It’s our second stay at the Great Southern, chosen because of its proximity to Central Station. We were flying out the following morning so it’s a short walk from the hotel to the station.
China town and Haymarket are around the corner with a multitude of different eateries on offer. We grabbed some fruit before the markets closed and were able to see the Chinese New Year procession and fireworks in the evening.
Check-in was pleasant, friendly and efficient and our room 430 was clean and neat. The floor carpet however had several stains on it along with 2 highly visible square patches. The room provides a king bed (two singles pushed together) ample wardrobe space, spare pillows and blankets, table, chair, tea & coffee and a mini fridge.
The bathroom is huge and equipped for a disabled person. However, some of the wall fittings were loose, but we didn’t have to use them so it was not a problem for us. The shower had good water pressure and shampoo and body wash were provided. It too was clean and adequate. One fault was the lack of shelf space in the bathroom Regular travellers usually carry a small bathroom bag but there’s no shelf to put it on. This problem was the same in the room we stayed in previously.
One extremely annoying thing was the television. For some inexplicable reason, the sound volume on some channels was very loud to the point where it could have bothered guests in adjoining rooms. The sound volume on those channels could not be adjusted with the remote control so that meant we were very restricted in our choice of TV. I didn’t report it to the desk as it was a Sunday evening and I thought no staff would have been available to rectify the problem. Breakfast at the markets is substantially cheaper than the hotel and its only a 3 minute walk.
While the Great Southern is one of the oldest hotels in Sydney, and has been refurbished many times and I think it’s just about due again. The room and corridor carpets are starting to show their age. WiFi is available for a fee which is way in excess of the cost to the hotel. With so many travellers requiring internet usage its high time that enlightened hotel management absorbed the fee in the room rate. If we had been staying for a longer period, we would have chosen other accommodation that provided free internet access.
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