Simpsons of Potts Point Hotel
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Sally Craig is in for a treat, as she gets to stay overnight in one of Sydney best privately run hotels. Simpsons of Potts Point is a gorgeous old mansion built in the 1890's magnificently restored into a unique little family run boutique hotel. This whole place is magnificent, just the architecture of the building is amazing, the beautiful art and …
Another overnight flight and here we are, Sydney Australia! This time we did not sleep as well, but it was a shorter flight and the novelty of business class had worn off a bit. It took us about 20 minutes to get our bags and clear customs, thanks to two adorable blond customs agents who told us, "You are not in America anymore, welcome to …
... cool. But by the end of it mum was falling asleep and I was tired so we went back to the hotel. When we got back it was only 4:45pm and mum decided to go to bed but I knew if I went to sleep to early I would be good for the next day. So I did some exercise to keep my self awake and because I hadn't done any for ages. Another thing andy and I wanted to to was go for a swim in the pool which was on top of the roof looking over ...
I'm wondering whether it's best to drive east to west or the other direction when travelling along the Great Southern Ocean Drive? It's hard to know if one direction is easier or better? Thinking it would be great to get away for a few weeks to see the sights ...
... afternoon until we had to head back to get the bus back to Tamworth. We also went to this tiny coffee shop called "Workshop Expresso" which had the most fabulous coffee I have ever had. If only they had somewhere like this back in Northern Ireland. You'd never see me as I would always be there. lol All in all it was a brilliant weekend of lovely food and seeing the sites of Sydney. Definitely worth a visit!!
Helen x ...
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We stayed at Simpsons for 6 nights and loved the place. I have to say in response to the most recent review on this website, we certainly did not spot any thread bare carpets - the place is beautiful and so are the rooms.
Friendly, well informed staff who are only too happy to help. The place beats the socks off The Hilton where we stayed directly beforehand!
The location is a pleasant walk to the city and Potts Point has a number of great cafes and restaurants. I would be very happy to recommend this hotel.
Absolutely wonderful hotel, great people
My boyfriend and I chose Simpsons on the basis of the great reviews, and I'm happy to say that they are all true! Simpsons is a beautifully furnished Victorian house, set back from the road and very quiet, even though it is only two minutes' walk to the hustle and bustle of cosmopolitan Potts Point. After a LONG 22 hour flight from New York, Simpsons was like coming home. We had a beautifully furnished and spacious room with a large balcony, where we enjoyed many balmy nights with a glass of wine after dinner at one of the many local eateries. The bathroom is spotless, with a powerful shower, and the room also has a fridge, tv, iron and ironing board and very comfortable king sized bed. Breakfast is a wide range of juice, fruit, cereal and breads and as many cups of tea or coffee as you like. The owners were incredibly helpful on everything, from where to eat and how to get around, to booking a hire car, lending us their road map and generally making it a lovely stay. We had to change our dates at the last minute to visit friends in Canberra, and we were able to leave bags with John and have our balcony room when we returned to Sydney. They even invited us to their Christmas drinks party. We were really sorry to leave and felt like we were saying goodbye to new friends - so do yourself a favour and stay at Simpsons - you'll love it!
A Warm Welcome
I had trepidations about the location of Simpson's, given some forum comments. Thankfully, they were totally off-base. Simpson's is located on a quiet street in a non-touristy, interesting part of Sydney. Potts Point has fun shops, beautiful homes, and great restaurants. There are two coffee shops with outdoor seating within a stone's throw from the hotel, as well as a fantastic deli around the corner.
Nearby is a naval base and then the Elizabeth Bay section with historical homes and museums. We didn't find that we were too close to the questionable Kings Cross section. But did walk through there one day and not sure what all the fuss was about...
Others have mentioned about the area, so I'll get to the hotel...
From the moment we booked our reservation, John, the manager, was extraordinarily helpful. He gave a listing of useful websites and booked us a driver to meet us at the airport. When we arrived at 9 a.m., he had breakfast waiting and, amazingly, our room was ready. (Had it been occupied, we could have used the shower in the roomy bathroom off the living room and he would have stored our bags).
We were there with a very curious and active, to say the least, 5 year old. The staff indulged him and made us all feel at home.
The decor was the nicest in all our month-long travels in AU. Tasteful and elegant in keeping with the boutique hotel.
Can't wait to go back!
Having spent a week in Sydney I can highly recommend a stay at 'Simpson's'
Simpson's is a delightful old Victorian mansion set in Potts Point which is a 25 minute walk from the Opera House via the beautiful Botanical gardens. ( this does include a flight of 110 steps -beware ! )
Staying at Simpson's is like staying in a friends grand house rather than a hotel. Our room was more of a suite with a huge bed , large bathroom and was all very tastefully furnished with period furnishings. The rest of the house is also a delight and free internet access is provided. An excellent breakfast is also served in the Conservatory.
However the real highlight of Simpson's are the owners who are the most friendly and knowledgeable I have encountered on any stay in a hotel. They really made us feel very much at home. They are full of ideas on places to visit and where to dine and seem to take a real pleasure in ensuring that you really enjoy your stay not just at Simpson's but in Sydney.
Amazing Simpsons !
What a fabulous place to stay.
We selected this place after reading other reviews on this site.
We were spoilt rotten. The entire holiday we were treated like royalty.
John is the most fabulous host, truely the lord of the manor and a real asset to Simpsons.
Arriving after our early morning flight we were quickly welcomed into our beautifully perfect room, had a pot of fresh tea waiting for us & welcomed to join other guests for breakfast. What a wonderful start to our holiday.
It just continued to get better !
Breakfasts were superb & happily catered for my allergy. Fresh & delicious. John made a point of introducing all guests to each other. Many guests were regulars from all over the country & world.
The hotel was quiet & in an amazing location, just minutes stroll from the CBD through the beautiful Botanical Gardens, past duck ponds & bat colonies. Also very close to bus & trains.
John can suggest the most delicious places to eat at all budget levels where he is well known & loved by staff.
He can also advise wonderful off the beaten track sightseeing, local celebrity gossip & great shopping.
This knowledge comes from John being a very popular member of the local Potts Point community. He lives & breathes Sydney & knows it like the back of his hand.
The rooms were made up beautifully every day. The lounge areas were quiet & extremely comfortable. The free computer access was a wonderful addition to keep in touch with family.
When our anxious 8yr old daughter was trying to get in touch with us John set her & the babysitters at ease, gave them our direct line & told them when they could expect us back. He then checked in with us later to ensure that she had got to speak with us.
We look forward to returning soon & too becoming a regular of Simpsons.
As we left John was there to give us a last cup of tea, help with our bags, hug us goodbye & wave as we set off for the airport.
John & Simpsons, you are amazing.
Thank you !
Cloud Suite puts you in Heaven
The customer service was ABSOLUTELY amazing. Our room, the cloud suite, was as the connotation implies 'heaven'. Very spacious, balcony, large spa bath & they even had a DVD flipbook with a whole bunch of DVDs to watch & really good titles.
Location wise, we were so intrigued with the surroundings we didn't dare take a taxi anywhere - makes for a lovely night stroll with exclusive cafes and resturants all within walking distance.
In the interest of fair & balanced review I would say the ONLY thing that stopped be giving this hotel 5star mark is that the king bed, although made up beautifully & of nice appearance, was in fact two singles pushed together. I would not let this discourage anyone from staying here, the rate we payed (<$300) for a spacious, central king bed room with large spa was outstanding - we would have paid $350 and been happy.
If you are looking for a romantic getaway or stay in Sydney City, put yourself in heaven with the Cloud Suite is my advice ;)
Like Going Home
I used to live in the street nearby this small but delicious hotel and on recent trip back to Sydney decided to stay there. The welcome was warm and friendly. The lounge area on the ground floor had deep-buttoned large sofas, books to read about Australia past and present, an email facility in the far corner for guests, and genial chat was to be had to the bewitching hours between 5 and 7.30pm as people drifted in from a long day's touring. the location is great - the Macleay Street Bistro just a short walk away, still brilliant after all these years.
Brekkie was a friendly affair, and fresh fruits were in abundance. Our room was quiet, and more than adequate. I would recommend this to anyone not familiar with Sydney because you can easily go anywhere from this safe location.
A Great Find!
Our first visit to Oz to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. After spending the first few days in CBD of Sydney we looked for a different lodging option. Pott's Point was appealing - old tree lined streets, ecelectic mix of people and places. As B&B owners in the U.S. we looked for a clean, confortable and FRIENDLY place and this was it. Keith was GREAT providing the right amount of attention and not being overbearing. The port and sherry in the sitting room was a wonderful touch and one we have added to our establishment. Our room was quiet and comfortable and overall it was hard to believe that we were just a 20+ minute walk to the Botanical Gardens and Circular Cay. Yes we ate one night at Harry's - very good but the highlight of our 2 weeks dining experience was the nearby EURAZ Restaurant - Keith's recommendation and it was great. Our server was a young gentleman from Melbourne and he spent the evening discussing the merits of Melbourne vs. Sydney - and made some great recommendations on the food as well. Nearby towards Kings Cross are plenty of car rental locations as well as numerous other restaurants. Funny but the neighborhood reminded me of the Washington DC area around the National Catherdal/Zoo - looked to be in transition, some rough edges but some very nice diversions as well. Overall Oz was more than we expected and upon our return "sometime" Simpson's will be our place of choice. Oh, one more thing that we brought back from there - the toasted raisin bread topped with ricotta cheese and honey. Wondeful. Location also has internet connection.
Great B & B in a very nice street, convenient for everything
What a lovely, lovely place this is. We had 8 nights there and our hosts couldn't have been friendler or more helpful. Breakfasts were great, rooms were large, very clean and very comfortable. Sherry and port freely available in the drawing room. Free internet access all day. Potts Point is so handy for everywhere. It's a short walk to Wooloomooloo (where it's said Russell Crowe lives) and the world famous 'Harry's Cafe de Wheels'. It's a moderate walk to the Botanical Gardens and Circular Quay for the ferries. Darling Harbour is a little further but still walkable (half an hour). Recommended without hesitation.
It Doesn't Get any Better
Simpson's is simply Sidney's best for reasons of location, comfort, style, taste, amenities and staff. We travel the world constantly staying in budget specials and palaces...price is never our first consideration. We like interesting places well located. Simpson's is a beautiful Victorian mansion furnished thankfully not with Victorian stuff, but rather Georgian. The rooms are all rather grand from the entry to the lounge to the master living room to the regular spacious rooms which have terrific bathrooms with powerful showers and endless hot water. Maid service is unobtrusive and efficient. This place is spotless. Complimentary port, sherry and internet grace the lounge. Breakfast is juice, toast, fruits, yogurt and cereals and the morning papers- all served in a cheery glass atrium. The three person management team is amusing, informed, constantly helpful and never underfoot. You feel as though this is your own home. While not inexpensive, the rate is remarkably underpriced for its level of service and comfort. The location is simply dynamite in one of Sydney's best neighborhoods with a plethora of restaurants nearby. Front the street you can view the harbor and the opera house and everything is within walking distance - through the lovely botanical gardens filled with exotic birds. Of the hundreds of places we have stayed throughout the world this has to be in the top 5.