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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Ranked #2 of 57 Sydney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 May 2012

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel is a great accomodation option for travellers who want to stay in a reasonably price hotel that's just busting with character. As an example of how iconic this place is: the day we arrived, a commercial for Tourism Australia was being filmed in the microbrew pub on the main floor!

Arrival and departure logistics: It's ~ a 1 km walk (mostly uphill) from Circular Quay train station - which is a $16.20 and ~ 20 minute train ride from the International terminal. The entire walk is very scenic, and a great way to walk off a long plane ride! You enter through the pub (the door is open, even at 8 AM) and walk up 2 flights of stairs to the office.

Though check-in time is 1 PM and international flights get you there by around 8 AM, they'll let you leave your luggage in the office until you can check-in. Same is true if your flight is after check-out.

I stayed at the Lord Nelson in 2008, as it was recommended by an Australian friend who stays there all the time. The experience was so great that I had to return; my husband and I stayed there at both the beginning and end of our trip, and a friend stayed in a room down the hall.

There's lots of good reviews with many details that I won't repeat in this write-up; below are just a few things that I haven't seen in other reviews that are worth noting.

In all rooms, the huge brick walls make this place pretty much completely soundproof between rooms - a real treat compared to most hotels I've stayed in! The vanities in all washrooms are huge, which is a bonus as well. The en suite rooms are MUCH larger than those with a shared washroom. As many reviewers mention, the pub is a real attraction and has good food and great beer.

Specific issues on a room-by-room basis: I stayed in room 304 in 2008, and thought the skylight was a nice touch I found that the very early sunrise plus my jet lag were a bad combination. Plus it was summer so the AC fans were going all the time, and these are located outside the bathroom window of 304. This time around, we stayed in room 205 on our first night. Like 304, it's the furthest you can get from the pub's main doors and also is at the end of the hall so there's no hallway traffic either. On our second stay, we had room 201 which was HUGE - there's even a dining table with four chairs - and has a view of Sydney Harbour Bridge through some trees, so it would be a clear view in the winter when the trees lose their leaves completely. However, there's a plumbing line through the ceiling near the bed, so when upstairs guests flush or use the shower you get a huge "whoosh." Also, it's right across from the office so there's a bit more noise from the hallway.

Minor concerns aside, this hotel is wonderful. We spent 5 nights there in total and loved its character, the service, the pub, and the convenient location. The only transit we took in this time was by ferry, and then by train to/from the airport. We hope to be back at the Lord Nelson again soon!

Room Tip: Room 201 is large and has a behind-the-trees view of Sydney Harbour Bridge, but also has drainage pi...
  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

We were not sure where to stay in Sydney. Our friends recommended that we stay in the "Rocks". So we looked for a quaint hotel for a reasonable price. The Lord Nelson was perfect. It is not a typical hotel with an entrance. Rather one walks through the microbrewery up the stairs to the "office". The room was spacious with modern conveniences. We thought that it may be noisy at night with the bar downstairs. However, with solid floors and solid stone walls it was quiet, very quiet. The bar closes rather early too. The bar had the best beer in Australia! I like full flavor beers and it was frustrating that most beers everywhere else had a "light" flavor.
The hotel is convenient for walking across the bridge, down to waterway, skywalk and opera house. We took a water taxi to get to the opera one night.
We will definitely stay here next time. The price was very reasonable when compared to other hotels in the area.

Room Tip: Corner room
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

have stayed at this hotel several times but not for a few years was please to find it still had a great atmosphere rooms well cared for and comfortable, best location to stay in sydney easy walking , took a ferry out to watson bay for a nice walk then lunch at doyles. Perfect getaway in sydney!

Room Tip: stayed in a 3 person room and had plenty of space
  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

We hosted our engagement party at the lord Nelson on Saturday. The staff were really helpfull and friendly, The location is perfect, central with gorgeous homely decor. The food was lovely and reasonably priced & the beer is the best in Sydney! We cannot recommend this place enough!

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Reviewed 22 April 2012

Great location at a great price. Reservations done by email and easy peasy. Room was a little on the small side and somewhat unremarkable but the bed was comfortable and we slept like a log!

Did I mention what a fabulous location it was????

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

Address: Cnr Kent and Argyle Sts. | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 57 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range: ₹ 6,691 - ₹ 9,779 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sydneys Oldest Continually Licensed Hotel and Microbrewery. Brewers of fine natural ales, purveyors of delicious pub and restaurant fare and boutique accommodation. Established 1841. ... more   less 
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