We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Small, basic, clean, does the job!”

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bondi
Reviewed September 14, 2012

These 'serviced apartments' are more like hotel rooms with an add on kitchenette...

Pros
Free parking right outside your room
Clean
Friendly staff
5 minutes from the beach
Basic kitchennette facilities

Cons
Small rooms
Noisy (especially if you are towards the back of the building where there are tenants above you and a tennis court behind you)

Room Tip: Stay away from the noisy back of the building
See more room tips
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank suitecasediary
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (159)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

104 - 110 of 159 reviews

Reviewed September 14, 2012

I've stayed here several times when visiting Sydney. It's fine. Don't get nervous. But, especially if you're from USA where at least the ideal is "customer rights" (even if you often don't get them), lower your expectations about service. They work more on a vacation rental basis (hence the silly rental agreement at check-in) rather than a hotel-style set up, the latter, I assume covered by other laws.

Bondi was a working class suburb before the urban renewals, and the movie stars moved in, starting in the 1980's-90's and this place looks like a low end 1950's motel that's been tastefully, albeit economically, updated. That's why there's no central heating and you have to take plastic and tape for that open bathroom window if you're going to be here in a Sydney winter. (My windows were screened, so no mosquito problems). Winter heating is an oxymoron for vacation rentals in Australia - approx. May through September. I've felt colder in Australia at night in their winter than a US Midwest winter. Check on heating at any place less than four star if you're going in winter and you feel the cold. But Sydney winter days can be really beautiful if it's sunny.

This place is good if you need free parking and want to save some money on snacks and the lighter meals. For me, it's a 10-15 minute walk (better to catch the bus down) to the beach and the main restaurant, cafe and night life areas of Bondi. And a ten minute bus ride to some of the best in Sydney shopping at Bondi Junction.

On the three occasions I stayed, I found the "studio apartment" very clean, the bed comfortable, the linen not threadbare, and the size good, with ample closet and storage space. The bathroom needs help, has no storage, but is ok and there's good shower pressure and hot water. There does seem to be a recurring problem of non-working lights, but they try to fix them within 24 hours of reporting. The TV is a joke and the coffee table just in the right location and right height and size to always trip over. They also have a silly system for after-hours arrival with extremely poor instructions. Be prepared.

The place is overpriced, but you're not going to find anything with free parking and a kitchenette that's cheaper in this area. Bondi is a tourist trap for accommodation. But it's a great place to visit and has excellent public transport. It's half-way to Doyle's at Watson's Bay (a bus service on Old South Head Road a few blocks away, takes you straight to it - you'll never find parking in summer). That's my favorite place for some of the best fresh seafood in the WORLD, simply prepared - even though it's $45 (3/2012) for "Entree" (Main course) - and as much fish and chips as you can eat - the bottomless plate, last time I heard. It has a ground floor clear view over Sydney Harbor straight to the city skyline. Get to Doyle's Watsons Bay at least once and do a Cafe crawl around Bondi Beach. There're lots of them. If you like the best in Jewish style desserts, get to the Gelato Bar (very little Gelato, lotsa large serves of cakes etc.) on the beach.

Anyone coming from the USA (excluding big cities) is going to get sticker shock for accommodation and a cuppa Joe. Never expect a bottomless cup, (even their biggest cups are 10 oz) and say goodbye to a server walking around with a coffee pot with brewed, (stale, weak?) coffee.

Overall I've always been comfortable at Ultimate (superficial?) Apartments, but it's no frills. I can put up with unhelpful, and even rude, reception staff who won't have any real tourist or transport info and I don't need the services provided in a standard hotel -- like you'll have to wash the towels yourself in their laundry if you want fresh ones before your week is up.

Room Tip: Comfortable, but no frills and no service.
See more room tips
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled solo
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Enlightened108
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 12, 2012

Our first trip to Australia and we travelled in what is Aussie winter

Sadly our first stay was in Bondi which as a town isn't the hive of activity that you'd picture when talking about Bondi Beach

In terms of apartments the location is on the edge of the main Bondi Beach area, which although is a only a 5 minute brisk walk away is a distance in the cold evenings...

... which brings us to what one other reviewer has said

The Bathroom windows are permanently open which isn't a problem in terms of mosquito's but the inadequate heaters meant sleep was a problem throughout the five day stay

Also having to pay $30 for wifi access limited to one device was far too expensive but the only option available

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank altrinchamhq
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 12, 2012

Basic but clean apartments far enough away from Bondi Beach to avoid the noise and party goers, but close enough to get to the beach strip after a quick stroll. The age of the apartment is obvious but the benefits such as secure off street parking and quietness outweigh this. We stayed for five nights and couldn't have been happier. Close to cafes and shops for supplies and with a bus stop right outside it's just fantastic.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Carolyn B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

Was booked in to here for a few nights while I worked in bondi. Couldn't believe how nice it was for the price. The location is good just a short walk to local shops and cafes, secure off street parking and the room was mostly modernised. The bathroom was a little aged still but overall it was a nice stay

  • Stayed: April 2012
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank Followthework
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 29, 2012

We stayed there for short periods during an extended visit to see family; we had to change our dates, the staff couldn't have been more obliging. The apartments were well kept and had all that we needed. They are right on a bus stop to the beach and to central Sydney. Useful laundry facilities. There is no attendant on premises out of office hours and noisy neighbours and tennis courts at the back can be a problem. It's not luxury but for Sydney it was really good value and we would go back, but not in winter.

Room Tip: ask for a quiet room if you want peace
See more room tips
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank jamesandviv
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 20, 2012

We recently spent a week at the Ultimate Apartments. This hotel met my expectations exactly. The rooms were clear and with all the essentials. There was a great kitchenette to prepare meals and the size of the room was excellent. It was only a few minutes walk to the beach front and wee could park the care we hired there for free outside our room. I

liked the basic but up to date decor and think that compared to other budget accommodation or much more expensive serviced apartments, it was very good value. The building is an older style, but its well maintained and very nice and quiet. Staff were friendly and efficient. Well recommended for 3.5 star .

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Phillip H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Bondi
Bondi Beach
Adina Apartment Hotel Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach
Hotel Bondi
Hotel Bondi
#4 of 9 in Bondi
182 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
Coogee
Coogee Sands Hotel & Apartments
Bondi Beach
QT Bondi
QT Bondi
#3 of 9 in Bondi
182 reviews
Coogee
Coogee Bay Hotel
Coogee Bay Hotel
#5 of 6 in Coogee
283 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach

Address: 59 O'Brien St, Bondi, New South Wales 2026, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Bondi > Bondi Beach
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 Hotels in Bondi
Price Range: $126 - $168 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach 3.5*
Number of rooms: 45
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Travelocity, Booking.com, Hotels.com, Ctrip TA, Hotwire, TripOnline SA, Cancelon, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd and HotelQuickly so you can book your Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach 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:
Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach Hotel Bondi Beach
Ultimate Apartments Bondi Beach Sydney

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing