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Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney Airport
Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Mascot
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“Cheap and cheerful stay, minutes from the domestic terminal”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

This is the second time we've stayed in the Ibis Budget hotel at Mascott (formerly the Formule 1 hotel), and like last time, for the price, we were very satisfied.

We needed to be at the aiport very early in the morning, and with 3 children the thought of getting multiple taxi's at that time in the morning did not appeal. At the Ibis budget for $129 we stayed in a "Quad Family Room" which contains a double bed, and 2 single bunk beds. Even though it is a quad, our youngest child was allowed to share a bed free of charge.

Reading through the other reviews make this hotel sound like it's a slum. It just isn't.
Are the rooms large? Nope. They're tiny.
Are the beds comfortable? Not particularly.
Do you get any extras with the room? Virtually none. A couple of beds, a chair, a TV and a few cups in the bathroom, and that's it.

Would I stay there again? After my last 2 experiences, absolutely.

Why? To sum up the answer to that question: Price and Convenience.
The Ibis Budget hotel is situated a leisurely 10 minute walk from the domestic airport terminal, and the domestic terminal train station. Under 5 minutes by taxi.
The hotel is right next door to a Krispy Kreme restaurant, which not only does all manner of donuts, as you'd expect, but also quite decent coffees and a selection of pre-made sandwiches. Next door to Krispy Kreme is McDonalds, and 2 minutes further down the road is KFC. So the location has all of your junk-food dining options covered. Not ideal if you're a health food nut, but acceptable if, like us, you just want something quick and easy before turning in for the night to catch a flight the following day.

As for the room, yes it was small, but it was exactly what we expected. It had beds, and our room was quiet and clean.

Before booking this hotel I looked around to find a hotel close to the airport willing to accomodate 2 adults and 3 children, and even though other nearby hotels had 4 person rooms for not too much more money, they refused to let us all stay in one room. Completely understandable, but it meant that I would have needed to book 2 rooms, and for an 8 hour overnight stay at more than double to price, it made the decision to stay at the Ibis Budget easy.

To summarise: If you're spending more than 1 night at the hotel, or plan on spending any time in your hotel room doing *anything* other than sleeping, I'd advise you to go elsewhere. If you're expecting any kind of comforts in your room other than beds, a chair and a bathroom, then again I'd advise you go elsewhere. If you only have 1 or 2 people, their rates aren't that special either, so if you're a couple I'd probably advise that you shop around also.

If however, like us you have family or group of 4 or more, and just need a single night of cheap, and ultra convenient accomodation for a next-day flight, I would recommend giving the Ibis Budget a go.

Also, a big thank you to the guy working the front desk on 16/Jan/2014. After our booked taxi driver decided to not turn up, and leave us stranded before our flight, he went out of his way to phone around to some of his taxi-driving contacts/friends until he found one close-by, who was able to pick us up and get us to the airport.

Some tips:
* The in-room wifi is expensive. The nearby Krispy Kreme and McDonalds have free wifi for customers.
* The in-room wifi is a skype wifi hotspot, so you can spend your skype credit instead of submitting your credit card details in the hotel room, which makes it both cheaper, easier and more secure.
* Shuttle buses don't start until 6am, so don't count on these for early flights. Book taxi's instead. There is a free taxi booking line phone at the Ibis Budget front counter.
* Shuttle buses aren't cheap (~$6p.p. from memory) so for multiple people for such a short journey a taxi is often the same price or even cheaper.
* Sitting on the toilet while having a shower at the same time is much more fun that it should be.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

We made the decision to stay here based on the need for a bed overnight due to a quick turn around between flights, Rather than travel to the city we thought near the airport made sense specifically in case of any flight delays or changes, one of our worst decisions ever! I was prepared for 'budget' but not this. No ID required at check in, mentioned our name and was handed a single electronic key in an envelope. Bed uncomfortable, one pillow, alarm clock broken, air con didn't work, two disposable plastic cups the only drinking vessel on offer....just staggering. Commotion in the whole place all night (Saturday admittedly) and these bizarre water noises in the walls and ceiling?? This night was certainly our only two ever stays here, first and last.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This hotel was terrible. No phone, nightstand, glasses, refrigerator. The shower is in the toilet with no barrier. No shampoo or conditioner, uncomfortable bed and expensive to top it off. Stay away! Only good thing wS it's convenience to airport.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

I travel a lot, and never have I stayed in a worse hotel for the money. My prepaid room cost $119 plus $20 for 3 hours wifi plus $6 for 5 min. shuttle to the adjacent airport. For almost $150, I would have expected: shampoo, a washcloth, a bedside table, a lamp, a phone, a bathtub, a closet, a full length mirror, a hair dryer, and a shower that didn't flood the bathroom. The staff was quite nice, I'll give them that. Maybe it's because I'm American where for $150 one expects a decent room and the amenities mentioned above. This room would have cost under $30 in the U.S.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 16 February 2014

This would have been a perfectly adequate hotel except for periodic loud gurgling noises of water running through pipes. I checked - there was no water/ice machine by the door, and the only thing I could think of was a possible issue with the air conditioning which otherwise kept the temperature fine. Every time the noise came on I woke up which was several times throughout the night, and for this reason I would never choose to stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney Airport
Address: 5 Ross Smith Ave, Mascot, Botany Bay, New South Wales 2020, Australia (Formerly Hotel Formule 1 Sydney Airport)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Greater Sydney > Botany Bay > Mascot
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 8 Hotels in Mascot
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney Airport 3*
Number of rooms: 199
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