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The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Ranked #1 of 60 Sydney B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 March 2009

Excellent hotel with very comfortable and roomy bedroom. There is a restaurant but we ate in the bar each evening. The food was tasty and the beer was very drinkable (not the usual cold lager). The hotel was a 5 minute walk from Central Quays and the ferries. It is very accessible to the tourist parts of Sydney. We arrived early but there was no problem in leaving our cases. We were lucky that one of the barmen carried our cases up the stairs but as we were on the fourth floor and there is no lift we anticipate this could be difficult for some.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2009

Just got back from Sydney and had a wonderful time at the Lord Nelson. We had a second floor room, but didn't hear the bar noise at all, even on the Saturday we were there. The street noise can be a bit loud early in the a.m (buses/morning delivery trucks, etc.) but who wants to sleep in when in such a great location?
I am not sure if it only for a limited time, but Monday night is $6 beef pie night- a sizeable beef pie with peas and mashed potatoes. Washed down with a pint of their brew, and its a great (inexpensive!) dinner!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2009

Not sure how much more I can rave about this place that hasn't already been said. The brewery has great character and loads of history as you would expect from a place that has been around since the 1800s.

You have to go through the Pub to get to the rooms upstairs. Yes, there are no elevators but someone at the bar helped us with our bags. I felt sorry for him since we had 8 bottles of wine in our bags. While walking up the stairs you can only imagine what it was like way back in the 1800s.

The actual pub itself is not fancy but the rooms and the floors they are located on are very elegant and modern. Although, the buildings is old the rooms have been updated with central air, recess lighting, and granite countertops.

A free continental breakfast was served on the Mezzanine floor in their restaurant. The restaurant again was elegant and modern and the breakfast was a fine way to start the day.

I was a little worry about the pub noise but it was not a problem.

Also, you're staying in a pub so you got to have a beer.

I wished we spent more time in Sydney so I can just stay at the Lord Nelson Brewery longer.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 January 2009

Stayed here in December 2008 for two nights.

Great historic location at the Rocks. Lots of restaurants, pubs, and market stalls around. 5-10 minute walk to the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Circular Quay train station.

The hotel itself is a lively pub, but we couldn't hear the noise from our room. We could hear a vent outside our window, but it didn't bother us once we closed the bathroom door. Typical pub fare downstairs (and lots of good beer), and a decent-looking restaurant upstairs (but we didn't go there for dinner).

The airport train is a cheap and easy way to get to the hotel - unless you have tonnes of luggage, then you might want to organise a shuttle bus. And if you do have tonnes of luggage, bear it in mind that there's no elevator and you might be on the fourth floor, like we were.

Staff weren't particularly warm, but they weren't rude. Because they also work in the pub there's no one waiting at reception all the time - you might have to go find them. So I wouldn't recommend being in too much of a hurry when you're checking out.

While the free continental breakfast was lovely, we wanted to upgrade to a cooked breakfast on our second morning. You can't just pay the extra; you have to pay the full amount. So my husband did, and it was also very good.

Our ensuite room was clean and had everything we needed. The bed was a bit lumpy, but the bath in our room was nice and deep.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2009

I would endorse pretty much everything that other reviewers have said about this hotel, which was the closest I came in Australia to a typical stay at a pub in England. The ground floor bar can be bedlam, particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings, and yes, the noise does carry upwards, but it all goes quiet by about 11 p.m., so unless you're an early retirer this shouldn't really present a problem. My room wasn't en suite, but the shared bathroom was just across the corridor, and was shared with only one other bedroom. The room was a good size, and nicely furnished, in a rustic, minimalist sort of way, with a huge comfortable bed; plenty of good quality towels and toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. Breakfast was the Lord Nelson's one slightly weak point; a limited choice of cereals and toasted bread with not enough butter and spreads. The cooked items were extra and I didn't bother trying them (they were a bit pricey). The staff were obliging and pleasant, and were happy to store my big bag when I disappeared into the Blue Mountains for a couple of days. Location-wise the hotel can't be faulted: the Rocks is a delightful area and an easy walk to and from Circular Quay, the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, etc.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled solo
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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 #1 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price Range: ₹ 6,605 - ₹ 9,653 (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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Lord Nelson Brewery Sydney

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