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Dive Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Coogee
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 18, 2012

Having required somewhere to stay in Coogee for one night, so as to be able to attend a family gathering, The Dive was just what was needed. Not expensive (by Sydney standards), clean and right in the middle of Coogee (next to The Coogee Beach Hotel) and also conveniently close to the bus terminal. The excellent selection of dogs at The Dive requires animal lovers but they were certainly not a problem. Basic breakfast included. Excellent staff. Definitely worth investigating.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms do not have a sea view - which is a pity but not a real problem.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

The positive about the Dive is that it's in a great spot on the beach front in coogee which is absolutely lovely. The hotel itself wasn't what I expected, you are basically staying in someone's house, dogs and all!. The room was fine, but with an extremely small bathroom! We stayed for 3 nights and although the hotel was more reasonably priced compared to some in sydney I still wouldn't say it was good value for money.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Finding affordable accommodation in the Sydney area is difficult, and I was happy to find this one. The location is great - opposite a pretty beach and a very throbbing seaside town of Coogee, full of busy eateries on Saturday night. The staff were very helpful, and they have thought of everything a backpacker might need - able to leave our luggage on our final day, borrow beach towels, have a shower, even after we'd vacated our room. Free wifi is always a big bonus. The room was fine, but the view of a blank wall less than a metre away was a bit disappointing. However, it pushed us to get out and about. Lovely coastal walkway north to Bondi Beach and also southwards. The breakfast was help yourself in the kitchen/reception area - very laid back. You could sit inside or outside in the bamboo surrounded little courtyard. The owners love animals, so there is a large, soft dog around. There is an airport shuttle minibus to the airport, which collects you from the door and takes about 40 minutes, and is $15, if I remember correctly. Lots of stairs and a short steep hill up to the property can make it hard work with heavy bags. It's quite an old building - stained glass in the windows for instance - but it is well preserved.

Room Tip: I wonder if there are rooms with sea views? If so, they would be wonderful!
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Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 28, 2012

Nice and clean rooms, near the beach, boutique hotel, breakfast could improve with better quality food and beverages, e.g. organic products.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

The woolly dogs, friendly welcome and communal breakfast were immediately relaxing after a long flight. Easy locationto reach quickly from the airport, and a short hop to the city by bus or taxi. Our room had the look of a loft -- a pleasant break from look-alike hotel rooms. Ok, the sink is tiny, but blue tiled bathroom decor more than made up for it. Although we didn't have an ocean view, the thick golden bamboo surrounding our balcony and the breakfast area created a really nice atmosphere. Right across the road from Coogee beach, so plenty of nice places to walk. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Room Tip: The room with a bamboo surrounding it was a nice sized, airy space for 2. And we could still hear th...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 15, 2012

Thankfully, Dive Hotel doesn't live up to its name. Situated on Coogee beachfront, this small hotel is a great base for Sydney beaches. The staff are friendly and welcoming, as are the loveable dogs, George and Lucus. The atmosphere is laid back, with a 'help yourself' breakfast incl great coffee machine for mornings, which can be enjoyed in the kitchen or outside on the garden terrace. We stayed in both the premier ocean room and the ocean room. Both have excellent views of the beach and private balconies. The premier room is larger, with your very own corridor, larger bedroom and larger bathroom with a bath and shower. Both rooms are equipped with a fridge and a proper hair dryer, and all rooms get wifi. Rooms are modern, clean and cool. The hotel also has smaller rooms without the ocean view, but I think it's worth that bit extra for the space and the views. The hotel also has a waching machine and dryer, so perfect if you are travelling for some time. Coogee and it's many restaurants, shops and bars are all a stroll away, and the bus stop opposite serves Circular Quay. It's also a great place to start the coastal walk to Bondi, and feel assured of a warm welcome back after all that exercise, and non stop chilled water in the fridge.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

Stayed at the Dive Hotel while visiting Coogee for a friend's wedding. The hotel was in an awesome location, right next door to the Coogee Bay Hotel which happened to be where our friends were getting married!

There were three of us sharing a room and we didn't feel cramped - plenty of space. The room was equipped with the usual - iron and ironing board, air conditioning, bar fridge, microwave etc. The bathroom was quite tiny, and I did find the sink a little odd when trying to brush my teeth, but it's a bathroom (it doesn't need to be massive!).

The best part of this hotel was the complimentary breakfast. So good to just pop downstairs, have a few slices of vegemite toast with a cup of tea while sitting outside reading the newspaper. Also on offer was ceral, fruit, youghurt and of course, coffee! What made this hotel even more enjoyable and like home was George (a golden retriever) lying around in the shade and a resident cat. Being an animal person, I loved it!

This little gem is in a great location, steps away from the beach. Would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Dive Hotel

Address: 234 Arden St, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Randwick > Coogee > Coogee
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Coogee
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Coogee
#4 Luxury Hotel in Coogee
Price Range: $144 - $245 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dive Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If it's a Sydney beach hotel you're after, there's none better located than Dive Hotel. It's 20 minutes drive from Sydney Airport and the City. It's a door-to-door bus ride away to the City, Opera House,NSW Uni, Randwick Racecourse, Aussie Stadium, and Cricket Ground.And it's a frisbee throw away to parks and pools, clifftop walks and Coogee's thriving restaurant, pub, club and cafe culture. It featured in Travel & Leisure USA, Conde Nast Traveler, NY Times,Time Out, Lonely Planet, London Observer and Guardian.Surf the net to your heart's content, thanks to free Wi-Fi. It's just one of the practical things that a Dive room provides. No expensive mini-bar, but a well-equipped kitchenette, with a fridge, microwave, tea, coffee and milk etc. There's free-to-air cable television, and a portable CD player. All rooms have aircon and a state-of-the-art stainless steel and blue tiled bathroom with a decent-sized hairdryer and a grown-up iron and board.Please note that there are 2 dogs on hotel premises. ... more   less 
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