Historical Traveller Reviews of The Hyde Park Inn Hotel
An unpleasant experience!
My family of 5 stayed here one night after reading positive reviews on TA. We have NEVER had an experience like we had here. Each unit apparently has its own, very small, hot water heater. After just one of us showered (okay maybe it was a little longer than standard but not outrageous), we ran out of hot water. We had to wait 30 minutes for the water to recycle, practically after each person. It took the whole night for us just to get showered and it ruined our evening. Might be okay for single travellers or couples but I'd advise a family to stay elsewhere. Definitely just okay.
Affordable but Noisy
We booked my parents into the Hyde Park Inn this hotel based on the strong reviews from TripAdvisor. Although the hotel is well-located and good value at under $200, I'd recommend spending the extra $30-50 to find somewhere better - unless you are particularly cost conscious.
My parents' room was only on the second floor and as the hotel is on busy Elizabeth street, the double glazing couldn't keep out the noise from the all night traffic and youths drinking beer in the park. The wave of stale smoke on entering the room was also a bit unpleasant - no one asked about smoking or are all the rooms smoking rooms? The rooms are a good size and the kitchen facilities handy if you're prepared to put up with a bit of dinginess.
Stayed here for 5 nights in a deluxe studio in the middle of July. We arrived quite early but our room was ready. Large room with comfortable double and a twin bed, attached kitchen, balcony with view over Hyde Park,very clean, and a smallish bathroom with good shower. Room decoration was a little dated. Basic breakfast included in the price.Good services- guest laundry facilities in the basement, free films around the clock and free parking. Good location about 20 mins walk to Circular quay or 5 mins on a bus and just across the road from Museum train station with connections to airport. Take a deluxe room because they are higher up and the main street outside is busy. If you are looking for luxury- look elsewhere. This is really well managed and nicely presented 3.5 star accommodation in a decent location and at a competitive price. As for Sydney- well maybe we were expecting too much. It is a good looking city (though not more so than other cities in Oz) and the harbour with it's bridge and opera house is certainly impressive. Taking any public ferry (stay away from the overpriced tourist ones) is always a good way of seeing the whole harbour and go across to Manly and do the lovely 9 km walk. The botanic gardens and Domain are also nice for a stroll.We didn't think much of very touristy Darling Harbour with it's overpriced restaurants although the aquarium and maritime museum are both there. Sydney fish market is worth a visit and you can get a good, cheap and very fresh meal there. Paddington is a nice quartier with an excellent Saturday market. Maybe it was the weather but 3 days would probably have been enough here.
Nice hotel for the price
The Hyde Park Inn was a good choice. The location is excellent, and the room was clean and comfortable. We had a very large room with 2 sofas. The breakfast provided in the room was just right. All in all, a great place to stay.
A hotel of good location
from Ah Law
Being located at the city centre beside the Hyde Park, you can go to most of the lovely sites in Sydney either by walking or by metro. The Opera House, the Rock, Darling Harbour, the Museum of Sydney and the Harbour Bridge are within 30 minutes' walk. The metro station (Museum Station) is just on the opposite side of the road. Indeed, it would take about 25 minutes to travel from the airport to the hotel. On top of that, the room was really spacious for a couple. I like having dinner in the China Town which is only 10 minutes' walk from the hotel. I think I would choose the same hotel when I go to Syndey again.
Country Hospitality in the City
from A TripAdvisor Member
My sister and I took our 3 girls to the City for a short break during the school holidays. Being from a small country town we wanted a base that was easy to find yet close to everything. Hyde Park Inn is located right across the road from Museum Station and only around 10-15 minutes walk to Pitt St Mall, the QVB & Paddy's Markets/Darling Harbour. We felt that the Hotel was like a home away from home - the room did not have that hotel-y room feel, it was roomy enough for the 5 of us, clean and comfortable, the staff were warm and friendly and the added touches such as the kitchen, free laundry, parking and breakfast made it the perfect base for a stay in the city with 3 kids. The bath was huge and extra deep - just the spot to soak after hours of sightseeing. You will not find better value for your money anywhere this close to the City centre.
We stayed at the Hyde Park Inn for three nights at the end of June 2006. It was a terrific value for our family of four. One bed for the parents, two singles for the kids (teens who would rather not share a bed). Spacious bathroom, balcony overlooking Hyde Park. The continental breakfast which is waiting for you in your in-room fridge makes this an even better value and saves time each morning. There is a 24 hour 7-Eleven just down the street for grocery purchases for lunch or even dinner if you want to save even more money. There is a Starbucks about 1 1/2 blocks away if the instant coffee in the room is not to your liking. YES, Sydney is an expensive city in which to eat out. The location of the hotel is great, not in the really busy Circular Quay, but walking distance from it and Darling Harbour. AND if you have a car, parking at the Hyde Park Inn is complimentary if you book it in advance. We stayed on a non-smoking floor. Staff was very helpful and polite.
wonderful value and service
if you are traveling to sydney with your family this is the hotel for you.
we recently spent 3 weeks in australia using the hyde park inn as our home base and can not say enough good things about the hotel and its employees. the location is perfect for a sydeny visit, within walking distance of almost everything and the train station is less than a block away from the front door. the rooms we took were large, spacious, complete with kitchen and clean. the bonus is the breakfast placed in your fridge every evening which saves you both time and money (sydney is an expensive city to eatr in). the staff was the most helpful and pleasant we have encountered in many of our travels, even searching through their rubbish for 2 hours to find a missing travel folder that was lost from our room (they found it for us!) they store your luggage if you are away for a few days (bonus) and have a free washer and dryer available for guests which enabled us to travel lighter on clothes. this is the best value for your money in sydney based on location, helpful and friendly staff and conveniences. we recommend it to all who are looking for a wonderful place to staywithout spending their money on unnecessary "glitz"
We stayed here for 3 nights. The location is supurb! It overlooks Hyde Park and you can just walk across the street for a stroll thru the beautiful park. The opera house and harbor are within hiking distance, but it is about a mile or so. The staff was very friendly and quite helpful in making suggestions on places to eat or giving directions. We had booked a junior suite, expecting a smaller than normal suite. No, their junior suite had 1 queen sized bed and 3 singles, with the mini kitchen. It was a very large room for under $100. We were on the 4th floor and were able to hear some of the louder traffic (horns, sirens) or louder people who were stumbling home from the bars at 4am. But we were very pleased with the hotel and would definitely stay here again.
Agree with the previous reviews!
After reading reviews we chose Hyde Park for our stay in Sydney - 5 nights. We were actually surprised as the room exceeded our expectations. It was spotless, roomy and the staff were helpful and gracious. The rooms are not decorated luxuriously but I can only agree with the other reviewers - great value for money in an otherwise expensive city. The walk down to the Harbour is about 20 minutes and can be done straight down Elizabeth or for a more scenic route you can cross the street in front of the Inn and head through Hyde Park - it's lovely. By taxi, I think the cost was around $12...but we walked it day and night.
Top Local Tips for Sydney
If you want to learn to surf, go to Manly Surf School at Manly Beach. They give you a board and a wet suit. The teachers are very nice, supportive and patient. Call them and make a reservation at 02-9977-6977. It was the best $55 I spent in Sydney.
Taronga Park Zoo and Manly Beach, shopping in cbd
a long day but well worth it.
Ferry Trip To Manly
This is an inexpensive way to go on a harbour water ride to a fun and happening beach not far from the CBD. The ride takes you under the Harbour Bridge, past the Opera House and past Luna Park so there are some great photo opportunities. It doesn't take very long to get to Manly and it is an amazing exciting place to visit. The main shopping and eating strip is full of colour and variety and you would be hard pressed not to enjoy it. From the ferry its about a 10 minute walk to the beach which is clean and well supervised by life guards. If you've forgotten your beach gear don't worry as you can hire by the hour or day towels and beach umbrellas for a relatively low cost. If you've forgotten your bathers well that would be a problem as you can't hire these but there are plenty of shops on the main strip that would gladly sell you something that would resemble a bathing suit!