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3 L’s location location location..and water..🦘
Feb 25th, 2020
Always enjoy the hospitality of the Ibis Hotel in Darling Harbour..in Sydney on business and the friendly atmosphere makes my stay more enjoyable..🦘I will stay here on future business visits to Sydney and proximity to the CBD is a great walk... TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Budget hotel...5* breakfast!
Feb 23rd, 2020
On arrival, slightly disappointed by harbour view room, which seemed dark and felt slightly cold and damp...but we'd kept our promise to bring much-need rain! Hotel pretty well placed and taxi rank right outside, which is useful. Room rather 'basic' and small in size but adequate. As clean as you'd expect of this chain and a well equipped room, with TV, iron and ironing board provided, fridge, coffee machine and kettle with tea-making facilities. Also a desk and chair. Free wifi in the room until you check out...so make sure you've done everything you need to do before you check out! Beds were comfortable but very lightweight so every time I went to sit on the edge, it moved a few inches! Bathroom also very small and no bathroom stool but bath sheets a good size and hand towels and face flannels also provided. Unfortunately, the shower cubicle (with the door closed) was ineffective and did not contain the water; the bath mat was, literally, saturated when I stepped out, after a very quick shower and floor almost flooded. I needed to put down a towel to mop up water and make a skid-free path! Perhaps this is why the room felt slightly damp? Room was near lifts and very quiet, corridors carpeted and room door screened, which no doubt also helps minimise noise. Reception staff were very helpful. Breakfasts were buffet style with masses of choice...pretty much everything you might want, inc fresh fruit, yoghurts, a range of cereals and drinks, the usual cooked items and much more, and DIY toast machine for the choice of breads available. I also ate dinner in the restaurant (order at the bar) and enjoyed a good value chicken schnitzel - as I walk with a stick, I much appreciated the young bar maid carrying over my drink, as I needed to carry the table marker, so had both hands occupied - thank you! Recommended for well-placed, budget stay in an expensive city. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
CHEAP FOR A REASON
Feb 20th, 2020
I love Darling Harbour and wanted to try this hotel out. It’s the cheapest of the 3 main players on the Harbour and had already stayed at the others in the past. I must say even though it was the cheapest it was not cheap cost wise as it was a popular weekend and I found the room to be less than average. It was so small. Room for a bed and a plastic chair. The incredibly small bathroom was so run down. The silicone in the shower was peeling and hanging off. There was mould in the bathroom and a terrible smell. The carpet was old and tired. On a positive the bed sheets were clean, the buffet breakfast was small but adequate and a cheap price and the location just like the hotels next door was perfect. The staff were also very nice. I would definitely not stay here again. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Needs to do better
Feb 19th, 2020
The Ibis DH is in a great location, but it is let down by too many small things - most of which could be rectified if management was hands-on and staff cared more. The milk was warm, the scrambled cool and the hard-boiled eggs cold. The bacon was oddly cooked and the sausage was undercooked. The peanuts in the bar are a great idea, but they are small, stale and unappetising. Cheap laneway cafe chairs are uncomfortable. Check-in was marred by the very pleasant receptionist who wanted to charge me $60 more that I was quoted. The room was small and basic and with a view - which we paid extra for. Other than the location, nothing about this Ibis stands out as a positive. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
Tiny room with a view
Feb 17th, 2020
Having stayed in way too many hotels, the Ibis in Darling harbour sits towards the bottom of my list. Whilst there are great harbour views, you have a below average small room with cheap level of fit and finish, Certain poor decisions that were made when the hotel was built make this place pretty hard to recommend except for a specific type of traveller. Who this hotel may be suited for: - You want location over comfort - You want to be in the darling harbour precinct , with easy foot access - You will spend only time sleeping here, otherwise your out and about- - You don’t mind a lack of luxury, perhaps you enjoy camping or backpacking - You dont mind a lack of space / small room Not Suited for - You want a luxury stay at Darling Harbour - You battle with your partner for bench space in the bathroom – tip there is very little - You’re a tired cynical business traveller that needs a little luxury when you travel - Couples with kids - don’t even try The Room: - It is small - Squeezy bathroom, tiny shower, limited bench space to put your stuff on. My shower needed re-grouting - My room had a musty type smell, other folks I talked to said similar. Carpets potentially need to be ripped out or whatever the cause of the smell is addressed - Lack of storage space, very small area for clothing - Bland room décor, lack of any fine touches of colour or personality - Lack of power points or USB next to beds - My shower leaked a bit, take a few goes to tighten the tap to get it to stop - Some sound leakage between rooms On the plus side - Reasonable sized TV, with standard free to air channels and a few Foxtel channels - Reasonable work desk area for business travellers, with a potential harbour view - Decent power point access to work desk + bonus USB. - Air-conditioner you can turn on and off - View of the harbour (If your on the harbour side) - Decent shower pressure and temperature control Breakfast at $15 is there to win over hearts who may find the room a bit rough. For the price is good value. Lack of wait staff at breakfast, one staff member doing clean-up and welcoming guests. At the time I stayed there nearby 4+ star hotels were $100 or so more for a night. So you get what you pay for. But that extra $100 takes you to the palace in comparison. If a basic level of luxury is what you want, give this one a miss. TRIPADVISOR.COM USER
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