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The Great Southern Hotel
Ranked #96 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
Long Jetty, Australia
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80 reviews
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“Good value and location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

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.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

smelly room, no cleaning, air conditioning is extremely noisy, windows do not open, empty, but noisy fridge with icebergs inside, 50AUD deposit never returned.

location is great, only 200m to Paddy's market. lots of pubs and restaurants nearby

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

Old fashioned in a kind way. Rooms basic but clean.Tea and Coffee as well as a fridge. Great situ for Paddy's market and Chinatown with Darling harbour only a short walk away. Also close to the central station.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Myself and my wife this hotel on 18-01-2014 morning. We were received at the reception. We could use their bathrooms immediately to freshen up. Though our check in time was 2 p.m., the receptionist offered to keep our luggage with them. Since we didn't have much luggage, we carried with us. Then, at 2 p.m. we could check in easily. The next day morning we had to check out at 6-00 a.m. to catch up with a conducted tour. We left our extra luggage with the hotel. In the evening we collected our luggage before proceeding for airport.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the road will give a better sight.
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Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014

This central location is brilliant for bus and train, with great rates for hotel accommodation. Better than backpackers, cheaper than the big hotels. Comfy beds, in room tea, coffee and fridge, pleasant bathroom, tele and a desk to work at. Perfect for Sydney visitors or, people attending courses as I was.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Taree, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2014

For those of us who travel to Sydney Central Station by rail the location of this hotel is perfect, down the escalator near the light rail terminus, two sets of traffic lights at Pitt and George Street and home sweet home for your stay. Not the Ritz-but for the price is very reasonable for city accommodation.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper-request a room that doesn't face George Street
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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South East England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Situated at the top end of George Street (25 mins walk down to the Harbour), this is a no-frills hotel which offers straight-forward but comfortable accomodation. The rooms are somewhat tired-looking but the bed was comfortable and room 424 was suitably quiet ! Irritatingly the charge for WiFi usage is $9 per day (not on in this day and age!) and to leave your luggage in the storage area costs $3 per item per day - staggeringly, I arrived at the hotel around 9am ( having landed in Sydney on one of the first flights ) and was charged $6 for storing my 2 bags for the 4 hours it took for my room to be available ! Not on !
Oh - and my fault entirely but I stupidly used the hotel phone to call a UK mobile for <10 mins ; $73 charge. Be warned...

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Property: The Great Southern Hotel
Address: 717 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Pacific International Hotel Sydney)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#81 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great Southern Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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