The Crest Hotel was a good comfortable place to stay. If you are a budget traveller and you want a SAFE place to stay, this is a place I would recommend. Its in Kings Cross which is in a red light district, but the GOOD side to this is the food. THe food is amazing on Darlinghurst Street. You can get pizza, kebabs, indian food, thai, malaysian, chinese - you name it. And very cheap prices! Best of all,
they are open all night. The street has peddlers who ask for money and
you might see some red light workers on the streets in the early hours
of the morning or late at night but having stayed here twice I had no problems.
The views were incredible, the bed although it was old was comfortable
and clean. The sheets were clean. I took off the main cover. The bathroom was clean. It came with a table and a basic tv, an alarm clock that worked (this is very important).
Overall, for 80 dollars or so and for its central location close to Elizabeth bay and the harbour views to the opera house I would have to say I was satisfied. What more could you ask for on such a cheap price? Seriously you get what you pay for and a little extra here. IF you can handle the fact that the hotel is old 70's style hotel and needs a renovation then you will be most pleased.
Sydney hotels this close to the harbour dont come cheap, and I guarantee you that no place, no matter hoe expensive does not come with the range and diversity of food choices as this place. Take a step out of the hotel and you will be amazed. For $10 dollars I got 2 curries, 2 tandoori chickens and 2 slices of pizza.
You go anywhere else and you will pay almost $20 dollars for that.
Also the hotel is within walking distance of the botanical gardens. I stayed at Manly once, and it required a ferry and a bus and cost me almost 50 dollars return.
With regards to safety in Kings Cross - this is my advice for you. The
only way you might get into problems is if you actively look for this kind of thing. If you walk down the street at a brisk pace and dont stop like I did, you can avoid any troubles.
Hopefully some people out there will be agreeing with me. As with anything - you get what you pay for - THIS PLACE - you get what you pay for and extra.
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