We stayed here for five nights in May. What can I say? Really disappointed if I'm totally honest. The pictures on the website don't show it as it is. Don't be misled by these. Reception staff are lovely and very helpful and the housekeeper that helped us with the washing facilities was lovely too. That's as far as lovely goes. The reception area leaves a lot to be desired considering you can only get free wifi there and not in your rooms so sitting down there was not very inviting which is poor. The hotel needs a good refurbishment. We thought we were getting a room with a view of the harbour bridge etc. but we got a view of the opposite side. A harbour view yes, but not what we thought having booked so early we thought we would have got a bridge view. That wasn't too bad though because we were out and about anyway. First night there was a lot of noise. Shouting that went on for about an hour and someone throwing bottles from their balcony. Not great on our first night. The reception were great dealing with it though. They were also having some work done outside which they said between 9 and 3. Surprise, surprise when we got a note through the door to say they would be starting at 7.30am.
The room was ok apart from the smell. It smelt like a hamsters cage. We thought it would get better and it did the night before we left. We should have complained but the first night we were just to tired and the second we were up and out early and back too late so we put up with it. The bathroom was awful. It was small and dark. There was no light in the shower, paint was peeling off, there were chips out of the floor tiles, chips out of the wall tiles by the toilet and big holes on the bottom of the shower wall by the floor. I kept expecting a spider to come out.
You had a about 18 inches to get in/out of the shower because of the sink top. If you were a big person you would really struggle. There was no dressing table mirror (well, no dressing table). There was a desk and chair but no room because the television was on there. I had to take a chair into the bathroom to use to dry my hair etc but then it was to dark to put your makeup on. There is not enough lighting or sockets either.
Getting into Sydney was not to bad. A nice walk through the botanical gardens but they lock the gates at half five which means you have a long walk round unless you get a bus. You then have to pre purchase a ticket because the buses don't take money and finding where to get one other than the bus station is a real pain. So, it's a long walk to find a ticket office, a long search for the right bus stop or a long search for a train and then a walk again. If you can afford taxis then that's all well and good but then you could afford to stay somewhere much nicer and not have all the hassle.
All in all we had a great time in Sydney but I wouldn't go near this hotel unless they refurb it and consider the guests needs more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Macleay has one of Sydney's most coveted locations in stylish Potts Point, with captivating views of Sydney Harbour or The Brige & Opera House. The views and location are million dollar, but the rates for our self contained studio apartments with kitchen are very affordable. You can stroll to Sydney's most famous landmarks, walk to Circular Quay or be in the heart of the city in just five minutes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Macleay Serviced Apartment Sydney
- Hotel Macleay Serviced Apartment