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“Charming and very comfortable”
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McLaren Hotel
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in North Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Brisbane, Australia
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36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Charming and very comfortable”
Reviewed 23 January 2014

This was a pleasant find, our room had a king sized bed which was comfortable, and our room had everything we needed for a very reasonable price.

A continental breakfast was an additional $8 which was very good value, the dining room was pleasant and surrounded by pretty gardens. Newspapers were available to read in the dining room.

Overall if you need to be in the North Sydney area it would be hard to look past this hotel, we would certainly go back again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

I generally avoid staying in North Sydney as pretty much all the hotels are poor and overpriced.

My client booked me into the McLaren for a short business trip - I was sceptical given past experience in North Sydney - but from the moment I walked in it was a really nice experience. Owen was very polite and showed me to my room and made sure everything was sorted. The continental breakfast for $8 is just perfect - cereal, fruit, toast, and coffee...

I agree with some of the other reviewers that the furnishings are dated - but the bed is pretty damn comfortable!

If you need to be in our around North Sydney this is a really nice hotel option.

Room Tip: The school on the eastern side of the building has a major construction project going on and they st...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Sydney
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This lovely small hotel has been our 'home away from home' on many occasions over the last few months. We have stayed in quite a few of the rooms (except the suite) and they are all tastefully decorated, staying true to the era of the old heritage building, whether you are in the old part of the building or the new part at the back. The beds are huge and very comfortable. Bathrooms are small but perfectly adequate. Towels are thick and toiletries are provided.

In between the old and the new buildings is a light and airy breakfast room,where, for $8 you can help yourself to the sort of breakfast you might have at home - cereals, fruit (prunes, peaches in syrup) fruit juice, breads, crumpets or muffins with nice jams and marmalades (even Vegemite) tea and filtered coffee. Fresh fruit is also provided.

Parking underneath the building is first come first served, and most of the time there is a spot. If not, there is free parking after 6pm in the streets outside. North Sydney train station is about 10-15 minutes downhill from the hotel.

The hotel is well situated for the monthly gourmet produce market run each month directly across the road (3rd Saturday each month) and a 10-15 minute walk north up the Pacific Highway will have you at Crows Nest where there are about 100 eateries to choose from for a cheap or expensive meal. There is a good pub just around the corner (next to the police station!)

The staff are very welcoming, and the rooms are well maintained.

All in all, a delightful place and good value so close to the city!

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet, as the hotel is in a quiet street.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Mornington, Australia
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

My wife and I were sad to leave this wonderful hotel after our recent stay. It was the first time we stayed and we will stay there again whenever we travel to Sydney. Beautiful old hotel, well maintained, lovely rooms with access to an outside sitting area. It is in a fabulous location, minutes walk to the North Sydney station and Blues Point Road where there are some wonderful cafes and restaurants. Friendly staff, all in all a great hotel. One small criticism, the towels were small and not soft, as I said a small criticism and did not detract from what was a wonerful experience.

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms at the back had nice outdoor areas to sit outside.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Very Quite Place. Perfect for family stay. Hence Ideal location.
Superb surrounding. Markets and Offices close by.
Not far from all main attaractions. Max 15mins to Sydney Harbour.
Close to the train station.
Good clean place.
I would Definately recommend people to stay in this hotel.

Will surely visit again and will only stay in this hotel.

Room Tip: No Sp in this hotel. But not something I was looking for.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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mclarenhotel, Front Office Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Thank you for staying at The McLaren and we are glad you enjoyed your stay.
Your positive & helpful comments are much appreciated.
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East Maitland
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40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2013

Loved this hotel, great location, very clean, spacious room and friendly staff. Beautiful old building with a lovely peaceful breakfast room, $8 breakfast simple but sufficient. Will definitely recommend to friends and family.

Room Tip: The Tara suite, great balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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mclarenhotel, Front Office Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Christine. Thank you for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in our feature room, the Tara Suite. Recommendations to friends and family are very much appreciated.
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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

My first stay at the McLaren is coming to end as I write this and it has been for one full week. It is perfectly located near my work and has the added benefit of some secure parking included. The staff at the Hotel I presume are largely family members and that is the feel you get when staying here. Billy and his team run this hotel very well from the initial email communication (prompt and concise) as well as a sense of pride in welcoming you to their lovely establishment.

The rooms are very clean and with cleaning staff constantly working around the hotel, both inside and out. Breakfast is offered for a very reasonable cost (quite rare for hotels in this location and the city) and perhaps as important as anything else, WI-FI is exceptional. There are a number of zones set up throughout the hotel to ensure good reception wherever you may be (including in the garden area) at very good speeds which is very impressive and welcome.

I expect to be back at the McLaren very shortly for more work based stays and can recommend the McLaren very highly for all the reasons mentioned above.

Regards,
Scott Crank

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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mclarenhotel, Front Office Manager at McLaren Hotel, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Scott. Thank you very for your positive review. These broad & descriptive comments are what we look for and appreciate as feedback. We look forward to assisting your future accommodation visits to North Sydney.
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Property: McLaren Hotel
Address: 25 McLaren Street, 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:
Ranked #4 of 9 Hotels in North Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — McLaren Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 27
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