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Right by Kings Cross Railway Station, a 30-minute walk to downtown and main attractions
The Altamont is located on the northern edge of Darlinghurst, within walking distance of Oxford Street, Sydney's most popular nightlife area. It's also within walking distance of Kings Cross Station, and the bars and restaurants in Pott's Point.
Sydney is Australia's most populous city and its cultural hub. Festivals, theater, fashion, and a famous opera house can all be found here, along with the retail and restaurants that naturally accompany them. The weather is excellent, with an average of 300 sunny days a year, and beaches are within a short drive from the city center.
This Colonial mansion turned nightclub turned boutique hotel has a rock 'n roll history, having been frequented by celebrities like Madonna and the Rolling Stones back when it was known as Cauldron Nightclub. The building has a slightly industrial feel, with exposed concrete floors, though wood furnishings help give it a homier vibe. The lobby lounge features a pool table and comfortable sofas, as well as conveniences like a toaster and hotplate (the hotel does offer a free daily breakfast as well). The 13 rooms at the Altamont are basic, with some visible wear and tear and dingy bathrooms (the exposed showers make it hard not to flood the rest of the bathroom with water). They are reasonably clean, though, and have large flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges. Business travelers may also want to look elsewhere, as there is no restaurant, business center, or fitness room here, and Wi-Fi, though free, is unreliable. It's a decent value option for visitors looking to be close to the Kings Cross nightlife scene.