I chose this hotel because it is close to UNSW and it is relatively new. The location was excellent as it is poised between the University and Coogee - both within an easy walk. One reviewer mentioned that the rooms are very small - this is true - but they are functional. However, my biggest disappointment was the cleanliness. The patio table was very dirty, cigarette butts on the patio floor, ledge above the bed was covered with at least 2 weeks of dust; dirty finger prints on the bathroom door. Someone did come in and remove the cigarette butts from the patio but then left the door unlocked so that my room was open during the day when I was away.
My room overlooked the communal area in back and the table was littered with cigarette butts as were the gardens. This was a gathering place and at night, was quite noisy. My room was on the quiet side of the building and I found that by closing windows and turning on the air conditioning that I could get quite a good night's sleep as noise was masked.
The other disappointment was regarding small things - only 4 hangers and when I requested more, was told this was the standard and there were no more available. No hand towels or face cloths. Check-out is at 10 and check-in at my next hotel was at 2pm. The office closes at noon-4pm so there was no place to store luggage, which proved an inconvenience. I am not sure how this works for people checking in to the Blenheim as their check-in is also at 2pm. In my case, my flight arrived early and they were able to accommodate me with an early check-in. The reception staff were friendly and after several complaints did reduce the cost of my stay a small amount.
I found Sydney very expensive (as compared to Canada) and this hotel, expensive for what I got. However, the location is excellent if you are visiting UNSW. With a little bit of effort in the area of cleanliness, this hotel would better live up to its advertising.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Blenheim Randwick is a modern and sophisticated boutique style accommodation in the heart of Randwick. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and private balcony. There is an on-site kitchen and laundry for guests to use, perfect for long and short term stays. Lift and stair access. The property is across the road from the Sydney Children's Hospital, and close to the Prince of Wales Hospital and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). ... more less
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