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Reviewed 16 May 2015

The hotel is at top end of George street, close to Central Railway. Every form of transport is so convenient, plus it is close to Chinatown, Darling Harbour etc - ideally suited for our party of 30 interstaters. Rooms were clean, though dated. Room service was tops. Excellent Restaurant on ground floor with excellent selection at very reasonable prices. Their...

2Thank Majellan T
Townsville, Australia
Reviewed 11 May 2015

We have stayed here numerous times over the years and keep coming back. Some rooms are better than others and apart from the time we got upgraded to a suite, the rooms overlooking the street at the back rather than the George St front or centre of the building have suited us best. Clean and well located near Chinatown and...

Thank John O
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Spending a few days in Sydney was going to be enjoyable but the hotel experience wasn't up to standard. This started when we discovered that there was a SURCHARGE for using Eftpos to pay. OK, some places charge for using credit cards but NOT for Eftpos which is your own money. The check-in was pretty standard otherwise before we got...

2Thank Shamrock-Estates
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 May 2015 via mobile

I chose this hotel as it offered a reasonable mid-week price and just near Central Station. The art deco feel is quirky in a good way but otherwise the hotel feels a bit tired and my bathroom hadn't been properly cleaned. Staff were helpful and gave me an early check in which was really helpful and the bar had an...

1Thank Glyn W
New South Wales, Australia
Reviewed 5 May 2015

We had a one night stay in this old hotel. There was no room to put luggage without unpacking it. Bathroom was next to one side of bed, very inaccessable. One chair in room, no place to privately change clothes, no room in the shower to get dressed. I felt I was in a rabbit warren and there were two...

1Thank Lorraine H
Reviewed 28 April 2015 via mobile

I stayed here overnight as a getaway to Sydney from Brisbane. I haven't stayed in many hotels in Sydney but this is in a very good location, 5 minute walk from Central Station. The hotel is fine from the outside, typical art deco style and it's the same inside. If you like old architecture, you'll love this. This isn't a...

3Thank lodzau
Reviewed 24 April 2015

Located close to the station and Darling Harbour with plenty of transport options available. Nice to see the Art Deco design retained and pleasantly surprised by the comfort and quality of our room. The staff were very friendly and helpful and we would use the hotel again although the restaurant food (breakfast) was very poor and not satisfactory to say...

2Thank Frank B
Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed 23 April 2015

This accommodation was booked by our travel agent. We were expecting 3.5 star. We arrived late into Sydney after a long journey and were dropped down the road by our taxi (no taxi drop off at front of hotel - we later learned that taxi's pick up and drop off around the back). We walked back a couple of blocks...

2Thank Charles C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 April 2015

We stayed for 3 nights. The hotel is a bit tired but the rooms are clean and tidy. The meals weren't bad either for the price but the best thing is the location. The free bus (555) stops outside and takes you down to the quay. You can also catch the official bus bus outside, which is good value for...

2Thank Longshanks186402
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 17 April 2015

Location's great cos' it's just next to Chinatown. We can find food at almost anytime of the day. There's also a coles and woolworth around the corner. But the layout of the building makes it difficult to find our rooms, need some time to get oriented. Took us a while to figure out the fastest way to get to our...

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Tiger-flanked archways on Dixon Street mark the entrance to the “little Asia” of Sydney. A walk through Chinatown is a feast for the senses where aromas, tastes, sounds and visions of dancing tigers transport you to a different world. Chinatown visitors can expect a melting pot of Asian food at the neighbourhood's specialty delis and groceries. From yum cha to handmade noodles, BBQ ducks hanging in the window to Asian sweets and bakeries, there is something for all tastes. Paddy’s Markets is the largest flea market in Sydney where you can find souvenirs, clothing, gifts and fruit and vegetables at unbeatable prices. At night, Chinatown comes alive with entertainment including theatre, nightclubs and bars that are open until the early morning.
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Address: 717 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Pacific International Hotel Sydney)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Price Range: $115 - $312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great Southern Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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Great Southern Sydney
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#77 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
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“rooms with low numbers on each floor are at the rear away from George St”
 of 5 bubbles Footpeg, 26 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Ask for a quiet room & also the bigger sized rooms if available”
 of 5 bubbles robma47, 23 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Don't bother.”
 of 5 bubbles Krista3551, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“away from the lifts, higher floors have less street & construction noise, natural light/external aspect”
 of 5 bubbles helmah, 7 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you must stay best rooms facing George st”
 of 5 bubbles H7088QFpeterg, 2 Jan 2017 | Read review
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