As long as you understand what you're getting yourself in to, Ravesis is a wonderful place to stay in buzzing Bondi Beach. It is important to understand that Ravesis' 12 rooms are located above a busy bar on the corner of two main roads. During my stay I was not at all affected by noise but I was aware that it could be a problem - particularly at closing time around 1am or 2am as patrons pour out in to the street. ****This was not the case during my stay****. It lacks some common hotel facilities like lobby, gym etc.
I booked the cheaper Side View Room (Room 8 at $269 per night) and was delighted to discover I had stunning views of the beach from the well positioned arm chair in front of the windows. I could read the paper and gaze out the french doors to the stunning Bondi Beach. Great way to spend the weekend!! The only improvement would be if the bed was flipped around - then you'd have a view from the bed. I discussed this with the front desk staff and they said it had been brought up multiple times with management. I would think it was an obvious and easy fix, but regardless it was a nice room. The windows could also do with a set of shear curtains. The black out drapes are wonderful for sleeping but with them open you can see in to the room from the street.
I found the linen to be lovely, the bed was very comfortable, armchairs large and inviting, staff courteous. I left the doors open to the juliette balcony which, although I couldn't sit on it, was large enough for me to stand on and enjoy the view. The bathrooms are a little old fashioned but the shower (over the bath) was good - great pressure and plenty of hot water. There is no power point in the bathroom so I couldn't blow-dry my hair in front of the mirror but that's not a make or break for me.
If you are looking for a laid-back spot to enjoy a weekend break then this comes highly recommended. Just 10 minutes from Surry Hills and 15 from the CBD, you're close to everything but will feel miles away. Plenty of super cafes and restaurants on your doorstep - try Speedos or Le Paris Go for breakfast and North Bondi Italian for a long lazy lunch.
Accommodation in Sydney is notoriously expensive but this is pretty good value for money. I'll be back.
Side View Room 8 is practically beach front and has stunning views at a much lower rate that the Bea...
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