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“not a hotel - more a back-packers stop over.”
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Dive Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Coogee
Certificate of Excellence
Essex, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“not a hotel - more a back-packers stop over.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2014

Location is brilliant - right on the beach. The bed and linen was always clean and the staff very nice. That's where the good description ends. Our room bore no resemblance whatsoever to the rooms on the website. No wood floor - we had patched black carpet. No designer bathroom - very tiny toilet and shower room with the tile effect coming away from the wall. One open rail and some boxed shelving - no doors or drawers, hence everything on display - underwear, jewellery, laptop, kindles, money, passports, all out in the open. No security at all. The house is really quite dark and dreary despite being painted in very garish colours. It is not the bright, light looking building depicted on the website. It is very expensive for what you get. Our relatives were in an apartment block next door with 2 bedrooms, beautiful lounge, bathroom and fitted kitchen which was considerably cheaper! We would never return.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

We stayed at the Dive Hotel in Coogee for two weeks...and had the most amazing time.
Our room was at the front with a view over the sea, and a small kitchenette which was very useful for making tea and coffee or something to eat (not that we ever ate in when we were there) when the kitchen wasn't open.
The rooms are very cool and modern, and as places go on the main drag in Coogee you couldn't really fault it. I just wish it wasn't so far away as we really want to go back again, if nothing but to see the lovely hotel dog again..(who the owner let us take for a walk along the cliffs.)
Brilliant place. Would highly recommend.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

Lovely, small guesthouse directly opposite the beach at Coogee. Excellent location and a great place to stay. The hotel has a cold breakfast and is two doors away from the Coogee Bay pub and a street of restaurants. The hotel dog, Lucas, is an added homely touch. Possibly better for couples/ singles rather than families. Small bathroom though.

Room Tip: We were upstairs at the back and it was fairly quiet. Floor rooms 1-2 have great views but can be no...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

I could start and end this review with "we booked 2 nights and stayed an additional night because we loved the place so much!" Great staff, great location and excellent gourmet touches like French Press Coffee and tea service available throughout the day. Coogee Beach is delightful and the walk between it and Bondi is magical!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Guntersville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

It's just a 24 hours layover in Sydney this time and we choose the Dive hotel to finish well our 20 day trip to Australia and New Zealand. After a lot of research a last day on beach looks good and the Dive hotel was the right choice. Located in Coogee beach this hotel have a nice mixed retro-style on the best location in Coogee, the rooms are well equipped, the common breakfast area area is nice and give opportunity to meet people like in a hype hostel. The beach just across the street and there a lot of restaurant options at one block distance on Coogee Beach Rd. The scenic walk to Bondi is mandatory for the great views and beaches along the way. In my next time in Sydney I will stay here again for a longer period.

Room Tip: Expect some airport noise till 10 pm due airport proximity. Taxi to airport about AU$ 35. To Sydney...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

Dive hotel is certainly a small boutique hotel with a great location. IT is right across the beach and around the corner from the Coogee shops and restaurants! We stayed for two nights in late February, the staff were very friendly, thoughtful and welcoming. The hotel is brightly coloured and had a good feel. We had the King room, it was clean, comfortable and roomy, and it had all the amenities as mentioned. Bathroom is quite tiny but sufficed. Bathroom sink is small, and I found it difficult to utilise for rinsing your teeth as my head hit the little shelve above it. Handy that the room had a small kitchenette. Nice that the room also had a full length mirror. The room had no view, and we knew that, at least we could open the window to let fresh air in. Parking is limited at the back of the hotel and there is charge. Price wise, it is on the high side but that's Sydney! Although breakfast was included in our room rate, we did not indulge. Coogee is a gorgeous place to stay, wonderful baths and beaches, great views, and conveniently located to all the top places to visit on the south east end of the city! I would come back and stay at Dive Hotel again!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

This hotel is all about the location. It has the potential to be really lovely but the room we stayed in was really quite tired. They have beautiful high and ornate ceilings but our room ceiling was peeling and dirty. We had absolutely no view which didn't bother us but at the cost of $200 per night it seems a shame.
The shower was very poor and in this day and age of saving water, this shower just chucked it out without being a decent spray.
It is not a cheap hotel and more like a B&B. The breakfast facilities are excellent and the communal set up is really very pleasant.
The staff are very easy going and it has a very relaxed nature.
We have stayed twice now and the convenience is wonderful but I wish it was less expensive.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dive Hotel
Address: 234 Arden St, Coogee, Randwick, New South Wales 2034, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Randwick > Coogee > Coogee
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Coogee
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Coogee
#4 Luxury Hotel in Coogee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Dive Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If it's a Sydney beach hotel you're after, there's none better located than Dive Hotel. It's 20 minutes drive from Sydney Airport and the City. It's a door-to-door bus ride away to the City, Opera House,NSW Uni, Randwick Racecourse, Aussie Stadium, and Cricket Ground.And it's a frisbee throw away to parks and pools, clifftop walks and Coogee's thriving restaurant, pub, club and cafe culture. It featured in Travel & Leisure USA, Conde Nast Traveler, NY Times,Time Out, Lonely Planet, London Observer and Guardian.Surf the net to your heart's content, thanks to free Wi-Fi. It's just one of the practical things that a Dive room provides. No expensive mini-bar, but a well-equipped kitchenette, with a fridge, microwave, tea, coffee and milk etc. There's free-to-air cable television, and a portable CD player. All rooms have aircon and a state-of-the-art stainless steel and blue tiled bathroom with a decent-sized hairdryer and a grown-up iron and board.Please note that there are 2 dogs on hotel premises. ... more   less 
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