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“Great staff, minimalistic facilities and rooms, fantastic location and some tips” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Altamont Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels

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Altamont Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels
Ranked #17 of 62 Sydney B&B and Inns
Waterloo, Canada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great staff, minimalistic facilities and rooms, fantastic location and some tips”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

This was our first hotel experience in Australia and it was wonderful.

The biggest asset of this hotel is their staff. Allan the manager was ever so helpful and attentive, all the way with my impossible-to-pin-down booking dates until the end of my lengthened stay (we stayed there for one week and half in two rooms). He was absolutely a gem. Some advices he gave me were really usefully candid and not your typical sugar coated ones from a chain hotel Concierge. The cleaning staff did a more than decent job too. And contrary to most of the miserable looking chamber maids one has come to expect, they actually seemed to be happy working there.

For all the gym bunnies out there, there's unfortunately no gyms in the hotel. However there are 3 nearby. Rooms were all relatively smaller, but I really appreciated their minimalistic and tasteful decor. Everything was functional and visually pleasing (except the "wardrobe", you'll see). The bathroom was again functional and clean, however it could do with a bit more counter space. The bed was softer than I usually like, nevertheless, we had very good sleep on it every night.

I have to make a special note about their front lobby/restaurant/lounge/bar. The hotel was a high end restaurant and it was later turned into a full hotel. It possessed this airy, not-so-shabby-but-very-chic bohemian, ... energy? Every day, I walk into that space for my breakfast, I was always first delighted with its soft Jazz or Bossa nova music and then welcome by the mellow fresh breeze. Allan or his colleagues were always there with their friendly smiles to greet you.The tables, chairs, sofas are all well used and maintained with this patina just somehow congruently worked with everything. It was just so very marvellously relaxing.

Lastly, it's location. It is right between Kings Cross and Oxford road and it's not in your typical touristic harbour local or CBD. So it's not very crowded. And you are within walking distance to Hyde Park. But you are very close to Kings Cross station which allows you to get anywhere with the well planed Sydney public transit. However, as a side note, the system is not very user-friendly. I had to use this free app on my IPhone called "Trip Sydney Lite" to help with my planning and guidance with all the transfer. But you'll get the hang of it after couple of days. When not sure just ask, it beats missing your transfer by getting onto the wrong platform.

The hotel is really great for couples and small family or singles. Might not be the greatest for business travellers as it does not have a Business Centre (I'm sure if you need, Allan will let you use their office equipment) and not very close to CBD. The weekend nights, Kings Cross can be a bit rowdy as it is close to some of the best clubs in the city. But it is very safe as the front door is locked every night. You enter with your room key from the side.

There are many great pubs and eateries around the area with reasonable price tags (which is rare in Sydney). Don't miss Kings Cross Hotel for their Happy Hours, Fishface's seafood, Guzman y Gomez's Mexican and Mad Pizza e Bar's thin-crusted oven-baked pizza. All within walking distance.

Over all, for its price tag, it delivered superb value. But don't expect 5 star hotel facilities, their tasteful decor and friendly staffs more than made up for it. I would definitely go back for another long stay in Sydney.

Room Tip: 1) If you are a light sleeper, get a court yard room as it is quieter. However, the other rooms seem...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank DavidzLi
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alanmzzz, Manager at Altamont Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels, responded to this review, 1 April 2012
G'day David

Thanks you so much for your amazing review about our hotel. You are a true ambassador for the Altamont; and your tip about the Courtyard Rooms is certainly right - they are so quiet that some of our guests sleep in...

I will look forward to you staying again when next you are in the Harbour City.

Bye for now.......Alan
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Brussels, Belgium
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30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

If you are looking for two holidays in one, look no further. If you really want to wind down after a business meeting, this is the place to it.
Perfectly located just east of the city's CBD, this unique hotel and its even more dedicated and unique staff are the best guarantee you can get for a optimal holiday experience.
The knowledge and dedication of staff is second to non, dining tips or day-trips, directions or other wishes, they will take care of it and deliver what you expect.
Never cahnge a winning team, never change your place of stay I'd say. Go there and live the experience.

Room Tip: There are 12 rooms, of which 4 or 5 have a small walled garden. Rooms 4 and 6 for sure.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Herman Jan M
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Me and my friend stayed at the Altamont Hotel Sydney for a week, as she was visiting me from Sweden.

It was a great week!

I was overthrilled by the sevice and quallity, it was much more than I expected! Concidering it wasn´t very expensive, I actually didn´t expect such a great hotel...

I was wrong!

I´m staying in Australia for two more month, and I definetly want to come back to Altamont!!!

Clean, fresh and and very friendly!!!

I recommend this hotel, 100 %!!!

Thanks a lot, Maria from Sweden

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank mian75a
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Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Altamont Hotel. The atmosphere was relaxed, the people friendly.
This lovely hotel is situated very close to bars and restaurants.
We would definately stay there again on our next trip!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Sylvie135
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New York City, New York
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Though it isn't a 5-star hotel, the Altamont was made so by it's wonderfully attentive and caring staff. I stayed here for about a month while working at the Opera House and was pleased to have done so. The entire team at the Altamont is always available to help and make your stay a comfortable one, and I'm grateful to have been taken care of by such lovely people. The only negatives were my loud neighbors (I had a courtyard room), and seemingly thin walls.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jamieelizabeth91
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Property: Altamont Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels
Address: 207 Darlinghurst Rd | Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Darlinghurst
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Sydney
Price range (per night): $133 - $296
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Altamont Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
HOTEL ALTAMONT - A GREAT VALUE HOTEL WITH LOTS OF STYLE AND PERSONALITY. An amazing location in the heart of Sydney’s most exciting and eclectic neighbourhood. Alan and his team will welcome you with their personalised hospitality. Let them guide you to the best eats, experiences and hotspots that only locals know about.Rest your head in Sydney's most unique hotel, the ALTAMONT. ... more   less 
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