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Reviewed 16 July 2014

Quirky old hotel with the best staff (especially Maxine) Creaky floor boards and a ghost but very clean and very comfy. loved the little "sleep" quotes on the pillow ever night plus a chocolate. Had to change rooms as the shower/ toilet and issues but so quick and effortless to change. Parts of it were a bit more shabby then chic but loved it overall. Excellent location for buses, trains and ferries. The Opera House and Bridge are literally on the doorstep. Free bus down George Street to every type of shopping experience from designer to high street, paddy's market to Westfield Mall. Nice that breakfast was included in the price- loved the fruit bread!

Room Tip: Third floor was quieter than the 2nd floor
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

Highly professional, and very polite service. The room was excellent, very clean and cozy. If you are looking for a hotel with a difference, this is an extremely comfortable hotel, in an excellent position. Next time I'm in Sydney, this is definitely the one I'm coming back to!

Room Tip: Front rooms have an excellent view.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

A last-minute one night stay in the city was made particularly enjoyable with our stay at the Russell. I was a bit wary of other reviewers' comments about noise in some parts of the hotel, but my request for a quiet room was met and the room overlooking the inner courtyard was very quiet. The bed was also comfortable - something that even more highly rated Hotels don't always get right. We liked the quirkiness of the hotel and it's intriguing floor plan and it's location was perfect - cafes, bars and restaurants close by. The staff were friendly and obliging and it was a nice bonus to find our overnight carparking at the neighbouring Wilsons Carpark was subsidised. To have a simple but nice quality buffet breakfast included in the price made the Russell exceptionally good value. This hotel certainly beats the 'big box' tourist factories in the Rocks area and we will certainly be back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Leigh M
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Russell was the perfect location for me in Sydney. I could walk to my top sights to see - the Opera House, Botanical Garden, Sydney Theatre Company and Circle Quay ferries to Manly Beach, etc. The continental breakfast was just right for starting the day. It was also nice having the two pubs right downstairs. After a day trip to the Blue Mountains on Oz Tours, which I also highly recommend, some fellow travelers came back to the Man Of War pub for dinner and a few beers. It was a Saturday night and they had live music. The staff at the Russell were always super helpful, and the good night chocolates with little cards and quotes were a really nice touch. The only complaint I had was with the internet connection. The signal varied in my room which made it troublesome to talk to my family over wifi, but it was always strong in the room we used for breakfast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the backside of the building that runs along Nurses Walk. They are quitter than those with windows in the front above the pubs.
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Mosweeney
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Just spend a few days at the Russel Hotel. The location is just perfect, next to the Opera, the bridge and Circular Quay. You can't be more central than that! Be advise though, this is an old building and the rooms are not really sound proof (you can hear the street, the pub and people in the corridor). But I manage to sleep well nonetheless. Some may find the shared bathrooms an inconvinient, but never was a problem the time I was there. For the location, definitely a place to stay.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled solo
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