Comfort Inn Cambridge Hotel

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Comfort Inn Cambridge Hotel

, Sydney
3 star
212 Riley Street - Sydney - New South Wales - 2010 - Australia 61 2 92121111
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adequate accommodation

from SBArules
My biggest complaint was that they advertised they had a gym and they have one piece of equipment that I think could do a couple different exercises, when it was working. What a complete disappointment! There is also a small shoebox size pool that I wouldn't go near. There is a gym a couple blocks away that costs $18 per day.

The rooms are dark and old. They were clean. There was a kitchen counter type thing with a sink along one wall and when I went to wash out a few things in it, the faucet came off.

There was an electric kettle but the cups were so filthy I had to wash them before I could use them.

There was a safe in the room, which I used, fortunately. As when I left to go somewhere - I came back 1/2 hour later to pick up one more thing and found my door to the room wide open with no one around. NO ONE. My laptop was sitting there, my suitcase, etc. I locked up and complained at the front desk but no one seemed too concerned but me. They said they would look into it and get back to me (never did) but that it was probably the maid and she'd gone to get something. I asked if they always leave the doors open when they go to get something.... I didn't like that at ALL.

The location - in the "pink" area as one woman discribed, was great for me. I prefer, as a woman traveling alone, to be in a more gay part of the city. I feel safer where as she obviously has a bit of homophobia.

There isn't a train station real close but I don't mind walking. There is internet access in the lobby. Room service or a bar and restaurant downstairs and down the road (very close to oxford st), markets nearby, laundry nearby - actually not a bad location.

Hope this helps. Not a bad place, just don't expect much more than a 2-3 star place. And there is NO gym.

Good value location not great

from threespires
Stayed for 3 nights and had a suite on one of the top floors

Maybe because it was Thursday to Sunday that the rate was very good

Location not great either walked or got a taxi although central station not far away

Breakfast quite Good

Cleanliness & Staff no problems

Clean - Friendly - Great Location - Value For Money

from JoannaW
This was my return trip to Sydney and the hotel. I must say - once again - I felt like home away from home. The hotel is positioned just off Oxford st. and close to so many great restaurants, just a stroll from Hyde park. What I find is excellent is the perfect mix of the residential Riley st. and the colourful Oxford Str. One can walk to circular Quay, the heart of the CBD and the buss to Bondi is just around the corner - number 380.
The hotel has done a fabulous job by upgrading the facilities and rooms, all contemporary feel. I found the rooms very clean and comfortable and great value for money. If you wish to get a quick snack - the rooms service menu is there for you and if you just like to get some snack for the room - a great supermarket is just a minute away. So is the gym, and much more.
Everyone was so friendly and happy. I met many other travellers and visitors to Sydney staying at the hotel who also shared the many laughs and good comments about their stay.
I would recommend the hotel to other travellers for sure and since I have stayed at the hotel in the past I must say - they are putting alot of effort into making it even a better hotel for the guests.


from divingdiva
We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights as part of our trip to Sydney. We had already stayed in the Travelodge Wentworth Avenue and then flew up to the Whitsunday Islands. On our return we stayed at the Cambridge. I have to say I wish we had gone back to the Travelodge! By the time we had actually decided which hotel to use, the prices had gone up considerably and we ended up in an Express Room paying what I had previously been quoted for a Double de-luxe room.....what can I say! The room was on the second floor, with a side view. Well, I say "view" - what I mean is that there was a window at the side but you could not see out because the glass was frosted, only being clear at the very top. This was because the window looked straight out onto another apartment building. The room had a double bed, a sofa and a tv (although, beware Aussie TV!). The bathroom was a good size but the shower area was badly in need of a makeover as it was tired and pretty manky really although the shower itself was very powerful. The lifts are so small that if you had more than 2 or 3 people in them they would be full and that's before you put your cases in! The swimming pool was clean, although small and it is surrounded by bedrooms - a strange set up! The sauna was not working and there was just one machine in the "gym". Location was ok - very close to Oxford Street, although I think it is probably not what you would call a "desirable" area! However, we felt ok walking around after dark - we just made sure we stayed to the main streets where possible. The bed was comfortable and towels were changed every day. As we only used the hotel to sleep in at the end of a long day sightseeing, it was ok but I would not use it again if I went back to Sydney. One morning, at 8a.m there was a knock on the door. When I finally answered it, it was someone from reception saying "This is your wake up call" ! WHAT wake up call? It wasn't us and there was not really an apology either! Why couldn't they have used the phone anyway?! All in all, it didn't spoil the trip but I would recommend that unless you are paying for a superior room, it might be better to stay somewhere else.

Brilliant, Close to all attractions

from EnglandHighflyer
January 2007
we booked our stay through M-Power booking agents, and found the hotel more than satisfactory. They were just finishing re-furbishing, but this did not affect our stay in any way.
Our room had a balcony (they dont all, so if you want one specify when you book), t.v., fridge (very handy ).safe(2dollars a day), mini bar (with price list), tea & coffee making facilities, hair dryer & iron. Everything you would want really.
The room was cleaned every day,and clean towels provided. the reception staff were very helpfull with diections, and provided us with a map of the city.
The hotel is positioned just off Oxford st. near Hyde park. Riley st. is a residential street, so nice and quiet at night. About a 20 min walk to circular Quay, and 15 mins walk to central station. If you dont want to walk, bus stops are close by. A number 380 will take you to Bondi beach!!
Ther is an "Irish" pub just up the road that serves good steaks, among other things. Good sevice.
We didnt sample the Dinners in the hotel restarant, but the breakfasts were very good, as much as you could eat (help yourself) for 12 dollars (£5). cooked / cereals / fruit / continental. enough to really set you up for the day.
We booked about 9 months in advance, and found that we saved about 50% on the nightly rate. we paid 130 dollars (about £50 per night),
We really enjoyed our stay in Sydney, the people were friendly and helpfull (especially the bus drivers). oodles of places to eat, and at very reasonable prices. The local beer is Tooheys, recomended by the locals!
Be sure to go up the Oz Tower, it really is worth it, the view is wonderfull. Also, we found that the ocean beach (not the harbour beach) in Manly was far supperior to Bondi, as it was shaded by trees near the promenade.
Where ever you stay in Sydney, I hope you enjoy the experience, we did,
Sue and Dave, from England

Dangerous, dirty, awful place!

from nutgrove
This was so awful it's hard to know where to begin. Firstly, the location is not good. It's a good 15-20 mins walk to public transport after you've climbed over the drunks on the pavement. You're in the gay district so it's colourful to say the least and at night it's uncomfortable walking around looking for somewhere to eat. There are plenty of cafes, restaurants etc nearby though. The hotel is also opposite the police station so beware of sirens at all hours. The hotel itself has apparently been refurbished but the only evidence of this is new bedding. The carpets, furniture etc are shabby and knocked about. We had booked a deluxe room on the top floor but at check-in the receptionist tried to put us in an economy room on level1. After some argument he eventually put us in a 'one bed suite' on level7 as the hotel was supposedly full. This was very large with a balcony but shabby and dirty. The bedding had black marks on it, the carpet was stained, loose and pulled away from the walls and there was mould in the bathroom. There was no soundproofing or double glazing at all so traffic noise was horrendous. The balcony rail was very low so it would be easy to fall over it and we were shocked that it was permissible in a public building. The sliding door didn't close properly either so very dangerous if you had a child. We had unexpected company in the form of a huge cockroach which we managed to trap thankfully. We didn't bother returning it to the desk as they had been so unhelpful to begin with. The next morning we did battle with the desk again for our deluxe room. Again they tried to palm us off with a different room but eventually we got what we should have had to start with. They said they would transfer our bags but when we returned we had to look for them and do it ourselves. It was a better room having had a recently installed shower room. It was small though and again had tired old furniture, uncomfortable beds and no soundproofing. This time round we had ants to contend with! The mgr gave us vouchers for breakfast which was fine but this was the only meal we had there. The cockroach and ant thing put us off eating there. On the whole a horrible experience, dreadful service with desk staff blatantly lying and an unpleasant area of town to stay. Avoid it like the plaque! We stayed in Jan07 and would never go back there or advise anyone else to stay.

Good for the Budget Traveler

from debsimmonds
We arrived in Sydney on New Year's Eve and had difficulty finding a reasonably priced hotel for a few nights before we moved into a holiday apartment. We found the Cambridge through the Qantas "Ready Rooms" site. At first I was a little put off by the location, but discovered that "colorful" Oxford Street has a lot to offer. There are many superb eateries and coffee shops that are inexpensive and delicious. The hotel is a five minute walk to the Museum stop of the rail system and close to beautiful Hyde Park. We did not roam around at night, which might be a little scary. However, during the day, it was fine.

Our room was of decent size , however, it was a little dark and damp feeling with high windows(from the floor) that looked into another building. But, it was clean, quiet and proved a good place to crash after a full day of sightseeing. The bed was extraordinarily comfortable -- I think the best we experienced in our 8 weeks of travel. We enjoyed the extra couches in the room for reading our tour books and maps. Yes, the elevators were a pain, as stated by other travelers, -- small, slow and unpredictable. It took us 15 minutes to get from the 4th floor to the lobby to check out with our luggage. But, overall, for the price and the close proximity to the center of the city, this is definitely a good budget option for travelers.

I would stay there again.

Coffee at Gloria Jeans is a must!
I recommend great Thai food at Wagamama one block off Oxford on Crown Street, just a couple blocks up from the Cambridge.

Happy with the Cambridge Quality Hotel

from Queensland456
I recently stayed at the newly refurbished Cambridge Quality Hotel for 2 nights in a standard double room. Although the room was basic and quite small, it was clean and perfectly adequate for our short stay given that we only paid about $130 per night which is cheap for Sydney. The hotel is a little out of the way of the main attractions of Sydney (Circular Quay etc), but it is only about a five minute walk to the nearest Oxford St bus-stop where buses run frequently to Circular Quay. It takes about 15/20 minutes to walk to the central shopping area of Pitt Street. The hotel is very close to a range of pubs and clubs (mostly gay) and restaurants.

The hotel is situated in a quiet street off the busy thoroughfare of Oxford Street. We had no problems with the lift as some of the other reviews mention, but the hotel is installing brand new lifts as the final stage of their refurbishment. The only annoying thing was the bar closed at 9.50pm on Sunday evening!

I would recommend this hotel for anyone who doesn't want to pay top dollar for a hotel and doesn't mind being a little out of the main city. It's not the sort of hotel that you would spend alot of time in as there are not many facilities, but if you just want a base in which to explore Sydney then it's fine. I would definitely stay here again.

Excellent presentation

from Miss_Funky
Beautifully presented and revamped hotel, the rooms were stylish and were at an affordable price range. Located close to the CBD, i was able to find transport without a problem. The hotel has a positive ambiance and was reflected amongst staff. Great for a little getaway!

Hmmmmm.... could have picked better.

from docdanz
Well, we didn't have problems with noise and cleanliness as other people seem to have, but that doesn't mean we had a great experience. Sure the location was reasonable (a little closer to a station would have been better as we had to go to the olympic park daily for a conference), but the room was something else. Out of a different era - and not in a cute "retro" way either. It just looked like things had never been replaced or updated since it was built. Wallpaper, carpet, even bedding was dated (although I repeat that we did find it to be clean).
The room was spacious and had a view (we were on the 10th floor).
The worst thing was the malfuntioning lifts. Both of them! They were tiny, would take you to the wrong floor or stop at floors of which the buttons had not been pushed. The worst thing is sometimes it would just "reset" returning to the ground floor (or sometimes the basement!) just before you were about to arrive at your destination (especially bad for someone on the 10th floor. It usually took us several goes to get back to our rooms and we ended up always using the stairs to get back down.
The pool was not great being almost enclosed by oppressive apartment style rooms (not sunny and open as suggested by the photos).
What was more there was a large tour (high school students) group from the United States staying at the hotel. With the amount of luggage they had, you would think that they were moving to Australia. Needless to say that this combined with tiny malfunctioning lifts meant an arduous exercise getting back to our room each day (10 minutes plus at times from the front desk!)
On the positive side, the service was reasonable and friendly and it was very cheap (less than $100Aus per night).

I think we'll try something else next time.

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  • Address: 212 Riley Street - Sydney - New South Wales - 2010 - Australia
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