My husband and I stayed here on a recent trip to Sydney as it was close by a friends place (who sadly didnt have the room for us). She advised her parents had stayed before and they thought it was ok, they even had a tv and a shower I was told so though well if its good enough for them!..What a mistake that was!
We knew it was accommodation above a pub so were not expecting the Ritz, however we were shocked to say the least when we saw the room we would be staying in. Honestly - I have stayed in better hotels in India and 3rd world countries so the fact that this room was in my home country came as a surprise. Especially as the website led us to believe it was a hotel, when in fact this place was worse than any hostel I had stayed in. The room was like a slum - dingy and depressing.
I had pre booked it via email and when we got there, no booking was in place. So we waited (this was well after check in time too) and finally the room (or should I say slum) was ready. The manager on duty didnt really seem to care too much, he was only worried about what was going on downstairs.
There was no toilet or bathroom as I thought there would be as a bare minimum, only a communal dark toilet area to share with the rest of the floor. There was a bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling, 2 single beds pushed together (when we had asked for a double), a fresh brown stain on the carpet (which was filthy overall) a decrepit unworking fireplace, peeling wallpaper, no fans or cooling at all, only a creaky half open window which we had to keep open for fresh air, although we were kept up by the patrons of the pub downstairs. I am surprised I didnt catch bed bugs! Next door was a room with a heap of bunk beds obviously being occupied by a large group of backpackers.
The pub itself is a decent watering hole for a drink but just a word of advice - dont go upstairs! whatever you do. Charging $150 a night or whatever ridiculous price they charged a night is just a joke. The room wasnt even worth $50 a night. (And if you think I am just being a whinger, look at my other reviews from various stays around the world, all mostly positive as I try to be open minded- but this was a complete joke!)
Royal Hotel - its time for a refurb or a reduction in prices. Very Very VERY disapointing
- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Sydney