the very nice restaurant area on the ground floor. Staff all appeared to be helpful and happy. Only about 300 metres to the main shopping area or 1 kilometer to Wollongong stadium and beach.

Room Tip: Level 3 has the better views either to the mountains or the opposite side overlooks a lovely histor...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank ShepLapstone
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Oz
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39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

Stayed for two nights in second week of December. Room was clean, bed comfy, aircon a little noisy. Handy to have access to laundry facilities. Good to wash off togs & running gear. My only complaints are - no wifi (though they are working on it) and it was a challenge to find. Tried to call for directions but couldn't get through!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank OzCarebear
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Sydney, Australia
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114 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Ours was just an overnight stay as were attending a concert in Wollongong and the Marketview worked well in this respect - central location, an easy walk from the entertainment centre, with free under cover car parking. Great staff, comfortable bed and good bathroom. But our room on the first floor had quite a bit of traffic noise and as it faced west, got quite hot, and we found the air-conditioning just a bit too noisy for a peaceful night's sleep. The rooms are small but functional. It was good value for money and can be recommended as such.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ittyfrog
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

This modern hotel (which I believe has some link to the IBIS chain), is managed by the University of Wollongong, and is available to the public during December and January. The hotel is about 10 mins walk from the railway station, 5 mins to the free city loop bus and 10 mins - 15 mins to the beach.

The rooms are modern, clean, air conditioned and well-appointed. The breakfast buffet was good and the staff exceptionally helpful.

Wollongong was a friendly, compact and welcoming city too with an excellent beach and coastline - a really pleasant surprise!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Andy N
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed overnight in a single room (double bed). Comfortable, clean and fairly quiet. Advertised queen bed felt more like a double and aircon was a bit touchy. Plenty of free underground parking at check in time but returning after a wedding (midnight) parking was full. Luckily on street parking was free and untimed on weekends so not too much hassle. Handy location near to everything. BEST value, lowest price in Wollongong.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank YFE
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Melbourne, Australia
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84 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

What a great place to stay!
We over nighted here in the middle of a long road trip. Arrived tired and a bit wrung out. Staff were really helpful, service was swift and good.
Rooms are tiny, but well fitted out, the hotel is close to everything and the staff were great.

Room Tip: Air con was noisy but not enough to keep me awake for long and it worked
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Craig G
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Additional Information about Marketview

Property: Marketview
Address: Corner Market & Church Street, Wollongong, New South Wales 2500, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Wollongong
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 15 Hotels in Wollongong
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Marketview 3.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located in the heart of Wollongong. Guests will experience the friendly service at Marketview (previous IBIS Wollongong) while making the most of this central location and enjoying all that Wollongong CBD has to offer. Marketview is walking distance to the beach, great cafes and restaurants, cinemas, the main shopping precinct, WIN Entertainment Centre and cultural events. Accommodation provided is in double rooms and all of the hotel rooms have private ensuites, air conditioners, flat screen TV, internet access, and tea and coffee making facilities. ... more   less 
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