Kirketon Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKirketon Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels
Boutique "design" hotel, met heeeele kleine kamers. Naast het bed van 1.90m nog zo'n 20 cm om langs te lopen! Wel in een leuke buurt: Darlinghurst
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kirketon Hotel Sydney - by 8Hotels
My partner and I were looking forward to staying at the Kirketon hotel, but it really was a bit of a disappointment.
The room we had was TINY - I suggest you request a larger room or pay extra (if available..sold out for us). The decor was simple (a mix of grey, white and red) but a little underdone. It seems their attempt at minimalist made the rooms quite soul-less. The lighting was poor.
Check in appears to be strictly 3pm....we arrived off a 20 hour flight and wanted a shower but had to wait until 2pm for a room to become available.
As another reviewer pointed out, the bathroom items are not re-stocked, so we had to request simple cleansing items. The showers are very dark as the light is at waist height, so prepare for that! There's also an odd habit of cleaning staff cleaning all rooms on the one floor at the same time...they leave the doors open, not sure why that is but it was a little strange. I felt that the hotel was understaffed too - check-in took a long time as the one person dealt with people one at a time.
The pluses? Each room has a cd player, a bar fridge and the bathrooms are tastefully done. We asked for Ice and, since the restaurant is closed on Sundays, the reception was happy to go down the street to get some for us - a nice touch. And LOCATION - this area of Sydney is hard to beat. You are close to great hip restaurants, cafes and bars. We even walked to the city with no problems.
Recommended for hip young straight, gay couples who will not be spending much time in these tiny, tiny rooms, but want a bit of style about their hotel. It's ok, but it's not great...appears to be an attempt at a cheaper 'W' style hotel but doesn't quite achieve its goal.
Stayed there in mid March 2005, falling for the promise of affordable chic and glamour. The lobby may look good in some pictures, but this hotel has some serious flaws. For one, it has no elevator; I had to carry a couple of very heavy bags up two floors, with no help (their staff seems to consist of a single person manning the front desk and one cleaner). The room ("premium") was shabby, the cheap carpet stained, the mattress mushy, the wall-mounted TV like an old Motel 6, no alarm clock, no broaddband internet, and worst of all no natural light -- the small window faced a brick wall 4 feet away (most rooms are like that.) The bathroom was not cleaned during my stay, the toiletries not replenished. I stayed Sunday and Monday, when the restaurant and bar were not operating, so the lobby looked very sad and deserted. The only positive thing was the location, which is really quite convenient.
recently read the jan 05 conde nast traveller article listing the kirketon as one of the top 108 hotels of the world with oustanding design and ambience offering a fab position in darlo at great value.....
the kirketon exceeded my expectations....the staff which werent mentioned in the article were some of the best hotel staff i have ever come across ...all helped to make my stay wonderful.....
highly reccommend the kirketon especially at the new prices...
My favorite hotel of all time - reasonably priced yet glamorous
Since I stayed there in late 2002, Kirketon has undergone a change in management, but I still look back fondly at this hotel as the absolute coolest hotel of all time because:
-the staff look like models
-it has a great Sydney restaurant, Salt, downstairs
-fashionistas stay there, yet it was only US$100 a night
-fabulous surround sound system, and a full CD player in each room, with their own custom soundtrack to play (bring your own CDs - they'll sound great on their hidden behind the wall speakers)
-lovely high thread count sheets and wooly carpets and mohair throws
-AESOP botanicals bath products!!!!!
It's like Ian Schrager, but less vulgar, less hyped, more reasonably priced, and absolutely absolutely beautiful and just the right ethos for the young traveller.
Medusa, next door, its sister hotel, is even more lovely and pink. The staff are all young, hip, beautiful, and so friendly you feel bad that they work at all.
These small boutique hotels occupy that niche that is rarely filled: a cross between an Ian Schrager and a B&B.
I was very dissapointed in the Kirketon. First of all I felt very uncomfortable in the room (I had a single room with a double bed) since there was no real chair to sit on, and the bed was not the best. The tv was so high that I had to lie on my back to watch it, or else I would hurt my neck.
Also, the blanket was aweful. Its some sort of synthetic think that didn't keep me very warm (and this was in April)
In terms of facilities, forget it, it has none. No room service, in fact, no restaurant of any kind, unless you count Salt which is attached, but not really a part of the hotel, so there is no breakfast.
The location is great if you want to be part of the very "in" crowd that frequent the cafes of Victoria St. Its also a short walking distance to Kings Cross train station.
If you want to eat a good breakfast, the cafe accross the street (some french name I forget) is great.
Great foyers don't make a great stay
How did this hotel to get a small luxury hotel rating? Poor small undetailed rooms with uncomfortable beds. Why aren't the rooms checked properly and repainted when repairs are done. There were holes in the walls here. Sloppy. Best thing was the foyer and the helpful staff. O, and Salt does great food. Go there but don't stay, even if it is designer. But who?
Loved The Kirketon
Spent 8 days at the Kirketon and loved it. Rates seemed to have dropped significantly in the last couple of years, and the hotel represents excellent value. Good staff, good location and a stylish alternative to large scale american hotels. If the quality of your stay is determined by style, friendleness or getting to know an individual part of Sydney, rather than the number of hand towels (!) then this is a great place to stay.
I think under new management
Seeing the former review of the guest who stayed at The Kirketon Jan 9, who experienced a below average hotel must have just missed out on the new management team of The Kirketon by a day or two and he certainly missed out on the new rates.
My visit last week from Melbourne which is a regular event for work was a fantastic deal.
$129 per night, which is a bargain as the old management were selling the same room for $220, Aussie dollars that is.
The place is gorgeuos to look at , the restaurant and bars are sublime and you feel like a real guest.
And contrry to the former reviewer, my room was spotless and serviced just fine.
Good Luck to the new management.
At the new rates I will be back time and again.
Dan Uliel Melbourne Victoria
After a lot of research we chose the Kirketon as one of the supposedly leading "design boutiques" in Sydney.
The rooms were very small and in inexcusably poor condition. The carpet was badly stained, the bathroom tile stained, the paint chipped, and the air musty. The TV was hung from the ceiling on a mount such as usually seen in budget hotels. Our "superior" room (which we had originally booked at A$275. though the management dropped the rate to A$200 after we complained about the room) faced a brick wall 5 feet away and was almost completely bereft of furniture. (The large walk-in closet was a nice touch, admittedly.) And the service was quite disappointing as well. We only received bath towels (no washcloths or hand towesl) and sometimes only one to boot. The product (shampoo/conditioner) was generic, and never replenished during our stay. The cleaning was inadequate (we visited the beach on day 1 of an 8-day stay and the sand remained in the shower for the rest of the trip). The reception desk was friendly but generally not helpful -- and as there was no concierge, and usually only one person on duty, getting answers to any questions took quite a while.
The public spaces in the hotel were nicer than our room, and the bar (Fix) quite nice.
Even at A$200 we felt like we overpaid significantly. This was by far the worst hotel we stayed in during 3 weeks in Australia.
Have just returned from a 4 night stay at the Kirketon Sydney Staff really pleasant and helpful In a colourful part of Sydney Neat cafe across the road for breakfast/coffee Transport okay Kings X Station just down the street but needed a change of train/tram to get anywhere Too miniumalistic for us Rooms tiny No natural light had to go to street to check weather each morning Lighting in rooms to dull to read by Interior needs a re-vamp especially bathrooms Ventilation fans a must in the future Would not stay there again prefer to be more central ie The Rocks or CBD or Darling Harbour
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