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“Quaint and excellently located”
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The Russell Hotel
Ranked #39 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Quaint and excellently located”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

A warm and charming place - it's like staying at your granny's. Very clean, beautifully decorated and just a few steps away from the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Breakfast is good, and the evening chocolate is a nice touch. It's not cheap though, but then Sydney isn't. With the price it would be nice if internet were included. Try the wine bar too if you have the chance!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

this was a great choice easy acsses to the sights for walking,and much more homely than the bland chain hotels,

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gold Coast, Australia
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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Loved staying at The Russell Hotel in Sydney, its so close to Circular Quay Ferry's and Trains and its right in the Rocks area with wonderful views of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. The staff were very friendly and the room was comfortable and clean.

Breakfast was simple but plentiful with fresh fruit salad, yogurt, cereals, various breads (with toaster), croissonts, juices, tea, coffee and hard boiled eggs.

This hotel would not be suitable for someone with mobility issues. Although there is an elevator, access to all areas would not be possible potentially as its on multiple levels - I don't think if anyone in a wheelchair could actually get to the reception?

We had a shared bathroom which was immediately outside the room door and it was always clean and had fresh bath mats - bath towels were in our room. Dispensers were available with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and over the hand basin, soap and handcream.

I would definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Canberra, Australia
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

This hotel has a great location, the building is lovely with interesting furniture, the staff are helpful and breakfast was sufficient.

The negatives are numerable, however. At $199 for 1 night one would not expect to be sharing a bathroom, hunting for a powerpoint (on a powerboard) under the bed (to boil the kettle on the floor) and fishing around in the bottom of the wardrobe for the tea-making facilities amongst the iron, bathrobes and a hot waterbottle.

'Double-glazing' is provided for you to put in place yourself over the windows in an effort to keep out the noise, however, it is a choice between less noise or some air movement in a very warm room - the celing fan just moved the warm air around.

I would not stay at this hotel again even if it was half the price. It is far too noisy to get an adequate sleep.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

The Russell is in a great location, just a short walk to the Harbor Bridge, Opera House and Circular Quay, restaurants and shopping It is a nice old hotel with character. The hotel staff was always very pleasant and helpful, one of the housekeeping staff actually insisted on helping us with our bags on our way out.

It has some quirks (it is a maze of various hallways and levels) and some creaky floors but you would expect this at an old hotel, at this price. The wine bar downstairs is good for a late night drink also. Our room was facing the street but the noise was not bad, we did have a portable A/C unit in our room which provided some white noise and kept us cool. Overall, I would recommend it.

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Property: The Russell Hotel
Address: The Russell Hotel 143A George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > The Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
Price range (per night): ₹ 7,260 - ₹ 23,644
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Russell Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Russell Hotel with just 29 delightfully different rooms is perfectly located for the Sydney visitor seeking a convenient and characterful base from which to explore this exciting city.Sydney is literally on your doorstep at the Russell with Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour and the Museum of Contemporary Art just across the road.The Russell Hotel is a gorgeous bed and breakfast hotel known for its superb location and charm.No two guest rooms are identical at The Russell. The Russell offers a variety of ensuite rooms and very affordable rooms with shared bathroom. The largest rooms overlook George Street whilst guests in search of tranquillity might prefer one of the courtyard rooms or one above Nurses Walk. ... more   less 
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