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Popular downtown Sydney hotel with harbour views, indoor pool and kitchenette suites

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, wired Internet, hot breakfast, local calls
  • Guests found the staff friendly and accommodating
  • Guests enjoyed meals on site, along with the free breakfast
  • Many guests liked the rooms for being spacious and well equipped
  • Guests loved the location near the waterfront, boardwalk and restaurants
  • Good value at this hotel, according to many guests
  • Several guests thought that the hotel should offer free parking
  • A couple of guests thought that the room interiors were in need of updates
  • Parking costs $7 per night
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Editor's Analysis
Updated Aug 19, 2015
This hotel is situated on the Sydney harbour and boardwalk in downtown Sydney and is within walking distance of several shops, restaurants and attractions. Offering suites with kitchenettes, a restaurant, a lap pool and rooftop patio, this property is well suited for guests looking for more upscale accommodations in downtown Sydney.

All rooms at this hotel are smoke free and include free Wi-Fi, free wired Internet, free local calls, a flat screen TV, a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave, dishes and flatware, a desk with ergonomic chair, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer and individual climate control. Suites may also offer a separate bedroom, a sofabed, a kitchenette (stovetop, mini-fridge, microwave, toaster, sink with counter), a jetted tub, free bottled water, free parking, bathrobes, morning newspaper delivery, windows that open and views of the harbour. Wheelchair-accessible rooms are also available. 

Outdoor parking is available on site for an additional fee of $7 per night. Pets are permitted in guest rooms for an additional fee of $25 per week.

A free hot breakfast buffet is served in the on-site restaurant from 7 am to 9:30 am on weekdays and from 7 am to 10:30 am on weekends. Guests can also take their breakfast back to their rooms. The on-site restaurant and bar, Trio, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room service is also available.

Recreational facilities at this hotel include a lap pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a rooftop fitness centre with views of the harbour. Other on-site amenities include a rooftop patio, a business centre, a 24-hour front desk, safe deposit boxes, luggage storage, a guest laundry and dry cleaning services. This hotel has a elevator.

Downtown Sydney attractions, including Centre 200, the waterfront boardwalk, shops, restaurants are within a 4-minute walk and the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science is a 10-minute walk away. The Membertou Trade & Convention Centre is 4 minutes away by car. 

The Sydney J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport (YQY) is 17 minutes away by car, while the Marine Atlantic North Sydney Ferry Terminal (offering service to Newfoundland) is a 22-minute drive away. Access to the Cabot Trail is about 70 minutes away by car. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on August 19, 2015: parking and pet fees, appliances in the kitchenettes

The Good
Guests typically enjoyed pleasant stays at this hotel, judging from the reviews read for this report. The highlights for the hotel were the waterfront location with pretty views from the hotel, the spaciousness of the rooms and the reasonable cost.

The rooms were described as well-decorated and spacious, with comfortable beds by guests. Many reviewers enjoyed the views of the Sydney harbour from their rooms.

The staff were frequently complimented by guests who called them friendly, accommodating and responsive.

Location was a plus, right on the waterfront with a boardwalk for an evening stroll, sometimes encountering live entertainment, near to downtown shops and restaurants and easily accessed from the highway.

Many reviewers enjoyed the food and selection at the free breakfast appreciating the hot choices available. The restaurant was also frequently praised. Guests said that there was a good menu selection and that it was wonderful for dinner.

Value was very frequently mentioned in the reviews sourced, with guests finding this hotel to offer very good value for the dollar.
The Bad
There were very few common concerns or recurring complaints found for this hotel, among the reviews sourced for this editorial. However, a couple of guests found the in-room furnishings and bathroom fixtures in need of upgrades.

Several guests also complained about the daily parking fee, and felt it should have been included in the room rates. However, this was typically a minor complaint by guests who enjoyed their stays.

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Sources ranked this hotel #2 out of 7 hotels in Sydney, with an average score of 4.5 out of 5, from 608 reviews. gave this hotel an average score of 4.3 out of 5, with 94% of 335 guests recommending the property.

Editor's Analysis by Tammy B.
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Guest Reviews
Very Good

Rated 8.8/10 based on 790 reviews

Ranked #2 out of 6 hotels in Sydney

Map Marker Cambridge Suites - Sydney
380 Esplanade, Sydney, NS