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Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Watsons Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 13, 2013

Although recently renovated, and somewhat stylish, the inescapable smell of deep fried fat reminds you that you're staying in a pub... Which is all well and good if you expect to be staying in a pub, but touted as a "boutique hotel" and charging as the name would suggest, leads to a certain expectation... One sadly not met.

Rooms are nicely done, and bed comfortable. The tv is digital, passed through a video on demand service - $12 per film. The tv reception is unstable with regular 10sec digital dropouts. Cleanliness is ok, the missus pointed out the lack of dusting, but overall certainly not dirty. No mini bar, instead guests are pointed to a vending machine, which just now ate my money, and prompted me to sit down and get this out of the system...

Continental breakfast is a very low budget affair - ski yoghurt tubs and mini cartons of corn flakes et al. Toast with limited toppings. No cheese, no meat, no eggs. Warm breakfast and barista coffee available only as a paid extra. Great location to have breakfast and you won't go hungry, but... meh. On the upside, you can learn of the inner workings of the hotel by partaking in the daily morning manager's meeting held at the same time in the restaurant (beware, it can get rowdy!)

Staff are pleasant and friendly, but one gets the impression that the current staff are all new, and don't know much, needing to delegate questions often, and not giving the impression of a slick, well oiled service.

My review really comes down to expectations. Expect a boutique hotel with the trimmings (as you might expect from the price and website) and you'll be let down. Expect a pub hotel in great condition in a great location, and swallow the cost, and you'll be fine.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

I stayed at this hotel last weekend for a girl's night and we had such a great time. The hotel is easily accessible via a ferry from the city, and a pretty traverse at that. We were upgraded to a Harbour View Suite which was incredibly well presented; clean and spacious. The venue itself is deceptively big. We started our night with some cocktails in the Top Deck bar overlooking the panoramic harbour view, the cocktails were quite strong and served in coconuts which was a nice touch. We also shared some salads and salt and pepper calamari - the portions were huge for side meals.

The venue was clean, professional and provided a really nice quiet break from the city. Will go again. GREAT vibe on a weekend.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank brookesimonea
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Night buzzer didn't work.
Footprint on the doona cover.
Room not made up/serviced.
Breakfast with the cacophony of a high pressure hose and vacuum cleaner.
Ran out of all their cocktail specials by 6pm.
Lovely location, nicely renovated rooms but expensive hotel that is very poorly managed

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Thank DubaiJanine
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Doyle's pub used to be a special haven to spend a lovely afternoon with friends, good food, good wine and of course great location. The location as always is wonderful but the food was very disappointing to say the least. Won't eat there again next time in Sydney - very disappointing.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Janine582
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Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the hotel for 1 night...what a tease. You need to stay the whole weekend.

I had however purchased a deal through Groupon. What a bargain. A welcome bottle of bubbles, breakfast, late check out and the use of bikes and rods if you felt the need. We unfortunately did not have time for the last two.

The room was a great size, with a beautiful bath overlooking the room and our view of the harbour and city.

It's a shame that the decor in the room doesn't match that of the Sunset Room but if that's the only thing I could pick on them for that would be it.

We decided to utilise the view for dinner and ordered food from the main menu which they happily delivered it to us with a smile. We sat back and listened to the tunes of the hotel below. And by the way the food was tasty!

We woke at 5.15 am the following morning to watch the sunrise from The Gap. If you can get yourself up that early... Do it! The walk is a lovely way to start the day.

We returned for breakfast which was beautifully presented. It's continental with the option to order hot food if you please. Fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt... It was yummy!

Thank you Laura for your smiling face and making sure the flowers were delivered to our room.

Room 108 or 109 would be the best choice for us.

We're hoping to stay again soon!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank time2travel88
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Stunning location. Beautiful rooms with luxurious bathrooms with deep soaking tub. Breakfast very nice & delicious food next door at Doyles. Staff are obliging. We stay here for our "girls weekends" and always enjoy it. Renovations downstairs in the restaurant bar areas complete on Friday so we're looking forward to that on our next visit.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights, it was well appointed, clean, comfortable and beautifully located which made for a pleasant experience but what made it memorable was the staff.
They treated us like we were the only ones there the whole time, courteous, friendly, helpful, fun the list goes on.
I have no hesitation in recommending people stay at this establishment purely on the strength of the staff.
The meals were lovely, quick and not overpriced.
A drink in the front bar was enjoyable and reasonably priced
I hope to be back in Sydney in the future and you can rest assured at least one night will be at the Watsons Bay Hotel.

Room Tip: Our group had a selection of rooms. All were more than satisfactory from all reports
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Andrew H
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Additional Information about Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel

Address: 1 Military Road, Watsons Bay, Woollahra, New South Wales 2030, Australia
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Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Woollahra > Watsons Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Watsons Bay
Price Range: $194 - $369 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Iconic and memorable, welcome to the world renowned Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, Sydney's premier accommodation, event and dining destination. Escape to this exclusive seaside oasis and enjoy a relaxed Yacht Club ambiance with a million dollar view. Our beachside-chic hotel is directly grounded in the sandy shoreline of Watsons Bay atop unobstructed panoramic views of sparkling Sydney Harbour from a quiet, exclusive enclave. Boasting 31 light filled suites all appointed with timeless furnishings, king size beds, elegant marble bathrooms and floor to ceiling windows, each room enjoys impressive views ranging from the breathtaking Sydney Harbour to the lush greenery of Robertson Park. Each of our boutique rooms exude a relaxed beachside-chic aesthetic and are appointed with modern amenities including complimentary wi-fi, plasma TVs, air conditioning, plush bathrobes, tea and coffee making facilities and Peter Morrissey toiletries. A complimentary Australian continental breakfast is included daily with all rooms. We also offer variety of great dining options, incorporating fresh produce into our menus with a fun and contemporary list of wines, beers and cocktails. ... more   less 
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