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“Steak and Ale pie without pastry”

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The Mercantile Hotel
Ranked #108 of 180 Hotels in Sydney
Reviewed 4 June 2013

I've been to this pub a few times before and really enjoyed the food. This visit I tried the Steak and ale pie, an old favourite of mine, it's usually very good here. When it arrived my wife pointed out the strange pastry. On closer inspection it turned out to be a half of a toasted pitta type bread. The waitress said it should have been served with pastry. She checked with the kitchen and no explanation was possible as the chef was flat out. Obviously not making pastry!

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

luv this place amazing spot and food and drinks were magic also very good on weekends when market is on. fantastic atomosphere and pub has old fashion character about it with great service great way to start before going on cruise cheers dan.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 February 2013

Let's start to say that this is not technically an hotel, but a pub with rooms. However, the location of the Mercantile, a few steps from Sydney Harbour Bridge, 5 minutes to Circular Quay and in the center of The Rocks, makes this a suitable opportunity for a no frills vacation in Sydney. There are rooms with common baths and also with ensuite bath. The rooms are clean, though a bit old in furnitures and especially windows. This particular is the only one really disappointing: the windows vibrate a bit with the car passing; considering that during the week end there is live music, you could consider that noise. Breakfast - continental or hot - served at the bar. Friendly staff.

Room Tip: Room not facing the street should be better in order to minimize the noise.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

Great pub for a guinness in the Rocks(Schooners not pints though) Sit outside on a sunny day and watch the world go by or go there in the evening (particularly Sundays ) and listen to some good local music,some rollicking irish if you're lucky.6.50 for a guiness ,friendly irish bar staff,I love this place.The rocks is the best place in Sydney for a pub crawl ,and this place is a must.Also good for a rest when checking out the market on a Sunday,another thing you should do if you're around the harbour on a Sunday

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

Great location, it's in the Rocks Market, within walking distance of the Harbour. However, if your staying over the weekend don't plan on getting any sleep. The Irish Pub below has a new band every night and the sound permeates through the walls!

Room Tip: Stay here during the weeknight when it's quiet. Unless your a party animal yourself, forget it o...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Recently spent two nights at this quaint old Irish pub. It is located in a fabulous spot, The Rocks Craft Market actually on the doorstep Saturdays and Sundays. Other places of interest are within easy walking distance.
The room we stayed in was old but certainly clean. As mentioned in previous reviews, it is very noisy because of the live entertainment on the weekends, but if you are aware that this is going to be the case, you really shouldn't complain.
A cooked breakfast is included in the price, which is a bargain, given the location. Other meals are hearty and very tasty - don't go past the Steak and Guinness pie.
I would highly recommend this beaut old pub. We will certainly be going back there again.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with an ensuite. Take ear plugs if you want to sleep earlier than 12.30 on weekends...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

The Irish staff in this hotel are friendly and helpful.
The rooms are clean and very comfortable.
Plenty of communal bathrooms if you don't choose en suite.
The only problem is that it is a pub and is extremely noisy at weekends, however, if you get a room on the second floor at the back, the noise level is bearable.

Room Tip: Ask for a second floor room at the back, if you want quiet. This only applies at weekends
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled solo
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Additional Information about The Mercantile Hotel

Address: 25 George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > The Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge
Hotel Style:
#11 Best Value Hotel in Sydney
Price Range: £70 - £121 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Mercantile Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Australia's longest running Irish Pub, in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks precinct. ... more   less 
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