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Cambridge Lodge Guest House
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stanmore
Reviewed 27 March 2015

We stayed at this lodge for sometime when we were in Sydney. The location is quite good, very near the train station and close to Enmore Rd and shops.
It was clean but sometimes the cleaning lady would wear the same gloves she used when cleaning the toilet and packing up the dishes in the kitchen. The staff were friendly and helpful, Zorica and Bradislav were good. There was another receptionist who wasn't very friendly though. Sometimes when it rains they would put a note on the dryer saying out of order when they used it to dry their own things. At times it felt unsafe particularly at night when going to the toilet as all the lights were switched off by 10pm and the corridors were dark.Staff were also getting too over friendly with certain long term residents and sat in the lounge area all the time making you feel uncomfortable when you go to the kitchen or want to sit in the sitting area. There was a dog that was being brought to the kitchen which belonged to one of the staff, whilst cooking and I thought that was a bit unhygienic. Sometimes I wondered what sort of clientele this backpackers targeted. At times there was homeless people and people who were mentally unwell and this made me feel very unsafe Overall not sure its an actual backpackers or a place for homeless people.

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  • Stayed: September 2014, travelled with family
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6  Thank M B
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CambridgeLodgeSydney, Owner at Cambridge Lodge Guest House, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2015

Thank you for such a detailed response, it is a rather mixed review.
Our staff are friendly, they try to be informative and helpful to all guests ,but too friendly can only be a backhanded compliment.
Several times you felt unsafe but offer no incident or valid reason to explain why ????
Our lounge seats 35 people and our daily staff of two people sit only at a morning coffee break made you feel uncomfortable ? (but friendly)
Lights switch off at 10.30pm, and corridors are not dark being lit by exit signs.
We do pride ourselves on cleanliness in our lodge which you confirm, but that you would follow our cleaner through their cleaning routine. ??
I take offence at your comment "homeless shelter", what qualification do you have to determine mental health and I can assure you all guests pay the same accommodation rates.
Dorm rooms attract a variety of travellers and had you come across any friction in the room our staff would no doubt relocated you had you asked.

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Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

This place is nice enough. Clean rooms and friendly staff.

You don't get your own bathroom as all bathrooms are shared. The cupboard and wardrobes could do with being updated, along with the desks and room decor.

For the money you pay here you can get just as nice place a little nearer to the city.

Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
4  Thank Adventureboyluke
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

I absolutely loved the location, so lovely and quiet, but only 15 minute walk to Enmore and Newtown.
My single room had great facilities -fridge, sink, TV. And was nice and clean.

It can be a little bit noisy in the morning staying near reception, so if you can request a room further down the hall.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled solo
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5  Thank JSC777
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Reviewed 11 February 2015

After a horrible experience at another hostel, I searched for another which would be easy for me to attend a festival. I was so happy to be somewhere clean. The lady at the reception was helpful and friendly. Overall great experience even though it was only for a night.

  • Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Apollonia V
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Reviewed 28 January 2015

This Hostel is by far the best in Sydney, Having stayed here twice in my Gap year in Australia. The first time for 6 weeks and the second time for 3 Months!! Its perfectly situated near to the train station and a short walk from Newtown ( Good night life, pubs , food etc..). Its a very clean Hostel, with plenty of space and a large enough Kitchen to function in! Everybody in this Hostel is friendly and welcoming but what really makes the place is the Staff!! Zorica, Alexis and Branislav ! All of them work exceptionally hard to make sure that each guest is Happy!
The prices at this Hostel are well worth the Money!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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3  Thank rjls055
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Additional Information about Cambridge Lodge Guest House

Address: 109 Cambridge St, Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2048, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Stanmore
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Stanmore
Price Range: ₹ 3,376 - ₹ 7,070 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cambridge Lodge Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 30
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