The Sebel Surry Hills
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... diet took a bit of battering there)! It was really yummy though! Then I went for a wee walk up the town before our staff meeting at 5pm. I didn't start work again until 6.30pm so was just chatting with the other staff during the rest of my break. The evening was really busy again and I finished at 10pm which wasn't too bad! When I got home I was pretty tired so just had a cuppa and a chat with Greg before bed.
Saturday was another long lie and then was up ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Sebel Surry Hills Sydney
While our initial impressions of this hotel were good, spacious room and helpful desk staff, because of the poor dining facilities we would not stay there again. The dining facilities were poor. On 2 nights of the week the dining room was closed and we could not even buy a drink. We were directed to a cafe-type dining area below which was nothing special. One night when we did eat in the dining room, we waited for an hour for our starter, and then were neglected, no-one came to ask if we wanted coffee after our meal. The hot breakfast was awful, cold sausages, bacon like leather and that was at 7.30am. Goodness knows what it would have been like by 8.30. We felt this hotel was possibly geared towards business people and tours and were not prepared to give individual guests the attention. Relatives who also stayed had to ask twice for clean towels and their room was still not made up at 5pm on one occasion. We had travelled throughout NZ, Tasmania and Sydney and this hotel was the poorest.
This hotel was recommended by Flight Centre, and we paid $180/night which included what was known as "continental breakfast". We stayed for a total of 3 nights, and it was the worst hotel we've ever stayed at.
Lovely hotel with friendly, helpful staff - The rooms are very clean and ours was extremely spacious with sofa sitting area. We had breakfast several times at the buffet and also ate at the restaurant in the evening - both are very good (the waiter is very accommodating). I consider myself to be quite a fussy person and would have no hesitation in staying at this hotel again.
Nice, clean and efficiant.
We stayed three nights at the Citigate Sebel. The hotel had very good facilities for the price you pay. The rooms were spacious and clean with nice bathrooms and the all important powerful shower! The staff were excellent and had no qualms about letting us check in early (07.00). It is not the most central (30 min walk to harbour, 5 mins to china town, 20 min to central sydney) but the train station is only about 2 min walk where you can get to the habour for about $2.50. The only down point was breakfast - we didn't have it included in our booking and it was a bit exoensive for what you got. Overall though a good hotel with excellent staff - i would stop here again.
Excellent Hotel. The room was very spacious, spotlessly clean, and the beds were comfy. The staff were extremely friendly. The pool/hot room/spa was a great bonus.
We are definitely staying there again!
Good value for Sydney
This was good value as Sydney is not cheap, especially at the weekends. You are not dead in the centre but Central station is only 5 minutes walk away and from there you can be at Circular Quay in 10 minutes. The rooms were a decent size and nice and clean, the fridge was a nice bonus I didn't expect. There is a handy laundry in the basement and a reasonable choice of restaurants about 10 minutes walk away. There was some traffic noise but that is just cities for you. I grew in the country and find all city hotels noisy, I just take earplugs.
V Disappointed !
After seeing the reviews we stayed here for 3 nights. V dissapointed. Reception staff were unfriendly. Air Con was poor. Put in a smoking room when asked for non-smoking. TV had 4 channels ! Very busy road kept us awake most of the night as did the room above (warning - walls are v thin). Didnt get 1 good nights sleep. Had previous stayed at the carlton crest and hoped this was better, it is worse ! On the plus side, location is good and so is the pool (altho dirty)!
Hotel was lovely, staff very helpful, close to central station - within walking distance downtown Sydney. We got a 5 day Sydney pass excellent system.
Helpful staff especially concierge Martin
The rooms in this hotel were spacious and clean.
Staff was friendly, especially concierge Martin for whom nothing was too much trouble.
Great was the fact we could check in early, after a flight from Europe you need some time to get relaxed.
Location is great too, easy access to Central Station and downtown Sydney.
Good clean hotel, helpful and pleasant staff, don't forget to use the pool. Great location, handy for Chinatown.