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BreakFree on George
Ranked #92 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Melbourne, Australia
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56 reviews
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“A clean, reliable stay right on Darling Harbour!”
Reviewed 25 May 2011

We stayed at the Breakfree on George in an open plan two bedroom suite in February. The room was big and nicely set out, with two bathrooms and kitchenette. It wasn't so much two bedrooms as it was one bedroom with an ensuite and a second bed in the lounge room, but it was fine for us. It was quite expensive, but Sydney/Australia is, and it was pretty good value for the location (a few streets back from Darling Harbour).

The rooms were clean and modern, & had a handful of Cable TV channels. The bed was comfy but the pillows were REALKLY lumpy, and a few of the lamps etc around the bed were broken. The room wasn't the most soundproof, so we had a problem with noise on a few occasions- we could hear the people in the next room through the bathroom wall quite often, and one night the guys in the room behind us were SO loud for hours, but it was after a festival so that's to be expected. We also requested a balcony and got a dodgy little thing looking onto an alley way between four or more high-rise buildings, so didn't really go out there! They have a great room service-type deal with a number of restaurants (many different cuisines) that you can order from and have delivered to your room. We didn't take advantage of that service, but we thought it was a nice touch.

The staff were really friendly and stored our bags safely in a locked room while our room was being prepared, & the hotel is very secure (my husband walked off one night in a drunken state without his room key, and they wouldn't let him up until I'd confirmed that I knew him!). There's a Chinese restaurant just off the lobby, but we didn't eat there so can't comment on that.

The hotel itself is located in Chinatown, so it meant we were close to lots of great (cheap!) Asian restaurants. It's also in excellent proximity to Paddy's Markets, the Entertainment Centre, Cockle Bay, the IMAX theatre, and the beautiful Darling Harbour. It is a fair walk to Circular Quay (about half an hour, if I remember correctly) and the heart of the city, though, so probably not the place to stay if you want to be close to that side of things. Still, Darling Harbour is amazing and Sydney itself is beautiful, so the walk wasn't that big a deal.

Overall, we had a great stay and I'd definitely recommend it to others.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled with friends
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 26 May 2011
Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions from your stay at BreakFree on George Hotel.

I am naturally delighted that you enjoyed your stay and especially appreciate the comments on the location and staff service. I will be passing these on to them. Sorry about the pillows, I have asked that we replace any that appear lumpy. If you are inclined, I would appreciate knowing what room number you were on, so I can guarantee that we replace the pillows.

Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

Thank you again, I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Kind regards

Nathan Quinlan
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Reviewed 23 May 2011

The multiple bad reviews given to this establishment had my husband and I terrified about staying here. After our experience however, I have to chalk it up to some seriously finicky patrons.

This place was great! The location was prime for the price. We literally walked anywhere and everywhere around Sydney; from Darling Harbour, to Sydney Harbour, to Darlinghurst and Paddington. The food nearby was spectacular and the shopping was more than adequate.

The service was extremely friendly, courteous and helpful. They were able to get us into a room immediately after we arrived from our 15 hour flight from the U.S., so we could shower, rest, and get our vacation under way. They helped us check in for our flights and print off our boarding passes without charging us to use the expensive in-room internet service.

The room was ample in size and adequately clean. We even had a fridge to store food, and a stove to heat it up.

My *only* complaint/concern is the street noise. We were on the 9th floor and were frequently woken up by rowdy late night bar patrons, or the usual honking/engine roaring that's experienced in any major metropolitan area. I can't say this is necessarily the fault of the hotel though, unless they were to invest in soundproofing the windows.

In summary, we loved this hotel, and if you're the type of traveler who spends more time seeing the sights than being obsessed with what your hotel room looks like, I think you'll agree.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 26 May 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on your impression of BreakFree on George. I really appreciate your comments, and am especially delighted that you found the service so good.

Our location is definitely one of our greatest benefits and I am pleased that you found it so convenient for your stay in Sydney. I do apologise for the street noise, we do try our best to minimise any effect on our guests and are constantly replacing seals and latches on the windows to ensure minimal noise.

Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Yours sincerely,

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Hotel is in a great location, close to everything. Staff were friendly and helpful. The bed in our room was pretty bad, but you can get that anywhere.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 26 May 2011
I really appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts on our Hotel. I especially appreciate the comments on how friendly and helpful the staff were during your stay. I will be sharing your comments with them.

Thank you again for your comments. If you get a chance, please let me know the room number you stayed in, so we can have a look at the bed. We are in the process of replacing beds.

I look forward to welcoming you back to BreakFree on George soon.

Kind regards,

Nathan Quinlan
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 May 2011

I have stayed at Breakfree many times, one bedroom apartments and upwards are best, studios feel a tad small. Rooms have opening windows & sometimes you can get a balcony which is great for some fresh air. Can't ask for a better location, within walking distance to everything! Chinatown is at your door step and Paddy's Market is around the corner, main stream shopping is approx 10 mins walk but there are shops all along the way. Darling Harbour is is also a 10 min walk with heaps of Cafe's and restaurants! So overall, it is value for money!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 26 May 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your impressions from your recent stay at BreakFree on George Hotel.

I am naturally delighted to read your comments on your thoughts on the Hotel. Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

I look forward to welcoming you back, once again, to BreakFree on George soon.

Yours sincerely,

Nathan Quinlan
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Tas
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

My friend had called the hotel to book our room as we were 4 females travelling together and wanted separate beds. On arrival we were told the bed configuration was on request and couldn't be guaranteed unless you had called directly. (the person who had made the booking hadn't arrived yet so we couldn't argue this point at the time).

As we had two queen beds which wasn't what we wanted they offered to bring up a rollaway bed or make up the sofa bed. As there wasn't a lot of extra space in the room we opted for the sofa bed.

We were only given one key card for four people and told the machine to make new keys wasn't working and maybe working later tonight - it wasn't, nor the next couple of days after that. The one key that we had was also not very good and would take us a good 20 swipes until it finally worked. Or maybe we just had to hold our tongues right.

We did go down to reception later in the night to check if the key machine was working and found out they had added $45 to our room charge to make up the sofa bed! They finally agreed to take this off as I wasn't told when they said they would make up the sofa bed. This is despite the fact we were already paying $400 a night for bedding configuration that did not suit our needs AT ALL. We could have booked twin hotel rooms for that price.

My other main concern with this property was security. There was a key swipe in the lift but this wasn't working so you could get in the lift and go to any floor you liked. I went out walking early one morning and didn't take the one and only room key as the other girls would be able to let me in when I returned. I didn't consider that the entrance doors was locked and I would need the key until I returned. Before I had too much time to worry a delivery man came and buzzed to be let in. The person on reception didn't even look up from what he was doing and opened the door to let him in and I went on in unnoticed behind him.

Good things about this hotel, the location was great right near Chinatown and Darling Harbour and the Entertainment centre where we needed to go. The rooms were clean and tidy if a bit on the small side. We weren't bothered by the noise as we were on the higher levels.

Would I stay here again - probably not, unless I was desperate and the price was right. I expect when a booking is made for a 2 bedroom apartment with single beds in the 2nd room as was specified then that is what you get, it is what we booked and and paid for and is what we should have received. If we had known it couldn't be guaranteed we would not have stayed here.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 9 May 2011
Thank you for taking the time to pass on your experience whilst staying at BreakFree on George.

I was naturally disappointed to read your concerns with the bedding configuration and key swipe card during your stay. Please do accept my sincere apology for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

We do try where possible to provide all guest requests, but as you may understand, we do only have a limited amount of each room configuration and don’t have any 2 bedroom apartments that actually have 4 x single beds. However I must apologise again for the way that this was handled.

We have had an issue with our room key swipe cards or recent, majority of this issue has been now rectified. I apologise for the inconvenience caused.

Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

Should you care to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would welcome any further comment.

While unable to prevent the disappointment of your stay, I do hope we are given the opportunity to host you again when next in Sydney.


Kind regards,

Nathan Quinlan
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 5 May 2011

Cheap.
Location in China Town, walking distance to everything! Loved the convenience of this.
Small kitchen with all the basic necessities, nice bed, bathtub/shower, good living area. Everything was new and clean. Friendly staff.
My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed staying here overnight.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 9 May 2011
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your impression from your recent stay at BreakFree on George Hotel.

I am naturally delighted to read your comments on your stay – convenience, location, facilities, cleanliness and especially on the service you experienced from the staff. Your comments will be shared with the team.

Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the BreakFree on George Hotel soon.

Yours sincerely,

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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Kone, New Caledonia
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Reviewed 2 May 2011

* Location - great. Next to Chinatown, short walk, taxi, bus or train to various spots around Sydney.
* Arrival - difficult. Very limited parking in the area. Even in a taxi.
* Reception - it's like a shopping mall. Pedestrian traffic passes right through the lobby from one street to another. It's like trying to check in in the middle of a laneway.
* Checkin - room wasn't ready (even at 2pm). They asked me to leave my bags on a trolley in the lobby! See point above regarding foot traffic. No way was I leaving my bag unattended. I asked that it be securely stored. This request was met with a groan before being placed in the storage room.
* Finally my room was available - BUT they had to escort me TO OPEN THE DOOR. The key card system wasn't working so everytime I wanted to go back to my room I had to go via reception and get someone to come up and open my door.
* Inside the room tried to connect to internet (no wireless - needed to connect via cable). Cable connection broken! Asked for it to be fixed. Didn't hear back.
* Overall....not a great experience.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled solo
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NathanQuinlan, General Manager at BreakFree on George, responded to this review, 9 May 2011
Thank you for taking the time to pass on your experience whilst staying at BreakFree on George.

I was naturally disappointed to read you’re that your room was not ready by the 2pm check in time and there were issues with your internet cable. Please do accept my sincere apology for any inconvenience or disappointment caused. Your comments have been shared with the whole team.

Thank you again for your feedback, it is a vital tool in identifying our performance levels and maintaining quality standards, especially from a guest's point of view, and I really appreciate you taking the time to make these comments.

Should you care to discuss this further, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would welcome any further comment.

While unable to prevent the disappointment of your stay, I do hope we are given the opportunity to host you again when next in Sydney.

Kind regards,

Nathan Quinlan
General Manager
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Property: BreakFree on George
Address: Pacific International Apartmen 653 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#80 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — BreakFree on George 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Sydneys entertainment precinct, BreakFree on George Sydney offers accommodation to suit both business and leisure travellers. Just 35 minutes from Sydney airport and close to Capital Square Lightrail Station, Chinatown, The Star Casino, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Paddy's Market, Capitol Theatre, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Cockle Bay and Darling Harbour. BreakFree on George Sydney gives you access to all Sydney has on offer. The accommodation at BreakFree on George Sydney consists of studios, one and two bedroom apartments, all with high-speed broadband access, pay-to-view movies, selected Foxtel channels, lounge and dining area. Most apartments have private balconies (available on request), fully-equipped kitchen in two bedroom apartments, kitchenette in studios, one bedroom apartments, washer/dryer available in all two bedroom apartments, ISD/STD direct dial phones and voice mail message service, individually controlled air-conditioning and tea and coffee making facilities. We offer guest services at BreakFree on George Sydney including 24 hour reception, concierge and same day laundry service. From your doorstep take a short stroll and sample the best that Sydney City has to offer with multi-cultural dining, vibrant night life and a host of bars, clubs and entertainment catering for all ages and budgets. If shopping is on your wish list, the designer boutiques of Pitt Street and the bustling market style of Sydneys famous Paddys Markets are both within close proximity of BreakFree on George Sydney. BreakFree on George Sydney caters to a diverse range of travellers and is well suited those looking for affordable inner-city accommodation. Please provide your own baby blankets for the Baby Cot. Maintenance Notice: BreakFree on George is planning an upgrade of rooms from 10 July until 15 October 2017. The hotel plans to minimise disruption towards all guests, but understands there will be some inconvenience incurred. For more information please contact the hotel directly. ... more   less 
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