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.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Hotwire, Agoda, Orbitz, Travelocity, Cancelon, getaroom.com, Cheap Tickets and TripOnline SA so you can book your Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Watsons Bay