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“A good country pub - in the CBD”

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The Great Southern Hotel
Ranked #96 of 174 Hotels in Sydney
Canberra, Australia
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49 reviews
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“A good country pub - in the CBD”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

I am so reluctant to share this gem - just one block from Central station and Chinatown and with the wide range of George St buses stopping 50m away. Considering the room prices, it's not that impressive on the outside but the rooms are consistent with the 4 star rating and the fairly well restored art deco public areas are quite charming - but the real savings are in the very modest pricing of good meals and drinks. So many old inner city pubs have become ugly, noisy bars, with perhaps a few residential guests under sufferance. Not this one. It is a well-conducted, very friendly pub - but with nice rooms and in a great spot. If you want acres of chrome and glass, staff in fancy dress with plastic smiles and a cavernous lobby this is not for you. Suits me - it might keep the price down a bit longer.

Room Tip: The bar can be noisy at night - be a few floors up and eat in the dining room not the bar (same pric...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

If your looking for a good priced hotel that's a stones throw from central station then this is a ideal hotel,but don't expect to be pampered if you want that youll pay a lot more at another hotel,tryed the breakfast one morning for 20 dollars but was un impressed you can get better value for breakfast elsewhere,a base and somewhere to sleep that's it

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

The hotel sits on George street and is very very close to Chinatown and Market city. There are hundreds of Asian restaurants incl foodcourt with very good price. Room size is small and a bit old but okay for short stay and who focusing on staying outside more than in the hotel. No free wifi connection provided. Bear in mind, they charge you for leaving luggage at their lobby. If you are looking for a hotel near Chinatown with not too expensive rate, this is the one.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Great value for money, great location, great sleeping experience and good staff. This is how I may describe my experience in the great southern hotel in George St. Sydney.
It’s in a walking distance from Central station, Paddys market, Broadway Mall, Chinese garden of friendship, UTS, TAFE Sydney, Noterdam University, Darling harbor and China Town.
The building is pretty old but well maintained. The only down point may be the wooden floor squeaking sound in the corridors.
I’ll sure recommend it for short visit.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Newcastle NSW
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014

We stayed here April 2014 as we needed to be close to Central Station to get a train to the airport early the ext morning. We got a great price on Booking.com, and we couldn't have been happier. Easy walk to the station, even with luggage, and a great central location. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kangaroo Flat vic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

Good value. Very comfy bed, good ensuite and reasonable size room. Very clean.. We would stay there again Walls are quite thin and could be a bit noisy when busy. Close to everything. We would stay there again

Room Tip: We were on level 4 at the back so no traffic noise at all.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stayed here in April 2014. First arrived before checking so had to wait. Bar not open so sat on a chair in reception. If we left our cases to go out and pass time hotel would look after them at a cost of two dollars a case. Not impressed as was checking in . Safe cost per day was twenty three dollars. Bit pricey. That said beds comfy and clean. Got iron and hair dryer in room with tea and coffee facilities.

Room Tip: Situated in China town. If you don't mind walking you can walk to darling harbour and catch a fe...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Great Southern Hotel

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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