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North Sydney Harbourview Hotel
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in North Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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110 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Great views!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights on floor 7 with a room that overlooked Luna Park and the Bridge. Absolutely stunning views at night with the city lit up on the horizon.

The location is fantastic with the hotel next door to North Sydney station and there are easy 10 minute walks downhill to the harbour side where you catch the ferry across to the Opera House (the walk back up the hill is a killer!)

Floor 7 definitely gets the full rumbling train treatment mentioned by others and was an issue for my partner. A room on a higher floor might be a better bet.

Breakfast for $30 ($20 for early starters!) was very average for a hotel of this supposed quality. I arrived about 8.45am and most of the hot food in the buffet had been run down to the last dregs without being refilled. Either a cost saving measure or poor service from the kitchen.

A charge for wifi is a pretty cheap stunt for a hotel that caters for business people but it is somewhat made up for by the excellent $4 happy hour in the bar which runs every day from 6pm to 7pm.

Staff on the whole were cheerful and helpful although the side was somewhat let down by 'Mr Grumpy' who checked us in. We were thoughtless enough to interrupt his personal conversation that he was having with his colleague and he certainly wasn't happy in having to interrupt his gossip update to deal with us!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Harbourview_Hotel, Front Office Manager at North Sydney Harbourview Hotel, responded to this review, 24 April 2014
Dear Simon S,

Thank you for your additional feedback and suggestions which have been noted. I have discussed the matters you raised with each department manager concerned. My apologies for any inconvenience caused.

If you would like to contact me direct I would be happy to discuss the issues you raised further. You can call me on 02 9955 0499.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Best Regards,
Levon Karkour
Front Office Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

We last weekend spent a night at the Harbourview Hotel as part of a package deal to see The Lion KIng.
As our coach drew into the kerb we were met by the friendly and informative Welcoming Manager who explained basic information and distributed Room Keys. By the time we reached the foyer our luggage had been unloaded and was ready waiting for us.
Our room was spacious and spotlessly clean and comfortable with the basics one would assume.The view across Luna Park to the Harbour Bridge and the finger wharves, even from the third floor, was magnificent. The restaurant had a similar outlook.
We had a delicious dinner at the hotel, with alternates of chicken and beef served flexibly, before being transported in the the performance.
Breakfast next morning provided a wide range of well cooked and well presented alternatives.
I look forward to my next visit to the Harbourview.
Gluten-free and other dietary special requests were handled smoothly.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

If you love train noise this is the hotel for you. Lovely room, spotless, spacious, great food, would never stay there again as I got no sleep with trains rumbling under my window all night long, it was like a earthquake rumbling and the bottles in the mini bar rattled!! Such a shame as the hotel itself and the staff were really nice.

Room Tip: Ask for a room well away from the railway line, mine was directly over it.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Ballina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

We have just returned from a long weekend in Sydney. I travelled with my husband and two adult daughters. When in Sydney we usually stay with friends, so it was our first time as a family in an hotel there.
The Harbourview was well chosen by my husband. Because we are a nuclear of family of four, they allowed us to stay in a family room. 2 nights with full buffet breakfast for 4 adults was included in the price of $500. Very good value when adding airfares and theatre tickets.
My husband was a little disappointed that our room did not look across to the Opera House, Rocks and Walsh Bay, but we did have a spectacular view east to Kirribilli and Mosman.
The beds were very soft and the room clean. At the end of the hall we had no corridor or lift noise.
The hotel is directly above North Sydney station and you can feel and hear the trains below, but there is no hectic traffic, nightclub or hooligan noise.
We just went down below to the station to get across to the city or enjoyed the scenic walk down hill to Milson's Point Ferry Stop. ( By a 24 hour or weekly ticket) It is easy to travel straight to and from the airport via train. We would happily stay there again.

We enjoyed a quiet Sunday morning in a Blues Point Café.

Room Tip: All rooms have a view of the Harbour, it depends if you want a city or eastern view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Stayed 4 nights. 13th floor, views are astounding. Trains are noticeable and start early but you gotta get up? We loved it. The room was spacious, clean, everything worked. The a/c actually responded to our temp request. The shower was a rain-type and very effective, the window to the bedroom was different. Staff were excellent. The bar was pleasant. Skipped the restaurant in favour of local options. North Syd is much quieter than the CBD and very office-orientated; so evening restaurants are limited but some good within walking distance. Parking worked well. Definitely would return. I do object though to the chargeable wifi. This is a utility that should be provided. Also the CC fee is just another annoyance.

Room Tip: Higher floor for view and noise avoidance. West wing preferable.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

It's only too often that things turn out to be not quite what they seem, but that certainly isn't the case here. With breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour and the bridge this really is an ideal stopover location.
The breakfasts are well presented and I can certainly vouch for the in room catering. Just thing thing after a trip or long day at the office.
The staff have always been most helpful and obliging.
Whilst directly above the approach to North Sydney station, you do become accustomed to the trains, but they do not run all night. I find them quite therapeutic actually?

Room Tip: Rooms above 8th are quietest from train noise. I believe there are 2 rooms per floor without a harbo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Largs Bay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

Stayed here for a week on business. View spectacular over Luna Park towards the bridge. really interesting to have a glass partition as one of the walls between the bathroom and rest of the room, still got to see the bridge while you showered.
some great eateries within a short walk of the hotel. If you don't feel like exploring then eat in or enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar. Only downfall for me was the bed was too soft, with a view like the one I had from the eleventh floor it was easy to negate this one area. The staff were all delightful and the hotel overall gets a big tick,

Room Tip: Anything that over looks the harbour
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Property: North Sydney Harbourview Hotel
Address: 17 Blue St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > North Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in North Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — North Sydney Harbourview Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The North Sydney Harbourview Hotel is minutes away from Sydney CBD, separated by the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and offers magnificent views of the harbour and city skyline. The Hotel is within easy access to the City, Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, the Rocks Village & Mary MacKillop Place and is right next door to North Sydney Train Station. ... more   less 
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