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“Lovely boutique hotel on the Rocks” 4 of 5 bubbles
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The Russell Hotel
Ranked #33 of 179 Hotels in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, Scotland
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141 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Lovely boutique hotel on the Rocks”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

The hotel is in an ideal location, just yards away from Circular Quay - we arrived by train from the airport very easily, despite heavy suitcases. We decided to go for one of the rooms with an en-suite and really wished that we had paid for a bigger "superior" room. And unfortunately they were fully booked when we enquired about upgrading - so get in early!

I agree with an earlier reviewer that it's not cheap but then you're paying for the location which is absolutely ideal for getting about. Also it would be a nice gesture to have wifi included in the price but in reality it was only $5 for 24hrs.

Breakfast was simple but excellent and we also thoroughly enjoyed a meal in the Wine Bar one evening. Lovely friendly staff on reception.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Room Tip: I think some of the rooms are fairly small, we had a twin with single beds and it was heaps of space...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canberra, Australia
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68 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about The Russell Hotel

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): ₹ 8,182 - ₹ 20,592
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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