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The Great Southern Hotel
Ranked #97 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
Brisbane, Australia
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“Good value”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Had a conference to attend at the Hilton mid-town but could not afford to stay there :(
The Great Southern offered accommodation within my price range and it was a reasonable walk straight down George St.
Also handy for airport, buses and trains.
Streets around hotel are not too flash, but I felt safe.
There is a pub on the ground floor, but I did not hear any noise.
The floors are a bit of a maze, with corridor after corridor and two sets of lifts. Can get confusing trying to find the room after a few drinks.
Hotel room was quite spacious with room to move.
Room had been freshly painted and smelt of paint, but I was only there to sleep so did not mind the inconvenience.
Must of heard my English accent, because the room had a tea-pot - very handy.
All in all, great value for money, and I would stay there again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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Castlemaine, Australia
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

I stayed at this hotel near the Central railway , getting prepared for my P&O trip to Noumea.
A good bus service to many destinations almost outside the front door; I went to Warringah Mall to meet up with a old friend'the return trip was OK too.
It is located close to the rail service going past the markets and I got off at Star City casino for a look only, on the return trip I got off at Paddy's market to find my evening meal upstairs and a short walk back to the hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Chengdu, China
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Reviewed 6 May 2012

just location,
not worth the price!!!
room is very small!!!
pay by credit card with 2% charge fee,
storage luggage with $2 per piece,
no slipper
no bathrobe

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 May 2012 via mobile

Pretty good location. Standard service, facilities, Cleanliness etc although the rooms were small and no view however price was good.

Stayed April 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

This was our base to explore Sydney for 6 nights. It was very conveniently situated near to Paddy`s Market and Central Station ( a stop for the Sydney Explorer and Bondi Explorer Bus ). The hotel was rather old-fashioned and the rooms rather small, however staff were friendly and helpful. We were able to purchase vouchers for breakfast ( hot or continental) which was fine. The Hotel was approx 30 mins walk from Central Quay/ Opera House/ Harbour Bridge/ Darling Harbour. We just loved Sydney and the Hotel provided an affordable convenient base for our stay. Our legs/ feet were aching after 7 days!!

Room Tip: Rooms to rear have less traffic noise.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Main advantages were that the hotel was close to Central Station and Paddy's Market. We got a special price via Entertainment Card - $67. It would be hard to find Queen room for cheaper in Sydney CBD. However the room was very small, called "heritage" but this meant out of date 70's wooden wardrobe, desk, bedside tables, and small flatscreen TV. Window faced straight out to windows of other rooms so couldn't have curtain open. Also the air-con was really noisy and just blew cold air at us when set at 20 degrees or higher, but if turned off the room grew too hot. This made it bit uncomfortable at night. Was billed as 4 star but I would have called it 2.5 to 3 star.

Room Tip: Ask for a non heritage room
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Queensland
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Reviewed 22 April 2012

I selected this hotel for an overnight Sydney sojourn for my wife and I for its proximity to Central Station which is a junction for all rail routes including the route to and from the airport. The hotel is also on the door step of Chinatown and Paddy's Markets with easy access (walk or bus) to all the other attractions, sites and shopping that Sydney has to offer.

The hotel is apparently heritage listed which is evident with much of the period features and original character remaining. A facelift with a splash of colour and perhaps a change to some of the interior decor, fixtures and fittings would provide the Grande touch an old lady deserves. The rooms are quite small, dated and could do with a lick of paint where bags and furniture have scared the walls. The carpet is nearing the end of its life and attention to detail in the housekeeping, particularly the bathroom where mould is evident in some of the tile grouting and base of the glass shower screen. The shower recess is very tight so watch the elbows and hands. Our bed was a king (two singles pushed together) which was reasonably comfortable. The air conditioning worked, the TV (an old style flat screen) functioned correctly the bar fridge kept our drinks cold, the kettle boiled and was clean and there was an iron and ironing board. Compact but satisfactory. Oh! don't expect a view of the Opera House or Harbor Bridge...we had a view to the overhead of diners down stairs, a brick wall and external walkway.

Overall there is nothing wrong with this hotel. Reasonably clean, friendly front of house staff, and small but adequate rooms. A respectable 3 star hotel with an affordable tariff by Sydney accommodation standards. As a house guest I did find the $2.00 per bag/day storage fee a little unreasonable but with no where else to store bags while waiting for your room on check in or late departures from the city...you don't have much choice.

Room Tip: Request the king bed configuration.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Great Southern Hotel
Address: 717 George St, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (Formerly Pacific International Hotel Sydney)
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > Chinatown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#82 Luxury Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Great Southern Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 165
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