I was concerned about our stay here based on the wide range of reviews it had received on TripAdvisor.com. However, it worked for us - especially with the expensive alternatives for accommodation in Sydney.
We had booked a double en suite for 4 nights, so perhaps that helped with the room quality. Sure, it was very small, but it was clean and on the third floor we enjoyed the elevator in the building. We didn't feel claustrophobic each evening as we watched TV after a full day in Sydney. As for noise, true, it is right on the tracks. I can imagine how loud it must be for those staying in rooms on the tracks side of the hotel. Our room was on the non-tracks side, and we heard the trains, but that only sounded like thunder in a thunder storm, so it wasn't bad at all for us. If we didn't get the non-tracks side, then I don't know if I would have appreciated the hotel as much.
The staff was very friendly and helpful with our requests (baggage storage, info, etc). The breakfast each morning was completely suitable - all you can eat, too. They had cereal (5 varieties), toast (2 varieties of bread, peanut butter and 5 types of jam), apple or orange juice, tea or coffee. Fill up on this and you can cruise until lunch with no snacking.
The location is convenient - we read another reviewer's assessment and chose Redfern station, as it was closer than Redfern station. However, if coming in from the Airport (trains do not go to Redfern), then Central was still fine. Also, near to Redfern is a commercial street with less expensive restaurants, a Post Office, a Woolworths, etc.
If you can get a room on the non-tracks side, then this hotel is a terrific deal for what you get (room, service, etc) and the location.
Ask to get a room on the non-tracks side of the hotel.
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