I last visited City Lodge 2 years ago & it has gone downhill a bit since then. It is now looking very tired & shabby, especially the entrance.
I had a major problem this time just getting inside. My long haul flight landed at 8.30 pm & I knew that the reception closed at 10 pm so I e mailed them beforehand to ask what I needed to do. They said there was no problem as they would leave my room key on the reception desk (along with a note of the wifi password which I would need urgently for business purposes). What they failed to think through was the fact that the main door from the street would be locked and I would need a key to get in!! I took the shuttle bus from the airport which took ages & had loads of drop offs before mine. I didn't arrive until 10.30 pm. The door was locked. There was a buzzer at the side which brought no one. There was a tel no so I asked a taxi driver to ring it for me - still no answer. It was now past 11 pm & I was getting a bit panicky (being a single female travelling alone). I then tried the buzzer again & just kept my finger on it. Finally, 15 minutes later a sleepy Chinese girl appeared. There was no apology.
I already knew about the stairs & just had to brace myself for it. (Sods law, I was on a very high up floor - oh joy). There was some writing on a post it note on my key so I assumed (wrongly) that it was the wifi password. That left me at midnight trying to find someone still awake in the hotel (as the Chinese girl had well & truly disappeared again by this point) so that I could find out the password. I needed to deal with my business e mails urgently at this point.
There were a few improvements since my last visit. There were now mini fridges in the rooms + kettles & tea making facilities. Free wifi is now available throughout the entire hotel.
My room was looking much shabbier than my last visit. Stains on the carpet were bad. The bedspreads were looking quite scruffy.
There were all sorts of bugs that kept appearing from the back of the cupboard where the tea tray was positioned. They were like very small cockroaches. In fact, I did spot a cockroach very early the following morning. I saw it scurry into the laundry area.
I didn't need to use the kitchen facility this visit (my fridge/kettle etc was sufficient for my needs).
The biggest plus for me for this hotel is its location. It is between George & Pitt Street in the CBD. It is close to the train station & just a 5 minute walk to the Botanic Gardens, Harbour & lots of the main things to see.
As I was disappointed that it was a bit run down now, I did look around the area to see if there were any other hotels that I could 'google' & see what their prices were like. There really is very little else around. There was one place just over the road (can't remember the name now - sorry). That place was truly appalling & its reviews made very interesting reading. It made me very happy to be where I was.
For my next visit to Syndey, I will still be booking the City Lodge. It ticks virtually all the boxes of what I need so I just have to put up with a few difficulties.
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