Room standard size for a modern hotel but modern hasn't applied to this place a for a long long time. On arrival I was met by friendly staff with mixed English capabilities. I paid my room bill on arrival but on offering my Amex card was told they had no EFTPOS and was asked to pay cash. I had just arrived and didn't have $178 in my wallet, They eventually found the old click swipe thing and took payment that way. After arrival in my room which was clean but with very old furniture and in desparate need of total refurbishment there was a knock the door. They couldn't take Amex and did I have another card? Gave then my Visa which was now ok. They did bring the previous Amex swipe and destroy it before me. $178 for the two nights plus $10 returnable deposit for the electronic room key
Being a Queenslander and this the middle of winter I felt chill and asked for some heating and was told the a/c was reverse cycle. I turned it on with no joy and informed the staff who came and fiddled with it and said it would be fine in ten to fifteen minutes. It wasn't so they brought me a fan heater which was a bit noisy.
I looked for the in-room tea and coffee, saw the kettle over the kitchen sized sink and eventually found tea gabs, coffee sachets and sugar sachets in a draw on the other side of the room but no milk which i didn't worry about as I don't' take it in tea and don't like instant coffee. However no cups to seen. Went back to reception to request cups which were promptly brought.....no in house phone.
There were wall lights either side of the cheap bed but which was comfortable enough, just. Both lights flickered at a great rate and one or therm died shortly after being turned on.
The bathroom is a mess with a corner sink where the tap runs constantly, not drips, runs ,and there was no plug to be seen. Toiletries consisted of two tubes of conditioning shampoo and one cake of guest soap. Fresh towels were provided on the first night for morning
The hotel is in the thick of things right on Oxford street and not too noisy due to the thick secondary double glazing.
Staff assured me that a massive renovation project was just about to begin..........................
No cafe/ breakfast room or bar. They are outside on oxford street
Photos on hotel website totally misleading
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a charming boutique hotel in the heart of the historical Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, Sydney Wattle Hotel is famous for its perfect location for annual Mardi Gras and its Bohemian culture & cafe society. Period features such as high ceilings and ornate mouldings are complemented by plush furnishings to create a quiet oasis; just a few steps from Sydney's most vibrant entertainment and dining precincts - Oxford Street, Taylor Square, Paddington Market, Surry Hills & East Sydney. Totally 11 rooms are available, some with the view of the Sydney skyline and world famous Sydney Tower. Exquisitely appointed with contemporary furnishings, rooms feature double-glazed windows, plus modern queen-size bed, en-suite and air conditioning. These spacious rooms offer a comfortable environment for business & leisure travellers. Our friendly staff are equipped to handle virtually every conceivable scenario and always strive to exceed your expectations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Wattle Private