We reserved the view/kitchen room on the third floor, expecting to eat in and save money, and, if we were into mac n cheese or hot dogs every night, that might have worked, as there is almost nothing to cook with in the kitchen. But, whatever the kitchen lacks, the view makes up for--with the Opera House and Bridge, and skyline in sparkling, tantalizing detail right down the hill. The staff was cheerful but the second air conditioner never did get fixed, and when it was really hot we could have used it. Lower floors had issues with noise from the live bands but we never heard them up top. We didn't even find the neighborhood all that noisy either, but we do live in a very noisy urban setting so we may be a bit insensitive to noise.
Now about Kings Cross. My "Lonely Planet" calls it "edgy", with prostitution and crime, but we saw no indication of any of that. No drug dealers either. Lots of restaurants, mostly fast food, catering to the hostels which are in abundance. Potts Point, an up market neighborhood, is just on the far side of Kings Cross, and you couldn't be any more conveniently situated as the Kings Cross station is but two blocks from the hotel--but don't trust Google's directions: Find the huge Coke sign, look down the hill and you'll see the hotel.
The walk to the CBD is easy and pleasant, albeit with quite a bit of traffic, but within a few blocks you are in the parks--the Domain and Botanic Gardens--which are beautifully landscaped and exquisitely maintained (no weeds like Golden Gate Park) and you can walk all the way to the Opera House through them. In fact, we walked all over Sydney and rarely caught the train or bus.
This is not my favorite hotel, by a long shot, but as a budget option, that third floor room is one I'd consider returning to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Superbly situated, O’Malley’s Hotel is an oasis in the heart of Kings Cross – Australia’s world famous playground on the edge of Sydney’s central business district.Built in 1907, O’Malley’s accommodation has been faithfully restored in keeping with its boutique heritage creating a stylish ‘bed and breakfast’ retreat that will make you feel right at home. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- o Malleys Hotel Sydney