Hotel Altamont

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Hotel Altamont

, Sydney
2 star

Rooms: 14

207 Darlinghurst Road - Sydney - New South Wales - 2010 - Australia Hotel Website | | +61 2 9360 6000
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Tuscan Beauty

from Captainserious
On arriving at midday I was met by Alan the manager and his two friendly dogs (pets are allowed). He went out of his way to show me all the features of the hotel and to my courtyard room, I was not expecting. Having stayed in this locality of Sydney in the past for some twenty or so years I could not help to wonder why I had missed this gem. The whole of the hotel is filled with a light and airy feeling. When the front doors are closed in the evening it becomes a safe haven from the outside world. During the night the quietness of my room (due in large to the massive concrete walls) was much appreciated. The next day I was met by another friendly duty manager while I took breakfast in the glass enclosed front lobby. After lunch I tried the welcoming Bar overlooking the passing traffic while waiting for my transport to the airport. What a great stay, but too short!!

Home Away From Home

from A TripAdvisor Member
June 2006

Loved the Altamont - it certainly proved to be 'home away from home' for me. Not being a business traveller but an ordinary citizen on holiday it was just the sort of place I could appreciate. No airs and graces from staff but sincere friendliness, courtesy and respect for myself and fellow travellers was obvious at all times. The hotel itself had wonderful ambience as far as I'm concerned. Room with a courtyard was pleasant surprise, furnishings individual and personally I found all very satisfactory. Enjoyed the location as it provided easy access to the city itself or the little park down the street - like I stated, 'home away from home'. As I'm not a particularly avid fan of television programmes, perhaps the only thing I could have accessed within the suite was a dvd player. This would have provided the means for a few hours quiet viewing of hired/own movies, this after a hectic day/night of doing the tourist thing! Nevertheless, light breakfast was adequate and the bar facilities were within easy access. Surrounding eateries provided the more substantial food requirements. It was quite enjoyable to relax with my favourite alcoholic indulgence whilst watching the world go by outside. I would not consider any other establishment on future travel to Sydney. Can't wait to get back there. It's got my vote!

Friendly Atmosphere

from A TripAdvisor Member
The Altamont wasn't entirely as depicted/described on their website, but proved to be a very friendly and accomodating hotel/hostel. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere more akin to a hostel than a hotel. We enjoyed our stay!

Home from home

from AnnabelLondon_UK
We booked 1 week at the Altamont, having read a good review in the Lonely Planet. We were not disappointed. The manager Alan and the younger guy Liam, were so friendly and helpful. It was the little touches that we appreciated so much - we went to Hunter Valley for one night and left our large bags at the hotel. When we returned the next day, they were waiting for us in our new room. When we asked about day trips, we got back to our room in the evening and had a hand written note waiting for us with useful advice. You wouldn't get that kind of service in a large hotel.

They spent lots of time talking to us which really made us feel at home, and feel welcomed. To top it all off, there are two gorgeous, well behaved dogs that come in with the owner now and then. They are such sweet natured dogs and we loved having them around to stroke and play with.

The hotel itself is immaculately clean, tastefully decorated, the beds are incredibly comfy and huge and the rooms which have courtyards are really bright and cheerful. The location is great, near lots of lovely restaurants and bars. We liked the place so much that we came back for our final night before flying back to the UK. We had such a warm welcome back. I will recommend this place to anyone and hope that we can come back soon.

Deceiving!

from Giuseppe in London
I satyed at the Altamont for seven nights. I thought that this would be a good choice! The website explained that this was a boutique, luxury budget hotel! Well yes it is a boutique hotel, i.e. it's small, and yes it is budget (Aus$108 p/night - £48 p/night), but it is not luxury!

I have stayed at boutique hotels before and they pride themselves on their intimacy and comforts within your room, but the Altamont had no comforts. A hotel that wants to atrract a fashionable young crowd must surely think that a full length mirror in all bedrooms is a must. My room had no mirror and the bathroom was badly designed. Problems were bad lighting, no fan to let out steam which created wet floors and walls. You could not open the bedroom door in fear that you would let the fire alarms off (warnings were placed inside and outside the bathroom).

The room was furnished nicely but was hampered by dirty walls and a dirty carpet! They need to repaint urgently and buy some new rugs! Only one of my bedside lamps was working and to finish this so called boutique, luxury yet budget look were two faded prints of Paris and some pier???

The communal areas looked incomplete it seemed they had junk piling up in corners which just cluttered the place!

Breakfast was a minimal affair of the most unimaginative cereal and bread, which you could toast. Maybe some fruit would be nice!

I arrived late at night so had to check in via their sister hotel the Kirkton. The following morning I went to breakfast and saw who I beleive to be the manager/owner did not even acknowledge me, something that most boutique hotels pride themselves on 'the personal touch'. Only on my final day when I was checking out did I have any kind of conversation with the staff, but by then I was just desperate to find out a little about the staff. The guy who cleans the rooms was very sweet and always said hello and good morning. There was also a younger guy on reception who I would see upon my return in the evening who was very nice and always acknowledged me!

This is not a bad hotel but it is not boutique and not luxury. The foundations are in place for a hotel that could work really well but they just need to fine tune a few things and it could quite happily be a nice luxury boutique budget hotel.
Management Response from A TripAdvisor Member
The Altamont is a boutique hotel of just 15 rooms and we take pride in our warm friendly atmosphere where we recognize and acknowledge everyone. Some guests however enjoy their anonymity, and, at times there can be a fine line between acknowledgement and unwanted intrusion - we do always strive to get it right.

In the interim the room in question has had a soft refubishment along with a full-lenght mirror.....and the print of Paris is not faded but is a picture of the River Seine on a foggy morning...

Our hotel is well positioned on the Darlinghurst Ridge overlooking Sydney and is just a short stroll to most Sydney attractions. We try hard to offer honest clean hotel rooms at a genuinely fair rate - same day booking are at AU$95.00 or even less on a supply and demand basis.

I would love to have this guest come back sometime and am most sorry for the inconvenience experienced.

Altamont is only suitable for those who enjoy living

from Larrie
Quintessential, quirky are just some of the words I would use on Altamont.

Gza Gza Gabor once said, "He taught me housekeeping and after the divorce i kept the house." All I could say now is I wished I "was" married to the owners of Altamont. And transformed the loft to my personal suite and the rest my moods rooms.

The decor puns with life. Life is a laugh and the hotel team enspouses this too. They don't take life too seriously yet totally devoted to another level of care and hospitality service. If you are looking for a generic service void of personality, this is not the place for you!

I have lived all my life out of a suitcase and Altamont alters the word "hospitality." Shakespeare would not survive with his "life is a big stage" theoreom because life at Altamont is real and fun.

Would I stay there again? Yes, the dogs loved me. They are simply the most loving furkids I have seen. And I hope they would be the ones who alert the owners I am going to visit, a place 5000 miles from anywhere.

Unlike the Memoirs of a Geisha, this review is non-fictional.

Loved the Altamont

from Kris22-7
The last time I was in Sydney I stayed at the Altamont Hotel Darlinghurst with two of my friends and we had the best time ever. The staff at the Altamont went out of their way to be friendly and helpful answering our questions and giving us any information we needed. I loved the courtyard room we stayed in, I thought it was well designed and decorated with all the mod cons and the bed extremely comfortable. I can recommend anyone thinking of holidaying in Sydney to stay at the Altamont and an added bonus was the friendly dog who was amazing to watch as she was so well trained.

What a great place!

from A TripAdvisor Member
Read up on the Altamont in my 'Lonely Planet' guide and decided to spend my ten days in the city there; am so glad I did.

This place is what they refer to as a 'boutique' hotel and so is not on the same scale as a 'regular' hotel; it's a lot more homely than that. It has a great feel about it and the rooms were stylish and clean. The front lobby has big comfy leather sofas, a pool table and a residents bar... a really cosy feel.

I didn't know Sydney at all and so I found the guy on the front desk to be especially helpful whenever I had questions about walks I wanted to check out, a cool place to have lunch nearby or advice on something or other... all of his recommendations were 'winners'!

Thoroughly recommendable and will definitely be going back toward the end of the year.

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Disgusting Customer Service

from A TripAdvisor Member
The owner/manager was rude, and the service he provided was disgusting. The website bears no resemblance to the actual hotel. His 2 dogs run free in the lobby and fight continuously.
We moved out and moved to Morgan Boutique one street away.

I Would Stay At The Kirketon Next Time....

from ahp1979
I stayed here during the end of September/start of October 2005. I have never been backpacking before and this is probably as close as I will ever come to it (I hope). The hotel it self is fine. If you're after basic accomodation, then this place is for you. Rooms are clean, minimal and functional - I had a ground floor room and no problem with noise. The location is great. However, if you like Waitrose (nice supermarket in England for those of you outside the UK) as opposed to Kwik-Save (cheap place-think K Mart), then this place probably won't be to your liking...it lacks a certain kind of finesse that one would like to expect from an establishment that bills it self as a hotel rather than being one of those places that has an 's' before the 't' (hostel). The front desk area looked more like someone's home office, I wasn't sure if there was breakfast available - though I do recall seeing a loaf of bread near the front desk - toast anyone? My room was not very well lit, perfect for those moments when you feel like getting dressed in the dark. The concrete floor may have been daring interior design when the ho[s]tel opened, but now reminded me of a local authority car park I was sick outside aged six. None of these things ruined my stay because I didn't go to a fun city like Sydney to spend time inside my hotel room, however, I would probably stay at the Kirketon next time.

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Do it! Climb the Bridge...it is worth every penny. And go to the Opera House...a visionary's dream come true...one of the world's most extraordinary structures...great performances too.

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  • Address: 207 Darlinghurst Road - Sydney - New South Wales - 2010 - Australia
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