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McLaren Hotel
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in North Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2013

A quaint little hotel with lots of charm and character. Just a 10 minute walk to North Sydney train station and with free parking. I chose this hotel based on the many positive reviews and was not disappointed :)

Room Tip: We were in room 26 (I think). It had doors that opened to a small veranda area. Good if you smoke. O...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Stayed one night. My only night in Sydney. Very comfortable and relaxing and has a bed and breakfast feel rather than that of a hotel. Rooms are very spacious. The only downside was some of the furnishing a little jaded. But the beds were large and very comfortable. Although we used it only as a meeting point for the others travelled with, there was a lounge room for guests which was comfortable. Sadly I was on an alcohol fast and so the bottle of port for guests was left untouched. The breakfast in the 'conservatory' was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful in recommending places to eat and how to get to places we needed to get to. Would recommend and will go back.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 May 2013

I found the McLaren very comfortable and relaxing for a five night stay. All the staff I met were consistently welcoming and helpful. Owen, who looked after me for the first few nights, was always ready with information about restaurants and ferries, and making sure I had everything I needed. I found the room simple, but also charming and restful, and with a pleasant patio to sit out. I really loved having a window I could actually open (so often not possible in 'modern' hotel rooms). The breakfast room and garden were very pleasant, and it was especially delightful to also have a separate common lounge room if one did become a little tired of the same four walls. Thank you for making me really feel a 'guest' with that 'little extra', more than the usual impersonal feeling of most of the large hotels in which I've previously stayed in Sydney. I will be visiting again in the future.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled on business
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1  Thank AnnieJ68
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

The McLaren Hotel is in North Sydney, which is a train ride away from the city. This is a good thing, because the area is quiet and relaxed. The king rooms are spacious and we had doors opening on to a small shaded patio area which made a lovely change from the normal high rise hotel chains. Only criticism, the furnishings are a little on the jaded side. After checking in on a Saturday, we walked to the bustling North Sydney markets just around the corner in the Local council grounds, a very pretty landscaped area. A 20 minute walk towards the harbour took us to Lavender Park, an oasis of stunning shady parkland with views across to the city. Well worth the walk.

Room Tip: As ask for a king room with outside area
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

Stayed with my wife for four nights. We had a standard room near reception which was quite spacious. The hotel is more like a bed and breakfast. There was a big bathroom with a shower that could fit two people. The only downside was a slight musty smell but soon disappeared after having the window open for a while. There was a lounge room for guests which was good and also there was a bottle of port and glasses for guests. The breakfast was excellent and only cost $7.00. The staff were friendly and there was free parking under the building. Would recommend.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MAS06
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

We stayed at the McLaren on a recent trip to Sydney. It is a lovely old Federation building turned hotel. I would love to know more of the history of it but found it hard to locate much information. We stayed in a standard room but suspect the 'outstanding' ratings were for the king sized rooms as our standard was pretty basic. The area is quite good as far as access to the North Sydney train station and a number of good eating spots. We really like 'Safi' the Middle Eastern restaurant around the corner in Ridge Street. We note from one of the other reviews that a later checkout was no problem - we must have asked the wrong person about leaving our car for a while after checking out. We were told there was room but as checkout was 10am and we would be charged for leaving the car there after that - a set amount for a certain period of time and then by the hour. In over 30 years of staying in good quality Sydney hotels we have always been granted this courtesy free of charge presumably as a gesture of goodwill for future visits.

Room Tip: Select king sized rooms if you are expecting 'outstanding' accommodation.
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mclarenhotel, Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2013

Thanks for your feedback. Concerning the parking charges - we offer complimentary parking for our guests whilst they are staying at the hotel, something of a rarity in Sydney.
If a guest wishes to park a vehicle in the hotels car park after check-out a flat fee of $15 applies, which is still considerably less than the on-street metered parking or public car parks within the North Sydney district. We feel this cost is very reasonable considering we have limited spots available, and in times of high demand extra staff labour is required to move/park guest vehicles.
The courtesy provided by the hotel is reflected in the complimentary late-check out we had provided you with, and of course the free parking for the duration of your stay. Once again, thank you for your review and we hope to see you at The McLaren Hotel in the near future - perhaps this time in a Deluxe King room ;)

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

Can't add anything to all the other positive reviews. Just to reiterate: A lovely hotel in a beautiful leafy part of North Sydney. Very pleasant garden-view breakfast room - and excellent value at $7 for toast (various kinds), fruit, muesli, teas, coffee and newspapers. Helpful and friendly staff. Comfortable room and it was nice to be able to open the door onto the little private courtyard. Would certainly stay there again.

Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about McLaren Hotel

Address: 25 McLaren St, North Sydney, New South Wales 2060, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > North Sydney
Amenities:
Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in North Sydney
#4 Romantic Hotel in North Sydney
Price Range: £82 - £108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — McLaren Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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