Historical Traveller Reviews of The York Sydney Hotel
Excellent accommodation in prime location
We had been travelling for 3 weeks when we arrived in Sydney and needed somewhere central where we could self cater if need be and catch up with washing and ironing etc. We booked the York via the M-Power website for 3 seperate stays over a 10 day period and were not disappointed. The reception staff were very friendly and the concierge was extremely helpful. We booked a Standard Studio Apartment which was everything we needed with a great room layout and of course washing machine, dryer, iron and ironing board. Each time we left our heavy luggage was stored by the Reception staff and each time we returned we had a room upgrade ..... the first time to a 1 Bedroom Apartment and the second time to a Deluxe Studio which we thought was the best of the 3 apartments ...... the fittings and fixtures were of a high quality and a duvet on the bed not a quilt and blankets. The location was perfect just 10 minutes to Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, George St and Pitt St. Just 100 mtrs across the road there was a great Food Mall and the Supermarket was 5 minutes walk. If I return to this wonderful city in the future we will definitely stay at the York.
surprisingly very good + super location + parking !!!
Was a bit reluctant when booking it, but we needed an apartment for 4 people, not a hotel room. This was the best I could find, and surprisingly, it turned out better than expected... The rooms are great, spacious, clean. The service is great. Apparently a lot of business people make it a stay for longer periods than a couple of days. The location is close to everywhere walking distance. The renovations are recent and successful. The only negative was that the old airconditioners smelled a bit at first, but if you let them run, the smell goes away. Highly recommended.
Great Hotel Apartments minutes from Circular Quay
We stayed here twice on our trip to Australia this year and both times the hotel was fantastic. We requested when booking the accommodation for a newly decorated two bed apartment, as the hotel had flagged up that they where upgrading the accommodation. The rooms are well finished and always extremely clean. The kids enjoyed the pool and spa facilities. But best of all was the location, just a short stroll form Circular Quay and the Rocks, where you would double the price of hotel apartment accommodation! Save your money for spending in Sydney and stay at The York.
Another great find were the two small Japanese canteens just to the right of the hotel, nothing-flashy just fantastic, cheap, honest Japanese food on the doorstep.
You don't get the million dollar views but we would recommend The York 100% and we will be returning.
Roomy and good value
My husband and I stay in Sydney often and we needed a one night break after the hectic lead up to Christmas so found the York Apartments on a last minte website. I considered it to be good value at AU$195 for the night, particularly as it was the night before New Year's Eve, because it also had complimentary parking. This is a huge bonus in Sydney as other hotels we have stayed we have paid anything from $20 - $40 per day. Fast friendly check-in. We were on the 5th floor and at first thought it would be noisy, but not at all, unless you opened the sliding door onto the balcony, but it still wasn't horrendous considering the hotel is so close to the Harbour Bridge. The room had obviously been recently refurbished and repainted. Very clean and a homey feel to it as there was quite an array of books adjacent to the eat-in area with decorative vases and bowls adorning the bookcase. I think for overseas visitors,who want to self-cater, there's a good size kitchen with dishwasher, microwave and oven, also washing machine and dryer in a separate area. Convenience stores are close by. No it's not 4 or 5 star quality but I would rather go for the roomy quality. It is centrally located - no more than 10 min walks to either The Rocks, Darling Harbour or central CBD/shopping. I would definitely stay there again and I would definitely recommend this property.
Roomy and Comfortable
Prior to our stay at the York Apartments, we spent five nights at the Hilton Hotel on George Street on business. The hotel room was nice, but extremely small. We were tripping over each other and our suitcases the whole time. We planned ahead and knew we wanted to stay at an apartment hotel for the second half of our trip to Sydney because we like the freedom of eating breakfast in and having more room to move around. We booked a one bedroom refurbished apartment and while we didn't get a room on a higher floor as requested, we were quite happy with the apartment we stayed in. At first we were concerned about noise since we were on the 7th floor and right at the entrance to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. But, the bedroom had double windows (Not dual pane, but two separate windows and sliding glass doors) and it completely blocked out the noise. We were not disturbed by the noise at all. However, the balcony was a waste of space because it was too noisy to sit on the balcony and enjoy the view and sunshine. The apartment was clean and well stocked. Having a washer and dryer in the apartment was great. We used it frequently. The bathroom set-up was different. The bathroom was separated into to separate rooms across the hall from each other. One room had a toilet and sink in it and the other had the bathtub, separate shower, a sink and the washer and dryer. The living area was large and comfortable. Needless to say we weren't tripping over each other. The York is just a block from the train station, with very easy access to anywhere in Sydney. (the nearby train stop is one away from Circular Quay and one away from Town Hall) There is a Grocery store nearby as well. We would definitely stay here again.
I stayed here in August and found it to be an excellent hotel. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the maid service was superb. Having stayed in Sydney before I already knew the location and I have to say it's central to everything and you really can't get better. A 5 minute walk to circular quay and Wynyard Station (and the supermarket) , and George Street is literally across the road. The hotel is in the process of being refurbished but this didn't affect me in the slightest. I had a 1 bedroom deluxe apartment on the 6th floor which overlooked the pool area. Everything was clean, it was serviced every day and my maid even washed up for me which was an unexpected surprise. The kitchen is fully equipped, the bed extremely comfortable. All in all I couldn't fault it and on my return I received a nice letter from the Manager thanking me for filling out the standard questionnaire about the Hotel and hoping to see me there again. A nice touch I thought and good customer care which is hard to find these days.
We made our booking direct with the York apartments and specifically requested a non smoking, 2 king bed/2 bath, high floor and harbour view room and that's exactly what we got. The staff were friendly and check-in was quick and efficient. The lifts were being refurbished but there was minimal disruption to our stay.
Our spacious apartment had just been refurbished so everything was brand new and the kitchen was fully stocked with crockery and utensils. We also had a balcony with great views of the Sydney skyline.
We thought the York was in a good location for all major tourist places (10 mins to bridge and Opera House, 10 mins to the centre of Sydney) and the underground was a couple of minutes walk away. The supermarket and a couple of fast food places were located in the underground station so it wasn't very far to walk back with bags of groceries.
I have no hesitation in recommending the York Apartments and would certainly stay there again.
The modern room photos on the York's website were very misleading to us. The only thing new about our apartment was the huge bathroom that seemed to be newly refurbished. April 15-19 we stayed in room 1702, two bedrooms and one bath. We paid $315 on the Easter long weekend and $285 on our last night. (A bit pricey for outdated accommodations). After staying at the Meriton Rialto for 4 nights we were truly disappointed when we entered the York to find an old room, green and pink pastel paint, floral-pattered furniture that was dirty and outdated. The paint was chipping off the dining room furniture. The master bedroom was large but the air condioner was noisy when turned on. The second bedroom with two single beds was a reasonable size. It would have been nice if there was an extra luggage rack since we ended up using two chairs. The apartment was very spacious and had two balconies. After inquiring, the frontdesk told us that all the one bedroom apartments had already been renovated and that they would start on the two bedrooms later this year.
The kitchen was adequate although we found the cutlery drawers quite dirty and washed everything in the kitchen before we used it. The oven had a note stuck on it, stating that it was out of order. The next day it was promptly fixed. Liked the broiler option on the oven. Location was good, short walk to the circular quays and subway station. Wynard station was a half block away and inside was a 24-hour Coles supermarket. Although one elevator was out of service, there was never much of a wait for the other two.
Housekeeping was great. They even unloaded our dishwasher for us everyday after we left the apartment. Parking was free for one car during our stay. The York was adequate for our stay. Hopefully, they will renovate those tired rooms and perhaps we would try it again.
Stayed at the York this Easter for three nights. Apartments are so much better than being cooped up in a hotel room. We were lucky enought to have a north facing room with views of the harbor on a weekend where the weather was perfect! We had two couples and one single and so booked a two bedroom apartment with a sofa bed in the lounge. The main bed room was enormous (no balcony but ensuite and huge). The second bedroom was miniscule. Two single beds with a bedside table between. One side the bed was right next to the wall and the other bed was right next to the wardrobe, which made it very difficult to access. This room smelt dreadfully of smoke like someone had shut themselves in there and smoked a packet. We spoke to reception and were given an ozoneator which helped a lot. This room might have suited a couple of little kids but was no fun for the unlucky other couple to draw the short straw. There was however access to the balcony.
The lounge, dining and kitchen area were were fine. sunny, airy and spacious. There could have been a couple of extra kitchen utensils, try turning and retrieving fried eggs with a knife. The second bathroom was very small. You had to open the door and then get into the shower so you could shut the door. Our screen was broken but we fixed it.
The location is very central to the CBD, trains ferries, the rocks, circular quay etc. Parking for one car was free.
We were told that in order to get the sofa bed in the lounge we needed to take one of the older non refurbished units and that is exactly what we got. From memory there was a slight difference in price.
The pool are was nice and the spa extremely good - hot and with great jets, just the thing after a day of walking. I would stay there again as for me the worst thing was the smoke smell and that wasn't their fault I guess. I would seek out the reburbished rooms though. A great alternative to a hotel. We paid $340 Aus per night.
A Really Pleasant Stay
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the York for 26 nights, Feb 2006. We had a one bed apartment on the 6th floor overlooking Jamieson street and St Philips church. Everything was better than we had expected, and thought it was good value for money. Staff at all levels went out of their way to help us in any way they could and really made our stay very pleasant. The location of the hotel is ideal for access to everything. We were within walking distance of Darling Harbour, Circular Quay, several train stations, all the shops including the superb Queen Victoria Building. We stayed in Sydney last year at a very well known hotel in Jamieson street which cost a lot more than the York, but we preferred the apartment in the York and would certainly stay there again.
The only problem we encountered was the lifts. There are 3 lifts, while we were staying there one of the lifts was being serviced. On 2 occasions 1 of the other lifts broke down but only for a few hours. However the staff had informed us of the problems with the lift and had apologised in advance. The third lift that was being refurbished was soon to be back in operation.
The apartment was well equipped with everything we needed so top marks.
Hopefully we will visit Sydney again and we will certainly stay at the York.
Bill and Jen Sanderson
County Durham UK
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