From the reviews I was aware that the hotel was perhaps a little tired, but overall it wasn't that bad. Sure, it could do with being glammed up but it's in a good location and close to direct bus and train routes into Sydney and out to Bondi, as well as other locations.
We were originally allocated a 2 room family suite - I didn't like this at all, as it was straight off a central courtyard and no windows to the outside world. In fact, if you wanted the other guests to stare straight in from the small courtyard, then by all means, open the thick wooden shutters! Otherwise, you would have to keep them closed and not see daylight....
The reception staff were very helpful in changing our room, which unfortunately was a bit on the small side for four travellers. There was little storage in the bedroom and even less in the bathroom.
The room service was a bit sloppy and haphazard. We had random numbers of towels left out, some days 2, 3 or 4, sometimes had hand towels - sometimes didn't, sometimes floor towel - sometimes not.
Given the shortage of space I can't imagine that it was easy to clean once our 4 cases were out, but it was clear that the vacuuming was not done every day.
There was a good selection of toiletries in the bathroom.
The hotel offered wifi, but the one time I needed to use it, the member of staff on night duty did not know the code.... Mind you, if you are out and about in Double Bay, or if you sit out on the balcony at the end of the Courtyard area on level 1, you can pick up the free village wifi, as long as its between about 6am and midnight.
Taking everything into consideration though, it's not a bad place. Tired - yes, but friendly and helpful staff much appreciated.
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