Altamont Hotel Sydney Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Darlinhurst, Sydney, Australia

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Pros

  • Some rooms feature private outdoor patios
  • Nice bar and lounge off the lobby with a pool table
  • Pretty rooftop garden/courtyard (though it could use more cozy seating and less concrete)
  • Large flat-screen TVs
  • Free daily breakfast and Wi-Fi (though service is spotty)
  • Walking distance to most Sydney attractions
  • Affordable rates compared to chain hotels in the area
  • Pet-friendly

Cons

  • Rooms are basic
  • Many of the furnishings show their age (rusted mini-fridges, chipped mirrors)
  • Exposed showers in the bathrooms offer little privacy
  • Bathroom tiles need regrouting
  • No business center, fitness facilities, or full restaurant

Bottom Line

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.

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 Location

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.

  • 17-minute drive to Sydney Airport
  • 3-minute walk to Kings Cross Railway Station
  • 6-minute drive to Museum Railway Station
  • 6-minute drive to Hyde Park
  • 7-minute drive to The Galerias Victoria shopping center
  • 8-minute drive to the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • 9-minute drive to St. George OpenAir Cinema
  • 9-minute drive to Circular Quay
  • 9-minute drive to Theatre Royal
  • 9-minute drive to Sydney Aquarium
  • 11-minute drive to Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • 12-minute drive to Darling Harbour
  • 12-minute drive to Broadway Shopping Center
  • 12-minute drive to Australian National Maritime Museum
  • 13-minute drive to Bondi Beach
  • 13-minute drive to Centennial Park
  • 13-minute drive to Sydney Observatory
  • 14-minute drive to Bronte Beach
  • 14-minute drive to Tamarama Beach
  • 14-minute drive to Sydney Opera House
  • 17-minute drive to Sydney Harbour National Park
  • 44-minute drive to Botany Bay National Park

 Bottom Line

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.

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 14
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Darlinhurst, Sydney
Address: 207 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
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