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“Great location, clean rooms, but small”
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The Russell Hotel
Ranked #39 of 178 Hotels in Sydney
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Millersville
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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“Great location, clean rooms, but small”
Reviewed 8 February 2012

The title says it all. Location is great - right in the heart of the Rocks. Highly recommended for anyone visiting Sydney for the first time (or second as was my case). Hotel was very clean and the prices quite reasonable for Sydney. Wine bar on the first floor is a nice touch. However, the rooms are very small and not air conditioned. The hallways are quite small also. No parking on site. Breakfast is included but not particularly good. Place has some historic charm but not as much as some others.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Just prior to taking a cruise that left from the International Passenger Terminal on Circular Quay just a block and a half away, we spent three nights at the Russell and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The hotel was as we imagine hotel accommodation was many years ago, albeit with the addition of a few modern conveniences. Our room was not large but it was comfortable and it was decorated as it would have been years ago, giving it character. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The lack of an air conditioner was made up for with a good ceiling fan and the limited number of rooms, made for a relaxed feel. Given that the hotel has various steps at many locations, persons with limited mobility might be better off to get lodgings in a hotel that is on one floor. The hotel is very close to Circular Key and many good restaurants. It is within an easy walk to the Sydney Opera House, museums, etc. We easily walked with our luggage from the train to the hotel (about two blocks). The train arrives in Circular Quay and is a very quick and easy way to get to the Domestic and International Airport Terminals plus it costs less than a taxi.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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County Durham
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

The Russell is a fantastic Boutique Hotel. Ideally located in the Rocks part of Sydney. I stayed with 2 other family members and they kindly accommodated a twin room in to a 3 bed room. We had a shared bathroom which is something I have not done in the past, however was very clean and we did not find any wait time to get in and use this as only one other room shared this with us.
The Russell also has a lovely wine bar located on the ground floor and this doubles up as the breakfast area in the morning. Breakfast was cereals, toast, fruit and boiled eggs. However was perfect as the lovely restaurants and cafes all around to fill up throughout the day/evening.
This hotel is a must stay at, staff pleasant and friendly, nothing was a problem, FOC Wi-Fi access via a laptop in reception (limited to 15min) also can get Wi-Fi in the room at a small daily charge. There were fresh flowers in the room and also a lovely touch of a chocolate on the pillow in an evening. An Ironing board, hair dryer, tea/coffee making in the room.
This Hotel is everything you want or need when out all day exploring Sydney. Would defiantly stay again if visiting Sydney.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Situated in The Rocks directly over the road from Circular Quay. Unbeatable location for Opera House and Bridge viewing and a trip to Manly on the Ferry. You can see Ocean Liners docked as you step out of the hotel. Many historical pubs nearby. Pleasant boutique hotel with an excellent wine bar beneath which doubles as the breakfast area in the morning! Fresh flowers in the room and choccies at bed turn time.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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roma
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

Location is just perfect. Ferry, trains, and everything you may want to see in center Sydney is at walking distance.
The room was wide enough and confortable, although infrastractures are rather old but they have a personal touch, very nice (and uncommon in Australia I guess). Breakfast (included in a reasonable room rate) was very good with fresh food and good coffee available. The staff at the hotel was always helpful. We managed to change our room that was originally facing an internal court. But both rooms we visited were nice. Internet is available at a reasonable rate of 5$/day, and appeared to be fast.
We had a car and we parked in the Wilson parking just below at a 25$/day flat rate discounted for hotel guests (low price for Sydney downtown).
I think our choice was perfect for our needs. Maybe calling it "boutique hotel" is too much ;)

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 30 December 2011

We feel lucky that we found this hotel, not knowing much about Sydney. It is a five minute walk from Circular Key, the transportation hub in Sydney Harbour. You can catch the train in from the Airport and walk to the hotel in minutes. Very convenient. The hotel is old but has lots of character. Breakfast was perfect and provided with the room. The staff were very helpful and accommodating. Well done Russell Hotel....

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Halifax, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 December 2011

The Russell is ideally placed for all the main tourist locations in Sydney, with train, ferry and tourbus stops only a short walk away. The staff at the hotel were friendly and very helpful (thank you Elizabeth) - breakfast is provided in the ground floor bar and is to a good standard.
The rooms are clean and all have some character due to the age of the building - not a negative point. Our room was en-suite and was excellent, but the rooms that weren't en-suite did look quite small, but if you are using it as a tour base, that shouldn't matter too much.
An enjoyable stay in a very nice hotel !

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Russell Hotel
Address: The Russell Hotel 143A George St | The Rocks, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Region: Australia > New South Wales > Sydney > The Rocks
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#41 Romantic Hotel in Sydney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Russell Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Russell Hotel with just 29 delightfully different rooms is perfectly located for the Sydney visitor seeking a convenient and characterful base from which to explore this exciting city.Sydney is literally on your doorstep at the Russell with Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour and the Museum of Contemporary Art just across the road.The Russell Hotel is a gorgeous bed and breakfast hotel known for its superb location and charm.No two guest rooms are identical at The Russell. The Russell offers a variety of ensuite rooms and very affordable rooms with shared bathroom. The largest rooms overlook George Street whilst guests in search of tranquillity might prefer one of the courtyard rooms or one above Nurses Walk. ... more   less 
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