Arts Hotel

Address: 21 Oxford Street (near Verona Street), Sydney, New South Wales, 2021, Australia | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located in the Woollahra area of Sydney, is near Sydney Jewish Museum, St. James Church, Brett Whiteley Studio Museum, and Australian Centre for Photography.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsArts Hotel Sydney

    Reviewed by halloween1


    Reviewed Sep 7, 2013
    by (10 reviews) Sydney , Australia Flag of Australia

    Great location but don't expect the Royal treatment. Everything you need to have a comfortable night.

    This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

    Historical Traveler Reviews Arts Hotel Sydney

    Sullivans on Oxford


    Not necessarily the best hotel in Sydney but all we wanted was a cheaper twin or family room for five days for the both of us and a kid aged 11 and at this establishment, this is what we got. Sullivan's is having a facelift to the front of the building just now (Jul 06) but don't let that put you off checking it out. The rooms are spacious and well stocked without a kitchen but have average facilities to make your stay comfortable eg microwave if you require. Beds were comfy enough but in winter you will need the heaters on, as they don't yet have double glazing and it gets chilly in the rooms during a windy day. You can also hear airport takeoffs as airport is not too far away, but after a day's walkabout in the city you soon grew used to this background noise. The hotel is situated on busy Oxford Street but we had an interconnecting room at the back and heard little or no noise from the residential area adjacent. It did rain most of our stay there so we also never made full use of the pool or cycle facilities. They also have a gym and one internet access, which was busy then, broke down but was eventually mended after the weekend. Service is top quality for any queries we had, like more towels, and for information. The free DVD movies kept our kid occupied later in the day when we chilled out. Problem with the showers though one smelled bad when in use but the other was fine(we used the other unit), they had little temperature control so it took us a while to savour the method. Cost was perfectly in our budget so hats off to Liz and her team for an excellent nightly rate. Please book before coming as we saw some people leave after they were told there were no vacancies; even though this was in winter season. Breakfasts were on par more costly than the surrounding food places on Oxford Street, but for public transport links to main CDB and harbour the bus stops were very close to hotel, within 1 block. Use bus 380 last stop is near the harbour, on way back stop is near hotel. Good bookshops nearby, one with coffee shop included see discount coffee and book vouchers within Sullivans. Very busy street at the weekends, but great overall, thanks. Check it out yourself as I don't necessarily believe everything I say !!!

    Quaint little place


    We were in Australia for 2 weeks for our honeymoon and spent 4 days in Sydney. The Sullivans seemed reasonable cost-wise and was close to many of the sites we wanted to see. We loved the fact that we were within walking distance of almost all of the major sites within the city. We did rent a car for one day and were pleased with the free underground parking (though it was a bit narrow).

    The room was on the smaller side, but cozy. Our room faced the street, but we didn't find it to be terribly noisy. We were a little surprised to find that they do not provide many of the little soaps, etc that you would find at other hotels. They have an all purpose soap dispenser in the bathroom and you can get shampoo from the front desk for free. It's enough for the low-maintenance traveller.

    We were slightly put off that they didn't change the sheets for us for our entire stay. We noticed a small stain on the side of the sheets (nothing important or gross, just noticible), and it was still there through our stay. We could have complained, but we were only there for 3 nights and decided it wasn't worth it.

    The free internet in the lobby was very nice and was usually available. The staff was also friendly and helpful.

    Pretty Good for the Money...


    Stayed on two separate occasions during a visit to Sydney on business. Given how expensive Sydney hotels are, all in all this was pretty good for the the relatively low cost. The rooms at the back were fine, quite a good size, fairly basic, but comfortable, clean and reasonably quiet; however the front is pretty noisy in spite of the double glazing. Staff were mostly pretty helpful and moved me into the back after first night. Breakfast was good, location is good for transport links. If I stayed again, I would probably pay the extra for a room facing onto the courtyard to guarantee a quiet night.

    Only real disappointment was that I understood they had WiFi, but it wasn't working. They did have a PC set up for free Internet access though.

    Great stay (again!)


    This is the second time I have stayed at Sullivans. We were just doing a 1 night stopover in Sydney this time, so we chose somewhere we were familiar with.

    Arriving at the hotel I made use of the secure car parking facilities. They're underground, accessed from the rear of the building. There is a door from the car park directly into reception, so no carting bags for miles!

    Reception were very friendly and our room was clean, tidy and quiet. After being away from home for almost a month it was lovely to get a good sleep for once.

    The hotel also had a small, but nice pool in a courtyard area, perfect for unwinding with a bottle of wine from the conveniently located bar & bottleshop nextdoor.

    Broadband internet is free, the terminal is in

    reception. The hotel will also loan bicycles for you to use if you so wish.

    The only food available is breakfast, which is of the buffet variety next to reception and very reasonably priced.

    Great place to stay!


    My wife and I came to Sydney to see Jamiroquai in concert. The people at Sullivans made our stay one we will remember! Herman your so nice offering to help us with the sights of sydney/info on the area etc. Our room was great with views across the pool area and the internet open FREE OF CHARGE MAKES ALL THE DIFFRENCE. Great little cafe's and places just to rest while taking the sites of Paddington in. Shops everywere you look people are sooooooo kind. We have said that when we come back to Sydney thats were we will stay!

    Jason Holroyd

    Excellent Hotel!


    Before checking into the Hotel, we sent emails asking questions. The staffs responded promptly and were extremely helpful with our questions. We arrived and loved it very much. The staffs were extremely attentive, professional and friendly. The rooms were very clean, comfortable and cozy. The Hotel is close to public transportation and to major point of interests. Also it had a great coffee shop and free Internet. The staff made us feels welcomed and made our stay a memorable one. We recommend it 100% and would stay there again without hesitation.

    I love the Sullivans


    Whenever I'm in Sydney I always stay at the Sullivans.

    It's a fantastic budget priced hotel with helpfull staff and ease of access to the Centre of the City.

    Over the years I've reccomended it to any of my friends going down under to visit the city, and they've all come back with nothing but good reports.

    The Smell of urine in the room was not good.


    The whole place has been let go since the photos on the web were taken, from the surley reception, to the garden room that stank of urine and the non functioning airconditioner.We walked straight out, but they refused to refund our prepaid accomdation. saying they needed 24 hrs notice. Give it a wide berth.

    Super for families, couples, singles and they have free parking!


    This place has a family room for A$145 that sleeps 4. They also have a heated pool, free movies, free internet, rec room and bicycles! This is the cheapest room for families in central Sydney, that will accomodate all of you in a wholesome, safe and friendly hotel. I have been traveling within Australia for 23 years and a friend recommended Sullivan's last year. Wow! We are sometimes looking to get out of Darling Harbour, Kings Cross or Downtown. OR Sometimes we want a room that will hold all of us for a cheap economical stay. They include breakfast in their pretty courtyard. Ask for a quiet room away from the street. We especially enjoy going to Wollahara for dinner and shops. We stayed in Four Points Darling Harbour last week and my daughter said "its nice, but no pool like Sullivans mum"

    Pleasant Surprise


    I was braced up for a dingy room common among 3-star hotels whose internet pictures easily fool novice travellers who expect much. But Sullivans Hotel was an incredibly pleasant surprise. It is quaint and quite charming. The rooms were very comfortable -- none of those threadbare carpets, as our room had one that was soft under my feet.

    The bathrooms were surprisingly clean -- none of the molds and grime on the tiles that would have forced me to walk on tiptoes, nor soap marks on the bathroom curtain that would have me carefully avoiding brushing it while taking a shower. The location was perfect, with bus stops right in front of the entrance. The charming bookstore/cafe beside it is a bonus. It is, however, at the edge of the gay/lesbian area, which can make night strolling along Oxford Street uncomfortable for some.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Arts Hotel Sydney

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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