This is a fantastic little boutique hotel in Sydneys' Rocks area. The hotel is a renovated original building in the Rocks in Sydney. It is surrounded by restaurants, bars and shops. You are located amongst some of Sydneys' premier tourist sites and everything is nearby.
The hotel itself is a renovated original 1800's building. Some rooms have an ensuite, and some use shared facilities. We had a room with an ensuite, that was massive. The room faced the rear of the building over an area known as the Nurses Walk. It was room number 15. Facing the rear meant no city views, but we only slept there, so that was no problem. The room was furnished with older style furniture, but it was all clean, and fresh.
On the negative side, there was not a lot of free power points. The room had no fridge. The area got a little noisy at night. There was no free internet. There was very little storage space for toiletries in the bathroom.
In defense of the hotel. Old buildings from the era of this building were hardly likely to have been built with modern electronic needs in mind. A small price for such a historic setting in my opinion. The lack of fridge is a little strange, but we got by without one for our 4 day stay. The area is in a restaurant, bar and tourist hub in Sydney, so what do you expect. Get out there and be a part of it! The internet issue is common to most hotels in Australia's large cities. That is just the backward way our hotels operate. As for the bathrooms, they should add more shelving. There was plenty of space.
The hotel has an attached restaurant/wine bar. It is important to note that kids are not allowed in there at night. That was ridiculous given that families travel too. Anyway, that just meant that they never got any added value from our stay. all dinners were taken elsewhere.
The toilet area by the wine bar also leads to a rear entry to another little gem. "The Fortune of War" pub. It claims to be the oldest pub in Sydney, and may just be. They have live bands on the weekend, and it is a great place to have a beer within the walls of a very historical old pub.
Another great feature of the hotel was the roof top garden. This little terrace on the roof offers great photo opportunities, and makes a great place for a BYO drink.
The hotel is very convenient to trains, ferries and buses. You really do not need a car if you are staying here. There is a train from the airport and once there, public transport is readily available.
My four stars are for the charm of the property, the friendly staff and the location. Others may rate it lower, as the hotel is not abundant with services. But for me, it was 4. The inconveniences are not unexpected in such an old building, but the charm is actually in the age of the building, and the local history.
Don't miss the weekend markets, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fortune of War pub, the Argyle Pub and wondering around the old historical areas of the Rocks. These things are all available within 5 minutes of the hotel.
- Also Known As:
- The Russell Hotel
- The Russell Hotel Sydney
- Russell Hotel Sydney
- Russell Sydney
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Russell Hotel with just 30 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 , yet all have antique furniture and soft furnishings appropriate to the hotel's historic status.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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